Iran says there’s little chance for A380 purchase 

Iran’s ISNA news agency has quoted an unnamed official which said that Iran is not expected to pursue the purchase of A380s, adding that the country would instead try to purchase other alternatives such as A320s or A330s.

An A380 performing its flying display at FIA 2016. Copyright: Avineesh Suppiah

In January,Iran signed s major contract with Airbus worth around US$27 billion to buy 118 aircraft. The planes part of the order varied from the A320 to the A380.

Nevertheless, Farhad Parvaresh, the managing director of Iran Air, announced in February that A380s may be removed from the list “if the conditions for their delivery are not met”. 

Parvaresh added that Iran might instead choose to buy A350s which he said “are even more advanced”.   

This past Tuesday, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, an arm of the Treasury Department, granted the license to Airbus to sell 106 planes to Iran over the next years in a deal whose value could be above $20 billion.

Airbus needed the US authorization to export planes to Iran because at least 10 percent of the aircraft’s parts are made in the US. 

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