Iran Air has formally taken delivery of an Airbus A321, the first in a batch of 100 jets ordered by the flag-carrier under a landmark fleet-renewal deal with the airframer.
Speaking at the handover event in Toulouse, Iran Air chief executive Farhad Parvaresh said:"Today, for civill aviation in Iran, is a memorable day."
He referred to a "change in international perspective" which had helped to lay foundations for the agreement.
Airbus commercial aircraft president Fabrice Bregier said the delivery fulfilled a "long-held ambition" to see a new Airbus flying in Iran Air colours.
"This agreement is one of the most significant deals in the history of civil aviation." he added during the ceremony. Source: TehranTimes