The current step plays an important role for the airline as its looks ahead to revamp its aircraft fleet by taking deliveries of around 200 jets in future following lift of sanctions on Iran previous year.
First Airbus A321 plane, which Iran purchased in the post-sanction era, landed in the capital Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport on Thursday, official IRNA news agency reported. Delivery of the Airbus plane makes it more hard for Trump to pull out of the deal because of the economic blow to Boeing if Iran were to buy only European Airbus planes.
IranAir will eventually take possession of 100 planes from Airbus and 80 from Boeing. A firm order was signed in December of 2016 and includes 46 Airbus A320 family aircraft, 38 Airbus A330 family aircraft, and 16 Airbus A350XWBs. "There were many problems that still remained from the past and we had to go through a very hard path to finalize the deal with Airbus".
After 24 years without any new airplanes, Iran Air finally received their first of many new aircraft yesterday, an Airbus A321.
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President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to scrap the deal with Iran.
The Boeing planes will be delivered over a 10-year period, Parvaresh said.
Until sanctions were lifted last January after the approval of Iran's deal to end its nuclear research program by the permanent members of the United Nations' security council, it is believed Iran kept the 162 or so working planes in the air using parts smuggled into the country.
A close view of the first Airbus plane - an A321 - that landed in Tehran on Thursday.
The minister additionally informed that Iran Air, Iran's flag carrier airline, is also expected to seal an order for 20 turboprops from European manufacturer ATR, a joint venture of Airbus and Finmeccanica of Italy, soon.