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Russians Taking Advantage of Iran's Aerial Sanctions

Tehran, 19 November 2005 (CHN) -- The U.S. sanctions against Iran has given Russian dealers the opportunity to sell their worn-out airplanes to Iran.

"Iranian technology in making airplanes is much developed than that of the Russians. Even the Russians use western planes for their own airlines," says Hashem Afsarian, aviation expert and manager of Simay-e Parvaz Company, adding, "and meanwhile, Iran has adopted a wrong approach of buying Russian airplanes for renovation of the country's aviation fleet."

Afsarian believes that Russian dealers have taken the most advantage of Iran's problems due to US sanctions and through different methods persuade Iranian to buy Russian airplanes.

Aviation experts and specialists believe that airplanes currently produced in Russia can not be a proper replacement for western airplanes, because the western airplanes enjoy several advantages, including that they are more economical, they enjoy better technical support and maintenance services, better designs, and use less energy.

According to Afsarian, new models of Russian airplanes will be built with westerners' cooperation and technology within one or two years. If Iran is going to provide its airplanes from Russia, it would be better to negotiate with them for buying the new models.

Afsarian believes that buying the average 12/13-year-old used airplanes from the west under the supervision of experts will be a good way for renovation of the aviation fleet of the country. Another way to overcome the sanctions could be to register aerial companies by private sector in foreign countries such as Dubai and using their airplanes for domestic flights..

"Experience shows that western countries prefer doing business with private companies for airplane deals rather than Iran Air, which is a representative of Iran's government," says Afsarian.

Therefore, Iran should pave the way for the activity of powerful private companies for buying airplanes.

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