|Quoting CX747 (Reply 29):|
Roseflyer hit the nail on the head. Both Airbus and Boeing aircraft can be sanctioned. The current U.S. leadership has turned a semi-blind eye to Iran acquiring aircraft lately. That could all change with a blink of an eye. What new aircraft could Iran get on property as fast as possible? I suspect signing up for end of the line 737NGs would be the shortest wait. Boeing would like to keep 77W production at its current level. Grabbing some end of the line frames on that program wouldn't require such a long wait either. Brand new aircraft on Iranian soil in the form of 737NG and 777W is jumping light years from where they are now. The same can be said of A320s and A330s. I just think that the wait time on A320NEOs and A330s would be longer. If the engineers can keep 707s flying, it wouldn't be that difficult to keep 737NG and 77Ws in the air.
What about in the future? Say most planes have been delivered - but hard sanctions have returned (for any number of reasons that are possible) - which planes (A or B) would be easier to operate and get spare parts for? I'm assuming Iran is thinking of getting as many intact birds as quickly as possible .... hence the mix of old and new ... but also with the plan for hard times in mind. Is most likelihood, the chances of a US-only sanction is much higher. Although Airbus planes have lots of US parts ... once the planes are in, what will matter is getting services and spares ... which would be easier to get from Europe (for political reasons ... and also for geographical reasons). Please correct me if I'm wrong.