US blocks sale of Sukhoi Superjets to Iran
Use of US-made parts gives US leverage over what Sukhoi can sell.
In RIA Novosti
The US has blocked the sale of Sukhoi Superjet 100s to Iran
MOSCOW, January 6 – RIA News. The United States refused to issue an export certificate for the sale of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) to Iran.
It is noted that more than ten percent of the details of the Russian liner are produced in America, so it is necessary to obtain approval of the transaction from the US Treasury.
“It seems that due to the lack of a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the US Treasury, there is no question of supplying the aircraft,” said the representative of the Association of Iranian Airlines Maksud Asadi Samani.
He suggested that it would take a long time to replace American parts.
Earlier, the Iranian ambassador to Moscow, Mehdi Sanai, said that the Islamic Republic was interested in acquiring the aircraft. “Unfortunately, there is one catch. The company must obtain permission from an American supplier of some components. I very much hope that this issue will be resolved,” he said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper.
According to the president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (GSS), Alexander Rubtsov, the company plans to return to the issue of supplying the SSJ-100 to Iran after reducing the share of American components in the liner to less than ten percent.
“We made a firm decision to abandon the sale of aircraft to Iran under current conditions, given the presence of 22% of direct American equipment,” he said at a press conference during the BIAS-2018 air show in Bahrain.
Apparently, the blockage is limited to Iran because of the US anti-Iran sanctions, as other sales continue on pace. Here is earlier Sukhoi news from December 22:
The President of the GSS also reported that the Mexican airline Interjet plans to lease 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) aircraft to other operators and is ready to purchase eight new aircraft of this type.
“There is a demand for this aircraft – both in Latin America and other countries. Therefore, we will naturally help them in this job of placing aircraft on other markets so that the company continues to operate them,” he added.
SSJ-100 in Slovenia
Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade reported that the Slovenian airline Adria Airways will acquire 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, deliveries will begin next year.
According to the head of the Slovenian carrier Holger Kovarch, the operation of the Russian aircraft in the Adria fleet will allow the use of most of the existing fleet – the CRJ and Airbus – in charter flights.