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12 December, 2016 00:00 00 AM
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Iran signs deal to buy eighty Boeing planes

AFP

AFP, TEHRAN: Iran Air finalised a contract to buy 80 planes from US firm Boeing, the official IRNA news agency said Sunday, as it seeks to renew its ageing fleet despite sanctions.
IRNA reported that the contract was worth $16.6 billion (15.7 billion euros), in the first such deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
“Fifty of the planes are 737 and the other 30 are the long haul 777 that will be delivered to Iran Air in a period of 10 years,” said Farhad Parvaresh, chief executive of the national carrier, who signed the contract with Boeing officials in Tehran.
It is the first deal with an American aviation firm since the revolution, and comes in spite of fresh tensions over sanctions after US lawmakers voted earlier this month to renew measures against Iran.
The lack of new planes and parts has taken a severe toll on Iran’s carriers over the years, earning it one of the worst safety records in the world with close to 1,700 people dying in a string of civilian and military air disasters since 1979, according to the Flight Safety Foundation.
“With the signing of this contract, the first important step has been taken for the modernisation of the country’s aviation fleet,” Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi was quoted as saying. Iran Air is also due to finalise the purchase of 100 planes from European firm Airbus. “Our goal is to increase our ability to compete in the aviation industry to be able to get back our share in the 
transport industry in the region and the world,” said Akhoundi, referring to the fact that Iran was a regional hub for air transport before the revolution. 

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