US OKs Airbus sale of 100-plus planes to Iran

The new Airbus A350 performs its demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Tuesday June 16, 2015. Some 300,000 aviation professionals and spectators are expected at this week’s Paris Air Show, coming from around the world to make business deals and see dramatic displays of aeronautic prowess and the latest air and space technology. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
The new Airbus A350 performs its demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Tuesday June 16, 2015. Some 300,000 aviation professionals and spectators are expected at this week’s Paris Air Show, coming from around the world to make business deals and see dramatic displays of aeronautic prowess and the latest air and space technology. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials say the Obama administration has green-lighted the sale of more than 100 Airbus planes to Iran.

It’s the latest U.S. license for commercial activity with Iran since last year’s nuclear deal. Airbus in September received a license to export 17 planes.

But the officials say the European plane maker got permission Monday to export 106 more. They aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter and demanded anonymity.

Airbus needs Treasury Department approval because at least 10 percent of its components are American-made.

Boeing has separately gained permission to export dozens of jetliners to Iran.

Both sales are precarious. President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to re-negotiate the nuclear accord, which makes the plane deals possible. And the Republican-led House has moved to block any such plane transactions.

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