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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 plane making chief of Airbus to fly on board 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.

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Houlbelat Jan 11, 2017 08:48pm

A lesson to our own dilapidating PIA! Iran Air had ordered and has started receiving new planes out of the orders placed for 200 planes. And, iran's population is just 80 million as compared to 230 million of Pakistan and its PIA having just 41 overworked and out of form planes of varying classifications!!

zafar Jan 12, 2017 01:48am

@HOULBELAT, per capita income for Pakistan is under $5k, for Iran it's above $17k. That should tell you which airline requires more planes :).

Good for Iran to start getting new planes, they have waited long enough.

AXH Jan 12, 2017 02:23am

@Houlbelat - Irannian Airline is most likely not crippled with corruption the way PIA is and the onus of that goes to our politicians who have always overstaffed PIA with their loyalists. PIA was once one of the best airlines in the world but now it is one of the bottom ones.

nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Jan 12, 2017 03:42am

@Houlbelat : Comparing apples withe oranges. No comparison as nations.

Indian Jan 12, 2017 04:53am

Congrats Iran!

Joe Jan 12, 2017 01:03pm

Indian company Jetairways has ordered 50 new Boeing's last year .A total of 250 new passenger jets have been ordered by various avition company.

Iftikhar Husain Jan 12, 2017 05:55pm

Iran will now enter in commercial flight very soon good news.