PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3111 times:
Privatizing an airline subject to such Draconian restrictions on parts (due to the U.S. embargo) is an unusual situation - what buyer would willingly buy an airline if he couldn't buy planes or parts for his aircraft?
I will also throw in, at the risk of sounding "political" (and I assure you, I am not!), that Iran's government works in VERY mysterious ways - is anyone really sure of exactly who holds what power? What if the lawmaking body and the President agreed to the sale - only to have an Ayatollah claim that the buyer isn't "muslim" enough? Wasn't that the argument over the opening to IKA?
I do wish Iran Air success - I look forward to the day when the airline is free to fly planes around the world AND its citizens are free to travel to any destination they wish.
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IRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1089 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2996 times:
This is interesting news. They have been privatizing a lot of industries in Iran, but I think this one is a mistake. Iran Air needs the government to survive, and the government needs Iran Air to provide transportation to a country where traditional infrastructure is a bit lacking. Plus, a flag carrier is a prestige thing and Iran is all about prestige.
YAK42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 802 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2846 times:
According to officials in the government privatising body, the airline runs a profit. I have flown with them three times this year and although it doesnt seem to be the most modern airline, in organisational structure or service, I have no reason not to believe them. All the flights I was on seemed to be full. Within Iran it has a certain prestige compared with the other Iranian airlines and the ticket prices reflect this. How would you know that it is loss making or grossly inneficient?
I think privatisation would be good for the airline, if it is loss making then it would be a bad waste of money to keep it in the public sector. Other airlines operate in Iran as private entities reasonably well so why shouldnt Iran Air. Maybe new management will dispense with the Iran Airtours subsidiary brand which is pretty pointless and their snobbery towards Russian equipment and buy in some Il-96s like they should have done years ago. A new Tu204/Il96-400 in Iran Air colours would look a lot better for them than an ancient B727/B747.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8434 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
This is weird. For one thing, Iran Aseman (IRB) is state owned, they fly 727s and F100s throughout Iran and the Middle East. Also Saha Air (IRZ), who fly 707s domestically, is state owned. So will IRB and IRZ be privatised too?
Having (at least) three state owned airlines is very Iranian. Truly their gov't works in mysterious ways. Btw there's no way any of this is going to happen. Iran's precarious diplomatic situation means they really need IR to be part of the government.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
I wouldn't necessarily say that. Most of IR's financial liabilities exist because of the responsibilities given to it by the government, including government transport and having to fly unprofitable domestic routes as a form of mass transport. Where IR does make money is on services for other airlines.