Iran's Aseman Airlines signs $3bn deal for 30 Boeing jets

 04 Apr 2017 - 13:18

Iran's Aseman Airlines signs $3bn deal for 30 Boeing jets


New York: US plane maker Boeing said Tuesday that Iran's Aseman Airlines has agreed to purchase 30 of its 737 MAX jets for $3.0 billion, with an option to buy 30 more.

The deal was made possible by the 2015 Iran nuclear accord under which Tehran agreed to scale down substantially its nuclear activities and submit to ultra-close inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency in exchange for relief from painful sanctions.

"Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Aseman Airlines, expressing the airline's intent to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $3 billion. 

"The agreement also provides the airline with purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs," the US group said in a statement.

Delivery for the aircraft would be scheduled to start in 2022, Boeing said, adding that a contract of this magnitude "creates or sustains approximately 18,000 jobs in the United States."

Boeing said it would continue to "follow the lead of the US government with regards to working with Iran's airlines" and added that "all contracts with Iran's airlines are contingent upon US government approval."

US President Donald Trump said while campaigning for the presidency that he wanted to "dismantle" the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers including the United States.