Monday, 04 July, 2016

Iran says under no obligation to buy A380s

Iran reaffirmed that it may not proceed with purchasing A380 superjumbo jets from Airbus, raising questions over part of a landmark deal with the European planemaker.

“We have freedom to choose … we have no obligation and commitment to buy A380 planes,” said Iran’s Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi.

“This is part of a five-year plan for Iran’s aviation … and the Iranian official in charge of buying such planes will decide then,” Reuters has quoted Akhoundi as saying.

The order for the double-decker jetliners grabbed attention in January as part of a preliminary deal signed in Paris for 118 Airbus planes worth $27 billion. Iran has also provisionally agreed to buy or lease 109 Boeing jets.

Reuters reported on Monday, however, that Tehran was having second thoughts about whether to take delivery of the order for a dozen A380 superjumbo jets.

“We always made clear this is an option,” an Iranian official told Reuters, asking not to be identified.

“It is possible to switch to other models,” the official added.

In January, Iran signed a major deal worth over $27 billion for the purchase of 118 planes from Airbus.  The deal – which is yet to be finalized – was signed during a landmark trip to Paris by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

An industry source familiar with the region previously told Reuters that Iran was committed to the rest of the order.

Another Iranian official said main obstacles to completing the full order were remaining US financial sanctions.

Others said the A380 part of the order, worth $5.2 billion at list prices, can be canceled or amended without penalty under the contract before Airbus starts building the jets.

To the same effect, Iran announced in February that it will replace A380 Airbus planes with A350 planes if the conditions for their delivery are not met as agreed.

1 Comment

  1. Amir

    July 1, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    I have one question to the officials who are against the A380 in Iran, why not? Arabs having it under Emirates, Germans having it under Lufthansa, Why not Iran if you guys believe that you are going to be the regional transport hub in the Middle East( I call it West Asia), no more Middle- East please, this is an English term put on Iran’s region to segregate the region. Why not? I traveled from Dubai to San Francisco with A380, Very comfortable and roomy. If they have it Iranians should have it to, even it is going to be costly. By the way do you know how many Iranians- Americans abroad, especially in LA and SF, love to have direct flight from SFO or LAX to Tehran rather Dubai and some Arab countries. We are tired of 40 years of “no-face”. Iranians need this super-duper jumbo airliner. Maybe Boeing has something to do with it under antitrust laws. Let’s have it even it is costly. We now getting the recognition, let’s have it all the way. Cost a lot, no problem. Iran paid 100 times, maybe 1000 times, more for past 40 years. 70 Rail per US Dollar in 79 to 33000 Rails per Dollar now. They paid way more than that. Now, rather dropping bomb over Beheshteh Zarhah cemetery by some allied forces under illegal nuclear bologna; Iranians can now put flowers over the tombs of their love ones.

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