Iran Airtour has become the latest operator in the Middle Eastern state to commit to a fleet renewal with Airbus, with a preliminary agreement to take 45 A320neos.

No engine selection has been disclosed for the jets.

Iran Airtour was established as a division of the flag-carrier Iran Air, which has already ordered 46 A320-family jets – including 32 A320neos.

Airbus says the additional Iranian order is the subject of a memorandum of understanding signed during the Paris air show.

Iran Airtour becomes a new customer for the airframer, following the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions which had previously prevented Iranian carriers from taking new Western-built aircraft.

Chairman Majid Shekari says the airline's operations will be "reinforced" by the fleet modernisation.

Iran Airtour has previously operated various aircraft types including the Tupolev Tu-154 and Airbus A300. Flight Fleets Analyzer indicates that it currently has a batch of Boeing MD-80s.

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