I have been following the Persian langauage press in Iran. The Supreme Economic Council has just approved purchase of 22 MD-90s to a tune of USD 460 million. These are for Iran Air's subsidary Iran Air Tours (B9/IRB). The Iranian Civil Aviation Authority (IRICAO) has also just awarded MD-90 its Iranian type certification. I have several questions:
1) Were are the planes sourced from? The major operators of the type are DL, SV, SK and JS. They do not seem to be ready to release them.
2) The type is US made and under embargo. How are they getting around that?
3) For reason #2, I doubt that the source is the ex-Reno Air/American Airlines planes currently in storage.
4) Who is going to support the planes? The engines are RR. There is no problem with them. The rest of the plane would be a big problem.
Any thoughts would be graetky appreciated.