Iran receives second Airbus passenger plane

Airbus SE said Friday it had delivered the first long-range airliner to Iran since the easing of sanctions on the country, marking another milestone for controversial agreements the European plane maker and rival Boeing Co. struck a year ago to replenish Iran's aging fleet of planes.

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

An IranAir logo is pictured as the company takes delivery of the first new Western jet, an Airbus A321, under an global sanctions deal in Colomiers, near Toulouse, France, January 11, 2017.

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

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The Airbus A330 is a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet.

Iran Air received its first Airbus, a A321 used for domestic flights, on January 12. Versions of the A330 have a range of 5,000 to 13,430 kilometers and can accommodate up to 335 passengers in a two-class layout or carry 70 tons of cargo.

Overall, Iran Air has signed deals to purchase 100 aircraft from Airbus, 80 from Boeing as well as 20 more from ATR, a subsidiary of Airbus. The agreements came after the restrictions imposed on Iran's aviation industry were lifted following a nuclear agreement is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  • Rita Burton