Despite US pressure for sanctions against Iran, the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer- ATR- is to deliver five new purchased passenger planes to Iran on Sunday, the Iran Air has announced on Saturday.
According to official IRNA news agency, Iran Air managing director Farzaneh Sharafbafi had earlier travelled to France to check the delivery. ATR has already delivered eight planes to Iran.
Following the implementation of multilateral Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPAO) in January 2016, Iran Air started direct talks with the world aircraft manufacturing companies to renew the country’s old air fleet which suffered West’s long-term sanctions before the JCPOA.
However, on May 8 this year, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the landmark nuclear deal, defying diplomatic efforts by his European allies to convince him otherwise. Immediately after the announcement US administration started putting pressure on various countries to stop their post-JCPOA fast-growing cooperation and trade ties with Tehran.
Despite the US anti-Iran measures, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on July 31 that his country is after getting green light from US to supply aircraft to Iran.
The French minister said that Europe needed to react quickly and protect its economic sovereignty. “Europe must provide itself with the tools it needs to defend itself against extra-territorial sanctions,” Mr Le Maire stressed.
According to globalsecurity.org, US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal would lead to the loss of close to $40 billion in contracts for Boeing and Airbus, Russian airplane builders.
Airbus had 95 undelivered planes that it had hoped to sell to Iran, including 16 orders of its A350 wide-body, long-range jet airliner, and 28 for the A330neo, another wide-body that’s still under development.