The English-language daily `Tehran Times' quoted an official with Iran Air as saying that currently three Boeing and Airbus planes are being fully overhauled at the airliner's hangers, adding that the maintenance service on a Boeing 747 will soon be completed.
Abdollah Maleki, the director of Iran Air Mechanical Operations Department, said that the airliner is capable of becoming a base in the region for carrying out basic maintenance work on heavy planes.
Maleki stressed that Iran previously carried out only Check C services on planes, adding that the planes used to be sent to European countries for a full overhaul.
This, he added, was very costly for Iran Air.
Iran's aviation fleet is mostly comprised of American-made Boeings, purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
However, the US unilateral sanctions have prevented the Islamic Republic from properly maintaining the planes, thus forcing Iran to turn to Russian and Ukrainian planes.
Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) is facing mounting pressure because most of domestic air tragedies have involved these Russian and Ukrainian planes.
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