Iran Air announced that they are negotiating with the European Commission to losen restrictions on the airline’s Airbus A320 model, in order to operate flights to Europe.
Iran Air’s CEO Farhad Parvaresh said, according to the Minstry of Road and Urban Developments that “Iran Air started to cooperate with the European Commission in 2008. One of the organization’s rules is the “Third Country Operators” (TCO), which will allow any airline considering to operate flights to Europe to directly negotiate with European Commission instead of the country’s own aviation authority. Subsequently, this will ease Iran Air’s chances to expand its network in Europe.”
He added that Iran Air has applied to continue its operations to Europe during 2017.
As of 2009, the European Commission placed operational restrictions for Iran Air. The national carrier is therefore forbidden to operate flights to Europe with Boeing 747, Fokker 100 and Airbus A320. During the previous Iranian calendar year, Iran Air called the European Commission to visit Tehran and to inspect the national carrier’s fleet. Accordingly, the banned Airbus A320 is now free to fly to Europe, the CEO said.
The Airbus A320 has sufficient range to reach all the operated European destinations from Tehran.
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