Official: Airbus to deliver 3rd A330 to Iran next week

FNA- A senior official announced that the giant aviation company Airbus will deliver the third passenger plane to the country in the coming days.

“The proceedings to receive the third Airbus, an A330, have already started and we will receive the passenger plane next week,” Managing Director of Iran’s National Flag Carrier Iran Air Farhad Parvaresh said on Sunday.

The second Airbus plane, also an A330, arrived in Tehran on Saturday. It flew to the capital’s Mehrabad International Airport from the French city of Toulouse.

Last January, Iran signed a deal worth $18 billion with Airbus to purchase 100 new planes, including 46 A320 family, 38 A330 family, and 16 A350 XWB aircraft.

On January 12, the first Airbus ‘A321’ landed at Tehran Mehrabad Airport and joined Iranian air fleet.

The aircraft was officially delivered to Iran Air by Airbus in a ceremony held in Toulouse.

Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier announced that with the delivery of the aircraft, cooperation between Iran Air and Airbus officially started, and said, “We hope with delivery of the aircraft, expansion of economic cooperation with Iran will continue more rapidly.”

Iran Air officials say the plane will be used for domestic flights.

Iranian Road and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi declared earlier this month that two other Airbus passenger planes will join Iran Air, the country’s national flag carrier, within the next four weeks.

“We have good news that two more passenger planes will join Iran Air’s passenger plane fleet,” Akhoundi said.

The Iranian road and urban development minister did not mention the details of the passenger planes.

Akhoundi, meantime, said that his ministry is planning to improve the conditions of the country’s railway and maritime transportation.