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Air France resumes flights to Iran, after nuclear deal

  • Air France ground staffs work next to the Airbus A330 of the AF 738 Paris Teheran inaugural flight at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, north of Paris, France, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Air France resumes flights to Iran after last year's landmark deal to curb Iranian nuclear activities, as part of larger French and European efforts to rebuild trade ties long frozen by sanctions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Air France ground staffs work next to the Airbus A330 of the AF 738 Paris Teheran inaugural flight at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, north of Paris, France, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Air France resumes flights to Iran after last year's landmark deal to curb Iranian nuclear activities, as part of larger French and European efforts to rebuild trade ties long frozen by sanctions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Air France ground staffs work next to the Airbus A330 of the AF 738 Paris Teheran inaugural flight at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, north of Paris, France, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Air France resumes flights to Iran after last year's landmark deal to curb Iranian nuclear activities, as part of larger French and European efforts to rebuild trade ties long frozen by sanctions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Air France ground staffs work next to the Airbus A330 of the AF 738 Paris Teheran inaugural flight at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, north of Paris, France, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Air France resumes flights to Iran after last year's landmark deal to curb Iranian nuclear activities, as part of larger French and European efforts to rebuild trade ties long frozen by sanctions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Air France ground staff works next to the Airbus A330 of the AF 738 Paris Teheran inaugural flight at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, north of Paris, France, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Air France resumes flights to Iran after last year's landmark deal to curb Iranian nuclear activities, as part of larger French and European efforts to rebuild trade ties long frozen by sanctions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Air France ground staff works next to the Airbus A330 of the AF 738 Paris Teheran inaugural flight at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, north of Paris, France, Sunday, April 17, 2016. Air France resumes flights to Iran after last year's landmark deal to curb Iranian nuclear activities, as part of larger French and European efforts to rebuild trade ties long frozen by sanctions. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

Air France has resumed flights to Iran after last year's landmark deal to curb Iranian nuclear activities, as part of larger French and European efforts to rebuild trade ties long frozen by sanctions.

A direct flight for Tehran left Paris on Sunday for the first time since 2008 when the connection was suspended.

French Transport Minister Alain Vidalies and a business leaders' delegation were on board flight AF 378 that took off from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport after noon.

Air France CEO Frederic Gagey was optimistic the line would prove profitable. He said "it's a touristic destination which I believe is going to become very popular, very attractive."

Air France is also counting on Paris to become a hub for American and other tourists headed to Tehran.