DUBAI, March 11 An Airbus A330 airliner
arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the second of 200 Western-built
passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of
sanctions on Iran last year.
The long-haul aircraft, carrying IranAir Chairman Farhad
Parvaresh and other officials, landed at Tehran's Mehrabad
Airport, the official news agency IRNA reported.
The A330 was handed over in Toulouse, France on Friday and
joins a smaller A321 delivered to Iran earlier this year.
Iran has ordered 100 airliners from European planemaker
Airbus and 80 from Boeing and is in talks to finalise a
deal to buy 20 turboprop aircraft from ATR, jointly owned by
Airbus and Italy's Leonardo Finmeccanica.
The country has not directly purchased a Western-built plane
in nearly 40 years, the one exception being the sale of an
Airbus to replace one shot down by the U.S. Navy in 1988.
The A330 is expected to be used initially on European routes
and on flights to Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.
Uncertainty remains over the timing of the rest of the
orders as banks shy away from deals with Iran, fearing a
"snapback" of international sanctions or U.S. fines if they are
deemed to be breaking U.S. sanctions that remain in force.
(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Sam Holmes)