Many Iranian-Americans still seem confused by a rumor that the US sanctions law makes it illegal to buy Iran Air tickets. It is NOT illegal to buy Iran Air tickets. When asked about the matter, I refer friends to the NIAC clarification dated July 1 2011 which says, "Iranian Americans may continue to travel using Iran Air, despite the recent imposition of sanctions on the company, according to the U.S. Treasury’s sanctions enforcement agency and the U.S. State Department."
The confusion may have arisen due to the fact the the Iran Air sanctions do prohibit other types of transactions with Iran Air, such as transactions related to the provision of insurance, aircraft servicing, or the export of goods to Iran Air. Full text of NIAC clarification, here.
I do recommend checking the NIAC site (and the date of the clarification) every time you plan to buy a ticket.
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Ari jan, it is a VANs RV7Aby Bavafa on Sun Jul 17, 2011 02:55 PM PDT
It is a home build.
'Vahdat' is the main key to victory
Bavafaby Ari Siletz on Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:05 AM PDT
Cool! What kind of plane do you fly?
Thanks for the information Ari.by Bavafa on Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:12 AM PDT
I fly with Iran air logoed airplane on the weekly bases here in the US without any fear of persecution or arrest.
Saddly for Iran air, I think this plane is safer to fly/operate and I can get spare parts for it any time I want to.
'Vahdat' is the main key to victory
Reality Bitesby Ari Siletz on Sat Jul 16, 2011 05:48 PM PDT
Among the services that NIAC performs for the Iranian-American community (member or not) I am not aware of a discount program. However, as NIAC is not an ideological organization, your suggestion doesn't seem that out of place. For example Sierra club members get discounts for solar energy installations on their homes. Thanks for your contribution, and by the way I encourage a Sierra Club membership. They really care for the environment and have helped pass good laws (or defeat bad laws) that help protect the environment for all of us.
RBby Soosan Khanoom on Sat Jul 16, 2011 05:44 PM PDT
May be NIAC is actually the new Iranian embassy in the U.S ..... We, the people , I mean Iranian American are the only Iranian outside of Iran who are Orphan and by that I mean there is no Iranian embassy for us to refer to to enjoy that iranian part of our existences ...
come on ... do not be so hard on us ...
and oh.... I hope Iran air still is serving " Baghalee polo" last time like 22 years ago that i boarded one the food was the best thing ever !
Thanks bfarahmandby Ari Siletz on Sat Jul 16, 2011 05:35 PM PDT
I wrote this blog in response to a frequent question from friends who travel to Iran often. It has always surprised me that they are not aware that the IranAir ticket rumor is false. Today was the last straw as a usually well informed friend expressed the same concern, so I took a few minutes to re-emphasize the facts on IC. I refer friends to the NIAC website to set their minds at ease, as I know of the public service that NIAC performs in situations that affect the Iranian-American commmunity in their daily lives.
I catch up up with bloggers (Fred or otherwise) with strictly political concerns only sproadically, my primary interests being cutural, artistic, scientific and the daily life issues (including political, of course) of Iranians.
Ari jaanby Reality-Bites on Sat Jul 16, 2011 05:21 PM PDT
Can NIAC get us discounts at Iranian hotels, restautants etc? Thank you in advance.
Dear Ari Siletzby iamfine on Sat Jul 16, 2011 04:49 PM PDT
You should mention that to Fred that keep humiliating NIAC. He already sent several bolgs in that regard including his recent one that he is trying to compare the NIAC organization to MEK.