Iran is in contact with European planemaker Airbus to try to use a narrow window available for business following this week’s US decision to withdraw from an international nuclear pact, said a senior official.
The sales chief of European airplane maker Airbus predicted that Iran would take delivery of dozens of European jets it has ordered under a nuclear deal with major powers, but warned the transactions could take longer to complete than planned.
China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Ltd. agreed to buy 50 Airbus SE single-aisle airliners with a combined list price of $5.42 billion to help meet surging air travel demand in an aviation market set to surpass the US as the world’s biggest.
Iran’s aviation officials played down speculations that the administration of US President Donald Trump would block sales of planes to the country and say they expect purchases to move ahead faster because mechanisms to fund the campaigns are being worked out by plane-makers, themselves.
Two Iranian airlines made prospective deals with Airbus to buy 73 jetliners, a signal that the global aerospace industry is betting such sales to Iran will prevail despite increased hostility by the Trump administration.
Public Relations Manager of Iran Airtour Airlines Marziyeh Jafarzadeh said on Thursday that the Iranian airliner has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a European company to purchase 45 airbuses to beef up its fleet.