Iran has donated an Airbus A300 to Iraq for use by government officials as a VIP transport. The aircraft arrived in Baghdad on 21 July after a delay blamed on “unspecified technical reasons”, says the Associated Press.
It might pay to give the aircraft a thorough going over. In 2002, China claimed it had found almost 30 surveillance bugs in a Boeing 767 converted by US firm Dee Howard to a VIP transport for then president Jiang Zemin.
But a US and European embargo on Tehran that grounded Iran Air’s GE-powered Airbuses was only lifted in October 2006.