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Iran Daily, March 4: Tehran Approves Talks with US’s Boeing for Aircraft Deal

Iran Daily, March 4: Tehran Approves Talks with US’s Boeing for Aircraft Deal
March 04
06:35 2016

PHOTO: Boeing — Will it replace France’s Airbus as supplier of passenger planes to Iran?


Pushing back the Supreme Leader’s injunction against dealing with US companies after Iran’s nuclear agreement with the 5+1 Powers, the Rouhani Government has approached American aircraft manufacturer Boeing over a multi-billion-dollar purchase to modernize its passenger fleet.

Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi said the invitation was made after the Obama Administration approved Boeing’s involvement in talks.

Akhoundi did not say when Boeing officials will visit Iran, but his deputy, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, explained, “We never closed the doors to Boeing, and we are ready for negotiations whenever they come.”

In late January, two weeks after implementation of the July 2015 nuclear deal began with the lifting of US and European Union sanctions, France and Iran announced a $27 billion deal for 118 A380 Airbus aircraft. The contract was a centerpiece of President Rouhani’s visit to France.

However, on February 21 — two days after Boeing said the US Government had authorized studies of the Iranian market — Farhad Parvaresh, the managing director of Iran Air, said “conditions” put the delivery of the A380s in doubt. He said Iran might buy smaller Airbus models such as the A350.

A spokesman for Boeing, John Dern, said talks were “limited” for now to a license for planning discussions. A separate license from the US Government is required to sell aircraft to Iran.

Iran has set a target of obtaining 500 commercial planes to renovate its fleet of 248 aircraft with an average age of 20 years. About 100 of the aircraft are in storage.

The Supreme Leader had maintained that the only discussions with the US Government and American firms would be over the implementation of the nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions. Iranian officials have specifically said that they will seek European, but not American, investment in Iran’s energy sector.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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4 Comments

  1. Amir in Tel Aviv
    Amir in Tel Aviv March 04, 15:32

    Why waste money on Boing and cooperate with the Big Satan? Better build a fiberglass airplane, like they did with the stealthy fighter jet.

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  2. incyprus
    incyprus March 04, 17:59

    How Ironic!

    For decades, the mullah’s favourite stick that they use to bit the US with is the coup of 1953 against mohamad mosadegh that the US orchestrated. So far so good. Except, the mullahs don’t want to explain why is it that any gathering at mosadegh’s memorial at on anniversary of his death is strictly forbidden, it has been so for over 10 year, and rouhani’s government have also been following the same line as ahmadinejad.

    in farsi:
    http://www.radiofarda.com/content/f8-mosadagh/27585769.html

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