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Iran Airbus Aircraft Impounded As a Result of Sanctions

Old 9th Jul 2011, 20:32
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Iran Airbus Aircraft Impounded As a Result of Sanctions

It looks like the latest sanctions on Iran Air are having a huge impact on Mahan Air's European operations.

The US Bureau of Industry and Security has recently claimed jurisdiction over one of Mahan Air's A310 due to the US origin components installed in the aircraft. As a result, the aircraft that had been scheduled to fly from Birmingham, UK to Tehran has now been grounded for the foreseeable future at Birmingham airport.

The following is an excerpt outlining the action taken by the US Bureau of Industry and Security against Mahan Air's A310 aircraft:

From: http://www.exportlawblog.com/archives/3238


"BIS has now added Paris-based Zarand Aviation to the TDO based on a lease of an Airbus 310 by Zarand to Mahan. The Airbus 310 in question is now grounded for the forseeable future at the Birmingham Airport in the United Kingdom. Although the aircraft was manufactured in and exported from France, BIS claims jurisdiction over the aircraft because it has U.S.-origin G.E. engines which are classified as ECCN 9A991.d and which constitute more than 10 percent of the value of the aircraft. Information on the leased 310-304 can be found here, including confirmation that the aircraft has two GE CF6-80C2A2 engines.

A Google search for Zarand Aviation suggests that it has little other business activity than the Mahan lease in question. The major effect, then, of this TDO will be to keep the aircraft grounded in the United Kingdom.

Mahan is supposed to have eight Airbus aircraft in its fleet."

Does this now mean that all Iranian owned airbus aircraft can be grounded at will by the US authorities as a result of their US origin components? If so, this is likely to have a devastating effect on the routes of the Iranian Airbus operators like Iran Air and Mahan Air. US origin components constitute more than the critical 10% value threshold in practically all Airbus aircraft, so in theory therefore it would seem that the entire Airbus fleets of Mahan Air and Iran Air are at risk of being grounded by the US authorities. Very worrying....
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 06:12
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Iran Airbus Aircraft Impounded As a Result of Sanctions

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It looks like the latest sanctions on Iran Air are having a huge impact on Mahan Air's European operations.

The US Bureau of Industry and Security has recently claimed jurisdiction over one of Mahan Air's A310 due to the US origin components installed in the aircraft. As a result, the aircraft that had been scheduled to fly from Birmingham, UK to Tehran has now been grounded for the foreseeable future at Birmingham airport.

The following is an excerpt outlining the action taken by the US Bureau of Industry and Security against Mahan Air's A310 aircraft:

From: http://www.exportlawblog.com/archives/3238


"BIS has now added Paris-based Zarand Aviation to the TDO based on a lease of an Airbus 310 by Zarand to Mahan. The Airbus 310 in question is now grounded for the forseeable future at the Birmingham Airport in the United Kingdom. Although the aircraft was manufactured in and exported from France, BIS claims jurisdiction over the aircraft because it has U.S.-origin G.E. engines which are classified as ECCN 9A991.d and which constitute more than 10 percent of the value of the aircraft. Information on the leased 310-304 can be found here, including confirmation that the aircraft has two GE CF6-80C2A2 engines.

A Google search for Zarand Aviation suggests that it has little other business activity than the Mahan lease in question. The major effect, then, of this TDO will be to keep the aircraft grounded in the United Kingdom.

Mahan is supposed to have eight Airbus aircraft in its fleet."

Does this now mean that all Iranian owned airbus aircraft can be grounded at will by the US authorities as a result of their US origin components? If so, this is likely to have a devastating effect on the routes of the Iranian Airbus operators like Iran Air and Mahan Air. US origin components constitute more than the critical 10% value threshold in practically all Airbus aircraft, so in theory therefore it would seem that the entire Airbus fleets of Mahan Air and Iran Air are at risk of being grounded by the US authorities. Very worrying....
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 07:31
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This was mentioned a week ago in the BHX forum, butI wonder what happened to the crew? I doubt whether they would have UK visas.
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Old 22nd Aug 2011, 06:58
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another version - aircraft is actually impounded due to Mahan not paying for a leased engine...

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Old 24th Aug 2011, 20:01
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What I don't get is why this bus is parked right in the middle of the BHX apron, instead of being towed over to the old terminal. It doesn't suggest BHX is that busy these days, even in supposedly peak summer season.
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Old 24th Aug 2011, 20:40
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I'm slightly confused here. I would have thought that the BIS would not have jurisdiction to ground an aircraft anywhere other than the USA...?
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Old 24th Aug 2011, 21:48
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BHX Parking

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BHX is nowhere near capacity for stands at any time of the day, at any time of the year although that can change depending on how many aircraft Ryanair decide to park at BHX in the winter

Also anything parked over the other side, which is stationary for too long tends to get set on fire

Also, at times the Elmdon site can be busier than the terminal although some have mentioned that is about to change

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Old 25th Aug 2011, 10:34
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Dear OP

Hello OP, Re your comment on the ultimate fate of aeronautical apparatus parked on tthe Elmdon Apron.

I believe from long past experence re an old Vickers Valetta - The said apparatus ultimately corrodes with a vengence. This might also apply to the main apron too.[Apparatus - not the apron].

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[ Thanks for the pax stats. Please remember 0% load factor equals a zero pax yeald - Your stats are a good pointer to the "Health" of a route.]
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Old 25th Aug 2011, 16:11
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Mahan Air A310 just departed Runway 15!!!!!
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