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Iran Opts for Airbus

 

Iran has selected Airbus to provide a comprehensive civil aviation co-operation package.  The deal was signed at the Élysée Palace in Paris on January 28 during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s official visit to France and includes an agreement for 118 new aircraft and an extensive array of maintenance, training and support services.

The historic accord spans Airbus’ entire single-aisle and widebody portfolio, consisting of: 21 A320ceo Family and 24 A320neo Family jetliners; 27 A330ceo Family, 18 A330-900neos, 16 A350-1000s and 12 A380s. All of the aircraft are destined to join national carrier Iran Air and deliveries could start as early as this year.

Iran Air Chairman and CEO Farhad Parvaresh remarked: “Today’s announcement is the start of re-establishing our civil aviation sector into the envy of the region and along with partners like Airbus we’ll ensure the highest world standards.”

Additionally, the Iranian air transportation infrastructure will be enhanced through a separate agreement for development of the country’s air navigation services with assistance in airport and aircraft operations, harmonisation of its air regulations, training on the technical and academic levels, guidance in maintenance and repair operations, as well as industrial cooperation.

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier added: “The skies have cleared for Iran’s flying public and Airbus is proud to welcome Iran’s commercial aviation back into the international civil aviation community.  Today is a significant step in the overhaul and modernisation of Iran’s commercial aviation sector and Airbus stands ready to play its role in supporting it.”

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