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Iran welcomes Airbus as first post-sanctions airliner

Iran has taken delivery of its first Western-built passenger plane in decades, following the lifting of sanctions last year.

 

The Airbus A321 landed in Tehran to an official ceremony that included Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi.

 

IranAir will eventually take possession of 100 planes from Airbus and 80 from Boeing.

 

World powers agreed to lift sanctions against Iran in return for its curbing of nuclear activities.

 

The Airbus 321 had flown from Toulouse in France and its passengers included company chief Fabrice Bregier.

 

Correspondents say Thursday's arrival is being seen as symbolic of Iran's emergence from decades of economic isolation.

 

State TV called it "a historic moment for Iran, signalling the end of the sanctions era for the country".

 

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