Iran Air has been in negotiation with the European Commission to allow the airline’s Airbus A320 model to operate flights to Europe. The negotiation was initiated in compliance with the European Commission’s rule that “Third Country Operators” (TCO), to operate flights to Europe should directly negotiate with European Commission instead of the country’s own aviation authority.” Iran considered this as a favourable situation.
The European Commission had placed operational restrictions for Iran Air in 2009 forbidding the National carrier to operate flights to Europe with Boeing 747, Fokker 100 and Airbus A320. During the previous Iranian calendar year, Iran Air made an invitation to the European Commission to visit Tehran and inspect the national carrier’s fleet.
As a result, the banned Airbus A320 is now free to fly to Europe, Iran Air’s CEO Farhad Parvaresh said .