Iran has invited Boeing to Tehran to discuss buying aircraft as the country looks to continue its fleet modernisation, according to local reports.
On Thursday (March 3), Iranian state TV quoted the country's road and transportation minister Abbas Akhoundi as confirming it had invited the US OEM to negotiate the potential purchase of new aircraft.
In response, Boeing said it only plans to engage with Iran on “fleet planning”, with spokesman John Dern confirming: “Boeing's US licence to work in Iran does not cover sale or lease negotiations. Any engagement Boeing has with the Iranians will be limited to what is authorised by the licence.”
In January, Iran started its fleet modernisation programme following the lifting of Western sanctions by placing aircraft orders with Airbus and ATR.