Iran wants 400 new planes by 2025 if curbs end

Updated 15 May 2014
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Iran wants 400 new planes by 2025 if curbs end

TEHRAN: Iran is looking to buy 400 passenger planes in the next 10 years to upgrade its aging fleet if Western sanctions imposed over its controversial nuclear program are lifted, the country’s top aviation official said Wednesday.
The remark by Ali Reza Jahangirian of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization reflects Tehran’s interest in attracting foreign investment and upgrading its creaking aviation industry.
It comes amid a new climate in the country following the election last June of new President Hassan Rowhani who has focused his efforts on reviving Iran’s faltering economy.
“Iranian airlines will be ready to buy 40 jets a year,” Jahangirian said, without disclosing specifics of what could be a multibillion dollar project.
Jahangirian also said Iran has received “very positive signals” from Western companies, including Boeing Co. and General Electric Co. about getting new spare parts. Both Boeing and GE have said the US Treasury Department has given them licenses to export to Iran.
The licenses for spare parts were made possible under a temporary nuclear deal struck last November between Iran and six world powers. Under it, Tehran is to halt some aspects of its nuclear program in return for the lifting of some sanctions — including restrictions on sale of commercial plane parts and services to Iran.
Such a sale to Iran would be the first publicly known dealing between US airspace companies and Tehran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the pro-US Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and brought clerics to power.
Jahangirian said that out of Iran’s 250 commercial planes, about 150 are flying while the rest are grounded due to lack of spare parts.
Jahangirian also said that Iran has taken some “technical” steps in preparing for a resumption of direct flights with the United States but that more needs to be done before that becomes a reality.
Direct flights between the two countries were cut after the 1979 revolution.


EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

Updated 20 August 2018
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EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

  • ‘Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions’
  • The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August

ANKARA: Iran said on Monday that Europe should accelerate its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that was abandoned by US President Donald Trump in May, Iranian state TV reported.
“Europeans and other signatories of the deal (China and Russia) have been trying to save the deal ... but the process has been slow. It should be accelerated,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told a weekly news conference broadcast live on state TV.
“Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions.”
European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal since US withdrawal from the deal, which Trump said was “deeply flawed.”
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August, targeting Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of US dollars and its car industry.