Wed, Dec 28, 2011
Government Says It Will Add 25 Passenger Planes To Civil
The US and some other western nations are working to isolate the
government of Iran over alleged nuclear weapons development, but
some nations are exploiting the trade restrictions as an
opportunity to gain new market share. Embraer has come under fire
for its willingness to discuss supplying Iran with fighters. Now,
Iran's minister of transportation says his government is
considering buying new civil aircraft from Russia.
Iran's Press TV quotes Transportation Minister Ali Nikzad as
stating Monday that a deal will be finalized when Iran's Civil
Aviation Organization approves Russian planes. “We should see
if the aircraft are suitable for Iran's geographic and climatic
conditions, and whether their price is reasonable. If we reach a
final agreement, we will buy some."
The news comes just after Russia was named in a recent study by
the British consulting firm Ascend as the most dangerous country in
the world to fly on a commercial airliner, ranking below even
developing nations such as Indonesia and the Congo. Russian
regulators have also announced a crackdown on small airlines in
that nation, and Russian manufactured aircraft have not escaped
part of the blame for the dismal safety record.
Nikzad does not sound worried. He's quoted by Press TV as
commenting that that any type of plane will wear out after a while
in service and will be phased out. "For example, Tupolevs were very
good for a certain period of time, but were later phased out and
replaced by newer aircraft."
The only specifics of the Iranian civil fleet expansion came on
December 18, when the government said it wanted to add 25
fuel-efficient passenger planes.
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