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Iraqi Airways receives its first Airbus A220-300

Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first out of five A220-300 (YI-ARF) aircraft from Mirabel, Canada. Upon entry into service, Iraqi Airways will become one of the first airlines to operate the A220 in the Middle East region.

With the A220, Iraqi Airways will benefit from the aircraft’s exceptional technical, economic and environmental performance. Iraqi Airways’ A220-300 features a modern and highly comfortable dual-class cabin that seats 132 passengers; 12 in business class and 120 in economy class. The state of the art aircraft will play an integral part of Iraqi Airways fleet renewal and modernization plan.

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Iraqi Airways is coming to Manchester

Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) announced on February 20 that it will begin services to Manchester, UK beginning on March 15, 2015.

The twice-weekly service, flown by one of the carrier’s Boeing 737-800s, will include the first flight being between Manchester and Erbil on Wednesdays at 22:00 and the second flight being between Manchester and Sulaymaniyah on Sundays, also departing at 22:00.

Erbil is the largest city and capital of the semi-autonoumous Kurdistan region of Iraq. Erbil is located 55 miles east of Mosul.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/ Brand new Boeing 737-8Z YI-ASR (msn 40080) was just handed over to the carrier on February 20.

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Iraqi Airways signs LOI for five Bombardier CS300 jetliners

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Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire five Bombardier CS300 jetliners. The LOI includes options on 11 CS300 aircraft.

Iraqi Airways currently operates six Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets.

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Boeing delivers the first Boeing 737-800 to Iraqi Airways

Boeing (Chicago) has delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways (Baghdad), the first of 30 that the airline ordered in 2008, marking a milestone in its relationship with the airline.

With the delivery of Boeing 737-81Z YI-ASE (msn 40104) on August 12, 2013, Iraqi Airways currently has 39 Boeing airplanes on order, including 29 Next-Generation 737-800s and 10 787 Dreamliners.

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/ Showing off the Arabic titles side, Boeing 737-81Z YI-ASE is pictured on a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. The delivery also ushered in a new look for Iraqi.

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A new era for Iraqi Airways; new aircraft and a new brand

Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) in May 2008, through the Iraqi government, ordered 30 new Boeing 737-800s from The Boeing Company with options for 10 additional aircraft. The first aircraft in the order is being prepared for delivery. The flag carrier is taking the opportunity to also introduce a new livery for the airline. The airline is retaining its historic green and while color scheme but now with updated lines.

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk/ Boeing 737-81Z YI-ASE (msn 40104) taxies to the runway at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle yesterday (May 28) in the evening for a test flight.

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Iraqi Airways adds its first two Airbus A320s

Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) on January 15, 2013 added its first two Airbus A320s. The pictured A320-214 YI-ARA (msn 5115) and YI-ARB (msn 5290) have joined the mainly Boeing fleet.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. A320-214 YI-ARA is captured arriving at Dubai today devoid of any color except the titles. Is a new livery coming for Iraqi?

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Iraqi Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

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Iraqi Airways (Baghdad), the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. This will be the first Airbus widebody aircraft to be operated by Iraqi Airways. The carrier already operates two A321 aircraft. A330-202 YI-AQY (msn 1339) was formally handed over on November 30. This aircraft was originally destined for AirAsia X. The airline has been in desperate need of modern aircraft.

Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 264 economy seats, the aircraft is  powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed on European routes including Germany, Austria and the UK.

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Iraqi Airways is declared bankrupt

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Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) yesterday (May 26) was declared bankrupt by the Iraqi Government due to the ongoing debt-related lawsuit with the government of Kuwait concerning the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Iraq’s Transportation Minister stated it would take three years to close down the state-owned company. The company may be sold to a private investor which would disconnect the government from the debt.

Iraqi Airways leases Boeing 737-4B7 EY-537 from East Air

Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) has leased this ex-US Airways Boeing 737-4B7 registered EY-537 (msn 24550) from East Air.

Copyright Photo: Reiner Geerdts. Previously operated for Somon Air, EY-537 now carries Iraqi titles as it approaches Dubai for landing.

Iraqi Airways to resume London flights

Iraqi Airways (Baghdad) is planning to resume service to London (Heathrow) (three times weekly) on August 6 according to Airline Route Updates.

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