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Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet 100 enters into Iranian aviation market as Boeing and Airbus delay the deliveries. Iran placed around $44billion worth of airplane orders from Airbus and Boeing following the lifting of economic sanctions in 2016., but to this date Airbus delivered only 3 aircraft while Boeing delivered none.
Russia took advantage of the situation and was seen an SSJ 100 with a team of engineers and marketing professionals onboard landing at Tehran’s Mehrabad International airport on 12 February 2018. The Iranian door is wide open for Russian plane maker at this point because Iran Airlines find it difficult to secure new planes even after 20 years of sanctions.
From 1979 to 2016, Iran’s aviation industry was crippled by United States and European sanctions, which blocked Iran Air from obtaining new aircraft and spare parts. Around 130 aircraft were grounded and the airline had to restrict its services to maximum 6 hours radius flights.
108 seating SSJ100 will not replace the demand for larger jets which Boeing and Airbus dominates, but it will allow Iran Air to restructure its routes and keep the business going. Iran Air says, it does not require approval from U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to fly SSJ100s because the plane was made with very little American-made components. Relationship with US Treasury is important to arrange finances for new planes because many international banks will not consider giving loans if found fault with US sanction limitations.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a fly-by-wire twin-engine regional jet, celebrated its 10th anniversary since rollout last year. The unit purchase price of $35 million is the lowest among its competitors.
The following image illustrates the contractors for SSJ100.