Most Iran Air Jets Banned from Europe

The EU has banned most of Iran Air

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seen during a military parade to commemorate Army Day, in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

BRUSSELS (AP) - 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.

Kearns also said two more Indonesian carriers, Metro Batavia and
Indonesia Air Asia, have been removed from the latest list of
banned airlines.

The blacklist, which is updated regularly, includes 278
companies - mostly from African and Asian nations.


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