IranAir takes delivery of first Airbus jet post-sanctions

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 19:24 hrs
An Airbus A321 with the description "The Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran" below the tail fin is parked at the Airbus facility in Hamburg

PARIS (Reuters) - The head of IranAir took delivery on Wednesday of the first new Western jet under an international sanctions deal, calling it a "sunny day" for peace and friendship between Iran and Europe and a memorable one for aviation in the nation of 80 million people.

IranAir Chairman Farhad Parvaresh invited the planemaking chief of Airbus to fly onboard the new A321, which has been painted in IranAir's livery, to Tehran where the airline plans to mark its arrival in its fleet with a ceremony on Thursday.

The 189-seat plane is the first of 100 ordered from Airbus following a deal reached in 2015 between Tehran and world powers to lift nuclear-related sanctions against Iran, in return for restrictions on the country's nuclear activities.

The airline has also ordered 80 aircraft from Boeing and is expected to seal an order for 20 turboprops from Europe's ATR.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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