Iran Aseman Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Boeing for the purchase of up to 60 737 MAX aircraft. The deal, which was announced in Tehran on April 4, consists of a $3bn firm order for 30 jets, plus purchase rights for a further 30.
This is the second large order the US manufacturer has reached with Iranian airlines since sanctions were eased in January 2016, following an international agreement on the country’s nuclear programme. It follows an $8bn deal for 80 aircraft with Iran Air last December.
Boeing says it has negotiated the MoA under the authorisations from the US Government following a determination that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear accord. This latest deal still requires final approval from the government. Once this is received a firm contract can be signed, with the first aircraft expected to be delivered to the carrier in 2022.
Airbus has delivered Iran Air’s first A330-243, EP-IJA (c/n 1540). The jet was originally built for Avianca Brasil but never entered service with the carrier and had been stored at Teruel, Spain.
Iran Air’s A330-200 is configured with a two-class cabin layout with 32 seats in Business Class and 206 in Economy. It is the first of 54 widebody jets included in the carrier’s 100-airframe order placed in December 2016.
Airbus has completed the handover of the first A321 to Iran Air. The historic moment came in Toulouse on January 11 and is the first airframe from a 100-strong order placed by the carrier in December. The aircraft is registered EP-IFA (c/n 7418) and is configured with 12 seats in Business Class and 182 in Economy.
“This significant milestone marks the first practical step in Iran Air’s ambitious passenger aircraft fleet renewal and its stronger presence in international civil aviation. Iranian travellers can be proud with our selection of the world’s most modern single-aisle aircraft,” said Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air Chairman and CEO. “Iran Air is delighted with this first Airbus delivery and congratulates everyone involved who made it possible. Today signals that with international collaboration and co-operation, we can achieve mutually beneficial commercial goals.”
Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer Airbus, stated: “Today is a momentous occasion and I congratulate Iran Air on taking delivery of its first new aircraft in many years. As we take these first steps together, we stand ready to support the development and modernisation of Iran Air. Clearly in a country of 80 million people, there is a need for the latest passenger aircraft to meet domestic as well as international demand.”
Iran Air’s deal includes 46 A320 Family jets, 16 A350s and 38 A330 Family aircraft. Airbus’ COO – Customers, John Leahy revealed that two of the A330s are aircraft that were built for another customer but which never entered commercial service.
Airbus reiterated the delivery complies with all relevant international laws. The Toulouse-based manufacturer says it coordinated closely with regulators in the EU, US and elsewhere to ensure understanding and full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA).
Agreement has been reached between Iran Air and Airbus over a firm order for 100 aircraft. The deal includes 46 A320 Family, 38 A330 Family and 16 A350 jets and follows an initial commitment signed last January.
“Iran Air considers this agreement an important step towards a stronger international presence in civil aviation. We hope this success signals to the world that the commercial goals of Iran and its counterparts are better achieved with international cooperation and collaboration”, said Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air Chairman and CEO.
The Tehran-based airline’s initial commitment also included a requirement for 12 A380s, but the super jumbo has been axed from the final deal.
Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President and CEO, said: “This is a landmark agreement not only because it paves the way for Iran Air’s fleet renewal. Our overall accord includes pilot training, airport operations and air traffic management so this agreement is also a significant first step in the overall modernisation of Iran’s commercial aviation sector.”
The European manufacturer says the agreement is subject to US Government Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) export licences, required for products containing 10% or more US technology content, which were granted in September and November 2016.
Boeing and Iran Air have reached agreement over an order for 80 aircraft.
The Tehran-based carrier has signed a contract for 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s, valued at $16.6bn at list prices. The deal is based on a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed in June and was reached within the terms of the US Government licence issued to Boeing in September.
In a statement the manufacturer said it “coordinated closely with the US Government throughout the process leading up to the sale and continues to follow all licence requirements as it moves forward to implement the sales agreement”.