Iran to produce civil aircraft tires
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran's domestic producers have started production of civil aircraft tires, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on Dec. 30.
The first stages of the project have been completed successfully.
The country has already reached self-sufficiency in producing aircraft ties for military jets. Currently, Iran produces jet tires in 21 sizes.
International sanctions imposed on Iran have limited the country's ability to purchase parts for its air fleet.
Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development Mohammad-Ali Ilkhani said on Dec. 27 that over 100 Iranians airplanes are still grounded due to technical and logistic issues.
"Financial problems and the sanctions imposed on Iran limits the airlines' ability to repair the planes," he said.
"Most of the grounded planes are Fokker 100 (medium-size twin-turbofan airliner), which have British engines. London has not agreed to repair the engines yet," he explained.
Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi said on Dec. 20 that Iran has sent the engines of 14 airplanes to foreign countries in order to be repaired.
"Seven engines have been fixed and returned," he said.
The Iranian minister further stressed that the country's civil air fleet should be renewed.
On July 24, AFP reported that Boeing has struck a deal with Iran Air to provide plane parts, the first time the U.S. firm will be doing business with Iran since the U.S. embargo of 1979.
According to a regulatory filing published on July 23, Boeing will supply goods and services "related to the safety of flight" to Iran Air, the country's flag carrier.