Iran Air has taken the delivery of an Airbus A321, which will be the first jetliner to be delivered to Iran from among 100 planes the French plane maker has agreed to supply after the lifting of economic sanctions last year. Farhad Parvaresh, the managing director of the country’s flag carrier Iran Air, was quoted by local media as saying that the plane – an A321 – was officially registered under Iran Air ownership on Saturday.
Iran Air late last year finalized deals to buy 100 planes from Airbus and another 80 from Boeing, the world’s largest maker of jetliners. The orders are worth more than $34.5 billion at list price, though buyers typically get deep discounts.The 189-seat jet was assembled in Hamburg. From there, it is expected to be transferred to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, for a formal handover on Wednesday. Parvaresh said there would be an official ceremony to mark the arrival of the plane in Tehran. He also noted that the plane will be initially used in domestic flights upon delivery.
The plane deals are the highest-profile commercial agreements between Western firms and Iran since the completion of a 2015 nuclear pact between the world powers, including the U.S., and Tehran. In exchange for Iran putting curbs on its nuclear program, the powers agreed to lift many sanctions on the Islamic Republic.