Atrak Air Airbus A320-231, reg. EP-TTA (cn 393) at Mehrabad International (THR / OIII)
[photo: Shahram Sharifi, Airliners.net]
A new Iranian airline, Atrak Air (Tehran Mehrabad), begins operations with an Airbus A320-231 wet-leased from Ukraine's Khors Aircompany (KO, Kiev Borispol). The aircraft joins another A320-231, 5U-AND (cn 314), wet-leased from Nigerien ACMI outfit, Air Niamey (A7, Niamey), that is currently parked at Mehrabad awaiting its entry into service. [source: ch-aviation]
Both wet-leased aircraft are over twenty years old and reflect a means for Iranian commercial aviation to remain viable while subjected to U.S.-led sanctions.