A short Q&A with Iranian experts who offered these comments.
- As Iranian airlines look at fleet renewal – which is the bigger problem, capital access or aircraft access?
Yes they are and the main problem will be capital access
- Iran represents the biggest business opportunity in commercial aviation at present. Iran’s fleet needs are greater than what the market can supply. How does this problem get addressed? What do the aircraft suppliers (lessors and OEMs) have to do to meet the demand from Iranian airlines?
Iranian Airlines are planning to renew their fleet by using the lessors and OEM subject to financial condition available in market
- Are Iranian airlines willing to acquire second hand aircraft or is the focus on the newest aircraft?
Yes they are. It is estimated, that there will be a period of 5 years to transit from existing condition to operate newest aircraft (NEO or Next Gen). This process may be sped up if the foreign financial market would like to feed necessary budget accordingly.
- Do Iranian crews (flight and maintenance) require training updates to become current on the aircraft in service today? How will this be undertaken?
There are many valid contracts between Iranian airlines and training centers, however we shall upgrade Iranian training center in accordance EASA 147 requirements, but we will still need to use foreign training centers for pilot training. It will be huge need of demand then.