Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Iran Aseman Airlines agrees to buy up to 60 Boeing 737 MAXs

Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX in Iran Aseman Airlines' livery

Boeing has confirmed Iran Aseman Airlines signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for 30 737 MAX aircraft, with a list price value of $3 billion. The deal includes purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2022.

Boeing said it negotiated the MOA under authorizations from the US government following a determination that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear accord signed in 2015. Boeing said it will look to the Office of Foreign Assets Control for approval to perform under this transaction.

“Boeing continues to follow the lead of the US government with regards to working with Iran’s airlines, and any and all contracts with Iran’s airlines are contingent upon US government approval,” the Seattle-based manufacturer said in a statement.

In December 2016, Boeing announced it had firmed an MOA with Iran Air earlier that year for 50 narrowbody and 30 widebody aircraft in a deal valued at $16.6 billion at list prices. The contract covered 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9Xs.

In January this year, Iran Air took delivery of its first Airbus A321, which was part of historic order for 100 Airbus aircraft—46 A320-family single-aisle models, plus 54 twin-aisles consisting of a mix of A330s and A350s—signed in 2016. In March, the Iranian flag carrier received its first widebody A330-200 from that order.

(Linda Blachly - ATWOnline News)

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