Iran receives French civilian aircraft: Four ATR 72-600s are being delivered to Iran, the first instalment of a deal with the French manufacturer to purchase 20 passenger planes following the lifting of sanctions under the 2015 nuclear deal.
The first plane landed in Tehran on 17 May, with the other three expected later in the day. The planes were officially given to Iran Air in a ceremony on Tuesday in Toulouse, where ATR is based. Iran Air finalized a deal last month with ATR for 20 twin-propeller aircraft, with an option to buy 20 more. The planes are worth $536 million at list prices. Since the nuclear deal, Iran has signed billion-dollar deals with Boeing and Airbus to replace and upgrade its aging commercial fleet.
June 2, 2017