The only new a/c IR
was able to purchase in the last 20 years, during the embargo, had been six Fokker 100s and two A300-600R.
These 2 Airbus were bought brand new from the manufacturer in the late 1990s, when the political climate was somewhat eased.
In 2001, IR
was able to purchase some second-hand A310-200 and a single -300 from THY and EK
. The initial plan was to buy a number of new A330s, however this deal fell through.
Recently, Two A320 have been leased from the Tunisian carrier "Nouvelair" to replace the retired B737. IR
was very happy with them but because they are operated on an ACMI (Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance) lease, the higher cost involved prevent this solution being applied on a larger scale.
would be interested in flying more A320s but only if it could operate them independently or on a dry-lease contract.
Several times over the past few years, orders have been announced for brand new Airbuses, be they A320s, A330s, or A340s.
Each time delivery has been postponed or the whole deal put on hold.
was even one of the first airlines to declare its interest in the first two A340-500 that were not accepted by Air Canada and placed in temporary storage at ChÃ¢teauroux, France.
Iran announced early this year a large order of 40 Tu-204.... and more recently a possible order for MD
-90 (!!!) but no more news concerning these orders...
Let's just hope that this stupid, ridiculous and useless U.S embargo will stop soon and that Iran Air will be able to re-build the great and decent fleet it deserves.
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