The United States has stepped up its pressure
on Lufthansa over the German airliner's maintenance and overhaul of
Iran Air plane engines, the weekly Stern magazine said Thursday, IRNA
reported from Berlin.
The unnamed American engine spare parts supplier has threatened to
terminate all its business activities with Lufthansa, should it
continue to provide Iran Air with US-made engine spare parts.
Lufthansa has reportedly caved in to American pressure and will
no longer US-made engine spare parts in Iran Air planes.
The German national carrier has been in charge of Iran Air's
maintenance and overhaul for the last four decades.
Since Iran's Islamic Revolution of 1979, US embargoes have forced
Iran to buy mainly Russian-built planes and older European Airbus
models to supplement an existing fleet of Boeing and other American
and European models.
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