Airbus delivers second plane to Iran Air

The Airbus A330, which is an intercontinental plane, landed at Mehrabad International Airport on Saturday morning.

DUBAI, March 11 An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the second of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran a year ago.

The Airbus A330 is a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus, a division of Airbus Group.

Iran is expected to take delivery of a second A330 in coming weeks. 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. Iran Air took the first airplane on order-a CFM56-powered A321-on January 11.

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.

At a later date, IranAir plans to use new long-haul jets to reopen routes previously closed because it had grounded some ageing Boeing 747s, IranAir Chairman Farhad Parvaresh told Reuters.

Delivery was held up for several weeks by last-minute talks over its Rolls-Royce engines and spare parts, but comes in time for the Iranian new year later in March. Iran made a similar deal with the American Boeing, but the prospect of it is overshadowed by the election of Donald Trump as the USA president, as he has strongly opposed the nuclear deal and Iran's economic freedom.

  • Wendy Palmer