The problem with Iran Air fleet renewal has never been money, but rather the US sanctions. In early 1990s, IR
signed a deal with Boeing for 14 (or so) B737-486. The contract was never completed when the US government refused to issue the export permit. In the early 2000s, IR
signed another deal with Airbus for 4 A330s. Ultimately, the aircraft could not be delivered due to US pressure on Rolls Royce. IR
has been interested in the Tu 204 with the RR
engines (the original PS90 engines are not suited for the Iranian geography). This has not been possible to date again due to the US pressure on RR
. Most recently, IR
has ordered a few Tu204-100Es for its B9 subsidiary. These are to have the PS90A2 engines. However, there is a large possibility that this deal will fall through as well. The PS90A2 engines were developed in conjunction with United Technologies, and thus possibly subject to the long arm of US policy.
I am interested to see if IR
is going to order the new Sukhoi SSJ.
Boland Aseman Jayegah Man Ast.