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Iran's Aseman Airlines Signs Up to Buy at Least 30 Boeing Jets

07 April 2017

Shortly afterward, Iran inked an $18 billion deal with France-based Airbus for 46 Airbus A320 planes, 38 A330 planes and 16 A350 XWB aircraft.

Boeing has already agreed to sell 80 aircraft to flag carrier IranAir under a deal between Tehran and major powers that led previous year to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran in return for restrictions on its nuclear technology development activities.

Iran has been desperate to renew its ageing fleet of planes, but was largely blocked from dealing with major aircraft manufacturers until a 2015 accord with world powers that eased global sanctions in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme. Permitting Boeing to smoothly sell and transfer planes to Iran's commercial airline industry is the epitome of such a policy. "The sale of civilian aircraft, and further opportunities for engagement with the Iranian market, is a welcome step in the right direction". Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, a deputy transportation minister, later said Iran would cut the number of Airbus planes to 112.

And the White House is getting pressure to put an end to these deals, given the presumption that Iran uses American-made planes to transport weapons to terrorists, the Beacon reported.

If the deal is approved, Aseman Airlines is expected to start receiving the airplanes in 2022 according to Boeing.

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But Trump has also said creating jobs is a main concern for his administration. And there is also the uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will clear the Boeing deal.

Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, which limits its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of some worldwide sanctions, specifically allowed for the purchase of aircraft and parts. Boeing is headquartered in Chicago and its planes are made by American hands in Washington and SC.

To be blunt, Boeing is the victim of bad public policy in the U.S. Congress, which has made it very hard for U.S. companies to do business with Iran, and many congressional Republicans want to crack down even further on trade with Iran.

Tehran-based analyst Saeed Leilaz said he believed the deal would encourage other Western companies to enter Iran despite the political rhetoric. Tehran slapped sanctions on 15 USA companies last month, in retaliation for American sanctions announced in February. Critics of Boeing's deal immediately noted that Boeing's announcement came the same day as a horrific chemical attack waged by Assad's regime against civilians.

The frosty relations between Tehran and Washington further came to the fore recently when Iran imposed sanctions on 15 USA firms operating in Iran.

Iran's Aseman Airlines Signs Up to Buy at Least 30 Boeing Jets