Fly Baghdad’s first flight from Baghdad to Ankara touched down on January 8, 2018, marking the start of a new era of connectivity between the capital cities of Iraq and Turkey.
The inaugural flight took off from Baghdad International Airport at 9:00 am, and a Fly Baghdad airplane was welcomed at Esenboga International Airport a well-organized reception inside the airport included a beautiful Fly Baghdad Cake cutting ceremony which was attendant by the CEO of the airport, CEO of the ground handling company, the CEO and staff of the Turkish GSA, Merkur, and representative of the travel and tourism companies in Turkey, The Fly Baghdad delegation included the CEO of the company, head of ground operation and his staff, aviation cadres and Crew in addition to the delegation of the Iraqi embassy in Turkey who arrived early to be part of the celebration, Both of the sectors were full of passengers.
The Chief Executive Officer of Fly Baghdad said “The Company is committed to expanding and opening new destinations in Turkey, Ankara is an important addition to Fly Baghdad operations in Turkey, which are flying to Istanbul and Ankara. It will promote tourism and trade cooperation between the two countries and provide direct and convenient travel options for the Iraqi Traveller”.
Fly Baghdad fleet consists of two Boeing 737-700 aircraft (below), capacity of 149 seats and one Bombardier CRJ200 with a capacity of 50 seats.
Fly Baghdad uses its fleet to fly to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq, Istanbul in Turkey and Amman, the Jordanian capital, as well as the new destination of Ankara.
The company plans to expand its fleet to include about 8 aircraft by 2020.
All photos by Fly Baghdad.