IranAir takes delivery of first Airbus jet post-sanctions

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The first plane houses 190 passengers and is part of the 100 planes signed during Rouhani's visit to Paris in 2015.

Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new passenger aircraft, an Airbus A321, in a handover ceremony held today in Toulouse, France.

In fact, Republican politicians in the U.S. Congress have pledged to block a separate deal between Boeing and Iran Air calling for delivery of fifty 737 Max 8s, fifteen 777-300ERs and fifteen 777-9s valued at $16.6 billion at list prices.

Along with the aviation developments there has been an inflow of foreign capital helping to revive its economy. However, this restriction was lifted after a nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany - the so-called P5+1 - came into effect last January.

Iran's state-run TV lauded the plane's arrival: "This is a historic moment for Iran, signaling the end of the sanctions era for the country".

Iran Air, whose website lists a fleet of 43 planes, offers direct flights to over 30 worldwide destinations, including London.

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Iranian officials consider the arrival of the first plan in the Airbus deal, as well as the eventual delivery of 99 more from Airbus and 80 the country has agreed to purchase from Boeing, as a symbol of Iran's waning economic isolation from the worldwide community.

The company recently sealed a separate agreement to buy 80 planes from Boeing, beginning next year. "We hope that nothing special happens to end this contract", Parvaresh told reporters on Wednesday.

The minister additionally informed that Iran Air, Iran's flag carrier airline, is also expected to seal an order for 20 turboprops from European manufacturer ATR, a joint venture of Airbus and Finmeccanica of Italy, soon.

A close view of the first Airbus plane - an A321 - that landed in Tehran on Thursday.

The Boeing deal is Iran's biggest with an American company since the 1979 revolution and USA embassy takeover.

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