Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

Five new Airbuses to join Iran fleet by March 2018

Five new Airbuses to join Iran fleet by March 2018

Landing of the second Airbus aircraft, this time of A330-200 type, was made on Saturday morning as part of the lucrative deal President Rouhani had signed with European giant of the air industry in the era emerged after implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It will now be operated by Iran's national flag carrier Iran Air.

Iran received its first widebody airplane since economic sanctions were lifted, manufacturer Airbus SE announced Friday.

The delivery of the planes takes place within a batch of 100 jets purchased by Iran Air recently to renew its aged passenger fleet. A smaller plane, an Airbus A320 for use on shorter flights, arrived in Tehran in January.

The Airbus A330 is expected to travel from the Toulouse, France, manufacturing facility and arrive in Tehran on Saturday.

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The US-led sanctions against Iran prevented global plane providers from selling aircraft to Iran. 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.

Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi had earlier emphasized that two A330s would arrive in Iran in the near future.

In December, the deal with Boeing was finalized, allowing Iran to buy 80 planes within 10 years.

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