Iraqi Airways announced the commencement of two new services from the UK’s third biggest airport, Manchester. Starting on Sunday March 15th, the airline will begin services to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil, flying from Terminal One at the global gateway to the North. The flight to Erbil will depart Manchester on a Wednesday at 22:00 and the flight to Sulaymaniyah will leave on a Sunday also at 22:00.
IFE Services, a subsidiary of Global Eagle Entertainment, has announced it has been appointed by Iraqi Airways as its in-flight entertainment content provider. One of the world’s leading specialists in passenger entertainment, IFE Services is supplying Iraqi Airways with a selection of Hollywood and Arabic movies, Kurdish music and drama, comedy and documentary TV shows.
Boeing has delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways, the first of 30 that the airline ordered in 2008, marking a milestone in its relationship with the airline. “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 minister of transportation.
The Iraqi government has closed national carrier Iraqi Airways over a dispute dating back to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Kuwait Airways claims that the Iraqi flag carrier owes it $1.2bn for aircraft and plane parts seized during the first Gulf War. All flights have been cancelled with immediate effect, including services to London, Dubai, Cairo and Istanbul.
Iraqi Airways, the national airline of Iraq, has made its first flight to Europe after almost 20 years. The carrier flew from Baghdad to Stockholm via Athens.The Iraqi transport minister, Amr Abduljabber Ismail, was onboard the flight. He said the airline plans to add scheduled services to Germany and India, as well as increasing transport links with Greece.