Tehran, March 12: Iran on Saturday finally received its second new Airbus plane under an order that Tehran placed last year after a partial lifting of international sanctions. Notably, The A330-200 landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport to join national carrier Iran Air's fleet for long-haul flights.
However, Iran Air received its first Airbus, A321 used for domestic flights, on January 12 of this year. However, it completed a deal for 100 Airbus planes with a list price of around $20 billion on December 22, after approval from Washington as some parts are manufactured in the United States.
Iran completed a deal for 100 Airbus planes with a list price of around $20 billion on December 22, after approval from Washington as some parts are manufactured in the United States. The purchase, along with a historic deal with US 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.
Boeing has said the contract for 80 planes, also finalized in December, Iran's first with a US aviation firm since its 1979 Islamic revolution was worth $16.6 billion. Notably, due to nuclear-linked sanctions, Iran Air flies one of the world's oldest fleets and has had to rely on smuggled or improvised parts to keep them operational.
Importantly, the A330 Family, which includes Airbus’ highly efficient A330-200, offers the most spacious cabin of any widebody 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 tonnes of cargo. Interestingly, the A330's origin dates to the mid-1970s as one of the several conceived derivatives of Airbus's first airliner, the A300.