Air France passenger plane lands in Tehran for first time in 8 years

An Air France passenger jet landed in Tehran for the first time in eight years on Sunday, in a sign of Iran's increasing reintegration into the global economy after last year's landmark nuclear deal.

The Airbus A330's five-hour journey from Paris was the first of Air France's three new weekly services between the two capitals.

Iranian and French flags waved from the cockpit as the plane taxied down the runway at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Air France had operated the Paris-Tehran route since 1946 but suspended it 2008 after Iran was targeted with international sanctions due to its nuclear programme.

Relations between Iran and the West have thawed since Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in return for the removal of sanctions that have crippled its economy.

Other European carriers, including Germany's Lufthansa, fly to Tehran. British Airways said it plans to resume flights to the Iranian capital in July.

Last update: Sun, 17/04/2016 - 19:30
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