TEHRAN, Aug. 08 (ISNA)-Iran is to buy Russian Tupolev 204s, which are to be delivered 18 months after the first money transfer.
This decision was made after Iranian airliners announced that they due to the U.S. embargo are short of planes and have become incapable of meeting the current requirements of the local and foreign air transport market.
Before this Iran's minister of transportation had stated that the U.S. trade embargo placed on aircraft parts had led to a poor safety standard in Iranian airliners.
"We have many times forwarded our complaints in this regard to international aviation groups, but they in answer have stated that this issue should be followed up through negotiations between the two sides," said Mohammad Rahmati.
"Of course this issue has led to the development and self reliance of our specialists in this field and our progresses in this field are very great."
In this line Iran has recently tested its first domestically manufactured jet-fighter, called Azarakhsh, which it plans to place for mass production.
The U.S. before had announced that it would allow Iran to repair its aging fleet of airliners in a third country, but it did not specify where; a promise which was never actualized.
Most passenger planes in Iran are 16 years old, on average, which this is a result of the U.S. sanctions that bar American companies from selling new aircraft to Iran.
Iran has tried to upgrade its fleets with European aircraft, but the U.S. has also pressured Europe not to sell.
Iranian officials have numerously complained to international aviation groups about Washington's sanctions.
The United States introduced sanctions against Iran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
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