Iran to receive second Airbus on Saturday

Iran to receive second Airbus on Saturday

Iran to receive second Airbus on Saturday

The delivery continues the implementation of Iran Air's major fleet renewal plan, launched in December 2016 with a firm order for 100 Airbus airplanes, including 46 single-aisle A320-family jets, 38 A330s and 16 A350s. It will now be operated by Iran's national flag carrier Iran Air.

Iran has ordered 100 airliners from European plane-maker Airbus and 80 from Boeing and is in talks to finalize a deal to buy 20 turboprop aircraft from ATR, jointly owned by Airbus and Italy's Leonardo Finmeccanica.

Officials attend a ceremony held beside the Airbus A330-200 after it touched down at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. A smaller plane, an Airbus A320 for use on shorter flights, arrived in Tehran in January.

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The airline said at the time of the first handover that it was part of Iran Air's "ambitious passenger aircraft fleet renewal and its stronger presence in worldwide civil aviation".

CEO Iran Air Mr. Farhad Parvaresh and Deputy Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Road and Urban Development Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan were onboard the newly-purchased aircraft.

The easing of sanctions allowed Iran to begin replacing its aging fleet of commercial aircraft, regarded as among the world's oldest. In fact, Republican politicians in the U.S. Congress have pledged to block a separate deal between Boeing and Iran Air calling for delivery of fifty 737 Max 8s, fifteen 777-300ERs and fifteen 777-9s valued at $16.6 billion at list prices.

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