Iran’s Aseman signs final deal for 30 Boeing 737s: IRNA

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LONDON (Reuters) – Aseman Airlines has signed a final deal to buy
30 Boeing 737 MAX jets in Iran’s first new business with the U.S.
planemaker since President Donald Trump took office vowing to
take a tougher stance toward the country.

Aseman and Boeing had signed a tentative deal in April. Iran’s
state news agency IRNA reported that representatives of Aseman
and Boeing signed the final agreement in the capital Tehran on

“I am very pleased that after a year of negotiation with Boeing,
the contract to buy 30 Boeing 737s was signed today,” Aseman CEO
Hossein Alaei was quoted as saying by IRNA after the signing

Owned by Iran’s civil service pension foundation but managed as a
private company, Aseman is Iran’s third-largest airline by active
fleet size, according to the CAPA consultancy.

Alaei said Aseman was ready to order another 30 of the same
planes once the delivery of the first order was finished.

IRNA reported that the deal for 60 jets would be worth $3
billion, saying Aseman would pay 5 percent and seek financing for
the rest.

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

Trump has said he opposes the nuclear sanctions pact but has not
stated a public view on the aircraft deals reached under the
accord. The U.S. aerospace industry says they support Trump’s
agenda for protecting U.S. manufacturing jobs.

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(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; editing by David Clarke)

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