IMPORT OF SECOND HAND RUSSIAN MADE PLANES BANNED

AZG DAILY
01-09-2009

International

The Iranian Aviation Organization (IAO) has sent a circular to
all Iranian airliners instructing to buy or rent only new Russian
planes. The instruction which is valid from the last Sunday prohibits
the buy or rent of only second hand Russian planes and does not
include western made air planes.

IAO will try to merge Iranian small airliners for improving their
standards.

Regarding TU-154 which crashed near Qazvin several weeks ago,
Mohammad-Reza Ilkhani the new head of IAO stated that the Plane has
passed through an 1200 hours overhaul process 20 days before the
accident. He underlined that the crash was not due technical failure
and therefore two Iranian investigation teams will travel to Moscow
in near future to find out the reason for bursting the engine number
one the plane.