Russia orders airlines to stop using AN-148 aircraft

File photo showing a Russian Saratov Airlines Antonov AN-148, Russia announced the grounding of all AN-148, (Alex Snow-Wikipedia)
Updated 21 March 2018
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Russia orders airlines to stop using AN-148 aircraft

MOSCOW: Russia’s transport regulator has ordered Russian airlines to stop using the Antonov AN-148 aircraft after one crashed last month, state news agency RIA reported on Tuesday.
A Ukrainian-made AN-148 plane operated by Saratov Airlines crashed near Moscow soon after take-off on Feb. 11, killing all 71 people on board.
Russian airlines use Soviet-era Antonov and Ilyushin aircraft for its passenger transport fleet.


VW to stop doing business in Iran: Bloomberg

Updated 20 September 2018
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VW to stop doing business in Iran: Bloomberg

  • VW will still be able to do some business in Iran under a humanitarian exception
  • VW has scrapped plans it announced in July last year to sell cars in Iran for the first time in 17 years

WASHINGTON: Volkswagen has bowed to American pressure stemming from the US rejection of the multi-party nuclear deal and will end almost all business in Iran, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.
The accord was reached Tuesday after weeks of talks between the German auto giant and the administration of President Donald Trump, said Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany, according to Bloomberg.
VW will still be able to do some business in Iran under a humanitarian exception, Bloomberg added.
In May, Trump pulled the US out of the deal it reached with Iran and five other countries in 2015. That accord lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.
Now, the US is reimposing those sanctions.
Bloomberg said VW has scrapped plans it announced in July last year to sell cars in Iran for the first time in 17 years.