Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Zarif and Salehi return to Iran aboard IRIG Airbus A321

Above: Returning nuclear negotiators Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, upon landing at Mehrabad International Airport (THR) at 07:50 hrs on 15JUL15.

The aircraft departed Vienna the preceding day, scheduled to fly straight to THR, however the diplomatic team and accompanying press members appear to have flown on to Mashhad for pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza. In the morning, the aircraft brought them to THR.

Aircraft is IRIG Airbus A321-231, reg. EP-AGB (cn 1202). It is a 15.3 year old aircraft that Iran's government obtained in 2005. This same aircraft last week transported President Rouhani to the BRICS, SCO, EEU Summit at Ufa, Russia.

The recently signed Iran nuclear agreement provides American civil aircraft manufacturers the ability to sell aircraft to Iranian passenger airlines. Specifically, it is hoped Boeing will be able to take advantage of this agreement, making profitable sales of 747-8 and 787 aircraft and in so doing providing jobs to American workers.


Nader Uskowi said...

Foreign Minister Zarif and the negotiating team went straight to Mashhad for pilgrimage at the shrine of Imam Reza, the Shia Imam buried in that city.

Mark Pyruz said...

Yes, perhaps my description isn't clear. The aircraft had been scheduled (and I assume filed flight pans) to fly VIE to THR, but instead flew VIE to MHD.