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Airbus seals huge Iranian deal

The Iran Air order includes A330neo and A350 aircraft
The Iran Air order includes A330neo and A350 aircraft

Iran Air has signed a firm order for 100 Airbus aircraft, following an initial commitment signed in January 2016.

The finalised deal, which was penned by Iran Air’s chairman & CEO, Farhad Parvaresh, and Airbus’ president & CEO, Fabrice Bregier, comprises 46 single-aisle and 54 twin-aisle aircraft, including some of the European planemaker’s latest models. Deliveries will begin in early 2017.

Parvaresh said the order marked “the next decisive phase” of its expansion and modernisation strategy.

“I am gratified that this new round of cooperation with Airbus has come to fruition and brought us closer with more practical steps to follow for Iran Air’s fleet renewal,” he stated. “Iran Air considers this agreement an important step towards a stronger international presence in civil aviation. We hope this success signals to the world that the commercial goals of Iran and its counterparts are better achieved with international cooperation and collaboration.”

The overall agreement with Airbus also covers pilot training, airport operations and air traffic management, in an effort to modernise Iran’s aviation sector following the relaxation of sanctions against the country.

In total, the order includes 46 Airbus A320-series aircraft, 38 A330-series jets including the brand new A330neo, and 16 A350s.

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