Aerospace Giant Boeing Books First Sales to Iran Since 1979

TEHRAN, Iran — Boeing has sold Iran $12,000 worth of aircraft-related documents, the first public dealings the country has had with an American aerospace firm since Tehran and Washington severed relations in the wake of the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis. "During the third quarter of 2014, we sold aircraft manuals, drawings, and navigation charts and data to Iran Air, to help improve the safety of Iran's civil aviation industry," Boeing said in a Wednesday filing. The sale was a preliminary deal that did not include spare parts, which is what Iran desperately needs in order to update a fleet with a notoriously bad safety record. Under Western sanctions Iran has been unable to buy aerospace products from the United States.

In November 2013 under the terms of an interim deal singed in Geneva over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, Tehran agreed to suspend some sensitive nuclear work in return for some temporary sanctions relief. In April Boeing and G.E said they had received export licenses from U.S. Office of Foreign Assets allowing them to sell parts for commercial airliners to Iran. If a comprehensive deal between Iran and world powers is reached American companies could find a massive new market in Iran.

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- Ali Arouzi

Reuters contributed to this report.