France says the US has rejected its request to exempt French companies from sanctions that Washington plans to impose against Iran.
In a wake of the decision by the White House on May 8 to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran, European vendors may still keep a presence in the Persian market through Russian OEMs.
That company, Mahan Travel and Tourism, has for years provided ticketing and reservations services to Mahan Air, which the US government says carries personnel and supplies for groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force.
“Mahan Air has always been included in US anti-Iran sanctions even in the post-JCPOA era and the recent announcement of US Department of the Treasury is nothing new for this company,” said Faramarz Sarvi, one of authorities of the airline on Saturday.
“The sanctions against Iranian aviation industry has been in place since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and they are not something new for us,” Sarvi added.
Boeing, which has sold 80 planes to IranAir and committed to sell 30 more to another Iranian airline, Aseman Airlines, said it continued to follow the U.S. government’s lead. So far it has not included any of the Iranian sales in the way it accounts for unfilled orders.
“We are aware of last Friday’s announcement and we are reviewing it to determine any impact it may have on our interactions with Iran’s commercial airlines,” a spokesman said.
“As the government provides us details and guidance, we will adjust our activities if required.”
Deux avions franco-italiens ATR72 ont atterri à l’aéroport Mehrabad de Téhéran samedi 30 décembre