Iran would buy 400 new commercial jets if sanctions eased

Iran would purchase 400 new aircraft over 10 years if sanctions were lifted, the country's top aviation official reportedly says. The country has been banned from purchasing new Western airliners since the 1970s.

Of Iran's 250 commercial planes, about 150 are flying and the rest are "not functional" because of a lack of spare parts. The average age of the nation's commercial fleet is 22 years.

Under the recent deal with the international community over its nuclear program, Iran is allowed to acquire spare parts and services on a limited basis.

Companies that could benefit from Iran being allowed to buy aircraft include Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSY), Bombardier (BDRAF), Embraer (ERJ), GE (GE) and Rolls-Royce (RRCEF).

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  • dawndale
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    Yes, commercial aircraft would help their citizens. But we need to be certain that the aircraft sold could not be fitted for military use.
    1 May 2014, 09:05 AM Reply Like
  • garyt01
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    Why even publish this comment. Who cares about what Iran says they "might" buy if you would only quit punishing us. Woe is me. Just because they are a rouge country who no one can trust, even it Arab neighbors.
    1 May 2014, 09:27 AM Reply Like
  • roojoo
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    I remember having seen statistics that said there has been about 1 plane crash per year in Iran because they can't replace parts.


    Just like I don't judge all Americans based on the actions of your government, I am not very quick in judging all Iranians on their government's actions. Let them repair their airplanes.
    1 May 2014, 10:15 AM Reply Like
  • manfredthree
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    Disfunctional foreign policy is just part of the landscape. Nobody really cares nor should they. The broken down planes will be sold off and replaced with Russian planes that can be maintained. None of the companies indicated care less, mostly because they cannot produce planes fast enough now to meet "friendly" demand.
    1 May 2014, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • erjcerjc
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    Maintain the embargo. Sell nothing to the Iranian Government.
    An aroused citizenry, finally awakened to what they are losing,
    will throw out their oppressive government.
    This may be the straw that broke the camel's back.
    1 May 2014, 10:33 AM Reply Like
  • farstud
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    dude, they have been 'aroused' for 30 yrs, it's hard to overthrow a government that has a well paid military to keep its back.
    1 May 2014, 12:51 PM Reply Like
  • The Retired one
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    1 May 2014, 10:38 AM Reply Like
  • thomas85225
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    Let Iran buy Bullet trains
    1 May 2014, 02:50 PM Reply Like
  • fearless195
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    Perhaps It's time the US relaxed its moral objection to Iran in the way it has with China, and treated it as a sophisticated developed market. Because France already has.


    Apparently Uighur human rights issues can be overlooked, threats against US interests in the Gulf, not so much. And don't forget the USS Vincennes... That was Airbus.
    2 May 2014, 03:46 AM Reply Like
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