EU extends 'blacklist' on Iran Air jets

The EU has banned most of Iran Air's jet jets from flying to Europe due to "safety concerns."

EU extends 'blacklist' on Iran Air jets

The EU has banned most of Iran Air's jet jets from flying to Europe due to "safety concerns."

Spokeswoman Helen Kearns says the airline's Boeing 727s and 747s, along with its Airbus 320s, have been placed on the EU blacklist effective Tuesday following a safety audit.

Kearns denied that the move, which affects two-thirds of Iran Air's fleet, had anything to do with international sanctions against the Islamic republic over its nuclear program.

Iran Air may still operate 23 planes in the 27-nation bloc, including 14 Airbus A300s, eight A310s and one Boeing 737.

The updated blacklist includes 282 airlines from 21 countries that are not allowed to fly to the European Union.

EU regulators also removed two companies from Indonesia, Metro Batavia and Indonesia Air Asia, from the blacklist after Indonesian authorities made "significant" safety improvements, a European Commission spokeswoman said.

Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam was added to the banned list, following "a series of accidents suffered by this airline and serious deficiencies revealed during ramp inspections".


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Temmuz 2010, 14:40

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