Jan. 30, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Two of the seven countries on President Trump’s own “no-fly” list of travelers coming to the United States committed to 108 Boeing airplanes.
One of the governments is an ally of the United States: Iraq.
Iraq remains on the US government list of a terrorist state. Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya Yemen and Syria were targeted in Trump’s Executive Order Friday as presenting terrorist threats to the US.
Airline flight crews who come from these countries, even if flying for airlines not of these nations, are affected, said the International Air Transport Assn. (IATA), an industry trade group.
Iraq ordered 10 Boeing 787s and 30 Boeing 737s after the country was freed from dictator Saddam Hussein. These are firm orders listed on Boeing’s website. The 787 and 18 of the 737s remain undlievered.
Iran signed a final commitment for 80 Boeing jets. These weren’t added to Boeing’s backlog because of the uncertainty cast by then President-Elect Trump over the future of Iran relations.
The Boeing commitment, for $16bn at list prices, is for 50 737 MAXes, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s.
Ambiguities in the Executive Order and adverse reaction to implementation immediately raised the prospect Iran might cancel the order. Conceivably Iraq could, too.
The White House said the Executive Order was not targeted at Muslims, whom Trump and his aides criticized throughout the presidential campaign. The seven nations are major-Muslim.
The White House aid the countries were chosen because they are on a list created by the US government pre-dating the Trump Administration as sponsors of terrorism.
North Korea is also on this list, but was not included in the Executive Order.
Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said it is possible the list might be expanded to include other states that are known to have terrorist cells. Mentioned during his appearance on the TV show Meet the Press were Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Not mentioned was Qatar.
Each is a Boeing customer.