Iran has received the first plane purchased from the European giant aircraft maker Airbus following a landmark nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the six world powers.

Iran Air Chairman Farhad Parvaresh took delivery of the new A321 in Colomiers near the French city of Toulouse on Wednesday.

The 189-seat plane, painted in Iran Air's livery, is the first of 100 planes purchased under a December deal worth $18 billion.

"Today marks a great day for this company as well as the relation between Iran and the European Union," Parvaresh said a ceremony to take delivery of the plane.

Parvaresh said that Iran Air hoped to receive "at least two more from Airbus" by the start of the Iranian new year in March, and a total of six A320 aircraft in 2017.

Iran signed the deal with Airbus to purchase planes after the US removed a ban on selling Iran passenger aircraft and spare parts following the nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the P5+1 groups of countries in July 2015.

Under the nuclear deal, Iran undertook to put restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against the country.

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Jan 11, 2017 17:49 UTC
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