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FORMED IN 1945. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
IRAQ (REPUBLIC OF IRAQ): POPULATION: 23.6 MILLION. HAS 2ND LARGEST OIL RESERVES IN THE WORLD. ESTABLISHED IN 1913. COVERS AN AREA 0F 438,317 SQ KM. ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BAGHDAD. ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
APRIL 1998: GOVERNMENT AIRLINE.
CROSS BORDER FLIGHTS SUSPENDED BY UNITED NATIONS (UN).
2,770 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 260 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
APRIL 1999: SITA: SDADCIA.
SEPTEMBER 1999: AIR FRANCE (AFA) DISCUSSIONS RE-TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE. POSSIBLE FLIGHTS TO FRANCE.
MARCH 2000: FOR 4TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, FLEW PILGRIMS TO HADJ IN JEDDAH, DESPITE UNITED NATIONS (UN) SANCTIONS ON NO FLIGHTS.
APRIL 2000: 2,770 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 260 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
SEPTEMBER 2000: PLANS TO ORDER 20 AIRBUS (EDS) AIRPLANES, BUT (EDS) STATES IT WILL HONOR THE UNITED NATIONS (UN) ECONOMIC EMBARGO WHICH PREVENTS SALE.
NOVEMBER 2000: AFTER BEING GROUNDED SINCE 1991 GULF WAR, IRAQ AIRWAYS (IRQ) RESUMES OPERATIONS WITH FLIGHTS TO BASRA, 375 MILES SOUTH AND MOSUL, 270 MILES NORTH (IL-76).
SHEIK HAMAD BIN ALI THANI PRESIDENT, AIR GULF FALCON (GFG), GIVES 1 747SP AS A GIFT TO PRESIDENT SADDAN HUSSEIN. THE WHITE PLANE WITH BLUE STRIPES WILL BE MAINTAINED AND USED BY IRAQ AIRWAYS (IRQ).
MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) WITH TRANS MEDITERRANEAN (TMA), INCLUDING POSSIBLE COOPERATION ON JOINT PURCHASE OF 707 SPARES, LEASE OF (TMA) 707F'S, AND MAINTENANCE OF IRQ'S 2 GROUNDED 707'S. PLANS TO REACTIVATE 4 727'S STORED AT AMMAN, JORDAN FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.
JANUARY 2001: PUTS NEW 747SP, EX-AIR GULF FALCON (GFG) INTO SERVICE TO BASRA.
FEBRUARY 2001: RESUMES SCHEDULED FLIGHTS TO DAMASCUS, SYRIA (747). IRAQ HAS RESTORED REGULAR AIR LINKS WITH EGYPT AND JORDAN.
April 2002: SITA: SDADCIA.
Owners/Shareholders: Government (100%).
May 2003: As Iraq war comes to a close, Iraqi Airways (IRQ) has in the past years tried to hold on to its personnel talent by loaning pilots (FC) to other countries and setting up workshops in equipment and machinery repair. Now, the remnants of Iraqi Airways (IRQ)'s experienced staff may help speed the revival of the national carrier. Being hard-hit by 2 wars and 13 years of United Nations (UN) sanctions, it is preparing to resume service after all sanctions have been lifted.
October 2003: 2 727-270's (22261, YI-AGQ; 22262, YI-AGR), stored at Amman (not destroyed in war).
November 2003: Talks with Boeing (TBC) about lease of airplanes and other services such as pilot (FC) training. Has contacted Airbus (EDS) about an agreement that was signed 12 years ago for 10 airplanes, for which 10% of the sum (>$10 million) was paid.
December 2003: Maiden voyage of United Iraqi Airlines (renamed Iraqi Airways) 727 landed at the newly named Arbil International Airport in Iraq's Kurdish capital, to great applause. This was seen as a sign of progress for the Kurdistan Development Corporation.
Al Iraqiya Air was formed by the Khawwam al Abdul Abbas family, who have quietly bought Iraqi Airways (IRQ) and its route authorities without approval of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
February 2004: Jordan's Transport Minister, Raed Abu Saud said that 6 (IRQ) un-airworthy airplanes grounded in Jordan since the 1991 Gulf War are considered part of frozen Iraqi assets, and any discussions on the airplanes will be conducted through the United Nations (UN). Abu Saud added that Jordan should receive $4 million for storing the airplanes.
August 2004: Conducted a trial flight from Baghdad to Amman (737) in preparation for a possible resumption of operations.
September 2004: Resumed operations.
737-2B7 (JT8D-15A HK) (22885, 9L-LEG), Teebah (TEE) wet-leased.
December 2004: 767-233ER (22526), ex-Air Canada (ACN) was recently purchased by Hamilton Aerospace Technologies from Pinnacle Aircraft Leasing and then sold to Teebah Airlines (TEE) who have wet-leased it to Iraqi Airways (IRQ). Could add +7 Boeing (TBC) airplanes including a 747 by the end of 2005.
January 2005: 727-256 (20600, 9L-LEN), Teebah (TEE) wet-leased.
August 2005: 737-2X2 (22679, A6-ZYC), Dolphin Air (FDN) wet-leased to operate inaugural flight Baghdad to Istanbul (2x-weekly).
October 2005: An Iraqi Airways (IRQ) plane has touched down at Cairo airport, marking the resumption of regular flights by the national carrier between Cairo and Baghdad after a 15-year hiatus. Some 1u00 passengers were on board the airplane on Thursday, including 20 journalists from various Iraqi media organizations, led by Ahmed Abdul Wahab, a media advisor at the Iraqi transportation ministry. Egyptian civil aviation officials and Iraqi embassy staff, including charge d'affaires Saad Orabi, welcomed the party at the airport. "The arrival of this plane is proof of Iraq's return into the international community and the beginning of a new era," Orabi told reporters. (IRQ) will offer bi-weekly flights to Cairo on Mondays and Thursdays. Commercial flights to and from Iraq were suspended as a result of United Nations (UN) sanctions slapped on that country after its forces invaded neighboring Kuwait in 1990.
(IRQ) launched new direct service between Baghdad and Beirut. The 2x-weekly flights should build up to a daily operation by year end.
Nordic Leisure (NOQ) and (IRQ) are evaluating a connection between Stockholm and the city of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of the Republic of Iraq. Nordic Leisure (NOQ) plans to use MD-80s to operate between Stockholm and Istanbul while Iraqi Airways (IRQ) will conduct the Istanbul to Erbil sector with 737s or 727s.
737-268, Silver Air (SVR) wet-leased.
November 2005: An Iraqi Airways (IRQ) 737 operated the 1st flight from Baghdad to Tehran in 25 years in preparation for scheduled service. On November 16th, the airline will start 2x-weekly service with flights on Wednesdays and Fridays.
November 2006: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) announced it is looking to buy at least 5 737-400s.
February 2008: Boeing (TBC) released a statement confirming that it is "engaged" with the Iraqi government and Iraqi Airways (IRQ) regarding an airplane order. Government officials claimed there was an agreement to purchase 44 (TBC) airplanes for the depleted carrier. "We're pleased they have announced their intent to purchase (TBC) airplanes and we look forward to finalizing our commercial negotiations," (TBC) said.
April 2008: The Iraqi government signed an agreement for the purchase of 10 787s and 30 737NGs, Boeing (TBC) announced.
Bombardier announced the conversion of 4 options for CRJ-900 NextGens by the Iraqi government, which placed a firm order for 6 of the type last month. The new deal includes options on a further 10 airplanes. 4 new orders are worth a combined $159 million at list prices.
May 2008: Boeing (TBC) finalized and revealed details of the Iraqi government's order for 30 737-800s plus 10 options and said it is in the process of finalizing an order for 10 787s, calling the airplanes purchase agreements "the 1st step in reestablishing that country's scheduled commercial aviation operations."
Iraqi Airways (IRQ), long restricted by international sanctions, no-fly zones and wars, is operating limited services using older airplanes from Baghdad to Amman and Cairo. It also is operating flights to/from Erbil and likely will benefit from the regional government's $300 million plan to build a new 16-gate passenger terminal and add a third runway spanning 15,000 ft.
(TBC) valued the 737-800 order at $2.2 billion. It said it is ironing out terms of the 787 order, "which will allow an Iraqi national airline to provide longer-range commercial service." None of the airplanes are expected to be delivered until at least 2010.
Iraqi Finance Minister, Baqir Jabr Al-Zubeidi said the airplane orders mark "a new beginning for Iraq." (IRQ) has said it plans to use the newer airplanes to expand services beyond the Middle East. In March, Bombardier announced an order from the Iraqi government for 6 CRJ-900 NextGens plus 4 options.
In addition to the orders, (TBC) reached agreement with the government to "offer advice and expertise in areas such as the planning and development of airport infrastructure throughout Iraq; helping train aviation sector personnel; aiding in the selection and acquisition of airline support equipment; and arranging for cost-effective maintenance and service solutions for used airplanes obtained prior to new airplane deliveries."
September 2008: The Kuwaiti government won an order in Quebec Superior Court allowing it to seize Iraq's stake in a fleet of 10 CRJ-900s ordered in March, according to the "The Gazette" of Montreal. Bombardier's initial contract with Iraqi Airways (IRQ), which is state-owned, was valued at $239 million. In April, (IRQ) converted 6 options, bringing the order's value to $498 million. The 1st airplane was scheduled to be delivered next month. The legal maneuvering is part of an ongoing effort by Kuwait Airways (KUW) to gain reparations for airplanes destroyed when Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait during the 1990 to 1991 Gulf War.
December 2008: 2 737-33A's (25011, OM-HLB; 25119, OM-HLC), Seagle Air (CGL) wet-leased. 1 A320-211 (029, JY-JAC), Jordan Aviation (JOR) wet-leased.
January 2009: Turkish Technic (THY) signed a contract to offer line maintenance, engineering service and component pool support covering 2 Iraqi Airways (IRQ) 737-700s in Baghdad.
August 2009: Iraq Airways (IRQ) as the Iraqi flag carrier operates domestic flights and a small regional service.
(IATA) Code: IA - 73. (ICAO) Code: IAW - (Callsign - IRAQI).
Parent organization/shareholders: Iraqi government (100%).
Main Base: Baghdad International Airport (SDA).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Baghdad; & Basra.
International, scheduled destinations: Amman; & Damascus.
Iraq Airways (IRQ) has a number of its aging airplanes put up for sale by the country's Ministry of Transport. The types included are 2 707s, and 4 727s, which have been in long-term storage at Queen Alia International airport in Jordan.
October 2009: Middle East Airlines (MEA) will start Beirut to Baghdad flights. Iraqi Airways (IRQ) also flies the route nonstop, while Turkish Airlines (THY) competes with connections through Istanbul.
December 2009: 3 CL600-2D24s (15202, YI-AQB; 15213, YI-AQC; 15220, YI-AQD), deliveries.
May 2010: SEE ATTACHED "SEATTLE TIMES" NEWS ARTICLE - - "IRQ-2010-05", which details the closing down of state-owned Iraqi Airways (IRQ) in the face of a decades-old financial dispute with neighboring Kuwait.
January 2012: Corendon Airlines (CDN) has wet-leased 1 of its 737-86Js to Iraqi Airways (IRQ). Sky Airlines (SYC) is now again concentrating on charters and wet-leases and has started operating one of its 737-800s for (IRQ).
May 2012: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) will resume direct air services between Iraq and India following a 21 year hiatus, when it launches a new 2x- weekly, 737-700 service from Baghdad International airport (BGW) to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport (BOM) on April 27 via Najaf. (IRQ) has announced that it no longer plans to take delivery of the remaining 4 CRJ-900s on delivery from Bombardier (BMB). It plans to place an order for either Airbus (EDS) or Boeing (TBC) narrow body airplanes instead using new government loans it has received for an airplane order.
July 2012: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) has wet-leased A320-200 (185, E7-SKB) from Bosnian wet-lease (ACMI) provider, SkyBosnia (based at Tuzla International airport (TZL)). The A320 is currently mainly used on flights between Dubai International (DXB) and Baghdad International (BGW), Basrah International (BSR) as well as Najaf Al-Ashraf International (NJF) airports.
October 2012: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) will soon be able to resume operations to Europe after the Kuwaiti parliament has approved a deal previously negotiated between the governments of Iraq and Kuwait to settle Kuwaiti debt claims related to civil passenger airplanes being seized by Iraq during the first Gulf war. Since the airplanes had then been transferred to Iraqi Airways (IRQ), legal claims by Kuwait have made it difficult for Iraq's national carrier to operate to European countries without the risk of its airplanes being impounded. Iraq will invest up to $200 million USD into a new joint venture airline to be set up by both countries and pay an additional $300 million USD in compensation to settle the dispute. This will also allow carriers from both countries to resume flights between the two.
November 2012: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) has taken delivery of 2 ex-Blue Wings (BLW) A321-200s (4044, YI-AGS; 4044, YI-AGR) originally delivered in 2009 and 2010. The A321-200s had been stored for several years since then as (BLW) went out of business before even putting the 2nd airplane into operations. (IRQ) also plans to lease a 1st A330-200 (1339) whose favorable delivery position later this year has become available as a result of an A330-300 cancellation by AirAsia X (ASX).
December 2012: On behalf of the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation, Iraqi Airways (IRQ), the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its 1st A330-200 becoming a new operator for the type. This will be the 1st Airbus (EDS) wide body airplane to be operated by (IRQ). (IRQ) already operates 2 A321 airplanes.
Accommodating a 2-class configuration of 24C business and 264Y economy seats, the A330-200 is powered by (GE) (CF6-80) engines and will be deployed on European routes including Germany, Austria and the UK.
Iraqi Airways (IRQ) will be the recipient of the 777-200LR (40993) 1st flown in March 2012 and then not taken up by financially struggling Air Austral (AUX). According to a report by "Air Journal," the airplane has been acquired by the government of Iraq which will lease the airplane to its national carrier (IRQ). Iraqi Airways (IRQ) has also just taken delivery of its 1st A330-200 (1339, YI-AQY) at the end of November. It plans to aggressively expand operations now that the legal disputes with Kuwait have been settled. The 777-200LR in question had previously been rumored to be the airplane has sold to Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) earlier this year but it appears that such reports have been false.
The Republic of Iraq took delivery of a 777-200LR at a ceremony in Baghdad attended by senior government leaders and USA Ambassador to Iraq, Steve Beecroft.
The delivery is the 1st transaction between Boeing (TBC) and Iraq since Iraqi Airways (IRQ) purchased a commercial version of the 747 in 1982.
The Republic of Iraq has a total of 30 737s and 10 787s on order from Boeing (TBC), with the 1st 737 scheduled for delivery in mid-2013.
February 2013: Iraqi Airways ((IATA) Code: IA, based at Baghdad International (BGW)) is expected to operate its 1st commercial flight between Baghdad and Kuwait (KWI) on Saturday, February 16 after a suspension of air services on the route for 22 years following the 1st Gulf war, where Iraq had invaded Kuwait. This follows an earlier move by low-cost carrier (LCC) Jazeera Airways ((IATA) Code: J9, based at Kuwait (KWI)) (JZI) which had already launched a 2x-weekly A320-200 service between Kuwait and Najaf Al-Ashraf International (NJF) last year. No details about the planned frequency of the Iraqi Airways (IRQ) services are currently known.
(IRQ) has announced London Gatwick (LGW) as its 1st European destination with plans to operate 2x-weekly flights from Baghdad International (BGW) from March 5 and weekly flights from Sulaymaniyah International (ISU) from March 8. It will use its new A330-200 (1339, YI-AQY) on the routes with flights making a short stop at Malmö Sturup (MMX) on flights to the UK for additional security checks.
March 2013: Iraqi Airways (IRQ), which last served London with services from Baghdad (BGW) 23 years ago, restored the link to the British capital last week. Beginning on March 5, (IRQ) commenced 2x-weekly flights to London Gatwick (LGW), which will operate via Malmö (MMX) on the outbound leg. Flights on the 4,100 km route (on the Baghdad to London sector) will be carried out using A330-200. (IRQ) now also offers weekly services to London Gatwick from another Iraqi airport, Sulaymaniyah (ISU), which is located in the northern region of Kurdistan. It is also operated via Malmö using an A330-200.
May 2013: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) added a 2nd non-stop European destination to its network, as it launched weekly services on the 3,500 km route from Sulamaniyah (ISU) to Düsseldorf (DUS) on May 7th. (IRQ), which already offers single weekly frequencies from the northern Iraqi city to Malmö, operates the newly launched service using A320s. In addition, (IRQ) also operates to London Gatwick, as an extension of its Malmö service.
737-81Z (40104, YI-ASE), delivery.
August 2013: Boeing (TBC) delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 - - SEE PHOTO - - "IRQ-737-800 - 2013-08" to Iraqi Airways (IRQ), the 1st of 30 that (IRQ) ordered in 2008. With this delivery, (IRQ) currently has 39 (TBC) airplanes on order, including 29 Next-Generation 737-800s and 10 787 Dreamliners.
The Next-Generation 737 family has won orders for >6,500 airplanes, while the 737 family has surpassed >11,000 orders to date. Boeing (TBC) has delivered >7,600 737s (including >4,500 Next-Generation 737s) and currently has >3,400 unfilled orders for 737s (through July 2013).
September 2013: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) continues to build its portfolio of services from Erbil (EBL), Iraq’s 4th largest city (after Baghdad, Basra and Mosul), with services to Turkey’s capital of Ankara (ESB). Starting on August 31st, the 1,053 km route will benefit from 2x-weekly CRJ900 rotations. Ankara becomes (IRQ)’s 2nd route into Turkey from Erbil, and 11th in total from the northern Iraqi city, and will face some existing competition: – Pegasus Airlines (PGS) flies 3x-weekly 737-800s, while Zagros Air (IZG) (part-owned by Turkey’s Atlasjet Airlines (ABE)) offers the same weekly frequency with A321s (leased from Atlasjet (ABE)).
November 2013: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) signed a letter of intent (LOI) to order 5 132-seat Bombardier (BMB) CS300s, which includes options for 5 more CS300s, plus “future options” for another 6. The deal is valued at $1.26 billion if all 16 airplanes are exercized.
December 2013: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) has firmed a purchase agreement for five Bombardier (BMB) CS300s plus 11 options. The agreement follows a letter of intent (LOI) that was previously announced at the Dubai Air Show.
According to Bombardier (BMB), the firm order is valued at approximately $387 million at current list prices and could increase to $1.26 billion if the options are converted to firm orders.
Iraqi Airways (CEO) & Director General, Saad Al-Khafaji said, “Following the successful utilization of our six CRJ900 NextGen airplanes over the past few years, the acquisition of the CS300 airplanes will complement our network operations and allow us to expand into new markets. The CS300 airplane’s range, fuel efficiency and comfortable, wide body-like cabin will permit us to respond to growing passenger demand and reach destinations across the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Europe.”
SEE IMAGE - - "IRQ-CS300 - IRAQI AIRWAYS - 2013-12."
Iraqi Airways (IRQ) is a relaunched carrier initially operating flights from Dubai to Baghdad and Basrah using a wet-leased A320. It inaugurated services in early 2013 to Kuwait for the 1st time in 22 years, and to London, also connecting with Sulaimaniya.
April 2014: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) has inaugurated services to Vienna (VIE) on April 25th SEE ATTACHED - - "IRQ-2014-04-TO VIENNA," launching services from Baghdad (BGW) and Erbil (EBL), as well as a new route to Najaf (NJF) on April 27th, following a 24-year cessation in operations to the Austrian capital. 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) (IRQ) will fly Baghdad to Erbil to Vienna to Erbil to Baghdad, and it will also operate a Najaf to Baghdad to Vienna to Baghdad to Najaf on a weekly basis (Sundays). Services will be flown by either 737-800s or A320s, depending on operational requirements. Austrian Airlines (AUL) is the only incumbent airline, providing daily services to Erbil and 3x-weekly flights to Baghdad.
July 2014: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) began its third destination into London Gatwick (LGW) on July 12th, with the start of weekly (Saturdays) flights from Erbil (EBL). Like (IRQ)’s existing operations into the world’s 37th biggest airport, from Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah, the inbound flights operate via Vienna, whereas the outbound flights are direct. These three routes are currently the only routes from Iraq which operate into the UK. On the previous day, (IRQ) started weekly flights (Fridays) again from Erbil, but this time to Berlin Tegel (TXL). Its joins the airline’s existing Erbil flights to Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, Baghdad to Frankfurt and Sulaymaniyah to Düsseldorf. Both new services face no direct competition, and are flown by (IRQ)’s 169-seat 737-800s.
August 2014: 777-29MLR (40993, YI-AQZ) is again flying in full Iraqi Airways (IRQ) livery, flying its usual route from Baghdad to Kuala Lumpur.
February 2015: (HAITEC) Aircraft Maintenance has welcomed the first Boeing 767 of its new customer Iraqi Airways (IRQ) to Hahn Airport for a "C" check. Further checks for the 767 and 747 fleet of (IRQ) will be scheduled within the next months and (HAITEC) hopes to establish a long-term relationship with (IRQ).
March 2015: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) which already flies to London Gatwick in the UK, has added a weekly (Sundays) service to Manchester (MAN) from Sulaymaniyah (ISU) on March 15th. Operated by (IRQ)’s 737-800s, the 4,170 km sector will face no direct competition.
(IRQ) has linked the northern UK city of Manchester to Erbil (EBL), starting on March 18th. In addition, on March 19th, the Iraqi flag carrier commenced flights to Yerevan (EVN) from the capital and largest city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. While the UK route will be operated by Iraqi Airways (IRQ)’s 737-800s, the service to the Armenian capital city will be flown by its 86-seat CRJ 900s. Both city pairs are flown weekly (Manchester – Wednesdays; Yerevan – Thursdays) and will face no direct competition.
August 2015: News Item A-1: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) has been banned from the European Union (EU) (and 4 other European nations) following a series of alleged safety lapses and inability to provide documentation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
(IRQ) was notified of the ban on July 16, but only came to light over the weekend after the Swedish Transport Agency barred the Iraqi flag carrier from its airspace.
The European move came after Iraqi Airways last year applied for a Third Country Operator (TCO) authorization from (EASA), a permit required for airlines based outside the (EU), but operating traffic in one or more of its member states.
The (TCO) system is being introduced to simplify permission for non-(EU) carriers to operate within the 28-nation (EU) plus the four European Free Trade Association nations of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. Instead of each non-(EU) airline having to apply to each national aviation regulator within the (EU), It submits a single application to (EASA).
In a July 16 letter from (EASA) Executive Director, Patrick Ky to (IRQ)’s (CEO) Osama Al-Sadir, the (EASA) Chief said that initial analysis of data from Iraqi Airways (IRQ) had led (EASA) to request a “technical consultation meeting” in Cologne in the spring.
As a precursor to the meeting, documentation such as operational manuals had to be submitted to (EASA). (IRQ) had failed to provide this documentation, Ky said. “Furthermore, after the receipt of your (TCO) application, (EASA) has received credible and specific safety reports containing examples of alleged failures to comply with applicable international (ICAO) safety standards by (IRQ) and the Iraqi (CAA).”
Apparently, 600 non-(EU) airlines had applied for (TCO) authorization. Most had been granted with few problems, but a small number of airlines were subject to greater scrutiny, because of their perceived high-risk status.
He said the decision to ban (IRQ) was not merely because of failures to supply documentation, but concerns over multiple reported safety issues. The decision to ban (IRQ) was not taken lightly “because we know it will have an operational impact.”
It is believed, for example, that several hundred (IRQ) passengers in Sweden are now unable to take their planned flights home.
In an August 5 letter to (IRQ) revoking its traffic permit, Simon Posluk, Head of the Market, Environment & Analysis Unit in the Swedish Transport Agency’s Civil Aviation & Maritime Department said the ban applied to aircraft registered on (IRQ)’s air operator’s certificate (AOC).
The Swedish agency “would be prepared to consider applications for the use of wet-leased aircraft with necessary authorization.”
A UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman confirmed (IRQ) could use wet-leased aircraft to continue its services to the UK, but that applications would have to be made to individual regulators for approval.
Iraqi Airways ((IATA) Code: IA, Baghdad) (IRQ) has wet-leased a Hermes Airlines ((IATA) Code: H3, based at Athens International) (HRM) A320-200 (879, SX-BDS) from (UAE)-based lessor Aerovista (AEV) for use on flights to Europe. The agreement is effective immediately.
(IRQ), the Iraqi national carrier, was this month banned from using its own airplanes on flights to the European Union (EU), as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, after it failed to secure a Third Country Operators certificate (TCO) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
(EASA) said pre-(TCO) inspections had raised a number of concerns about the safety culture in place at both the airline and the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority.
Iraqi Airways (IRQ) serves Berlin Tegel, Copenhagen Kastrup, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt International, Gothenburg Landvetter, London Gatwick, Malmö, Manchester International and Stockholm Arlanda in Europe.
News Item A-2: Iraqi Airways (IRQ) is to lease an EgyptAir (EGP) 737 and a Hermes Airlines ((IATA) Code: H3, based at Athens International) (HRM) A320-200 (879, SX-BDS) wet-leased from (UAE)-based lessor Aerovista for use on flights to Europe. The agreement is effective immediately.
October 2016: The Iraqi Ministry of Transport signed a cooperation agreement with long term partner Lufthansa Consulting (DLH) (LHS) wherein the German firm will advise it on the restructuring of Iraqi Airways (IRQ) and the state-owned enterprise (SOE) which manages the country's airports.
The announcement comes on the back of a series of statements made by high-ranking Iraqi officials, the most prominent of which pointed to the establishment of a new carrier dedicated exclusively to the Iraq - Europe market. It is recalled that in December last year, the European Commission (EC) blacklisted Iraqi Airways (IRQ) for alleged failures in its safety oversight protocols. While it has since been able to resume service to the bloc, (IRQ) has only been able to do so using foreign (owned and/or maintained) airplane metal.
In all, Baghdad's decision to try reclaim lost market share is hardly surprising given that approximately 75% of Iraq's lucrative European connectivity is handled by foreign airlines. And it is even more surprising when you consider Iraq's tenuous national security situation and the large swathes of its north that are still under de-facto (IS) control as a result.
Though it doesn't suffer from the extremist insurgency that its neighbor is currently going through, Iran is also attempting to win back its share of European market. Following the signing of a nuclear deal with the "P5+1" (China, France, Russia, the UK, and the USA; plus Germany) in January, Iran has been gradually brought in from the cold. The reopening of the Iranian economy to limited foreign investments has seen a flurry of international carriers returning to Tehran for the 1st time in years. So far, British Airways (BAB) and (KLM) have made their Tehran service plans widely known but not much has been said about Iranian carriers despite the glitz and glamor around the tentative Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) (and possibly (ATR), Bombardier (BMB), Embraer (EMB), and Mitsubishi) (MRJ) mega-orders, said to include A350s and 787s.
That changed just recently when the "Fars" news wire ran a story about the relatively unknown Qeshm Air (QES) securing its Third Country Operator (TCO) licence from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) earlier this month. The license is a mandatory requirement for any airline wishing to serve Europe, and assesses a prospective carrier's overall safety and quality of operations. These 2 areas have proven problematic for Iran's airlines in recent years given the ageing fleets most operate using spares, and aircraft, that are often clandestinely acquired.
Anyway (EASA) has since confirmed that indeed, Qeshm Air (QES), Mahan Air (MHN), and Iran Air (IRN) have (TCO)s although (MHN) is restricted from using its A310 fleet to Europe. Iran Air Tours (IRB) is still undergoing scrutiny while Meraj Air and (ATA) Airlines (Iran) have both withdrawn their respective bids. Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC)'s application was rejected, (EASA) said.
For its part, Qeshm Air (QES), which until now, has focused on the domestic and regional Iranian markets, has yet to set a date for its maiden European flights.
February 2017: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) denied a report on Iraqi state TV last month that it had lifted a ban on Iraqi Airways (IRQ) entering European airspace.
Iraqi State TV had earlier cited Iraq's Transport Minister Kadhim al-Hamami saying (EASA) had removed (IRQ) from a European blacklist.
"As far as (EASA) is aware, no update of this list has been performed since last December," a spokesman for the Cologne-based (EASA) said in an email.
There was no one immediately available to comment from the Ministry or the television station, which later stopped running the story in its news updates.
Iraqi Airways (IRQ) was banned from flying to Europe in 2015 because it did not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.
March 2017: Iraqi Airways (IRQ), which just last week started services from Sulaymaniyah to Manchester (MAN), UK has linked the northern UK city to Erbil (EBL) this week, starting on March 18. In addition, on March 19, (IRQ), the flag carrier commenced flights to Yerevan (EVN) from the capital and largest city in Kurdistan region of Iraq. While the UK route will be operated by Iraqi Airways (IRQ)’s 737-800s, the service to the Armenian capital city will be flown by its 86-seat CRJ 900s. Both city pairs are flown weekly (Manchester – Wednesdays; Yerevan – Thursdays) and will face no direct competition.
May 2017: The European Commission (EC) has added 4 airlines to the European Union (EU) Air Safety List, including Air Zimbabwe (ZMB), but at the same time lifted an earlier ban on all carriers from Benin and Mozambique.
In the May 16 update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique were cleared from the list, following safety oversight improvements.
“Their reforms have paid off. This is also a signal to the 16 countries that remain on the list. It shows that work and cooperation pays off. The Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency [EASA] are ready to assist them and raise the safety standards worldwide,” European transport commissioner Violeta Bulc said.
Air Zimbabwe (ZMB) was the highest profile of the 4 newly banned carriers, sitting alongside Nigeria’s Medview Airline (MEV), Mustique Airways from St Vincent and the Grenadines and Ukrainian carrier Air Urga.
The (EC) said the 4 failed to address safety deficiencies picked up during an (EASA) 3rd-country operator audit.
Banned airlines on the (EU) Air Safety List cannot operate to, from or within the (EU), but many of the 181 blacklisted carriers do not have European operations.
The (EU) sometimes bans every airline from a country because of poor regulatory oversight; this applies to the vast majority of banned airlines (174 airlines in 16 states) even though the airline itself may have a safe operation.
The remaining 7 airlines are blacklisted because specific safety concerns with their operation. Alongside the 4 new additions, these comprise Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC), Iraqi Airways (IRQ) and Suriname carrier Blue Wing Airlines.
Finally, 6 airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the (EU) with specific aircraft types: Gabonese carriers Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG, Korean carrier Air Koryo, Air Service Comores from the Comoros, Iran Air (IRN) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG).
October 2018: Turkish Technic (THY) was selected by Iraqi Airways (IRQ) (A330) and Hifly (LXA) (A340) to perform base maintenance.
News Item A-2: (IRQ) 747-4H6 (YI-ASA) seen at Istanbul en route to Baghadad. See Photo.
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IRQ-737-800 - 2013-08
IRQ-737-800 - 2013-10
IRQ-737-800NG YI-ASI 2017-12.jpg
IRQ-747-400 YI-AQQ 2018-05.jpg
IRQ-747-4H6 Baghdad 2018-04.jpg
IRQ-747-4H6 YI-ASA 2018-10.jpg
IRQ-767-3P6ER YI-AQW 2014-09.jpg
IRQ-777 Merry Xmas 2017-12.jpg
IRQ-777-29M - 2014-08
IRQ-A320-214 YI-ARD 737-81Z YI-AST 2018-09.jpg
IRQ-CS300 - IRAQI AIRWAYS - 2013-12
4 707-370C (JT3D-3B HK) (889-20889, /74; 891-20890, /74; 20891 "BAGHDAD;" 892-20893, /74), ALL PARKED AT AMMAN, JORDAN SINCE 1991.
2 727-247 (JT8D-15 HK) (1341-21482, /78 9L-LEF, 2005-01; 1350-21483, /78 9L-LEL, 2004-09), EX-(DAL), (TEE) WET-LEASED IN (IRQ) COLORS. (21483; FOR SALE/LEASE - CORPORATE CONCEPTS INTERNATIONAL TEL: (281) 359-8070 AIRPLANE LOCATED IN KINGWOOD, TEXAS). 12F, 137Y.
0 727-256 (JT8D-9) (912-20600, /72 9L-LEN), (TEE) WET-LEASED 2005-01. RETURNED, LEASED TO (SIS) 2005-12. 8C, 137Y.
6 727-270 (JT8D-17) (1186-21197, /76; 1191-21198*, /76; 1203-21199, /76; 1647-22261*, /81; 1686-22262, /81; 1809-22263*, /82), *PARKED AT AMMAN, JORDAN. ("NINEVEH" "BASRAH" "AL ABBABIA" "BABYLON"), 16F 126Y.
1 737-2B7 (JT8D-15A HK) (966-22885, /83 9L-LEG), (TEE) WET-LEASED 2004-09 IN (IRQ) COLORS. 12F, 96Y.
1 737-2X2 (JT8D-17) (807-22679, /81 A6-ZYC), EX-SAUDI (ARAMCO). (FDN) WET-LEASED 2005-08. RETURNED. 112Y.
2 737-201 (JT8D-9A HK) (682-22274, /80 9L-; 736-22354, /81 9L-LFA), (TEE) WET-LEASED 2004-11 IN (IRQ) COLORS. 132Y.
0 737-268 (JT8D-15), EX-(SVA)/(SVR) WET-LEASED 2005-10. RETURNED. 14F, 88Y.
0 737-270C (JT8D) (368-20892, /74; 371-20893, /74; 446-
21183*, /76), *ALL THREE HIJACKED & DISABLED AT SAUDI ARABIA.
0 737-33A (CFM56-3), (2012-25011, OM-HLB; 2069-25119, OM-HLC), SEAGLE AIR (CGL) WET-LEASED. RETURNED.
5 ORDERS 737-400 (CFM56-3):
0 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3) (26302, SE-RJA), EX-(EI-CXM), TOR AIR LEASED. RETURNED.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C) (23980, EY-538), EAST AIR (ETJ), SEEN AT ISTANBUL 2012-07 IN IRAQ AIRWAYS (IRQ) TITLES & LOGO.
2 737-7BD (CFM56-7B20) (2201-35789, /07 YI-AQL; 2315-33935, /07 YI-AQK), EX-(N317AT & N331AT)2008-12. WITH WINGLETS. 12C, 125Y.
1 +29 ORDERS 737-800 (CFM56-7B) - - SEE PHOTO - - "IRQ-737-800 - 2013-08," 2013-08.
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (SYC) WET-LEASED 2012-01.
3 737-81Z (CFM56-7B) (40104, YI-ASE, 2013-07; 40108, YI-ASF, 2013-12; YI-AST - SEE PHOTO 2018-09 "THE BAGHDAD BIRD!").
1 737-86J (CFM56-7B), (CDN) WET-LEASED 2011-12.
1 747SP-09 (JT9D-7A) (445-22298, /80 3D-GFD), EX-(GFG), 42C, 261Y.
1 747SP-70 (JT9D-7) (567-22858, /82 YI-ALM), (VIP).
3 747-270C (JT9D-7) (287-21180, /76 YI-AGN "TIGRIS;" 289-21181, /76 YI-AG0 "EUPHRATES;" 565-22366, /82 YI-AGP "SHAT-AL-ARAB"), 25F, 225Y, PALLETS.
1 747-4H6 (CF6-89C2B1) (YI-ASA, 2018-10 SEE PHOTO), 11F, 91C, 201Y.
1 747-446 (CF6-80C2B1) (1031-27099, /94 YI-AQQ), EX-(N744AR) 2010-10. 11F, 91C, 201Y.
0 767-233ER (JT9D-7R4D) (92-22526, /84 9L-LFF), EX-(ACN), (TEE) WET-LEASED 2004-12. RETURNED. 36C, 162Y.
2 767-3P6ER (CF6-80C2B4) (502-26235, /93 YI-AQM; 544-26237, /94 YI-AQW - SEE PHOTO), EX-(N90GV) 2010-06 & EX-(JY-JRD) 2009-09. 18C, 218Y.
1 777-29MLR (GE90-110B1) (1006-40993, /12 YI-AQZ - - SEE PHOTO - - "IRQ-777-29M - 2014-08"), 2012-12. 18C, 40PY, 286Y.
10 ORDERS 787 DREAMLINER:
1 A300B4-2C (CF6-50C2R) (239, /83 YI-APX - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "IRQ-A300B4-2009-05"), GOVERMENT OPERATIONS IN "IRAQ" TITLES. 298Y.
5 ORDERS A310-300:
0 A320-200 (185, E7-SKB), SKYBOSNIA WET-LEASED 2012-07. RETURNED.
1 A320-200 (879, SX-BDS), HERMES AIRLINES (HRM) WET-LEASED 2015-08.
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (029, JY-JAC), (JOR) WET-LEASED 2008-12. RETURNED. 156Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (5115, /12 YI-ARA), EX-(OE-LEM) 2012-12. 174Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (5290, /12 YI-ARBA), EX-(D-ABND) 2012-12. 8C, 150Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (5464, /13 YI-ARD - SEE PHOTO 2018-09), EX-(OE-LEQ) 2013-03. WITH SHARKLETS. 174Y.
2 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (4044, /09 YI-AGS; 4067, /09 YI-AGR), BOUGHT FROM (BLW) 2012-11. 207Y.
1 A330-200 (CF6-80E1A4) (1339, /12 YI-AQY), LEASED 2012-12. 24C, 264Y.
5 LOCKHEED JETSTAR
5/11 ORDERS BOMBARDIER CS300:
0/0 ORDERS (10/08) BOMBARDIER CRJ-900, COURT DECISION IN CANADA ALLOWS (KUW) TO TAKE THIS ORDER (6/4).
6 CRJ-900ER NG (CL600-2D24) (CF34-8C5) (15189, /08 YI-AQA; 15202, /09 YI-AQB; 15213, /09 YI-AQC; 15220, /09 YI-AQD; 15265, /11 YI-AQE; 15266, YI-AQF). 90Y.
1 MI-8T (TV2-117A) (99257245, /93 YI-APN), EX-(JY-RWN) 2004-06. UTILITY.
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IRQ-1-SAAD AL KHAFAJI - 2013-11
SAAD ALKHAFAJI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & DIRECTOR GENERAL.
CAPTAIN ABED ALI ABBOUD, DIRECTOR GENERAL.
IYAD HAMAN, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.
SAMIRA ALI HUSSEIN, PLANNING DIRECTOR.
MAHDI AL-ALLAK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GENERAL TECHNICAL.
ADNAN ALSHOHANI, INSPECTOR GENERAL.
HALID EL-QUAISEE, MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
ADNAN AL MULLA, MANAGER TECHNICAL.