As reported earlier this week, Iran went shopping in Toulouse this week. The numbers announced on Thursday 28 January are even bigger than previously reported, however. Teheran ordered 118 aircraft in total: 45 single aisle airliners and 73 widebodies, 12 of those A380s.
Airbus released official numbers, showing 21 A320ceo, 24 A320neo family, 27 A330ceo, 18 A330neo, 16 A350-1000 and 12 A380 jets. The agreement includes pilot and maintenance training and support services to help the entry into service and efficient operations of these new aircraft.
— Airbus (@Airbus) January 28, 2016
The purchase of A380 was mentioned as a future option or wish earlier, but the actual deal for the giant airliner is a big plus for Airbus and of course Iran, and a surprise for others. The end of economic sanctions provides Teheran with the opportunity to modernize the country’s fleet of ageing airliners.
The agreements were signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s official visit to France with French President François Hollande.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
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