Iran says will only pay half price for new Boe­ing planes

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TEHRAN | Iran’s of­fi­cial IRNA news agency is re­port­ing the deputy trans­port min­is­ter as say­ing that his coun­try will only pay half of the an­nounced price for 80 new Boe­ing planes given the re­duc­tions in its pur­chas­ing op­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day re­port, As­ghar Fakhrieh Kashan said that de­spite an ini­tial $16.8 bil­lion deal with Boe­ing to pur­chase 80 pas­sen­ger planes, “Re­gard­ing the style of our or­der and its op­tions, the pur­chase con­tract for 80 Boe­ing air­craft is worth about 50 per­cent of the amount.” He did not elab­o­rate.

Boe­ing made no im­me­di­ate com­ment.

Iran an­nounced ear­lier this month that it had fi­nal­ized the deal, which was made pos­si­ble by last year’s land­mark nu­clear agree­ment.

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