Why is it that Iran's airlines seem to be able to purchase some western aircraft types (A300's, 747-300's etc) without much fuss, yet with others (i.e. 747-400) there are huge legal difficulties on multiple levels right up to the US State Department?
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12408 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
Yes, it's such a complex issue that it a server error!
Joking apart, it is very difficult. The 744 is a more modern American built type, formerly operated by UAL, which probably brought it onto the State Dept's radar. The 744 has a lot more complex technology than the 744 and of course, they would have been concerned that the 744's technology might be used for nefarious purposes by the Iranian authorities.
There is a seven year rule (i.e. no aircraft newer than seven years old), but I don't know if that applies to US-built aircraft as well. Mahan Air has obtained several ex-LH AB6s and while these were older than seven years old, they were transferred to the EZ- or EX- register first (can't remember which), presumably having been acquired by a "middleman" first. Whether LH knew that they would end up in Iran I don't know, but I doubt if they could not have been aware!
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11611 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 984 times:
Quoting turbofan1960 (Thread starter): Why is it that Iran's airlines seem to be able to purchase some western aircraft types (A300's, 747-300's etc) without much fuss, yet with others (i.e. 747-400) there are huge legal difficulties on multiple levels right up to the US State Department?
Simple, this deal was very shady and they went right into the Lion's mouth and bought them from the US. What really put the US's back up here though, and lead to them playing hard ball on these first three frames, was that each aircraft was refinanced with a US credit agency in order to buy three more 747-400s... from the US. That seriously peeved the Americans. After all, it's not just putting your head in a Lion's mouth, it's stealing its dinner at the same time.
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