UN sanctions lifted over a week ago, has allowed European based Airbus to negotiate a deal to sell 114 aircraft to Iran. Boeing could apply for a special waiver, to circumvent US trade sanctions which are still being applied. Meanwhile, no such problems for Airbus, the Airbus deal will be signed off on Wednesday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits Paris.
The average age of Iran's aircraft airframe stock is around 27 years, although flying components may have been swapped out when time/life expired.
Julian Bray Aviation Operations Expert writes: Only twelve of Iran Air's fleet is cleared to use European Union airspace, as the airline has failed to meet international safety standards for the majority of its 43 strong fleet of civil aviation jet aircraft. Officials estimate that 400 medium-to-long range aircraft and 100 short-range jets are required. The first deliveries of the new Airbus jets, will start to arrive by late March. This will clearly act as trigger to the USA, and possibly hasten the end of 'outdated' USA trade restrictions on Iran. The country is suddenly cash rich following the return of bank accounts and access to funds following the partial lifting of sanctions. Boeing executives are furious that Airbus has a cleared playing field due to continuing USA regulations which mean that several huge hurdles have to be overcome if Boeing are to benefit from the new political situation.
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