3/11/2017 - 12:57 PM

Iran's 2nd purchased Airbus lands at Mehrabad Int’l Airport

Politics - The second Airbus passenger plane, purchased by the Islamic Republic, landed at the Mehrabad International Airport in the Iranian capital on Saturday.

The A330-200 passenger plane was delivered to Iran following the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The aircraft can carry 238 passengers and it comes with 32 business class and 206 economy seats and it is used for flying long distances.

Managing Director of the Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran Farhad Parvaresh and Road and Urban Development Minister Advisor for International Affairs Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, along with the Iran Air crews attended the flight from France’s Toulouse to Tehran.

The Islamic Republic following lifting the Western-imposed crippling sanctions, signed a contract with the European aircraft manufacturer to buy 200 new passenger planes, and to renew the country’s air fleet.

The first Airbus A321 landed in Tehran's international airport on January 12.

Based on deals between the country's flag-carrier airline, Iran Air and world big plane manufacturers, Iran is to purchase 200 new planes.

Airbus is expected to deliver 100 passenger planes while Boeing as well as ATR, an Airbus subsidiary, are going to sell Iran 80 and 20 planes respectively.

The purchase contracts also include items like training courses for pilots, repair and maintenance, air navigation services development, airport operation, exchange of technology and the coordinating regulations for Iran Air.

All the aircraft have been purchased under a hire purchase contract, and Iran Air has supplied 85% of financial resources through foreign finance and 15% through domestic resources as well as the National Development Fund facilities by the Bank of Industry and Mine.