0708 GMT September 26, 2022
Mohammad Mohammadi Bakhsh said that Airbus has violated its obligations under a 2016 deal with Iran Air which required the European aircraft manufacturer to supply spare parts for planes it had delivered to Iran before the US sanctions were imposed on the country in 2018, Press TV reported.
Iran Air and Airbus signed a contract in December 2016 for supply of 100 jets to the Iranian flag carrier.
However, Airbus delivered only three of the planes to Iran before May 2018 when the US government cancelled the company’s permit for engaging in transactions with Tehran.
That came after Washington decided to pull out of an international deal on Iran’s nuclear program and imposed sanctions on the country.
Iranian authorities have criticized Airbus for its sheer compliance with American sanctions while insisting that the company should have committed to a huge commercial contract which could have been worth around $20 billion.
Mohammadi Bakhsh said Airbus has failed to honor its obligations under the deal with Iran, including those related to the supply of spare parts.
“Definitely, there should be some changes to the terms of the contract and with these changes we will uphold the contract and will continue to commit to it,” Mohammadi Bakhsh was quoted as saying by ILNA.
The deal with Airbus was part of a larger plan by Iran to renovate its aging air fleet after the country was relieved from a previous round of sanctions in 2015.
The country had signed a similar deal with Boeing for supply of 80 jets and another contract for 20 planes from turboprop manufacturer ATR.