Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of its first out of five A220-300 aircraft from Airbus.
Upon entry into service, Iraqi Airways will become one of the first airlines to operate the A220 in the Middle East region.
The five Iraqi Airways A220-300 aircraft will have 132 seats in a 2 class layout:
- 12 in business class
- 120 in economy class
The airline also has orders for ten Boeing 787-8 and 16 737 MAX 8. The first 787 is expected in February or March 2022.
About Iraqi Airways
Iraqi Airways is the national carrier of Iraq and is the second oldest airline in the Middle East. From its base in Baghdad, it operates 5 domestic and 10 international services.
Routes: International routes from Iraq to India, China, the Gulf region, Turkey.
Fleet: The currently active fleet is about 20 aircraft, comprising:
- 1 Airbus A220
- 2 Airbus A320
- 1 Airbus A321
- 12 Boeing 737 NG / MAX
- 4 Bombardier CRJ-900
Passengers: About 2 million in 2021.
The A220 is purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines. Featuring a 50% reduced noise footprint and up to 25% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, as well as around 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards,
As of the end of November 2021, over 180 A220s had been delivered to 13 operators, from Asia, North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
N.B. Image credit: Airbus