BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Five new EU-made aircraft arrived in Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport on Sunday, as IranAir renews its ageing fleet, one day before US-imposed sanctions on Iran are implemented.
The ATR 72-600 planes left Toulouse, refuelled in Urmia before finally landing at the capital’s international airport, where both the aircraft and pilots were given a welcoming ceremony.
“I consider this to be a measure by Europe in line with honouring its commitments. And I hope that we continue to have such co-operation with Europe in the future as well,” the Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi told reporters.
IranAir CEO Farzaneh Sharafbafi said, “Europe proved that if it wishes to, it can back all European companies and investors in Iran.”
Last year IranAir purchased 20 ATR 72-600 aircraft, owned by both France-based Airbus and Leonard of Italy, for $576 million (€497 million).
Airbus said that no more deliveries will be made for the time being due to the US sanctions on Iran that demands all ongoing business with the Iranian state must be completed by August 6.