"European safety authorities have expanded the operating restrictions imposed on Iran Air to include a ban on allowing the carrier's Airbus A320s, Boeing 727s and 747s to operate within the European Union."
"The Commission adds that it will "continue to closely monitor the performance of the airline through the results of ramp checks of its aircraft which can operate in the EU."
Does this mean the end of Iran Air operations in Europe? Or will they continue using only the A300/A310?
LAXorLGWonDL From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 137 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 4664 times:
I just saw this on CNN, as well. I think it's also important to note that other carriers have been put on this list, as well as taken off of it. Not to get political, but, with recent sanctions against Iran, many may falsely perceive that (versus air safety) as the reason for Iran Air being placed on this list. I'm all for aviation safety and efforts to make folks safer in the skies or on the ground.
FWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3529 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4458 times:
I didn't expect Iran to make their own spares to circumvent US/EU sanctions. That's pretty low, as Iran keeps complaining that they can't get F-14 Tomcat spares from us because of the sanctions, while they can make their own A320, 727, and 747 spares.
Why couldn't they just buy IL-96s and TU-214s? Iran has been working with Russia, and the Russian planes would likely be sanctions-exempt.
[Edited 2010-07-06 08:17:53]
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petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4162 times:
I can understand banning the 727 and 747. Where they not banned already, they are the old models and are too noisyto comply with current legislation. I don´t understand why the A320 is banned though. These are the most modern planes in Iran.
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12166 posts, RR: 35 Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3948 times:
Not the best week in IR history. They have operated A300s to LHR for a while. Mahan Air has recently taken delivery of new A300-600s, so maybe IR can acquire some "newish" AB6s. It will mean a considerable capacity cutback, but there aren't too many options open to them.
Ramp check results from Iran Air's A320s are "noticeably worse" than those for other aircraft in the airline's fleet.
Assessment of the airline's operations has shown that the A320 fleet maintenance system "failed to ensure that deferred items had been rectified in the specified timescales".
No flight-data monitoring has been carried out on the A320 fleet while the rate of data-gathering on other aircraft has been "very low", the Commission adds: "Moreoverthe company is failing to address the basics in terms of the continued airworthiness of its aircraft."
In july last year the average number of pax on the GOT flights stood at 354, so I thought it was weird to suddenly see them operate an AB6 last monday. And as the AB6 cannot hold that number, this has to mean that passengers are rebooked onto other flights?
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10051 posts, RR: 12 Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
Iran Air did an outstanding job to maintain their 747s under the long existing ban on the country. I flew an SP and the 741 about 5 years ago and they appeared to be well kept, no rattles, no loose parts. Its sad if their SPs are now banned from Europe as they are the last airline worldwide to opearted this cute aircraft. The A300 alone wont be able to take over.
Its interesting to see how Mahan Air is doing in comparison. They have just aquired some of LHs younger A300-600s, and they are flying 744s. Mahan has a more modern fleet than the flag carrier.