IranAir’s new Airbus plane is escorted by airline staff after landing at Mehrabad airport, in Tehran on Jan 12, 2017. (AP photo)

TEHRAN — Iran has appointed a woman to the position of chief executive officer of the national airline for the first time since it was established in the 1940s.

The state-owned Iran Daily reported on Wednesday that the transport ministerhad appointed Farzaneh Sharafbani, 44, who has a PhD in aerospace engineering and previously served on the board of Iran Air, to the job.

IranAir is in the process of revamping its ageing passenger fleet following the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which lifted international sanctions. It has struck billion-dollar deals with Boeing and Airbus to buy scores of passenger planes.

The administration of President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who was re-elected earlier this year, has appointed women to a number of management posts, breaking with tradition in the Islamic republic.