Tehran will procure approximately 100 single-aisle and twin-aisle jetliners from Boeing.
The jetliner types to be acquired via lease and direct purchase include Boeing’s 737 NG and the 777-300ER and 777-9 variants.
Official approvals from both the Iranian and U.S. governments need to be obtained before a formal contract is signed.
IranAir Public Relations department announced, “an agreement was consequently signed after Boeing company representatives paid several official visits to Iran and held effective talks with IranAir officials.”
The aircraft deal is being valued at an estimated U.S.$ 25 billion.
Tehran had taken delivery of its first Boeing jetliner in 1965, when it received its first Boeing 707.
IranAir has placed record deals for jetliners and regional transport aircraft RTA) after decades of isolation have left it with an ageing and obsolete aircraft fleet.
Earlier this year, the airline placed orders with Airbus for delivery of 118 new jetliners worth U.S.$ 25 billion, encompassing, 21 A320ceo Family and 24 A320neo Family jetliners, 27 A330ceo Family airplanes, 18 A330-900neos, 16 A350-1000s and 12 A380s.
IranAir has also received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) & European Union approval for fly to the EU, once again after 2010 sanctions, IranAir Public Relations Department announced.
Iran Air has also placed firm orders with ATR for 20 new generation ATR 72-600s, along with options for 20 more, under a deal valued at approximately € one billion.
The deal was facilitated by Italy and France, through the participation of export credit agencies, Sace and Coface respectively.
Years of isolation have meant that Iran Air operates an obsolete fleet of 43 aircraft, which include types such as the Fokker 100, Airbus Family jetliners (six A320s, two A310s and 14 A300s - including two freighters) and a handful of Boeing 747s.