Iran says able to overhaul latest aircraft engines
Tehran, Iran, June 29
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
The Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company is able to prepare the basics for overhauling the latest airplane engines in three to four months and then to carry out the overhaul, the company's CEO Amir Izadi said.
By making small changes to the production line, the firm is able to repair any sort of engine, he stressed, Fars news agency reported June 29.
He said despite international pressure, the company has become able to repair and overhaul various military and civil aircraft by relying on domestic knowhow.
The US-led sanctions on aircraft and spare parts exports to Iran have left the Iranian airlines saddled with not only some of the oldest fleet in the Middle East, but in the world.
Last year, Ali Reza Jahangirian, head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization said the country's airliners would need to order 400 aircraft over the next 10 years to replace its depleting and ageing fleet.
Out of Iran's 250 commercial planes, about 150 were flying while the rest are "not functional" due to a lack of spare parts, the Iranian official said at the time.
Iran's four largest carriers - Iran Air, Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air and Iran Air Tours - all have average fleet age above 22 years, according to the Iranian media outlets.
Edited by CN