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Old August 5th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #21
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Iraqi Airways was supposed to get some new Boeing 787's to reintroduce long haul flights.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #22
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Iraq begins to receive a deal Boeing end of the year
12/04/2012 08:47

Baghdad, April 12 (Rn) - The Iraqi Ministry of Transport on Thursday it would start to receive Boeing 738 and 787 American-made end of this year while confirming that Iraqi Airways began training staff to work on the aircraft.

The Iraqi government has signed earlier contracts worth $ 5.9 billion with the U.S. Boeing and Bombardier of Canada for the purchase of 50 aircraft.

The adviser said the Transport Minister Nuri al-Karim, told the Kurdish news agency (Rn) that "the Ministry of Transport will take over in December (December), the next deal that Boeing agreed to purchase and that up to 40 aircraft."

The Nuri said, "preparations are underway for the purpose of creating staff who will work on board the aircraft," noting that "Iraq will have a fleet large and sophisticated air."

The Iraqi Airways, one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East and is a member of the Arab Union for Air Transport.

And Baghdad last month announced an agreement signed with Kuwait to settle the debt back to the Gulf War prevented from Iraqi Airways flights to the West.

The agreement to pay $ 300 million in cash to Kuwait and $ 200 million to set up a joint airline.

The theme of Iraqi Airways is part of the long-standing dispute between Iraq and Kuwait on the billions of dollars in damages for invasion of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of Kuwait in 1990-1991.

The agreement with Kuwait, the Iraqi government on the sidelines of a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at the head of a ministerial delegation to set timetables for resolving the outstanding issues that stand a barrier to exit Iraq from Chapter VII.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:52 PM   #23
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Oh come on, It's not as bad as you think!
Actually I flew on Iraqi airways last summer to Baghdad and It wasn't bad at all.
I agree. If someone was gonna try and shoot down or blow up a plane at Baghdad airport it would have happened by now.

No news there.
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Old August 12th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #24
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Old August 12th, 2012, 11:55 PM   #25
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Iraq plans to relaunch Iraqi Airways as a major carrier

May 17, 2012


Iraq's national carrier is planning to re-emerge as a major regional airline, with the first of 40 Boeing aircraft set to be delivered next year.


"We want to expand our fleet and operate routes to Europe, Malaysia and India. We want to operate just like any other regional airline," said Nasser Hussein Bandar, the head of Iraq's civil aviation authority.

Iraqi Airways, founded in 1945, is among the oldest airlines in the region but has no planes of its own after it liquidated its assets and attempted to dissolve the entity to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars of debt owed to Kuwait.

The war-torn country in March reached a US$500 million (Dh1.83bn) debt deal to resolve the two-decades long dispute with Kuwait, paving the way for the airline to return to normal business.

Iraq's current commercial fleet consists of 13 planes leased through regional brokers and six Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft. These are owned by the Iraqi ministry of finance and leased back to the airline to prevent Kuwait seizing them.

Iraq also has options to buy four additional aircraft from Bombardier, which have not been exercised so far due to the legal claims by Kuwait. No decision will be made imminently over whether to exercise the options or to choose Boeing or Airbus aircraft instead. The ministry of finance has allocated $300m in its national budget for the purchase of aircraft.

"The government is still considering whether to make the purchase for the pending four planes, or opt for other models from Boeing or Airbus," Mr Bandar said.

According to Boeing, Iraq ordered 30 737-800s (with 10 options) and 10 787-8s (with five options) in April 2008 and December 2009, respectively. However, Boeing policy is not to disclose delivery dates, although Mr Bandar said deliveries were scheduled to run from next year through 2016.

"During the past several years The Boeing Company has developed a strong partnership with the Iraqi government concerning the country's current and future commercial aviation needs," said Marty Bentrott, the vice president of sales for Boeing commercial airplanes, for the Middle East, Russia and central Asia.

"Areas of common interest include but are not limited to replenishing Iraq's commercial aviation fleet and modernising the country's commercial aviation infrastructure," he said.

Throughout this time the US government has demonstrated strong support for this deepening partnership and we appreciate their continuing efforts.

"We look forward to working with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi private sector as they modernise their commercial aviation sector and integrate fully into the international commercial aviation system."

Saj Ahmad, the chief analyst at the consultancy StrategicAero Research based in the United Kingdom, said the fleet expansion must be accompanied by a recruitment drive.

"On the expansion front, the key really is investment in staffing and resources, without which they can't launch flights overseas and its not clear how the Iraqi government aims to plug this gap," he said.

But Mr Bandar was adamant the expansion would go ahead. "Iraqi Airways has the experience, we have the know-how and with more than 3,600 staff that include pilots, cabin crew, schedulers, operators and marketers," Mr Bandar said. "But without planes, we haven't been able to properly fly, plan new routes, or make schedules."
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Iraqi Airways to renovate its fleet - statement
6/11/2012 5:29 PM

BAGHDAD/ Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi Airways is planning to renovate its fleet by hiring new aircrafts to be suitable with its routes, according to a statement by Iraqi ministry of transport.

The statement, received by Aswat al-Iraq, added that this move will modernize its fleets to ensure their suitable with the new routes to be opened, in addition to joint ventures with international companies to provide better services to the passengers.

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Malaysia Resumes Flights to Iraq after 25 Years
Posted on 29 June 2012

Flights between Iraq and Malaysia have resumed after a gap of 25 years, with the opening of a new scheduled air service on Saturday.
Alsumaria News reports that Iraqi Airways will operate a weekly return service between Baghdad International Airport and the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Iraq’s Ministry of Transport said that “Iraqi Airways plans to open more routes to various airports around the world.”
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Old August 12th, 2012, 11:57 PM   #26
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Iraq Cabinet Approves $500 Million To End Kuwait Airline Dispute


Iraq’s Cabinet agreed to allocate $500 million from the budget to resolve a dispute with Kuwait over the debts of Iraqi Airways, State Minister Ali al-Dabbagh said.
The Cabinet asked parliament to approve the allocation of $300 million from the 2012 budget and another $200 million the following year, al-Dabbagh said in an e-mailed statement today. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced an agreement with Kuwait to end the dispute in March.
State-run Kuwait Airways Corp. has been seeking $1.2 billion in compensation for 10 aircraft taken during former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Maliki agreed to pay $300 million in compensation to the carrier and another $200 million to establish a joint airline with Kuwait, which will contribute a similar amount.
Iraq still owes Kuwait about $20 billion as a result of that invasion. It is paying into a United Nations compensation fund even as its economy tries to recover from decades of conflict, sanctions and sabotage, nine years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Hussein.
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Old August 14th, 2012, 03:16 PM   #27
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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #28
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Old November 11th, 2012, 01:54 AM   #29
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Old November 24th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #30
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21NOV2012 Iraqi Airways goes Airbus, gets first A321-200s and A330-200

Iraqi Airways (IA, Baghdad International (BGW)) has taken delivery of the two ex-Blue Wings (QW, Dusseldorf International (DUS)) A321-200s YI-AGR (c/n 4067) and YI-AGS (c/n 4044) originally delivered in 2009 and 2010. The aircraft had been stored for several years since then as Blue Wings went out of business before even putting the second aircraft into operations. Iraqi Airways also plans to lease a first A330-200 (c/n 1339) whose favourable delivery position later this year has become available as a result of an A330-300 cancellation by AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur International (KUL)).
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Old November 24th, 2012, 02:01 PM   #31
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Old November 25th, 2012, 12:56 AM   #32
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Old December 4th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #33
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03DEC2012: Iraqi Airways to take B777-200LR not taken up by Air Austral

Iraqi Airways will be the recipient of the B777-200(LR) first flown in March 2012 and then not taken up by financially struggling Air Austral . According to a report by Air Journal, the aircraft has been acquired by the government of Iraq which will lease the aircraft to its national carrier.The B777-200(LR) in question had previously been rumoured to be the single aircraft Boeing has sold to Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa Bole International (ADD)) earlier this year but it appears that such reports have been false.
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Iraqi Airways takes delivery of its first Airbus A330


On behalf of the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation, Iraqi Airways, 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.

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.

“The A330-200 will allow us to grow our international routes while offering high quality of service and flight experience to our increasing number of passengers,” said Captain Saad Mahdi Saeed Al-Khafaji, Iraqi Airways General Manager, “The aircraft will service a number of international routes, namely to Europe, providing passengers a more comfortable journey with spacious seating.”

“We are pleased to welcome Iraqi Airways as a new operator of the A330 family aircraft. Iraq has a big potential and we are seeing more flights being operated to several cities in the country,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “With the A330-200, Iraqi Airways will benefit from the aircraft’s low operating costs, proven reliability and great passenger appeal.”

The A330 is one of the most widely-used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded over 1,200 orders for the various versions of the aircraft and more than 900 are in service with 90 operators worldwide today. In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the A330 is also available in VIP and military transport / tanker variants.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #35
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The Airbus A330-200 is registred as YI-AQY and made its first flight on 30-08-2012(!) meaning that the plane is only 3 months old.

This is very important for IA and hopefully a good start towards a bright future.
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What's the situation in Iraq now? Are people regularly flying in and out of Baghdad for business/visiting family? Haven't heard much news coming out of Iraq recently.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 01:14 AM   #38
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People are visting Iraq on a regurlar base, but the problem is the connection(from Europe). You have to fly either via Vienna, Istanbul, Amman, Dubai etc., not ideal.

But IA will open new routes when the problem with Kuwait is solved, so I think will we see major improvements next year.
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Are Iraqi Airways going to fit missile counter measures on its airliners like Israeli carriers?
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Old December 9th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #40
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05DEC2012: Iraqi A330-200 to operate to Austria, Germany and the UK

Iraqi Airways (IA, Baghdad International (BGW)) is currently preparing a resumption of scheduled services to the European Union with plans to initially serve Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom according to statements made by Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac (TLS)) regarding the delivery of the first A330-200 to the Iraqi national carrier.
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