The third aircraft from a batch of 100 planes Iran has purchased from European aviation giant Airbus following the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries has landed in the Iranian capital of Tehran.
The long-haul A330-200 touched down at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Saturday, a day after it was officially delivered to Iran in the French city of Toulouse.
Farhad Parvaresh, the managing director of Iran’s national flag carrier Iran Air, attended the ceremony to deliver the aircraft.
The plane, which has 32 business class and 206 economy class seats, is suitable for long-distance flights.
It joins another A330 and a smaller A321 delivered to Iran in March and January this year by Airbus.
Its delivery to Iran was made possible under an 18-billion-dollar deal Iran signed with Airbus last year to purchase 100 new planes, including 46 aircraft from the A320 family, 38 from the A330 family, and 16 from the A350 XWB.
In 2016, Iran inked another agreement worth 16.6 billion dollars to buy 80 new planes from the US aviation company, Boeing, comprising 50 737 airliners and 30 777s.
Iran Air is also expected to finalize an accord with European manufacturer ATR to purchase 20 turboprops.
The agreements came after the restrictions imposed on Iran’s aviation industry were lifted following the nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The JCPOA was signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia — plus Germany on July 14, 2015. The Islamic Republic and the six world powers started implementing the JCPOA on January 16, 2016.
Under the deal, limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against the Islamic Republic.
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