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Iran, Ireland agree to broaden cooperation in aviation

9 February 2017 13:07 (UTC+04:00)
Iran, Ireland agree to broaden cooperation in aviation

By Kamila Aliyeva

Iran's Civil Aviation Organization inked on February 9 the first ever contract with Ireland on the expansion of aviation cooperation such as observing flight operation, continued flight eligibility, issuance of technical aid, repair and maintenance, IRNA reported.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was undersigned between Deputy Chairman for Standard at aviation organization Mohammad Javad Taghvaei and Irish Director General of regulations and flight safety Rolf James in Tehran.

The agreement includes the implementation of ICAO’s Article 83 from the Convention on International Civil Aviation for Irish aircraft in Iran.

It is intended to “provide better regulation and oversight of air safety in the case of international lease, charter or interchange of aircraft” as ICAO describes it and consequently simplifies the procedures of the aircraft lease.

Reza Jafarzadeh, CAO.IRI’s director of public relations said that in the framework of this agreement, Iran will be able to lease and operate Irish registered aircraft in an easier way.

Iran Aseman Airlines is now cleared to complete a lease-purchase contract with an Irish firm to acquire a total of 7 Airbus A320neo.

Iran has several private and public airline companies in operation, among which IranAir is the oldest one. The number of operational airports in the country is 46.

Earlier, the country signed a multilateral memorandum of understanding with German companies on the projects on development of its airports. The memorandum covers airport operations management, airport development, navigation infrastructures and consultation regarding commercialization of the airports.

Since sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic were lifted last year, Iran began to take steps to upgrade its air industry, revamp an aging airline fleet, equipment and airports.

When sanctions were eased in January after Iran certified that it had shelved its nuclear program, Tehran immediately opened talks with Boeing Co. and the European manufacturer Airbus to buy hundreds of aircraft. The deals represent the biggest commercial result of the nuclear accord.

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