Iran receives second Airbus passenger plane

Brittany BishopMar 13, 2017

Iran's state TV is reporting that the second of 100 planes it purchased from Airbus follovwing its nuclear deal with world powers has landed in the capital Tehran.

The aircraft had been officially delivered to Iran earlier in Toulouse.

Uncertainty remains over the timing of the rest of the orders as banks shy away from deals with Iran, fearing a "snapback" of global sanctions or US fines if they are deemed to be breaking USA sanctions that remain in force.

The long-haul aircraft, carrying IranAir Chairman Farhad Parvaresh and other officials, landed at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport, the official news agency IRNA reported.

Its delivery to Iran was made possible under a 18-billion-dollar deal Iran signed with Airbus past year to purchase 100 new planes, including 46 aircraft from the A320 family, 38 from the A330 family, and 16 from the A350 XWB. A smaller plane, an Airbus A320 for use on shorter flights, arrived in Tehran in January. Iran's flagship carrier has separately agreed to buy 80 planes from US manufacturer Boeing.

The purchases are expected to add over 50 thousand seats to Iran's aviation fleet as well as providing direct employment opportunities for more than 20,000 people.

The purchase, along with a historic deal with USA manufacturer Boeing, followed a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers lifted some sanctions in 2016, in return for limits on Tehran's atomic program. It was finalized on July 14, 2015 and started being implemented on January 16, 2016.

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