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Iraqi Airways receives first new jets in 30 years


Earlier this month Iraqi Airways took delivery of a brand new Airbus A330 and a Boeing 777, the first new planes the struggling airline has obtained in 30 years. The deals marked major breakthroughs for Iraqi Airways, which dates from 1938, but stopped flying from 1991 to 2000, during part of Saddam Hussein’s rule. The airline restarted domestic flights, as well as flights to Jordan and Iran, in 2004. But it hasn’t run international flights outside of the Middle East in years; a $500 million settlement with Kuwait last year over Hussein’s alleged plunder of parts during the Gulf War should ease those restrictions. Iraqi Airways is slated to receive 30 new Boeing 737s and 10 of its 787 Dreamliners in the coming years. The airline hasn’t said which routes its widebodies will fly first, though it acknowledged the need to get more before it can fly a regular schedule to more than a handful of international destinations.