Iran gets its first widebody aircraft since easing of sanctions

Mar 12, 2017, 00:54
Iran gets its first widebody aircraft since easing of sanctions

Iran Air's A330-200 features a two class cabin layout, seating 32 passengers in business and 206 in economy. The deliveries are part of a 100 aircraft order Iran Air placed with Airbus.

Iran's national flag-carrier airline Iran Air says the second Airbus plane that has been purchased through a major post-sanctions deal with the European aviation giant will arrive in Tehran on Saturday morning.

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

Its delivery to Iran was made possible under a 18-billion-dollar deal Iran signed with Airbus previous year to purchase 100 new planes, including 46 aircraft from the A320 family, 38 from the A330 family, and 16 from the A350 XWB. The contracts angered USA lawmakers opposed to the nuclear deal, which lifted economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for limitations on Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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Airbus forecasts that Iran will require some 400-to-500 new aircraft to modernize and expand its existing passenger fleet to catch up with years of pent-up demand on domestic and global routes. A smaller plane, an Airbus A320 for use on shorter flights, arrived in Tehran in January.

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

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