Iran strikes a deal for 80 Boeing aircraft to be delivered in 2018
BBC – State airline Iran Air says it has signed a deal to buy 80 passenger planes from US aircraft maker Boeing.
The 10-year deal includes 50 of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and 15 of the 777-300 ERs planes plus 15 777-9s jets.
It is the biggest US-Iran deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Boeing confirmed that the deal was worth $16.6bn at current list prices, and had been approved by the US government. The first aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2018.
“Today’s agreement will support tens of thousands of US jobs directly associated with production and delivery of the 777-300ERs, and nearly 100,000 US jobs in the US aerospace value stream for the full course of deliveries,” the company said.
The deal, which follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties in June, will help Iran modernise and expand its aging commercial aircraft fleet.
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