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Fruits of the Nuclear Deal
Iran Set to Receive First American Aircraft Since 1979

Iran may be set to receive two Boeing 777s as early as this month, the first American-made aircraft delivered to Iran since the fall of the Shah in 1979. As Reuters reports:

IranAir may get its first new Boeing jetliner a year earlier than expected under a deal to take jets originally bought by cash-strapped Turkish Airlines, Iranian media and industry sources said.

Iran had been expected to receive the first of 80 aircraft ordered from the U.S. planemaker in April 2018, but at least one brand-new aircraft is reported to be sitting unused because it is no longer needed by the Turkish carrier.

Industry sources said Boeing was in negotiations to release at least one 777-300ER originally built for Turkish Airlines, which is deferring deliveries due to weaker traffic following last year’s failed coup attempt in Turkey….

Iran’s Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan told the semi-official Mehr news agency the first Boeing 777 aircraft would reach Tehran within a month.

If confirmed, the deliveries would be months ahead of schedule for the $16.6 billion deal signed between IranAir and Boeing in December. Replacing its outdated commercial aviation fleet has been a priority for Iran since the end of nuclear sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal). Iran has signed a flurry of deals with Boeing, Airbus and other western aircraft manufacturers worth tens of billions of dollars. Combined with other big ticket items, most notably energy and energy infrastructure deals, proponents of the nuclear deal both inside and outside Iran hope that increased economic ties will lock-in the Trump administration and other nuclear deal skeptics.

The only good news for opponents of the nuclear deal is that so far foreign corporations have been hesitant to actually enter the Iranian market, limited in particular by banking restrictions and other regulatory obstacles. But as these Boeing deliveries show, the countdown to Iran’s full re-emergence into the global market may be starting to tick faster.

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  • Fat_Man

    The stupidest deal in human history. I hope that the CIA has inserted gizmos into those plans so that they show up on ADF like a klieg light.

    • D4x

      planes, not plans.

      • Fat_Man

        D4x: Thank You. Write in haste, edit at leisure

    • Andrew Allison

      “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Lenin

      • ——————————

        Quite true….

      • f1b0nacc1

        Yes, pity we don’t let the socialists make the rope…it would be of such low quality that it probably would break…

    • Jon Robbins

      Why is it a stupid deal? Glad to see that we are not contributing to Iranian airplane crashes by preventing Iran from buying new airplanes and spare parts. About time–long overdue.

      • Fat_Man

        We shouldn’t contribute to Iranian airplane crashes. We should bomb their airplanes on the tarmac.

        • Fat_Man

          Although this deal would be better if we did that to these airplanes after the check clears.

        • Jon Robbins

          Yeah–let’s destroy civilian jet liners on the ground. No doubt you would like the full crew and passenger list aboard when the destruction is wrought.

          Nice.

          • Fat_Man

            There is a war on. There will be casualties.

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    Are Americans supposed to be happy that Boeing is lining it’s coffers while Iran is building nukes?…well this American sure is hell is not….

    • Jon Robbins

      Iran is not building nukes. No need to panic.

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        “Iran is not building nukes.”

        What a coincidence!…Ali Khamenei says the same thing!….

        • Jon Robbins

          And Ali Khamenei is right.

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            Right…and next monkeys are going to fly out of my butt….

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