Source: Press TV
The spokesman of the US State Department says Iran's historic nuclear agreement with the permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany (P5+1) allows Western jet manufacturers to trade with Tehran.
John Kirby said Tuesday that the deal included a statement that "allowed for a case-by-case licensing of individuals and entities seeking to export, re-export, sell, lease or transfer to Iran commercial passenger aircraft ... exclusively for commercial passenger aviation."
His comments followed reports that Iran had reached an agreement with Boeing Co. for the supply of jetliners after months of negotiations.
Iran's Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said earlier that the deal with Boeing had been finalized, adding that its details will be announced within the next few days.
Akhoundi added that Iran was able to save at least $5 million in its last negotiations over the finalization of the purchase.
The media on 6 June quoted Farhad Parvaresh, the head of the national flag carrier airline of the Islamic Republic - Iran Air - as saying that a "historic aircraft purchase deal" with Boeing was expected to be sealed in the near future.
"Meetings and negotiations are going on. We hope that in the future we can reach an understanding with each other," Parvaresh told Reuters in an interview.
"The number and type of aircraft have to be discussed in the future, but the first step is to have a mutual understanding."
In January, Iran signed a major deal worth $27 billion with aviation giant Airbus 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.
Apart from Airbus and Boeing, Iran is also negotiating with several other global aviation giants over the purchases of planes including Bombardier and Embraer.
Iran has a fleet of 250 aircraft, of which 90 are grounded due to the economy or missing parts, officials say.
Of that total, 80 percent will need to be renewed in the next decade, he said, adding that growth could add even more jets to Iran's shopping list.
Iran's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 countries, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was inked in July 2015 in the Austrian capital, Vienna. The agreement went into effect on January 16.
Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to put some restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
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