It would be the first such contact since the end of the economic sanctions on Tehran.
The U.S. has given Boeing the green light to hold direct talks with Iranian airliners, Iranian officials said Saturday, the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency reported.
“Boeing intends to launch its talks with Iranian companies with permission from the U.S. government,” said Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, according to the news agency.
Abedzadeh said Boeing has provided an Iranian airline with “some technical issues to upgrade flight safety.” He did not elaborate.
The official IRNA news agency reported Friday that a Boeing delegation will visit Iran to review “possible cooperation” with Iranian airlines, including national carrier Iran Air.
Boeing has repeatedly denied it will sell airplanes on the visit, saying instead that it will discuss fleet-planning options with Iranian officials. Abedzadeh said Iran already has “appropriate offers” from airplane manufacturers in Brazil, Canada and Japan for both leasing and selling airplanes to Iran.
Abedzadeh previewed the change in relations last month, saying Iran will likely sign an agreement to buy airplanes from the Chicago-based airline manufacture. International economic sanctions on Iran ended with last year’s nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.