Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:37PM
Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Abbas Akhoundi
Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Abbas Akhoundi

A top Iranian official says Tehran is set to receive two new planes from the giant European plane maker Airbus by March 20th.

Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Abbas Akhoundi noted that the planes would be from the family of wide-body A330 jetliners. He expressed hope that by including the planes into Iran’s flag carrier, the Iranians can enjoy safe and secure air travels during Nowruz vacation.

Last year, Iran signed a contract with Airbus to receive 100 planes from the company. Earlier this year, Airbus sent the first plane – an A321 – to Iran in January. 

Akhoundi told reporters at the time that the plane would be used in domestic flights.

Last year, Iran also sealed a separate agreement to buy 80 planes from US manufacturer Boeing, beginning next year.

The deal – which involves 50 Boeing 737s and 30 777 airliners worth $16.6 billion - was Iran's biggest yet with an American company since the 1979.

Iran Air is also expected to seal an order for 20 turboprops from European manufacturer ATR.  

The US-led sanctions against Iran prevented global plane providers from selling aircraft to Iran. However, this restriction was lifted after a nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany – the P5+1 – came into effect last January.

The deal envisaged the removal of certain economic sanctions against Iran – including sales of planes and aviation spare parts – in return for steps by the country to restrict some aspects of its nuclear energy activities.