Middle East

Iran says Boeing officials will visit Tehran soon

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, a new Boeing 737-900ER airplane being delivered to United Airlines is parked in front of Boeing's newly expanded 737 delivery center, at Boeing Field in Seattle. Iran said Saturday that the United States has allowed Boeing Co. to have direct talks with Iranian airliners following reports that a Boeing delegation will visit the country, the official IRNA news agency reported.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, a new Boeing 737-900ER airplane being delivered to United Airlines is parked in front of Boeing's newly expanded 737 delivery center, at Boeing Field in Seattle. Iran said Saturday that the United States has allowed Boeing Co. to have direct talks with Iranian airliners following reports that a Boeing delegation will visit the country, the official IRNA news agency reported. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's official IRNA news agency is saying a delegation from Boeing Co. will visit the country to review "possible cooperation" with Iranian airlines.

The late Friday report by IRNA says officials from Iran's national carrier, Iran Air, and other Iranian airlines will meet the Boeing delegation.

Earlier in March Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, said Iran will likely sign an agreement to buy airplanes from Boeing. The Chicago-based airline manufacturer has denied repeatedly that it will sell airplanes on the visit, instead saying it will discuss fleet-planning options with Iranian officials.

Iran Air has already signed agreements to buy 118 planes from the European consortium Airbus and 20 more from French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR.