Iraq aims to lease Boeing planes

13 November 2003
Iraqi Transport Minister said on 13 November that he will travel to Jordan on 17 November to discuss the possibility of leasing planes from the US' Boeing company. 'I have to meet on Monday in Amman with Boeing representatives to discuss the possibility of a joint venture or that they lease their planes and train our pilots,' Bahnam Zaya Bulos told AFP. 'We are not going to buy the planes - I am going to ask that they lease the planes after training our pilots over one month or six weeks,' he said. Bulos added that Iraq wished to fly the planes under the banner of Iraqi Airways, but that this position was negotiable. Iraqi

Airways signed an agreement with Europe's Airbus 12 years ago to buy 10 planes. Iraq paid 10 per cent of the total sum, which amounted to about 10 million dollars. The planes were never delivered.

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