Iran Air, the first Airbus customer in the Middle East, selects the full Airbus jetliner portfolio for its fleet modernisation
Iran Air’s agreement to acquire aircraft from all of Airbus’ in-production jetliner families will provide the Iranian flag carrier with a modern, highly efficient fleet capable of meeting its full air transport needs – from regional routes to high-density, long-haul operations.
Signed last week in Paris, the agreement for 118 new aircraft spans from Airbus’ single-aisle A320 product line – involving both current engine option (CEO) and new engine option versions (NEO) – to the widebody A330ceo and A330neo, the A350 XWB and the A380. Deliveries could start as early as this year.
While phasing in this major new inventory, Iran Air will be supported by Airbus’ extensive resources in pilot and maintenance training, customer support and services. Iran Air can also benefit from its long experience with Airbus aircraft – and all the advantages of Airbus’ product line commonality – based on the carrier’s current fleet of 19 total A320ceo, A300 and A310 jetliners.
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.
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