Iran will form an aircraft maintenance consortium with Russia, China and India, reports say.
Head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAO), Mohammad Mohammadi Bakhsh, said the consortium will be formed in order to establish the standards for aircraft repair services, according at the Silk Road briefing.
Baksh also said Iran had repaired six foreign planes from four countries in 2022 and would eventually manufacture its own plane.
In July 2022, Iranian media began reporting that a cooperation agreement regarding the delivery of Iranian-made aircraft parts to Russia had been signed between Russia and Iran.
In addition, reports suggested that Iran would help Russia maintain its fleet of foreign-made aircraft and increase the frequency of flights to Russia.
In March 2022, Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev said the country would use “Iran’s experience” to circumvent Western sanctions imposed after Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia.
The invasion prompted many Western companies to stop supplying parts and aircraft to Russia, as well as performing maintenance on Russian-owned aircraft.
The Silk Road Briefing report does not indicate which countries have shipped planes to Iran for maintenance.
Iran was unable to legally purchase new aircraft and their parts for decades due to heavy penalties. However, despite this, the country is known to maintain and even expand its fleet of Western-made civilian and military aircraft.
AeroTime contacted the CAO for comments.