Airbus wouldn’t have printed Iran Air’s logo on its infographic images few months ago., but today its on the infographic images of Boeing and Airbus.
Since 2010, Aviation world isolated Iran Air, following the UN backed global economic ban to curb Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program. The sanctions were visible in the skies above Tehran than any other sector in Iran. Iran Air struggled to keep its fleet on the air due to lack of parts and stop over refuelling.
On 5 July 2010, U.K., Germany and the United Arab Emirates refused to refuel Iranian passenger jets. Then the very next day, European Commission banned Iran Air’s commercial aircraft from entering EU over safety concerns. The Boeing and Airbus were also not permitted to sell parts to Iran Air. Instead of grounding the aircraft due to sanctions, Mahan Air and Iran Air kept their fleet on the air using parts from black market.
One of the aircraft Iran air was flying during the sanction period was Boeing 747-100 which entered service with Iran Air weeks before the 1979 hostage crisis and is the only original 747-100 jumbo still capable of flying passengers. After ban lifted Iran Air retired its longest served 35 year old 747-100 on Jan 8 2017,
Finally on 16 January 2016, all sanctions on Iran civil aviation were lifted and Iran Air is back on track by ordering Aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. Today Iran Air is becoming one of the few airlines with all new Airplanes.
Boeing 747-100 : Photo Credit: Dennis Lau