Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air chairman, and Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier. The delivery is the first from a firm order placed by Iran Air in December 2016 for 100 Airbus aircraft (46 single aisle and 54 wide-body jets) to renew and expand its fleet.
Iran Air and Airbus have signed a firm contract for 100 aircraft, building on an initial commitment signed in January 2016 in Paris. The agreement, signed by Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air chairman and chief executive, and Fabrice Bregier, Airbus president and chief executive, covers 46 A320 Family, 38 A330 Family and 16 A350 XWB aircraft. Deliveries will begin in early 2017.
Boeing and Iran Air finalised an agreement for 80 aircraft that includes 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s, valued at $16.6 billion at list prices. Based on its memorandum of agreement with Iran Air announced in June, the contract was reached within the terms of the US government license issued to Boeing in September.
Iran officials have signed two agreements with Airbus covering new aircraft orders and a comprehensive civil aviation co-operation package. The agreements were signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s official visit to France with French president François Hollande. Iran Air has signed an agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of the full range of new Airbus airliners.
Iran Air is boosting its Heathrow-Tehran service by adding a fourth weekly flight this summer. The airline is also upgrading the aircraft serving the route to a A300-600 to a Boeing 747 to meet the expected hike in demand.