Iran Air to needs 100+ aircraft if sanctions lifted

Iran Air chairman and managing director, Farhad Parvaresh, says his airline will require “at least” 100 passenger aircraft to refurbish and overhaul its fleet should international sanctions be lifted.


Iran Air to needs 100+ aircraft if sanctions lifted


Iran Air chairman and managing director, Farhad Parvaresh, says his airline will require “at least” 100 passenger aircraft to refurbish and overhaul its fleet should international sanctions be lifted. “To my understanding, if sanctions are lifted in aviation, we would need at least 100 aircraft right away, both widebody and narrowbody,” he said. “We are in contact with many aircraft manufacturers. Before it was not easy, but now it is not forbidden for either side.”

With Iran Air’s fleet consisting of fourteen A300s, two A310-300s, six A320- 200s, eight B747s, sixteen Fokker 100s and two MD-82s, Parvaresh proceeded to outline the carrier’s wish list which included the A320 and B737-800s for narrowbody options, as well as A330s, A350s, B777s, B787s and possibly the B747-8 for widebodies.

The signing of an interim deal with the six global powers concerning Iran’s nuclear programme has raised hopes in Tehran that a long-term agreement involving the complete lifting of sanctions is within grasp. However, Parvaresh did note that the absence of such an agreement would force his airline to source its fleeting requirements from Russia and China.