Negating what was reported earlier, which based itself from quotes from Iran’s news agency, Airbus will lease 7 aircrafts to Iran’s flagship carrier.
As per two sources from the aviation industry, Teheran’s Aseman Airlines has agreed to lease seven Airbus jets trashing earlier reports that the country had agreed to buy the aircrafts directly from Airbus.
Earlier, Iran’s Labour Minister, Ali Rabii, was quoted by the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) as saying, Iran has agreed to buy 7 aircrafts from Airbus.
The report had fueled speculation in the French media.
These seven jets will be leased rather than be purchased directly from Airbus, said sources without disclosing the name of the leasing company.
“Airbus has not finalised any contract so far with IranAir and the agreement for seven airplanes that has been reported is not directly with Airbus,” said a spokesman for Airbus.
Iran’s Aseman Airlines could not be reached for comment.
Last week, the EU had banned Aseman Airlines from operating in the bloc citing safety concerns. Aseman Airlines clarified later that it does not fly to the EU.
Although the airlines is owned by Iran’s civil pension foundation it is managed as a private company. According to CAPA consultancy, Aseman is Iran’s third-largest airline by active fleet size.
In other news, a delegation from Airbus has gone to Iran for finalizing a deal for nearly 100 planes.