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Iran signs order for 80 Boeing jets

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By Euronews
Iran signs order for 80 Boeing jets

<p>Iran has signed a $16.6 billion deal for 80 Boeing passenger jets and claims to be close to another for dozens of Airbus planes.</p> <p>It’s Tehran’s biggest package of firm contracts with Western companies since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.</p> <p>The Airbus deal, which is expected to involve a first batch of 50-60 jets, should be completed in the next couple of days.</p> <p>The Boeing contract comes after last year’s pact between Iran and world powers to reopen trade in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities.</p> <p>However political opposition could yet threaten the deal in both countries.</p> <p>In the US, Congressional Republicans are trying to counter last year’s nuclear accord by passing a bill last month to restrict financial transactions by US banks in an effort to block the sale of Western passenger jets to Iran.</p> <p>In Iran the deal is viewed as a crucial political test for the government of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, who has been criticised by hardliners opposed to opening up to the West.</p>