FM Spokesman: Iran Pursuing Airbus Planes Delivery

Iran is pursuing the delivery of the civil aircraft it purchased from France’s Airbus through diplomatic channels, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday May 6.

The issue of receiving the Airbus planes is being pursued through expert and technical paths, as it is linked with banking issues, Hossein Jaberi Ansari told reporters at a press conference in Tehran.

He also noted that the relevant Iranian bodies that are in charge of the matter, including the Civil Aviation Organization and the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, are considering the technical aspects of the contracts, and will make the details public if necessary.

During President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to France in January, Iran and Airbus clinched a deal on a major order, which included dozens of Airbus’s biggest-selling jets.

Iran has agreed to buy 118 Airbus jets, including 45 A320 single-aisle aircraft, 45 A330 wide-bodies, 16 A350 twin-aisle aircraft, and 12 A380’s.

In April, Head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Ali Abedzadeh said the country will receive nine of the new Airbus passenger planes in 2016.