Baku, Azerbaijan, May 17
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Half of Iranian grounded airplanes are irreparable.
Alireza Jahangirian, Head of Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, put the number of Iranian grounded airplanes at around 100, saying half of the planes are irreparable, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on May 17.
"Oldness and depreciation were the main reasons for grounding the planes," he explained. "The grounded planes had 150-200 seat capacity."
He went on to add that, if international sanctions are lifted, the national aviation industry will burgeon in all production, maintenance, and international affairs.
On April 14, Jahangirian complained about a delay by foreign companies to sell civilian plane spare parts to Iran.
Under the Geneva nuclear agreement, which eases sanctions against Iran, Tehran is allowed to purchase plane parts.
In an interview with the ISNA news agency, Jahangirian said despite the fact that the agreement was signed in November last year Boeing and General Electric corporations received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department just on April 4 to export plane parts to Iran.
Jahangirian said according to the Chicago Convention the U.S. is obliged to ensure safe flights for civilian planes but the U.S. failed to meet international obligations by preventing Iran to gain access to technical services.
He added that the license issued by the U.S. Treasury Department covers only some of Iran's air fleet.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany - sealed the Geneva deal on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
Under the deal, the six countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief, including plane spare parts, in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.