Iran Air Enters New Era With First New Airbus

Iran Air celebrated a milestone today with the delivery of its first new aircraft in 24 years, heralding the start of a fleet renewal and modernisation of the airline. The jet, an Airbus A321 registered EP-IFA, was flown to Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.


The European planemaker held a delivery ceremony to celebrate the historic occasion, made possible following the lifting of sanctions on Iran. A team led by COO Fabrice Brégier joined the delivery flight to the Iranian capital for further celebrations, where the jet was welcomed by aviation enthusiasts, media and company officials after landing in Tehran at 1500 hrs.


A proven, mid-sized, single-aisle aircraft, Iran Air’s Airbus A321-200 is configured with 12 business and 182 economy class seats. In a first for the airline, the aircraft features the latest cabin interiors and each seat has its own personal entertainment. Part of a 100-airframe order, a further 45 A320 family aircraft, 38 A330 family aircraft and 16 advanced A350XWBs will be progressively delivered to Iran Air, which intends to add over 200 new airplanes to support growth.


The new jet is planned to operate on domestic services within Iran, with some international routes also expected to be served with it.


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