Landing of the second Airbus aircraft, this time of A330-200 type, was made on Saturday morning as part of the lucrative deal President Rouhani had signed with European giant of the air industry in the era emerged after implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The A330 Family, which includes Airbus’ highly-efficient A330-200, offers the most spacious cabin of any wide body aircraft in its category, allowing for a range of cabin interior possibilities.
The Airbus A330 is a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus, a division of Airbus Group. 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.
The A330's origin dates to the mid-1970s as one of several conceived derivatives of Airbus's first airliner, the A300.
CEO Iran Air Mr. Farhad Parvaresh and Deputy Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Road and Urban Development Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan were onboard the newly-purchased aircraft.
With removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and signing of a deal to purchase 200 new airplanes by Iran's national carrier, Iran Air (Homa), a new chapter was opened in renovations of the country’s aviation fleet. The first Airbus A321 landed in Mehrabad airport on Thursday January 12, 2017.
Meanwhile on Saturday morning, Tehran welcomed the second Airbus aircraft which was delivered to Iranian pilots and crew on Friday in France’s Toulouse.
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 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 Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury issued necessary permits to Airbus and Boeing for sales of aircraft to Iran.
As a result, negotiations between representatives of the two giant aircraft manufacturers and directors of Iran Air were finalized as a 10-billion-dollar contract was sealed with France’s Airbus for buying 100 aircraft.
Previously, Iran’s aviation fleet was suffering difficult conditions since renovation had been made impossible by cruel sanctions against the country.