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Iran plans negotiations with Russia on purchase of Sukhoi fighter

Iran will not need additional air defense systems after getting from Russia the S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense systems and commissioning Iran’s similar system Bavar (Belief) 373. Therefore, Iran's Ministry of Defense intends to focus on negotiations with Russia on the purchase of the Sukhoi aircraft, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan told Iran’s TV on...

Iran plans to buy 20 regional jets from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy

Iran intends to purchase 20 regional jets from a unit of Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, according to Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan, deputy minister for international affairs at the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. The Mehr News agency quoted Fakhrieh Kashan on Sunday as saying that the deal was likely to be finalised when a Japanese delegation visits Tehran in December. The aircra...

Iran deal advocate, an ex- envoy to Israel, was on Boeing payroll

 A paid US consultant for Boeing advocated for the Iran nuclear deal without revealing his ties to the aircraft maker and its vested interest in the deal’s success. Thomas Pickering, a former US ambassador to Israel (1985-1988), was one of the most persistent advocates for the sanctions relief for nuclear rollback deal, testifying before Congress and writing op-eds. Pickering told...

Boeing confirms signing jetliner sale memo with Iran Air

Boeing Co. signed an agreement to sell jetliners to Iran Air, the company said on Tuesday, confirming Iranian statements and briefly sending its shares up sharply in early trading. The historic deal to sell 100 jetliners to the airline, Boeing's first sale to Iran since its Islamic Revolution in 1979, resulted from the nuclear accord reached with that country last year. The agreemen...

Iranair could buy Boeing planes but any deal faces many hurdles

Iran’s state airline Iranair says it is talking with US plane maker Boeing about buying a large number of aircraft. Iranair’s chairman Farhad Parvaresh told Reuters the order could be close in size to the 118 Airbus jets it has agreed to buy. The Airbus deal however is conditional on the granting of US export licences because those planes contain so many US-built parts. In add...

After Airbus, Iran edges toward historic Boeing deal

Iranair is discussing a historic aircraft purchase with Boeing, potentially matching an order for over 100 jets from Airbus, but obstacles to both deals need to be resolved so that last year's accord to lift sanctions can be honored, its chairman said. The Iranian flag carrier is also talking to Boeing about providing support for its aging fleet following the deal between Tehran and six maj...

Boeing says Iran can buy planes in euros

Global aviation giant Boeing says Iran’s airlines could purchase its passenger jets in euros rather than in dollar if the United States’ financial system does not open up to Iran.  The announcement was made by Marty Bentrott, Boeing’s vice-president for Middle East sales, on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual meeting in Dublin....

Iran, Airbus in talks to finalize huge deal

Iran has begun negotiations with Airbus to finalize the first major deal for purchase of passenger planes since 1979, a senior Iranian official says. The two sides signed a preliminary agreement worth more than $27 billion in January for Iran's purchase of 118 planes from Airbus during a landmark trip to Paris by President Hassan Rouhani. “We started negotiations wit...

Bombardier explores new airline project in post-sanctions Iran

Bombardier Inc. discussed prospects for a new airline in Iran as companies look to get a share of the country’s largely untapped aviation market after economic sanctions were lifted three months ago. Officials from the country’s Qeshm Free Zone held talks in Tehran with Pierre Beaudoin, executive chairman of Bombardier’s board, on a project to set up an air...

Air France resumes flights to Iran after 8 years

An Air France passenger plane landed in Tehran international airport Sunday, marking the resumption of Paris-Tehran flights. The Sunday flight is the first Air France jet to land in Iran in eight years, following a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers that went into effect in January. The resumption of international flights to Tehran's Imam Khomenei International Airport i...

Air France faces revolt from gay cabin crew over flights to Iran

Air France is facing a rebellion from gay air stewards – who are refusing to fly on a new route to Iran. The company is launching a new route from Paris to Tehran, the capital of the reclusive state, with flights set to begin on April 17. However, the new route has been controversial with cabin crew – after a memo instructed female staff members to wear heards...

Iran says Boeing offers new aircraft during Tehran trip

Boeing Co. offered Iranian airlines three models of new aircraft to replace the country's aging fleet during the first visit by the Chicago-based manufacturer in decades, the Islamic Republic's state-run news agency reported Monday. Boeing declined to discuss specifics from the negotiation with officials in Tehran, but the airplane builder undoubtedly wants a piece of the action in post...