Boeing set to sell spare plane parts to Iran, Reuters reports

BY Sam Lane  April 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM EST

boeing1Airplane manufacturing giant Boeing received a license this week from the US government to send spare parts to Iran for commercial aircraft.

The move — first reported by Reuters — is the result of an agreement reached in November that lifted some sanctions on Iran in exchange for the country halting parts of its nuclear program.

A Boeing spokesman told Reuters the company would contact Iranian officials to determine which parts they needed, but any exports will not include new aircraft. The license only covers “components needed to ensure continued safe flight operations of older Boeing planes sold to Iran before the 1979 revolution,” Reuters reported.

According to the Times of Israel, both Boeing and General Electric applied for the license earlier this year. At the time, a GE spokesman said his company had been asking for the right to provide parts and maintenance to Iran since 2004.