IFT - Based on the latest negotiations between Iran and France, three A330s airbuses will be delivered to Iran by the end of 2003.
Following the negotiations between Iran Air and Airbus Consortium, the engines for these airbuses will be delivered by Rolls Royce instead of General Electric (more than 30% of the parts in their engines are manufactured in the United States).
The Iranian airbuses are A-330 models. The purchase agreement for these airbuses was signed after President Khatami's visit to Paris. Although the pre-payment for the purchase of these airbuses was made, due to US embargo against Iran, their delivery was faced with problems.
Based on the US embargo, the sale of engine that has more than 10% American-made parts to Iran is illegal and since more than 30% of the parts in General Electric's engines are American made, some problems occurred.
It is noteworthy to say that 13% of the Rolls Royce engines' parts are US-made; however, the company is planning to reduce the American made parts to less than 10% to meet the US requirements.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12293 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2544 times:
I welcome this news if true. However, some months ago, RR said it would not go through with any plan to fit RR Trents on these aircraft, for fear of US sanctions.
However, I sincerely hope this IS true, since I strongly disagree with the US view of Iran. Of course, there may well be elements among the Iranian "conservatives" who support terrorism, but these are on the way out. The moderate Khatami has a huge electoral mandate and there is a strong mood for change in Iran. Moreover, placing sanctions on Iran only helps the conservatives in that it obstructs the efforts of moderates to develop the Iranian economy, which has suffered badly under the mullahs and ayatollahs.
IR badly needs new aircraft and although the A310s are a welcome development, the A330s will provide much needed replacements for the very elderly 747s. Iranian aviation is changing, but don't expect to go plane spotting at Mehrabad just yet!
Wn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
This is great news if it is true. As for Khatami, man alive the USa has no idea how lucky they are to have a progressive like that in power. Just imagine the headache of having to have a "showdown" with TWO major middle eastern nations... Nice to see a step towards modernisation for airline certainly worthy of it!
AmirAA From Iran, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
I read the news on www.iranmania.com but also found it on www.ananova.com. Seeing the news was on two different sites i guess its most probably true. I am really hoping that Iran Air will get these jets and really advance a bit, especially since the new Imam Khomeini airport is almost complete too, which by the way looks absolutely awesome. Maybe we'll see some spotters there in the next few years.
Twaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
The US embargo on Iran is designed to pressure the country into ending its support of terror organizations such as Hezbullah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as well as an end to the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons development.
Any pressure (albeit small) on Iran to rejoin the Family of Nations is good news in my book.
Amir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
Hi, as Mathias already mentioned, most airports in Iran are used for both commercial and military operation.
I was in THR Mehrabad Airport back in 1996 and you can see a lot of Military planes including fighters parked.