[QODLink]
Archive
Iran planes grounded for lack of parts
Iran's national carrier, Iran Air, says it has been forced to ground almost one-third of its fleet of Airbus passenger planes because US sanctions have prevented it from securing spare parts.
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2005 10:56 GMT
Iran has a poor airline safety record, experts say
Iran's national carrier, Iran Air, says it has been forced to ground almost one-third of its fleet of Airbus passenger planes because US sanctions have prevented it from securing spare parts.

"We have grounded five Airbuses out of 16 because we are unable to purchase the engines," said Malek Barzegar-Sedigh, Iran Air spokesman on Tuesday.

Airbus engines are US-made.
   
He accused Washington of putting passenger safety at risk.
   
"The country which boasts more than any other country about human rights endangers many invaluable lives by resorting to such political measures." Barzegar-Sedigh said.

Washington agreed in March to ease its tough sanctions and allow some civilian aircraft spare parts sales to the Islamic state, in support of a European Union package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to abandon its atomic programme.
   
But the EU talks with Iran have broken down and there have been no reports of aircraft spare parts being sold to Iran under this case-by-case waiver.
   
Unable to buy new aircraft or spare parts from the West, Iran has supplemented its fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes with aircraft from former Soviet Union countries.
   
Iran has a poor airline safety record, according to air safety experts.

Some foreign companies operating in Iran discourage their employees from taking certain types of aircraft on internal routes or using Iran Air for international flights.
   
Barzegar-Sedigh said Iran Air had formed a counter-sanctions committee charged with finding ways to get around the sanctions and obtain spare parts.
   
US sanctions on Iran do allow for the sale of spare parts related to the safety of civilian aircraft, but only if the aircraft themselves are of US origin.

At the same time, they bar the export of any US spare parts to Iran that would constitute more than 10% of the value of the finished product.

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
At least 25,000 displaced people have gathered on the northern border, with more on the way trying to escape attacks.
Remnants of deadly demonstrations to be displayed in a new museum, a year after protests pushed president out of power.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.