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Sunday, 15 January 2017

IranAir blazes a trail with first new aircraft in 23 years

IranAir blazes a trail with first new aircraft in 23 years:

"Captain Behnam Shirzad wears a broad smile as he walks into the hall where IranAir is about to take delivery from Airbus of its first brand new aircraft in 23 years. “It is fantastic,” he says of the A321 single-aisle passenger jet, visible just the other side of the glass wall facing the runway. “Everyone loves this aircraft.” 

Top brass from IranAir and Airbus were gathered in Toulouse on Wednesday for what the carrier’s chief executive, Farhad Parvaresh, called a “bright day” for his state-owned company and his country. The new aircraft is the first of 180 jets ordered from Airbus and its US rival Boeing after international sanctions were lifted last year as part of the nuclear accord between Iran and global powers. 

Two more wide-body A330s will fly to Tehran in the next two months. For Iran, they are the trailblazers for a revival of Iranian aviation and tangible proof that the relaxation of sanctions 12 months ago is finally beginning to deliver concrete results. "



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