Source: Radio Zamaneh
Farhad Parvaresh, head of Islamic Republic National Airlines announced that all of Iran's Topolov airplanes will be replaced with Boeing md. Parvaresh added: "Within the five months allotted to Iran Air Tour or perhaps by March, another fleet will replace the civilian Topolovs of all airline companies.
Iranian civilian plane crashes have increased by five times since the 1980s, and since 2001, 15 major civilian planes have crashed. Seven of these planes were American Boeing jets and Lockheed C-130s, arguably the safest aircrafts available. Yet, they have frequently crashed due to "mechanical failures."
ISNA reports that Parvaresh went on to stress
that due to sanctions "importing aircrafts is not an easy matter."
However, he said from next month, they will start replacing the gradual shift to Boeing md.
The replacement of Topolov aircrafts comes after the incidence of several air accidents in Iran involving these aircrafts.
Last year, head of Iran's National Aviation announced that the Topolov aircrafts appear to have a defect in their engines which they reported to the manufacturers in Russia. At the time he maintained that the discontinuation of their use will depend on the response of the manufacturers.
While Iran received no direct response from the Russian manufacturers, the news of replacement of Iran's Topolov fleet seems to have gathered momentum following the fatal crash of Polish President and his companions last April in a Topolov plane which led to international air transport warnings against these aircrafts.
The last air incident involving a Topolov aircraft in Iran occurred last February in Mashhad which luckily left no fatalities.
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