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Canadian Company Offers to Sell Planes, Parts, Jets to Iran

June 16, 2014



TEHRAN (FNA)- A delegation from Canada'sBombardier Aerospace Company in a meeting with Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Ali Reza Jahangirian voiced their company's willingness to sell passenger planes and commercial jets to Iran.

The Bombardier delegation introduced the different types of the company's airplanes in a presentation, and said, "Bombardier is ready to cooperate with Iran in the supply of spare parts and transfer of technology to Iran." The Bombardier's representatives reiterated that their company is ready to cooperate with Iran in purchasing brand new and second-hand planes as well as commercial jets. Bombardier Aerospace is a division of Bombardier Incorporation. The company competes with Brazilian rival Embraer for the title of the third largest aircraft manufacturer after Airbus and Boeing. It is headquartered in Dorval, Quebec, Canada. After acquiring Canadair in 1986 and restoring it to profitability, Bombardier in 1989 acquired the near-bankrupt Short Brothers aircraft manufacturing company in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This was followed in 1990 by the acquisition of the bankrupt Learjet Company of Wichita, Kansas, builder of the Learjet business aircraft, and finally the money-losing Boeing subsidiary, de Havilland Aircraft of Canada based in Toronto, Ontario in 1992. In late November 2013, Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Ali Reza Jahangirian announced that several foreign airlines have voiced their willingness to resume operation and reopen their bureaus in Tehran following the recent nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers in Geneva last week. Jahangirian pointed to the recent agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Geneva in November, and said, "After the agreement we have received requests for the resumption of foreign airlines' operation in Iran." He reiterated that the same airlines that were active in Iran in previous years are going to ask for the reopening of their bureaus in the coming weeks. "Following the removal of the sanctions, aviation operations in the country will increase by 50 percent till next year," Jahangirian told FNA. "A specific paragraph has been predicted in the Geneva agreement on the removal of the embargoes on the supply of passenger plane parts (to Iran)," he said. The ban on the supply of plane parts to Iran was annulled in the November nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany in Geneva. According to the deal, some Iranian airlines can have access to safety repair and inspection inside Iran. The Western embargo on the supply of passenger plane parts to Iranian companies was one of the main causes of air crashes and technical problems in Iran, costing the lives of tens of civilians. Iran and the six major world powers reached an agreement in Geneva on Sunday after days of intensive negotiations. Meantime, the former head of ICAO announced in mid November that Iran plans to renovate its fleet of passenger planes and also upgrade the country's safety flight standards this year. "If we add 20 passenger planes to our fleet each year, we will achieve our specified goal of having a fleet with 550 aircraft by 2025," former Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Hamid Reza Pahlavani said. He said that a sum of 21 airplanes joined Iran's fleet last Iranian year (ended March 20), and continued, "24 other planes, including three Airbus 320s, have joined the country's passenger fleet so far this year (started March 21)." Pahlavani said that a sum of 13 other passenger jets, including seven planes to be imported by the airlines and six brand new ones in coordination with the government, will be added to the fleet. He reiterated that Iran'sCivil Aviation Organization acts in accordance with the safety regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and said, "The objective of implementing these regulations is upgrading our flight safety standards."        


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Source: FARS News Agency


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