The excitement of trading with Iran’s airlines is bringing OEMs some uncertainty. This is going to be unwelcome to suppliers who dislike adding uncertainty to an already uncertain industry.
Let’s start with Superjet. News from Iran now suggests the SSJ is not going to be welcomed in Iran. The Association of Iranian Airlines is the source, and to see the comment from that source as saying “the plane is not well-known to Iranian airline companies” is fatuous. Virtually every modern commercial aircraft is unknown to Iran’s airlines and the SSJ issue has been fixed. Then to ascribe concern about the recent technical fix after saying as recently as December 10th that Iranian airlines were interested in buying the SSJ is perplexing.
The chart tells the story. Airbus clearly pulled out all the stops to fix its supply chain troubles on the A350 this past year. December was a blowout performance. Continue reading
Today Airbus had another first flight, this time the A350-1000. The aircraft looks good. A video from AirlineFlyer captured the moment from this morning’s takeoff.