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Iran ready to buy 100 aircraft from Boeing

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Iran is considering buying planes from Boeing as it moves to upgrade its fleet following the removal of UN sanctions. The average age of Iran's commercial airliners is is almost 27 years.

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Iran's deputy transport minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan told Reuters that Iran is interested in buying 100 aircraft. UN sanctions were lifted a week ago, allowing Airbus to negotiate a deal to sell 114 aircraft to Iran.

U.S. trade sanctions on Iran remain in place, but Boeing could apply for a special waiver. However, last week Boeing said there are "many steps" before it decides to sell aircraft to Iran.

The Airbus deal will have an official signing when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits Paris on Wednesday, according to Iranian media.

European regulators have banned all but 12 of Iran Air's fleet from using European Union airspace, because the airline has failed to show that its aircraft meet international safety standards.

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