Iran says deal reached with Boeing on aircraft purchase
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 14
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran has reached agreement with Boeing to purchase aircrafts, Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said.
The details of the deal will be announced in the coming days, Akhoundi said, Mehr news agency reported June 14.
Earlier Boeing told Trend that it was studying the passenger plane needs of Iranian airlines within the licensing process outlined by the US government.
"Accordingly, we have applied for and received a license to assess the current commercial passenger airplane needs of US Government-approved Iranian airlines," Boeing's representative told Trend June 8.
The license permits the company to engage approved Iranian airlines to determine their actual fleet requirements.
Iran signed a major deal worth $27 billion with Airbus in January to purchase 118 planes from the company. The deal with Airbus was sealed during a state visit to Paris by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.
The Islamic Republic has announced its need for about 400 passenger planes in the next decade to modernize its ageing fleet.
Iran's flag carrier, Iran Air recently said that is discussing what is seen as a "historic aircraft purchase deal" with Boeing.