Boeing Co is “a little frustrated” with delays in getting U.S. government approvals for fighter jet sales to countries in the Gulf region, but hopes to see movement on those deals early next year, a senior Boeing executive said on Monday.

Jeff Kohler, Boeing’s vice president for international business development, told reporters the government review process had taken longer than expected.

“We’re a little frustrated, and I know the customers are in the region,” he said at the Dubai Airshow, without giving details about the specific deals or the number of jets involved. Boeing generally will not discuss specific buyers since arms sales are negotiated between governments. […]