Sokhoi Superjet 100 lands in Tehran

IRNA – A Sukhoi Superjet 100 along with the engineers team landed in Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Monday, Secretary of Association of Iranian airlines Maqsoud Assadi Samani said.

The plane is worth 20-25 million dollars and there is no need for Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) permit to rent or purchase it, Asaadi Samani told reporters.

Some Iranian firms have expressed readiness for using this plane, he said.

The aircraft is scheduled to leave for Moscow this evening.

Sokhoi Superjet 100 is a passenger plane with 100 seats, suitable for regional flights.

Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in November 2016 that his country is willing to sell the plane to Iran. He said that the deal is aimed at boosting bilateral trade and economic relations.

After signing the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the world major powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2015, buying planes to modernize Iran’s air fleet became possible.

Iranian airliners during the past two years have forged deals with western aerospace giants Airbus, Boeing and ATR. A number of the planes have joined Iran’s fleet but it was reported in western media that the full implementation of the deals might face challenges due to anti-JCPOA stance of Washington.