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Iran gets its first widebody aircraft since easing of sanctions

Iran gets its first widebody aircraft since easing of sanctions”

The delivery, which took place at the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse, marks yet another milestone for Iran Air, as it celebrates its 56 anniversary since establishment.

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 first plane, Airbus A321 that Iran has purchased from the European aviation giant Airbus landed in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on January 12, 2017.

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The Airbus A330 is a medium- to long-range wide-body twin-engine jet. The A330 features a two-class cabin layout, seating 32 passengers in business and 206 in the economy.

The European aircraft maker said it handed over an A330 plane, appropriate for long-haul flights, to national carrier Iran Air on Friday.

The Airbus A330, which is an intercontinental plane, landed at Mehrabad International Airport on Saturday morning. In fact, Republican politicians in the U.S. Congress have pledged to block a separate deal between Boeing and Iran Air calling for delivery of fifty 737 Max 8s, fifteen 777-300ERs and fifteen 777-9s valued at $16.6 billion at list prices.

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Iran Air is also expected to finalize an accord with European manufacturer ATR to purchase 20 turboprops.

Under the sanctions, Iran's aviation industry has become aged and remains underdeveloped.

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