b>Tehran - Iran needs 500 commercial planes, and is ready to purchase the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 if Russia agrees to sell, Reuters reports, citing top Iranian civil aviation leaders

Iran is facing the task of renewing its aging commercial aircraft fleet. But the country is about to fail it due to ongoing US sanctions.

In 2015, Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran and reimposed sanctions. Last year, the US Treasury Department revoked the licenses of Boeing and Airbus to sell passenger aircraft to Iran.

Most commercial airliners produced in the world include more than 10 percent U.S. parts. It is the threshold for U.S. Treasury approval.

According to Russian officials, Sukhoi is working on reducing the usage of U.S. made components in the production of SSJ100 to be able to sell the aircraft to Iran.

If the Iranian airlines want to use SSJ100 and the manufacturer agrees to sell it to Iran, the Civil Aviation Organization is ready to issue its final comment on this aircraft,
Ali Abedzadeh, head of the Civil Aviation Organization, told Fars news agency.

Iran Air, the national carrier of the country had ordered 200 passenger planes in 2016 -100 from Airbus (46 A320, 38 A330, 16 A350), 80 from Boeing (50 737 MAX 8, 15 777-300ER, 15 777-9) and 20 ATR 72-600 from Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR before U.S. licenses of these manufacturers were canceled.

In addition to Iran Air, another Iranian operator Aseman Airlines had placed an order for 30 737 MAX.

The airlines have proposals for aircraft purchases and we are trying to devise regulations that will ease their aircraft imports. Considering Iran’s vast market, we need 500 planes now,
Abedzadeh told the semi-official Tasnim news agency.