Boeing Representatives to Visit Iran Soon: Minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran's Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhondi announced that representatives of Boeing aircraft manufacturing company will come to Iran in the near future.

Boeing Representatives to Visit Iran Soon: Minister

"We are in contact with Boeing and their representatives will soon arrive in Iran," Akhondi said in his talks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius last Wednesday, the content of which was disclosed on Monday.

He also said that during his recent trip to France, he has negotiated with Airbus, whose airplanes currently account for 50 percent of Iran's air fleet, and demanded its executive manager to provide a plan for the renovation of the country's commercial air fleet.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Akhondi referred to plans for developing Iran's railroad system, saying that 100 locomotives have been purchased from France’s Alstom.

He at the same time noted that the ministry has started its negotiations with Germany’s Siemens Company for the renovation of the country’s railroad system.

Earlier on Saturday, Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) told the Tasnim News Agency that the country plans to purchase 80 to 90 Boeing and Airbus airplanes every year to renovate its commercial air fleet.

He added that the text of the final nuclear deal recently reached between Iran and six world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), explicitly states that bans on Iran over the purchase of airplanes have been lifted.

"We need to add 80 to 90 airplanes (to the fleet) each year in order to have 300 young and active airliners by the next five years," Khodakarami noted.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) successfully concluded their nuclear talks and finalized the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal in Vienna on July 14.

The comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six powers would terminate all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran after coming into force.

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