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Iran signs $16.6 billion deal for 80 Boeing planes

Farhad ParvareshIranAir said it signed a deal to buy 80 passenger planes from Boeing, IRNA news agency, in the biggest U.S.-Iran deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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The agency quoted Farhad Parvaresh, the chairman of Iran's flag carrier, as saying that the 10-year deal included 50 Boeing 737 aircraft and 30 777 planes.

Boeing said in June it had signed a tentative agreement to sell 100 jets to IranAir after Iranian statements about the deal.

IRNA said that Fletcher Barkdull, a Boeing regional director, was in Tehran for the signing ceremony. The agency quoted Barkdull as saying that the deal was worth $16.6 billion and had been approved by the U.S. government.


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