Iran Air’s Secret Purchases
To get around American sanctions, Iran Air is using a raft of go-betweens to acquire second-hand Boeing aircraft. But the deals don’t always pan out. [...]
The US aeronautical company, which moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, is in both the civil and military sectors, like its European rival Airbus. At the heart of the US defence industry, Boeing has powerful contacts in Capitol Hill and at the White House.
The aviation industry is in the process of becoming a global battlefield between Iran and the United States. After trying to isolate Iranian banks from world capital markets, Washington is now working to prevent Iran from operating American-made passenger aircraft. [...]