Sudan Airways plans to revive its fleet by procuring new components from Boeing and Airbus after 20 year trade embargo is lifted by US Government.
National carrier of Sudan had 12 of its 14 aircraft grounded due to lack of parts after the sanction imposed in 1997. Washington imposed sanctions, alleged Sudan support Islamist militant groups and housed Osama bin Laden between 1992 and 1996.
Friday, US Government lifted the embargo after months of diplomatic negotiations with Sudan Government, and Sudan Airlines became one of the beneficiary of the move
“We expect our cooperation with Boeing and Airbus to resume as we had excellent relations with them before the sanctions,” Transport Minister Makkawi Mohamed Awad told AFP. and he said “One by one all our planes stopped flying until the entire fleet was grounded because we were unable to get spare parts,”.
The top U.S. envoy in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, told reporters on Saturday ..“Only a few parts that have what we call dual use technology will remain prohibited,”.
“Sudan Airways still owns air slots to Europe, Asia and Africa. We can get our operating licences back now that the sanctions have been lifted,” Award said.