"Hamid Reza Pahlevani, Head of (Iran's) Civil Aviation Organization, urged the local airlines to order and buy modern planes and facilities. “In order to decrease the average fleet age, we have asked the local airlines to buy new and modern planes.” Hamid Reza Pahlevani told reporters. Pahlevani also urged airlines to pay their debts to Iran’s National Oil Company."
The Iranian CAO should be applauded for encouraging Iran's airlines to update, given the significant improvement in passenger safety this would bring. Unfortunately however, in reality this is much easier said than done, especially in light of the ever increasing sanctions.
It just doesn't seem feasible for them to obtain "new and modern planes" given the current political tensions and sanctions that exist. I'm pretty sure that if Iran's airlines could have bought new Airbus or Boeing airplanes they would have surely done so already. It appears that the CAO is asking them to do the impossible - in light of the sanctions. Of course they could always commit to buying Ukrainian/Russian AC, but the Iranians seem to have a strong preference for Airbus and Boeing.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1740 times:
I'll say this though: once the sanctions lift against Iran, that country could effectively buy 300-400 planes. People forget Iran is physically a very large country, and their airlines cry out the need for a large number of planes in the A320/737MAX family. They would certainly snap up every Sukhoi SuperJet 100 that could be produced....
globalflyer777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day ago) and read 1511 times:
Quoting RayChuang (Reply 3): They would certainly snap up every Sukhoi SuperJet 100 that could be produced....
As the Sukhoi Superjet 100 has a significant proportion of western made components (especially the engines) it is unlikely that a deal will ever take place with Iranian airlines so long sanctions remain in place. With that said, following the tragic air crash of a Sukhoi SuperJet 100 in Indonesia last month, I'm not certain that the Iranian airlines would commit to the SuperJet even if sanctions weren't a factor as they have a strong preference for western metal. The one deal that they have signed with a non western passenger jet manufacturer (signed with Tupolev for Tu 204's) has experienced a huge amount of problems and its unclear if the deal will ever amount to anything.