Iran on first Airbus plane in decades: ‘A great day’

Iran Air chief executive officer Farhad Parvaresh delivers a speech during the ceremony for the delivery of the Airbus A321 toIran Air. (AFP)

Iran Air has finally upgraded its ageing fleet for the first time in four decades when it received its first Airbus aircraft last week, describing the day as “a great one”.

Iran’s national carrier’s chairman Farhad Parvaresh received the new aircraft describing it as “a great day” for Tehran at a ceremony held in the French city of Toulouse.

The delivery is the first from an order placed by Iran Air in 2016 for 100 Airbus aircrafts as a major step toward revitalizing its old commercial fleet.

The European jet maker pointed out that Iran deal represents a fraction of its total deals during 2016.

Iran also signed a deal to buy 80 aircrafts from the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

Decades of sanctions and isolation has plunged Iran’s commercial fleet into disrepair. The average age of the fleet is now more than 27 years.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48