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Analyst Skeptical About Boeing Iran Air Agreement

Jun 21, 2016
AP / ASSOCIATED PRESS

It's been a rumor for months, but Tuesday Boeing has officially confirmed that it has signed a deal to sell jets to Iran. Boeing says the agreement with Iran Air "expresses the airline's intent" to buy its aircraft.

When apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did a pre-primary campaign swing through the Northwest last weekend, he hopped between Eugene, Spokane and Bellingham aboard a Boeing 757 emblazoned with the word TRUMP in capital letters.

Iran and Boeing go way back. Boeing was the largest supplier of civilian aircraft to Iran before the country's 1979 Islamic revolution. And despite the fraught relations between the U.S. and Iran since then, Iran has kept flying those planes for decades.

As part of the recent Iranian nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions, Boeing is once again permitted to sell planes to the Islamic Republic. And Iran desperately wants to start replacing its fleet of aging, worn-out commercial aircraft.

The Boeing Company's unmanned aircraft subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge passed a milestone this week in commercializing drone technology.

Boeing Disappointed Over Bomber Contract

Oct 28, 2015
Ted S. Warren / / AP Photo

Boeing says it's disappointed that the Air Force has rejected its bid for an 80 billion dollar bomber contract, in favor of a bid from Northrup Grumman.

UK Ministry of Defence

Managers at a military drone maker in the Columbia River Gorge say they see great potential for civil and commercial uses for their best known aircraft. But realizing that promise requires the federal government to finalize rules for drones in the national airspace.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp

It won’t just be Boeing jetliners flying lumbering test patterns over Moses Lake, Washington. Mitsubishi  Aircraft announced  Monday it has selected Grant County International Airport as its U.S. test flight center. That means a new high-tech airplane hangar and an estimated 100 jobs for the central Washington community. 

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The U.S. House today rejected the Pentagon's plans to retire aging ships and planes. The bipartisan vote on a defense-spending blueprint for next year saves a fleet of attack jets flown by the Idaho National Guard out of Boise. The fate of that air wing provides another example of how hard it is to cut the defense budget.

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

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