DTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 16 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7021 times:
The problem is that already too many A340's exist. This is the reason why it will never be able to become such a great classic as the 747SP is now. However, from the economic point of view it is certainly a good step for Iran Air to get an adequate alternative to the bigger carriers currently serving Iran. I suppose most business men who are not as enthusiastic about aircrafts as we are will prefer the new Airbusses over the old planes.
So Tugmaster, we made the right decision to fly on one of their SP's as long as it is still there.
CON207 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 292 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6955 times:
After reading the large feature in Airliner World a few months ago , Iran Air have worked hard over the years.
Yes, the ongoing US sanctions which it would appear will not be lifted in the forseeable future, will continue to cause a headache for the country.
The airline itself deserves recognition. Its standards are high and the crews are of high calibre.
Naturally, suspicion will always continue to hang around concerning Iran but you cannot judge an airline just because it comes from a muslim run country.
The way Iran Air has battled against the odds for the last 30 years is to be admired.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2712 posts, RR: 48 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6694 times:
Nice to see Iran is renewing its fleet, because they couldn't fly those classics forever and they have made an excellent choice I (hope I will be allowed to) say. I suppose the Airbusses will be all new, but where will the MD-80s come from?
FLYSSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6336 times:
The only new a/c IR was able to purchase in the last 20 years, during the embargo, had been six Fokker 100s and two A300-600R.
These 2 Airbus were bought brand new from the manufacturer in the late 1990s, when the political climate was somewhat eased.
In 2001, IR was able to purchase some second-hand A310-200 and a single -300 from THY and EK. The initial plan was to buy a number of new A330s, however this deal fell through.
Recently, Two A320 have been leased from the Tunisian carrier "Nouvelair" to replace the retired B737. IR was very happy with them but because they are operated on an ACMI (Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance) lease, the higher cost involved prevent this solution being applied on a larger scale.
IR would be interested in flying more A320s but only if it could operate them independently or on a dry-lease contract.
Several times over the past few years, orders have been announced for brand new Airbuses, be they A320s, A330s, or A340s.
Each time delivery has been postponed or the whole deal put on hold.
IR was even one of the first airlines to declare its interest in the first two A340-500 that were not accepted by Air Canada and placed in temporary storage at ChÃ¢teauroux, France.
Iran announced early this year a large order of 40 Tu-204.... and more recently a possible order for MD-90 (!!!) but no more news concerning these orders...
Let's just hope that this stupid, ridiculous and useless U.S embargo will stop soon and that Iran Air will be able to re-build the great and decent fleet it deserves.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4653 posts, RR: 42 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6288 times:
In a recent airliner world magazine...it mentioned that Iran Air approved the purchase of buying 60 TU 214s / TU 204s as it gave it up the idea of getting new Airbus models due to the US Sanctions so this AIRBUS Order claim of that website seems to be very strange.
US Sanctions wouldnt permit it as some parts of the Airbus aircraft are obtained from USA.
Whitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5513 times:
The A332 could concievably come used from Emirates as their new 777s arrive. The RR engines would be a better choice due to the American embargo.
Iran Air could also take aircraft on lease but registered in Ireland. This is by no means uncommon. The point is that Iran Air and its various subsiduaries/competitors need fleet replacements due to the age of what they currently fly. These are civilian carriers, carrying the public of Iran.
AmirAA From Iran, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4770 times:
Man, this is getting too political ! Iran has found a loop hole in the US sanctions, which drive anti US feelings in Iran and give greater power to the so called "hardliners".
Anyway Iran is much bigger than these stupid obstacles and it has infact already begun this phase of fleet renewal. Mahan Air, already has a A320, EP-MHJ built in 1998, which even more bizarrely flew for UNITED for a few years !!!
A300 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 455 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4627 times:
1) EP-IAC is not listed on the active IR fleet. I doubt that she will fly regularly again.
2) United Tristar, your comments are too stupid to reply.
3) The results of the US sanctions on Iran have been making the ruling clergy stronger by the day. I know what the Americans get out of it: Hundreds of thousands of our best educated, brightest and youngest minds. The brain drain of Iran has helped US and Canada hugely. Just go to any hospital in major areas of North America and you'll see how many Iranian physicians are there. I feel sorry for my country, my people and myself. My lot is to roam the earth without an identity. Thanks US for continuing to screw us over with the airplane sanctions.