Iran Air’s very first aircraft from the Airbus deal signed in December 2016 is planned to land in Tehran next week. The aircraft was on 7 December 2016 registered in Iran and Iran Air’s name, a unique event after decades of restrictions preventing Iran from acquiring new aircraft.
The Airbus A321, recently registered with Iranian prefix (EP-IFA), is reportedly getting prepared with small details, such as installing signs in Persian, before the delivery.
Iran Air’s CEO, Farhad Parvaresh told the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development that the first Airbus aircraft will land in Tehran on Thursday, 12 January 2017 or leastways until the week’s end.
All necessary training sessions have been held at Airbus’ headquarters in Hamburg and the flight to the indefinite base in Tehran will be performed by Iran Air’s pilots. The historic event will be welcomed by a ceremony attended by officials and reports from Iranian media indicate that the French Foreign Minister may be one of the passengers on board the first flight. It is yet unclear whether the three days of national mourning will affect this ceremony.
The aircraft, Iran Air’s very first A321, will initially be deployed on domestic routes to test the aircraft and prepare the cabin crew. The destinations are most likely to be Iran Air’s domestic major bases. After that, the aircraft could be used for international services.
The subjected A321, along with two other Airbus A330s are the planned deliveries for Iran Air before March 2017.
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