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Donald Trump’s decision to drop the Iran nuclear deal could affect the deliveries of ordered aircraft to Iranian airlines.

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After the end of the embargo in 2015, several Iranian carriers have decided to renew their aging fleet and ordered new Airbus, Boeing and ATR aircraft.

With the US government decision, to drop the deal and restart an embargo against Iran, further deliveries of the ordered aircraft become uncertain.

Iran Air has ordered 32 Airbus A320Neo, eight A321, ten A330-200, 28 A330-900Neo and 16 A350-1000. In January 2017, the airline has taken delivery of the first A321. Since then, two A330-200 followed.

Iran Air’s first Airbus A330-200 © Airbus

ATR has received orders for 20 ATR72-600 aircraft with options for further 20 aircraft of the same type. Until now, eight aircraft have been delivered.

Iran Air’s subsidiary Iran Air Tours has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 45 Airbus A320Neo.

In 2016, Boeing has signed an agreement with Iran Air, which includes 50 Boeing 737 MAX8, 15 B777-300ER and 15 B777-9, valued at $16.6 billion at list prices.

Iran Aseman Air has signed an agreement for additional 30 Boeing 737 MAX scheduled to start deliveries in 2022.

Boeing has not started delivering aircraft to Iranian airlines.

US finance minister Steven Mnuchin stated, that the USA will revoke all export licenses for the ordered aircraft within the next 90 days. As more than 10% of all parts of the Airbus and ATR aircraft are produced in the US, the aircraft manufacturers are not allowed to export the jets. Additionally, the banks, necessary to finance the aircraft, would have to pay fines if they make deals with Iranian companies.

Iran Air Tours and Iran Aseman Airlines have both signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 20 Russian Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft in April 2018.


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