On the 13th of February, Secretary of Association of Iranian Airlines Maqsoud Asadi Samani announced that Sukhoi, major Russian aircraft manufacturer, aims for the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) permission to initiate cooperation with Iranian airlines, Trend News Agency reports.

Samani stated that earlier technical faults of Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100) aircraft have been settled and as soon as both the OFAC and the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAO) grant their approvals of collaboration and allowance to sell the aircraft, the company will start cooperating with Iranian firms.

The previous week, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan described SSJ-100 promotion to the Iranian market as one of the priorities for Russia in its economic cooperation with Iran, TASS reported.

According to Dzhagaryan, the growing interest of Russian businesses in Iran relies on the country’s fuel and energy sectors. "One of the priorities is also the promotion of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 medium-haul aircraft on the Iranian market," he said.

The Superjet-100 passenger aircraft was introduced to Iranian airliners in December 2016. SSJ-100 is a 75-seat and 95-seat passenger plane being produced since 2000 commissioned for flights services by the airlines from 2011.