A GE spokesman told Reuters that the company’s request to provide Iran with parts and maintenance for engines is for safety reasons only.
“We don't want to make a penny on it. It's entirely for flight safety," said Rick Kenned, the GE spokesman, adding that GE would donate any proceeds to charity. (Reuters, 21 February)
A senior Iranian official told Reuters in November that Iran could require between 250 and 400 jets if and when sanctions are lifted completely.
Iran says the sanctions have prevented it from renewing its fleet, forcing it to use sub-standard Russian aircraft and to patch up jets that have long since exceeded their normal years of service.