Iran's first post-sanctions Airbus flies in
Tehran, Jan 12, 2017 (AFP) - A first Airbus aircraft arrived in Iran on
Thursday as part of a huge order placed after the lifting of international
sanctions on the Islamic republic.
The plane to be used for internal flights landed at Tehran's Mehrabad
Iran Air chief executive officer Farhad Parvaresh has said the airline
expects to receive several more planes before the end of the Iranian year on
The carrier completed a huge deal for 100 Airbus planes with a list price
of around $20 billion (19 billion euros) on December 22.
Iran had committed to the agreement during a visit to Paris by President
Hassan Rouhani in January 2015 shortly after international sanctions were
lifted under a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
But it required approval from Washington as some parts are manufactured in
the United States.
The jets will bolster Iran's ageing passenger fleet with the addition of 46
A320 planes for medium-haul routes, 38 long-haul A330s and 16 A350s.
In another deal in December, Iran Air finalised an order for 80 planes from
Airbus's US competitor Boeing.
Boeing said that contract -- Iran's first deal with a US aviation firm
since the 1979 Islamic revolution -- was worth $16.6 billion.
Iran projects a demand for between 400 and 500 new commercial airliners
over the next decade.
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