27 MARCH 2017
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The third aircraft from a batch of 100 Iran has purchased from Airbus following the 2015 nuclear agreement has landed in Tehran. The long-haul A330-200 touched down at Mehrabad Airport on Saturday, a day after it was officially delivered to Iran Air in Toulouse.
The new arrival, with 32 Business Class and 206 Economy Class seats, was received by Iran Air managing director Farhad Parvaresh. It joins another A330 and a smaller A321 already delivered to Iran by Airbus (BTN 16 January).
The airline is rebuilding its fleet following an US$18bn (about £14.4bn) deal Iran signed with Airbus last year for 46 aircraft from the A320 family, 38 from the A330 family, and 16 from the A350 XWB.
Also last year, Iran signed a $16.6bn (£13.3bn) agreement for 80 new aircraft from Boeing, consisting of 50 B737s and 30 B777s. Iran Air is also in talks with European manufacturer ATR to purchase 20 turboprops.
The fleet build-up comes after restrictions imposed on Iran’s aviation industry were lifted following the nuclear deal, officially the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It was signed between Iran and the UN Security Council’s five permanent members – the US, UK, France, China and Russia — plus Germany.
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