Hamid Reza Pahlevani, Head of Civil Aviation Organization, urged the local airlines to order and buy modern planes and facilities. “In order to decrease the average fleet age, we have asked the local airlines to buy new and modern planes.” Hamid Reza Pahlevani told reporters. Pahlevani also urged airlines to pay their debts to Iran’s National Oil Company.
As of 12 March 2012 Iran Air’s average fleet age was 23.7 years. Iran Air is the largest and most important local airline. The most modern and newest aircraft is Airbus A320-200 in Iran Air’s fleet. However this company is still using the old Boeing 747-100 made in 1979.
According to the sanctions against Iran (applied by United States) Iran cannot buy new planes or even spares from American companies. Because of this, Russia regularly sells its homemade aircrafts to Iran which usually causes many problems due to their low quality. Iran has recently ordered 35 planes from Tupolev Tu-204 series.