Boeing delivers Iraqi Airways’ first 787-8 Dreamliner

By 22-06-2023 June 27th, 2023 No Comments

On June 22nd, Boeing and Iraqi Airways celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (YI-ATC) with a special event in Baghdad. The Iraqi flag carrier has taken the first of 10 787s on order, to profitably grow its long-haul network and connect Iraq to more international destinations.

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The delivery of Iraqi Airways’ first 787 follows delivery of 4 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes since February. The airline has ordered six 737-8s and 10 737-10s, providing its single-aisle fleet with more capability across its regional and medium-haul routes. In addition to the 737-8 and 787-8, Iraqi Airways operates a fleet of more than 40 Boeing airplanes, including 737-800s, 747s and 777s, serving more than 50 destinations from Baghdad.

“We are proud to be taking delivery of an airplane with the capabilities of the 787 Dreamliner. As domestic and international air traffic gains momentum, it’s crucial that our Iraqi Airways fleet matches growing demand with more efficient, capable and comfortable airplanes,” said Manaf Abdel-Monem, Director General of Iraqi Airways. “The 787 and 737 MAX airplanes we have received are key to our fleet renewal program which aims to ensure we can fly our passengers around the world in the safety and comfort they expect from a modern and efficient airline like Iraqi Airways.”

Iraqi Airways currently serves more than 50 destinations from Baghdad and is expanding and renewing its fleet to support the anticipated increase in international business and leisure travel to and from the country. Iraq is seeing increased stability and economic growth, with the country’s annual gross domestic product growth rate expected to reach 7% by the end of 2023. With global air traffic rebounding, Middle Eastern airlines are seeing more than a 40% traffic increase compared to last year.