EghtesadOnline: Iran has called on the European Union to press US authorities to allow the delivery of Airbus passenger aircraft purchased by Tehran.
To upgrade its aging fleet, Iran Air ordered 200 passenger aircraft—100 from Airbus, 80 from Boeing and 20 from Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR—after a 2015 nuclear deal was reached between Iran and six major powers.
But the US Treasury Department revoked the licenses of Boeing and France’s Airbus to sell commercial planes to Iran Air after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement in May and reimposed sanctions, Reuters reported.
“Our main concern is being able to serve our passengers better ... We hope that the EU can get the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) licenses for the delivery of purchased Airbus planes,” Iran Air Chief Executive Farzaneh Sharafbafi was quoted as saying by ISNA.
Although Airbus is based in France, it must have the approval of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to sell planes to Iran because at least 10% of the components of the aircraft are US-made, according to Financial Tribune.
“As OFAC licenses were issued for ATR planes ... the licenses for Airbus planes can be pursued by [the EU],” she said. “Iran Air can never be stopped.”
Under a special agreement after US licenses were revoked but before new sanctions came into force on Nov. 5, ATR delivered 13 of the 20 turboprop aircraft sought by Iran Air while the rest are yet to be delivered.
Other signatories of the nuclear deal and the EU remain committed to the pact and have been trying to salvage it.
Airbus, which delivered three aircraft before the licenses were withdrawn, continues to show the order as active on its books.
Boeing never officially added Iran’s order to its list of sold jets and has said it will not pursue the deal.