0355 GMT December 12, 2019
“In the past, all checks of Iran Air were conducted by foreign technicians, but currently the process, from the first to the last phases of the planes’ maintenance, is being done by Iranian experts,” Zanganeh said, at the ceremony to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the downing of Iranian passenger plane by a US Navy guided-missile cruiser in the Persian Gulf, Fars News Agency reported.
The enemies of Iran, particularly the US, aimed to deprive Iran’s airlines of refurbishing the air fleet by sanctions, but Iranian experts not only foiled the plot intelligently, but decisively advanced the industry, said the head of Iran Air.
“Iranian airlines have always been targeted by US sanctions and attacks since the year 1980, beginning with not allowing an Iranian Boeing 747 to land at New York airport,” he said.
The approach continued with targeting Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf by the warship USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988, he noted.
The more regrettable move by the US was that Washington did not condemn the inhumane tragedy, and instead awarded the commander of the warship a medal of valor, the official said.
Two weeks ago, Iran opened a new air terminal at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA), designed and built by local contractors after European companies pulled out of the project in 2017.
The Salam Terminal was inaugurated by President Hassan Rouhani to handle five million passengers a year.
Iran had hired the Netherlands Airport Consultant Company (NACO) as its main adviser in the project to expand IKIA’s capacity.