Iran's CAO updates on stranded Norwegian aircraft in Shiraz
Tehran, Iran, Jan.29
The stranded Norwegian Air plane in Iran's Shiraz is set to get its engine replaced, and fly out of Iran next week.
The spokesman for Iran Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) Reza Jafarzadeh provided the latest update on the matter in an interview with Trend.
"The airplane landed in Shiraz airport due to technical difficulties and it was in need of spare parts, the provision of which was the airline's responsibility," he said.
"The Norwegian Air company thought the plane would be fixed by having some parts replaced. Iran helped to import some of those parts and Iran's Civil Aviation Organization and Shiraz airport cooperated on this," he said.
"It is expected that the plane's engine would arrive by end of next week, and the plane would leave Iran as soon as it is fixed," he said.
Jafarzadeh insisted the cooperation between the sides has been very good.
He indicated there was no problem from the Iran Civil Aviation Organization.
"Iran has always remained committed to its bilateral contracts with any country and company that operates flights to Iran and receives our services," he said.
On Dec. 14, technical issues forced a Norwegian Air flight from Dubai to make an unscheduled landing at Shiraz International Airport in the south of Iran.
Economic sanctions imposed by the Trump administration last year, restricted the repair of the Norwegian aircraft. Any aircraft in need of repairs that comprise over 10 percent of components or technology of US origin, require a special license from the US government, to have it imported into Iran.
The restrictions affected the mentioned Norwegian flight, which used Boeing 737 MAX (Boeing, a US company).
The incident is illustrative of the impact of US sanctions on Iran can have on multinational companies.