The U.S. Treasury Department has issued licenses to Boeing and Airbus for the sale of planes to Iran Air.

The move comes in the wake of the U.S. lifting some sanctions against Iran as part of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal reached between Iran, the U.S. and five other countries.

In June, Boeing entered into a memorandum of agreement with Iran Air for the sale of 80 aircraft. The Treasury license, Boeing said in a statement, would allow it to complete those sales. 

Airbus said its license would apply to only a portion of the 118 aircraft it plans to deliver to Iran Air as part of a January agreement. The approved craft are A320s and A330s. Airbus said it expects approval of all its planned Iran Air deliveries in the coming weeks.

The Treasury Department approvals came in spite of two measures passed by House Republicans in July that sought to prevent Boeing from selling planes to Iran Air. Advocates of the measures expressed concern that Iran could put the aircraft to use for the transport of military cargo.

“These licenses contain strict conditions to ensure that the planes will be used exclusively for commercial passenger use and cannot be resold or transferred to a designated entity,” a Treasury spokesperson said in an email to Travel Weekly. 

Comments
JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI