Iraqi Airways takes its first Airbus A220

Iraqi Airways Airbus A220-300 aircraft
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Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The national carrier of Iraq has an additional four A220 on order.

The new jet is registered as YI-ARF and can accommodate up to 132 passengers in a two-class configuration, including 12 in business class.

Iraqi Airways is headquartered in Iraq’s capital Baghdad. Besides the newly delivered A220, Iraqi Airways operates Airbus A320ceo and A321ceo jets. Furthermore, the fleet consists of Boeing 737-800 and Mitsubishi CRJ-900 airplanes.

The airline is listed in the EU Safety List, which is annexed to Regulation EC No 474/2006. Therefore, Iraqi Airways is banned from operating within the European Union. However, by using wet-leased aircraft, air carriers listed in this annex could be permitted to exercise traffic rights. For example, Iraqi Airways’ route between Dusseldorf and Arbil is operated by Slovak charter carrier AirExplore, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Similar flight connections also exist to Frankfurt and Berlin.

Read more: Just a few days ago, Air Senegal took delivery of its first Airbus A220 as well.