News ID: 238333
Published: 0109 GMT February 02, 2019

National airline CEO: ATR applies for US permission to deliver Iran planes

National airline CEO: ATR applies for US permission to deliver Iran planes

The CEO of the Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran Air) — the country's flag carrier — said ATR aircraft manufacturer has requested permission from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury for the delivery of the turboprops Tehran has purchased.

Farzaneh Sharafbafi told Tasnim News Agency on Saturday that the delivery of the remaining ATR turboprops to Iran requires a permission from OFAC.

"The ATR company has applied for US permission for the delivery of the planes, and we are waiting to see whether they (Americans) respond or not," she said.

In December 2018, Sharafbafi had made it clear that Iran Air would not back off from any of the contracts to purchase passenger planes from Airbus.

She announced that Iran has received a total of 16 passenger planes since the 2015 nuclear deal went into effect, including three from Airbus and 13 from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR.

The US decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reinstate sanctions led to the collapse of about $38 billion in plane deals between Tehran and Western firms, with Airbus suffering greater damages than its US rival Boeing.

During President Hassan Rouhani's January 2016 visit to Paris, Iran signed a major contract with Airbus worth about $27 billion to buy 118 planes.

Later in June that year, Iran sealed another deal worth around $25 billion with the US aerospace heavyweight, Boeing, for the purchase of 100 passenger planes.

In December 2016, the deal with Boeing was finalized, allowing Iran to buy 80 planes within 10 years.


Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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