Mohammadreza Pahlavani said in interview with Mehr News Agency that according to experts in the organization, investigations have given Tupolev airplanes negative marks on all factors.
"The Tupolev case is closed and Iran Civil Aviation Organization rejects not only the passenger aircrafts, but the freight Tupolevs as well,” President of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization asserted.
He pointed out that Tupolev aircrafts are not fit for flight and stated "The organization looks to it that these aircrafts to not return to the airline industry so that problems of the past befall the passengers again.”
Pahlavani said that the Tupolev case made its way to the media and is closed, and that due to the Civil Aviation Organization’s disapproval of Tupolev aircrafts, no new decisions will be made in this regard.
Pahlavani had previously said "Of the grounded Tupolevs 35 are sound and there exist 45 new engines in the industry. If these planes are made to fit parameters set by the organization then their return would be considered.”