European companies ready to sell spare parts to Iranian airline

Business Materials 14 December 2013 12:39 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.14

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

A number of European companies have offered to sell spare parts to Iranian airline Caspian, the Fars News Agency quoted the airline's managing director Jamshid Torkan as saying on December 14.

"After the Geneva nuclear agreement, they announced that they are ready to sell spare parts, but we told them hold on for the time being," Torkan said.

"Of course, banking sanctions are required to be lifted, as well, in order to allow us to purchase planes and related spare parts," he noted.

On November 24, Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal in Geneva on Tehran's nuclear program.

"Based on the deals in Geneva, the P5+1 has pledged not to impose additional sanctions against Iran during the next six months and would suspend some existing sanctions," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

"Iran will reuse 100 grounded airplanes as lifting sanctions on its aviation industry enables the country to provide spare parts for the planes," Tasnim News Agency quoted Hamidreza Ghavabesh, the secretary of the Iranian air travel agencies, as saying on November 24.

"The possibility for importing spare parts for the grounded aircrafts will enable us to reuse many of them," he added.

"Iranian airlines' air fleet is averagely 22 years old and the fleet is not efficient. So, they take more time to get overhauled," he explained.

"Certainly, importing parts for repairing and maintaining planes will greatly help improve safety of flights," he noted.