In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, a new Boeing 737-900ER airplane being delivered to United Airlines is parked in front of Boeing's newly expanded 737 delivery center, at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Iran said Sunday it has reached an agreement with American aerospace giant Boeing to purchase 100 aircraft to renew its ageing fleet, though the deal must still be approved by the U.S. government.Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran's civil aviation authority said in remarks published by the daily Iran newspaper that an agreement had been reached with Boeing for the purchase but said the deal was contingent on U.S. Treasury permission.Deputy Transport Minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan however said Sunday that he hoped the initial accord could be completed within a month. He told the Fars news agency that the deal would be "the largest and most important contract" with the United States -- barring military deals -- since before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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