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Aviation In Iraq To Take Off?

Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of a 737-800NG from Boeing, the first of 30 of the type that the airline ordered in 2008. The manufacturer noted that the delivery marks an important milestone in its efforts to help rebuild Iraq's aviation infrastructure.

With 10 787s also on order, Iraqi – which is owned by the Iraq government – has demonstrated a great deal of ambition in its fleet modernisation programme. “The Next-Generation 737-800 will play a key role in helping us modernise our fleet and integrate into the regional and international commercial aviation system,” said H.E. Hadi Al Ameri, Iraq's Minister of Transportation. “Boeing has played a pivotal role in our growth plan and the Next-Generation 737 has earned an excellent reputation for reliability and operational efficiency.”

The airline recently unveiled a new brand design and livery, and also gave details of the routes on which it will operate the 737-800s. These include Baghdad to Dubai International, Basrah to Amman Queen Alia and Dubai International, and Najaf to Mashad and Tehran Mehrabad.

For its part, Boeing is happy to support the Iraq government’s plans to get the country’s aviation sector back on track, and indeed grow once the 787s start to be delivered in the longer term.

"This is a historic milestone in our relationship with Iraqi Airways and a testament to the value that the Next-Generation 737-800 will bring to the airline's fleet," said Marty Bentrott, vice president for sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. "Boeing is proud of the confidence that Iraqi Airways has in its products and we look forward to further strengthening this relationship to fulfill the airline's future commercial aviation needs."

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