News ID: 263379
Published: 0403 GMT December 23, 2019

Iran getting delivery of three Airbus planes: Minister

Iran getting delivery of three Airbus planes: Minister

The Iranian minister of roads and urban development announced that three airbus planes would be delivered to the country in the very near future amid sanctions that have made it difficult for airlines to renovate and upgrade their fleet.

Speaking to reporters, Mohammad Eslami did not elaborate on details of deliveries; whether the aircraft were new and which airline would get hold of them. 

Tasnim News Agency said that the planes will be delivered to flag carrier Homa, also known as Iran Air.

There was no confirmation from the company, neither was there any other report suggesting that the airline prepared to get the deliveries in the near future.

However, a Friday report by ISNA said that Iran’s Kish Airlines had leased three Airbus airplanes from a foreign country and that the deliveries were due.

The delivery of the planes to Iran comes amid tight sanctions imposed by the United States which have effectively barred the country from buying new aircraft.

The sanctions, enacted November last year, even caused Airbus to stop the planned delivery of aircraft ordered by Iran in 2016.

Airbus has delivered only three of a total of 112 airplanes ordered by Homa. Two more deliveries planned for late 2018 did not happen.

Homa has also ordered 80 airliners from US plane maker Boeing and 20 more from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR.

The ATR sent 11 aircraft to Iran before the US imposed bans on sale of commercial planes to Iran last year while Boeing has made no deliveries at all.

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