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Letters January 5, 2017  RSS feed

WANT AMERICAN JOBS? UPHOLD THIS AIR DEAL WITH IRAN

Last September, Washington granted permission to the American aerospace manufacturer Boeing and its European rival Airbus (which uses some American components) to sell commercial aircraft to Iran.

Iran has reached a $16.6 billion deal to buy 80 jetliners from Boeing. Boeing asserts that this sale will support thousands of U.S. jobs. Iran has also reached a deal to buy 100 additional aircraft from Airbus.

Opponents of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the U.S. seek to block the sale by Boeing. But if they are successful, Iran will buy all of its jets from Airbus instead of Boeing.

To create American jobs, the sale by Boeing should be approved. Otherwise, to create a level playing field for Boeing, the sales by both Boeing and Airbus should be blocked.

Ted Sheskin, Flushing