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Iraqi Airways
IATA
IA
ICAO
IAW
Callsign
IRAQI
Founded 1945
Commenced operations 29 January 1949
Bases Al Najaf International Airport
Baghdad International Airport
Basra International Airport
Erbil International Airport
Queen Alia International Airport
Fleet size 12 (+47 orders)
Destinations 19
Parent company Iraqi Government
Headquarters Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq
Key people Kifah H. Jabbar (CEO) [1]
Website www.iraqiairways.co.uk

Iraqi Airways Company, operating as Iraqi Airways[2] (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية العراقية‎; also known as Air Iraq), is the national carrier of Iraq, headquartered on the grounds of Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad.[3][4] One of the oldest airlines in the Middle East, Iraqi Airways operates domestic and regional service. Its main base is Baghdad International Airport.[5]

Iraqi Airways is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Contents

History

Iraqi Airways was founded in 1945 and started operation on 29 January 1946 using Dragon Rapide and Vickers VC.1 Viking aircraft. By 1955 Vickers Viscounts operated all of Iraqi Airways' external services. In the 1960s Iraqi Airways bought Russian Tupolev Tu-124 planes as well as Hawker Siddeley Trident aircraft. These jets allowed Iraqi Airways to increase service across the Middle East, to Africa and Europe. During that time, cargo aircraft such as the Ilyushin Il-76 were also purchased. During the 1970s, Iraqi Airways needed a bigger jet for a new route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, purchasing the Boeing 707 and, soon after, the Boeing 747.

Decline

An Iraqi Airways Boeing 727 stored at Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan. (1999)
An Iraqi Airways Boeing 727-200 at Paris Orly Airport, France. (1981)

The Iran–Iraq War did little to undermine the airline's activities. Since Iraq's invasion in 1990 of Kuwait, Iraqi Airways was grounded by the United Nations' sanctions against the country. Iraqi Airways had 17 jets, all of which were moved to secret locations, mainly in Jordan (some were parked on the aprons of Amman's Queen Alia International Airport where they still stand today).

Attempts were made to restart domestic services in May 1991 and permission was granted by the UN for the operation of helicopters on limited domestic services. Fixed-wing flights were banned under the ceasefire terms, although the UN Security Council agreed to the resumption of domestic flights. These restarted in January 1992 from Baghdad to Basra using Antonov An-24 aircraft. Operations were suspended shortly after, following a UN ruling.[5]

An Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-200 taxiing in front of the control tower at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. (2008)

However, domestic flights became a rarity too, because of the No-Fly Zone imposed by the United States and United Kingdom over Iraqi skies. On occasions, Iraqi Airways would also fly pilgrims to Muslim religious cities throughout the 1990s.

Revival

After the War in Iraq, on 30 May 2003, Iraqi Airways announced plans to resume international services. The rights to the Iraqi Airways name was transferred to a new and separate company called Iraqi Airways Company which would build a new airline and protect it from the legal problems related to the regime of Saddam Hussein. Operations restarted on 3 October 2004 with a flight between Baghdad and Amman.

Iraqi Airways operated the first domestic commercial scheduled service since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime from Baghdad to Basra, with 100 passengers in a Boeing 727-200, on 4 June 2005. On 6 November 2005, Iraqi Airways operated a flight from Baghdad to Tehran, Iran, for the first time in twenty five years. The aircraft, as with the rest of the fleet, is operated on its behalf by Teebah Airlines of Jordan. Services to Arbil and Sulaymaniyah were added in summer 2005.

2009

In March 2009, Iraqi Airways began its first flights to Sweden in almost nineteen years. The flight is operated Baghdad-Athens-Stockholm by a Boeing 737-300 leased from Seagle Air.[6]

On 22 June 2009, it was revealed that Iraqi Airways had struck a deal with British Aviation Authorities to resume direct Baghdad-London (Gatwick) flights, the flights were suppose to begin on 8 August 2009 using a Boeing 737-400 leased from Tor Air and should eventually get the Airbus A320-232 operating the route, this has failed to happen and there has been no news since. They intend on a bigger expansion into the U.K and Europe.[7]

On 3 September 2009, Iraqi Airways resumed flights to Bahrain with a ceremony at Bahrain International Airport.[8]

On 11 September 2009, Iraqi Airways resumed flights to Doha, Qatar from Baghdad and Najaf after a eighteen year break.[9]

On 30 October 2009, Iraqi Airways revealed that they have applied for rights to fly to Malmö, Sweden. They expect flights to begin shortly.[10]

On 10 October 2009, Iraqi Airways resumed flights to Karachi, Pakistan.[11]

On 30 October 2009, Iraqi Airways started seasonal (Hajj) flights to Jeddah according to their website schedules.

During November 2009, Blue Wings, a German airline, began operating flights to Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, Germany on behalf of Iraqi Airways.[12] Germany is now the second European country, after Greece (now suspended) and Sweden served by Iraqi Airways since the Iraq war.

On 28 November 2009, Iraqi Airways commenced flights between Baghdad and Malmö, Sweden via Erbil.[13]

At the end of 2009, Iraqi Airways relaunched their new website. The new website has an updated fleet page, flight schedules, destinations map, news section, flight information and other things. The site also says that Iraqi Airways will relaunch flights to London Heathrow with 3 weekly flights.

2010

On 13 January 2010, Blue Wings ceased operations causing all flights operating for Iraqi Airways to be suspended. They now operate Frankfurt with a leased Boeing 737-400.

Livery

An Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-200 at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. (2008)

The airline's livery consists of an all white airplane's belly, but with a green cheatline and an aqua green scheme covering the top of their planes. The aqua colour goes all the way to the end of the planes' tails. The tail logo consists of a green bird inside a white circle, with the name Iraqi Airways inscribed just below the circle, in white colour and in Arabic. The same title is also inscribed over the passenger windows on the front part of the fuselage, using the same colour but written in English. Iraqi Airways currently has contracts with Schabak and with Nostalgair to produce their airplane models.

Iraqi Airways appeared to have unveiled a new look, featuring navy blue and white, on their first CRJ-900 which was delivered on 7 October 2008, although there are rumors that it is the CRJ house livery with the Iraqi Airways logo added to it.[14]

On 6 March 2009, the first picture of an Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-700 (YI-AQL) was uploaded to Jetphotos.net. This shows the aircraft in a airTran Airways hybrid scheme which shows that no new livery has yet been designed or it has not been painted on the Boeing 737-700. At January 2010, none of the Boeing 737-700's have been painted in any Iraqi Airways livery, but still maintaining the hybrid scheme.

Destinations

Iraqi Airways serves 6 domestic and 13 international destinations in 12 different countries on 3 different continents.

Return to London

In June 2009, it was revealed that Iraqi Airways had gained rights to begin direct flights to London.[15] An Iraqi Airways representative in the United Kingdom mentioned that the airline would like to launch Baghdad to London flights in Spring 2010.[16] In February 2010, Iraqi Airways announced they have submitted all their paperwork to the British CAA for flights between Baghdad and London. After the attempted bombing on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the CAA insists the airline makes a stop on route, most probably Istanbul. They plan to launch these flights with a leased Boeing 757-200 aircraft.[17]

Fleet

Current

An Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-200 at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. (2007)

The Iraqi Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 9 March 2010):[18][19][20]

Iraqi Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Options Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A300B4 1 0 0 - - VIP Operating for Government of Iraq
Boeing 737-200 2 0 0 0 132 132
Boeing 737-300 1 1 0 - - - Operated by Magnolia
Boeing 737-400 2 0 0 0 162 162 1 operated by East Air
1 operated by Tor Air
Boeing 737-700 2 0 0 12 125 137
Boeing 737-800 0 30 10 TBA Entry into service: 2012
Boeing 787-8 0 10 5 TBA Entry into service: 2019
1 will operate for Government of Iraq
Bombardier CRJ-900ER 4 6 10 0 90 90 Deliveries: 2010
Total 12 47 25 Last updated: 9 March 2010

At February 2010, the average fleet age of the Iraqi Airways fleet was 10.9 years.

An Iraqi Airways Ilyushin Il-76 and Boeing 727-200 stored at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. (2008)

Mordernization

Iraqi Airways has placed firm orders for 10 Boeing 787s, which will be used to reintroduce long haul flights from 2019. These orders might be changed to Boeing 777s to make up the delays.

Iraqi Airways begun to modernize their fleet in 2009;

Historic

An Iraqi Airways Cargo Ilyushin Il-76MD parked at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, France. (1984)
An Iraqi Airways Boeing 727-200 and Boeing 747SP stored at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. (2003)

Iraqi Airways fleet was composed of mostly Boeing aircraft ordered during 1970s and served with the carrier until the 1990 ban on air travel. Until 2003, some of these aircraft were stored in Amman, Beirut and Tehran because of the Gulf War and ban on air travel in Iraq. However, some airworthy aircraft operated a few Hajj flights during the 1990s. After the 2004 re-organization, several restored Boeing 727s and Boeing 737s, in addition to leased Boeing 767-200 aircraft, operated flights for the carrier.

Iraqi Airways still consists of some of the following aircraft;

Note: The list contains aircraft which are still being operated.

Five Airbus A310-300 were also ordered in the late 1980s but war related sanctions prevented Iraq from receiving them and they were never delivered. In July 2008, Airbus Industrie sales chief John Leahy ordered the deal removed from its backlog in response to an inquiry from Reuters about the long-forgotten deal at the 2008 Farnborough Airshow.

Incidents and accidents

Iraqi Airways has had the following incidents since they began operations in 1945;[31]

  • On 10 October 1955, a Vickers 644 Viking 1B overran the runway at Baghdad and crashed into a ditch where it caught fire. All nineteen passengers and crew survived, but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 19 March 1965, a Vickers 773 Viscount crashed into a row of lamp posts at Cairo after a flight from Baghdad. All passengers and crew survived, but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 17 April 1973, a Vickers 735 Viscount performed a belly landing at Mosul International Airport after fuel exhaustion. All thirty three passengers and crew survived, but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 1 March 1975, a Boeing 737-200 flying from Mosul to Baghdad was hijacked by three hijackers. There was one death onboard.
  • On 23 September 1980, a Ilyushin 76 cargo aircraft flying from Paris to Baghdad crashed whilst on approach to Saddam International Airport. It is believed the aircraft was shot down by Iranian fighter jets. It as also believed all crew members died.
  • On 24 September 1980, a Antonov 24TV was destroyed by heavy fire whilst on the ground Kirkuk Airport. There were reports of heavy fire in the area during 24 September.
  • On 22 April 1982, a Antonov 24B crashed whilst on approach to an Iraqi airfield. The left wing hit the ground causing the plane to crash. It is believed all crew members died.
  • On 28 August 1982, a Antonov 24TV undercarriage collapsed on take-off from Nasiriyah Airport. All onboard survived but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 16 September 1984, Iraqi Airways Flight 123, a Boeing 737-270C flying from Larnaca to Baghdad was hijacked by three hijackers. The three hijackers were killed whilst the rest of the passengers and crew survived.
  • On 25 December 1986, Iraqi Airways Flight 163, a Boeing 737-270C flying from Baghdad to Amman experienced a hijack attempt whilst flying over Saudi Arabia. Four hijackers tried to enter the cockpit whilst flying at FL260. Two explosions went off resulting in a crash near Arar, Saudi Arabia killing Sixty three of the one hundred and six onboard.
  • During the Gulf War, two Iraqi Airways Tupolev Tu-124V were destroyed by U.S. bombs.

References

  1. ^ List of Key People at Iraqi Airways
  2. ^ Arab Air Carriers Organization
  3. ^ "Iraqi Airways Office in Baghdad." Iraqi Airways. Retrieved on March 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "Iraqi Airways." Arab Air Carriers Organization. Retrieved on October 19, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 94. 2007-04-03. 
  6. ^ Iraqi Airways to Sweden!
  7. ^ Iraqi Airways to relaunch London-Stansted
  8. ^ Iraqi Airways resumes Bahrain
  9. ^ Iraqi Airways resumes Doha
  10. ^ Iraqi Airways applies for flights to Malmö, Sweden
  11. ^ Scheduled flights between Najaf and Karachi to start next week
  12. ^ Blue Wings is flying directly to Baghdad (German Only)
  13. ^ Iraqi Airways to start Malmö, Sweden
  14. ^ Image of a CRJ-900 at Zurich enroute to Erbil
  15. ^ Iraqi Airways reaches deal over London flights
  16. ^ Iraqi Airways mention near bottom of article
  17. ^ Paperwork submitted to British CAA for flights to London
  18. ^ Iraqi Airways Fleet
  19. ^ Iraqi Airways Fleet - CH-Aviation
  20. ^ CRJ list - Includes Iraqi Airways orders/deliveries
  21. ^ Iraqi Airways signs contract worth $2.2 billion with Boeing
  22. ^ Iraqi Airways signs contract worth $398 million with Bombardier
  23. ^ Kuwait Airways files lawsuit against Bombardier
  24. ^ Lawsuit is settled with Iraqi paying $300 million
  25. ^ "Turkish Technic signs deal for Iraq". Hürriyet Daily News. 2009-09-08. http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/english/finance/10973128.asp?scr=1. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  26. ^ Airbus in talks with Iraqi Airways
  27. ^ Iraqi Airways to lease 20 aircraft from Ross Aviation
  28. ^ Iraqi Airways gains another 3 CRJ-900ER's (Arabic)
  29. ^ Iraqi Airways major fleet plans
  30. ^ Iraqi Airways Fleet
  31. ^ Iraqi Airways incidents and accidents

External links


Iraqi Airways
File:Iraqi Airways
IATA
IA
ICAO
IAW
Callsign
IRAQI
Founded 1945
Commenced operations 29 January 1949
Bases Al Najaf International Airport
Baghdad International Airport
Basra International Airport
Erbil International Airport
Queen Alia International Airport
Fleet size 15
Destinations 15
Parent company Iraqi Government
Headquarters Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq
Key people Kifah H. Jabbar (CEO) [1]
Website iq-airways.com

Iraqi Airways Company, operating as Iraqi Airways[2] (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية العراقية‎; also known as Air Iraq), is the national carrier of Iraq, headquartered on the grounds of Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad.[3][4] One of the oldest airlines in the Middle East, Iraqi Airways operates domestic and regional service. Its main base is Baghdad International Airport.[5]

Iraqi Airways was a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Contents

History

[[File:|thumb|An Iraqi Airways Boeing 727-200 at Paris Orly Airport, France. (1981)]]

File:Iraq Airways 737-200,
An Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-200 taxiing in front of the control tower at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq. (2008)

Iraqi Airways was founded in 1945 and started operation on 29 January 1946 using Dragon Rapide and Vickers VC.1 Viking aircraft. By 1955 Vickers Viscounts operated all of Iraqi Airways' external services. In the 1960s Iraqi Airways bought Russian Tupolev Tu-124 planes as well as Hawker Siddeley Trident aircraft. These jets allowed Iraqi Airways to increase service across the Middle East, to Africa and Europe. During that time, cargo aircraft such as the Ilyushin Il-76 were also purchased. During the 1970s, Iraqi Airways needed a bigger jet for a new route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, purchasing the Boeing 707 and, soon after, the Boeing 747.

The Iran–Iraq War did little to undermine the airline's activities.[citation needed]

The United States banned Americans from traveling on Iraqi Airways after the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait. In addition the U.S. government accused the Iraqi Airways offices in the United States of being front companies for Saddam Hussein's government.[6] Since Iraq's invasion in 1990 of Kuwait, Iraqi Airways was grounded by the United Nations' sanctions against the country. Iraqi Airways had 17 jets, all of which were moved to secret locations, mainly in Jordan (some were parked on the aprons of Amman's Queen Alia International Airport where they still stand today).[citation needed]

Attempts were made to restart domestic services in May 1991 and permission was granted by the UN for the operation of helicopters on limited domestic services. Fixed-wing flights were banned under the ceasefire terms, although the UN Security Council agreed to the resumption of domestic flights. These restarted in January 1992 from Baghdad to Basra using Antonov An-24 aircraft. Operations were suspended shortly after, following a UN ruling.[5]

However, domestic flights became a rarity too, because of the No-Fly Zone imposed by the United States and United Kingdom over Iraqi skies. On occasions, Iraqi Airways would also fly pilgrims to Muslim religious cities throughout the 1990s.

Revival

After the War in Iraq, on 30 May 2003, Iraqi Airways announced plans to resume international services. The rights to the Iraqi Airways name was transferred to a new and separate company called Iraqi Airways Company which would build a new airline and protect it from the legal problems related to the regime of Saddam Hussein. Operations restarted on 3 October 2004 with a flight between Baghdad and Amman.

Iraqi Airways operated the first domestic commercial scheduled service since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime from Baghdad to Basra, with 100 passengers in a Boeing 727-200, on 4 June 2005. On 6 November 2005, Iraqi Airways operated a flight from Baghdad to Tehran, Iran, for the first time in twenty-five years. The aircraft, as with the rest of the fleet, was operated on its behalf by Teebah Airlines of Jordan. Services to Arbil and Sulaymaniyah were added in summer 2005.

2009

In March 2009, Iraqi Airways began its first flights to Sweden in almost nineteen years. The flight is operated Baghdad-Athens-Stockholm by a Boeing 737-300 leased from Seagle Air.[7]

On 22 June 2009, it was revealed that Iraqi Airways had struck a deal with British aviation authorities to resume direct Baghdad-London (Gatwick) flights; the flights were supposed to begin on 8 August 2009 using a Boeing 737-400 leased from Tor Air and should eventually get the Airbus A320-232 operating the route; this has failed to happen and there has been no news since. They intend on a bigger expansion into the UK and Europe.[8]

On 3 September 2009, Iraqi Airways resumed flights to Bahrain with a ceremony at Bahrain International Airport.[9]

On 11 September 2009, Iraqi Airways resumed flights to Doha, Qatar from Baghdad and Najaf after a eighteen year break.[10]

On 30 October 2009, Iraqi Airways revealed that they have applied for rights to fly to Malmö, Sweden. They expect flights to begin shortly.[11]

On 10 October 2009, Iraqi Airways resumed flights to Karachi, Pakistan.[12]

On 30 October 2009, Iraqi Airways started seasonal (Hajj) flights to Jeddah according to their website schedules.

During November 2009, Blue Wings, a German airline, began operating flights to Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, Germany on behalf of Iraqi Airways.[13] Germany is now the second European country, after Greece (now suspended) and Sweden served by Iraqi Airways since the Iraq war.

On 28 November 2009, Iraqi Airways commenced flights between Baghdad and Malmö, Sweden via Erbil.[14]

At the end of 2009, Iraqi Airways relaunched their new website. The new website has an updated fleet page, flight schedules, destinations map, news section, flight information and other things. The site also says that Iraqi Airways will relaunch flights to London Heathrow with 3 weekly flights.

2010

On 13 January 2010, Blue Wings ceased operations causing all flights operating for Iraqi Airways to be suspended. They now operate Frankfurt with a leased Boeing 737-400.

On 25 April 2010, Iraqi Airways launched flights to London Gatwick Airport via Malmö, Sweden. The flights are operated twice weekly by a Boeing 737-400 aircraft. When the first flight landed at London, a Kuwaiti lawyer had the General Director's, Kifah Hassan documents and passport seized as well as the plane seized too, this however failed as the plane is owned by Swedish company, Tor Air.[15] The plane returned to Baghdad. However, Kifah Hassan was not allowed to leave the United Kingdom and went up in court on 30 April.[16] Kuwaiti officials demanded £780 million for the planes stolen by Saddam Hussein in the 1990 invasion.[17]

On 26 May, 2010, Amer Abdul-Jabbar, Iraq's transport minister, said the cabinet had decided on Tuesday to dissolve the company over the next three years and pursue private options to avoid asset claims made by Kuwait over their 1990-91 war. [18]

Livery

The airline's livery consists of an all white airplane's belly, but with a green cheatline and an aqua green scheme covering the top of their planes. The aqua colour goes all the way to the end of the planes' tails. The tail logo consists of a green bird inside a white circle, with the name Iraqi Airways inscribed just below the circle, in white colour and in Arabic. The same title is also inscribed over the passenger windows on the front part of the fuselage, using the same colour but written in English. Iraqi Airways currently has contracts with Schabak and with Nostalgair to produce their airplane models.

Iraqi Airways appeared to have unveiled a new look, featuring navy blue and white, on their first CRJ-900 which was delivered on 7 October 2008, although there are rumors that it is the CRJ house livery with the Iraqi Airways logo added to it.[19]

On 6 March 2009, the first picture of an Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-700 (YI-AQL) was uploaded to Jetphotos.net. This shows the aircraft in an AirTran Airways hybrid scheme which shows that no new livery has yet been designed or it has not been painted on the Boeing 737-700. At January 2010, none of the Boeing 737-700's have been painted in any Iraqi Airways livery, but still maintaining the hybrid scheme.

Destinations

Iraqi Airways served 5 domestic and 10 international destinations in 11 different countries on 3 different continents.

Fleet

Iraqi Airways’ Boeing customer code is '70' meaning that any Boeing aircraft ordered directly from Iraqi would have 70 in it. For example, the Boeing 737-800's that are on order will be 'Boeing 737-870' and so on.

The Iraqi Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 10 October 2010):[20][21][22]

Iraqi Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Options Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A300B4 1 0 0 - - VIP Operating for Government of Iraq
Airbus A300-600 1 0 0 - - - Operated by Rus Aviation stored at DRS
Boeing 737-200 1 0 0 0 132 132
Boeing 737-300 2 0 0 - - -
Boeing 737-400 1 0 0 0 162 162 Operated by East Air
Boeing 737-700 2 0 0 12 125 137
Boeing 737-800 0 30 10 TBA Entry into service: 2012
Boeing 747-400 1 0 0 - - - Stored at ADJ
Boeing 767-300ER 2 0 0 - - - One stored at MIA
Boeing 787-8 0 10 5 TBA Entry into service: 2019
1 will operate for Government of Iraq
Bombardier CRJ-900ER 4 6 10 0 90 90 Deliveries: 2010
Total 15 46 25 Last updated: 10 October 2010

At April 2010, the average fleet age of the Iraqi Airways fleet was 9.9 years.

Modernization

File:Boeing 787first
Iraqi Airways has placed firm orders for 10 Boeing 787s, which will be used to reintroduce long haul flights from 2019. These orders might be changed to Boeing 777s to make up the delays.

Iraqi Airways began to modernize their fleet in 2009;

Historic

Iraqi Airways fleet was composed of mostly Boeing aircraft ordered during 1970s and served with the carrier until the 1990 ban on air travel. Until 2003, some of these aircraft were stored in Amman, Beirut and Tehran because of the Gulf War and ban on air travel in Iraq. However, some airworthy aircraft operated a few Hajj flights during the 1990s. After the 2004 re-organization, several restored Boeing 727s and Boeing 737s, in addition to leased Boeing 767-200 aircraft, operated flights for the carrier.

Iraqi Airways still consists of some of the following aircraft;


Note: The list contains aircraft which are still being operated.

Five Airbus A310-300 were also ordered in the late 1980s but war related sanctions prevented Iraq from receiving them and they were never delivered. In July 2008, Airbus sales chief John Leahy ordered the deal removed from its backlog in response to an inquiry from Reuters about the long-forgotten deal at the 2008 Farnborough Airshow.

Detailed information

Incidents and accidents

Iraqi Airways is one of the oldest and safest airlines in the Middle East, the last fatal incident occurred on 25 December 1986. The airline has had the following incidents, accidents and hijackings with a fatality count of around 70 since they began operations in 1945 and ceased in 2010;[33]

  • On 10 October 1955, a Vickers 644 Viking 1B overran the runway at Baghdad and crashed into a ditch where it caught fire. All nineteen passengers and crew survived, but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 19 March 1965, a Vickers 773 Viscount crashed into a row of lamp posts at Cairo after a flight from Baghdad. All passengers and crew survived, but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 17 April 1973, a Vickers 735 Viscount performed a belly landing at Mosul International Airport after fuel exhaustion. All thirty three passengers and crew survived, but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 1 March 1975, a Boeing 737-200 flying from Mosul to Baghdad was hijacked by three hijackers. There was one death onboard.
  • On 23 September 1980, a Ilyushin 76 cargo aircraft flying from Paris to Baghdad crashed whilst on approach to Saddam International Airport. It is believed the aircraft was shot down by Iranian fighter jets. It as also believed all crew members died.
  • On 24 September 1980, a Antonov 24TV was destroyed by heavy fire whilst on the ground Kirkuk Airport. There were reports of heavy fire in the area during 24 September.
  • On 22 April 1982, a Antonov 24B crashed whilst on approach to an Iraqi airfield. The left wing hit the ground causing the plane to crash. It is believed all crew members died.
  • On 28 August 1982, a Antonov 24TV undercarriage collapsed on take-off from Nasiriyah Airport. All onboard survived but the aircraft was written off.
  • On 16 September 1984, Iraqi Airways Flight 123, a Boeing 737-270C flying from Larnaca to Baghdad was hijacked by three hijackers. The three hijackers were killed whilst the rest of the passengers and crew survived.
  • On 25 December 1986, Iraqi Airways Flight 163, a Boeing 737-270C flying from Baghdad to Amman experienced a hijack attempt whilst flying over Saudi Arabia. Four hijackers tried to enter the cockpit whilst flying at FL260. Two explosions went off resulting in a crash near Arar, Saudi Arabia killing Sixty three of the one hundred and six onboard.
  • During the Gulf War, two Iraqi Airways Tupolev Tu-124V were destroyed by U.S. bombs.

References

  1. ^ List of Key People at Iraqi Airways
  2. ^ Arab Air Carriers Organization
  3. ^ "Iraqi Airways Office in Baghdad." Iraqi Airways. Retrieved on 6 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Iraqi Airways." Arab Air Carriers Organization. Retrieved on 19 October 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 94. 2007-04-03. 
  6. ^ "Iraqi 'fronts' listed." Associated Press at The Pittsburgh Press. Tuesday April 2, 1991. Volume 107, No. 279. A1. Retrieved from Google News Page 1 of 18, May 20, 2010.
  7. ^ Iraqi Airways to Sweden!
  8. ^ Iraqi Airways to relaunch London-Stansted
  9. ^ Iraqi Airways resumes Bahrain
  10. ^ Iraqi Airways resumes Doha
  11. ^ Iraqi Airways applies for flights to Malmö, Sweden
  12. ^ Scheduled flights between Najaf and Karachi to start next week
  13. ^ Blue Wings is flying directly to Baghdad (German Only)
  14. ^ Iraqi Airways to start Malmö, Sweden
  15. ^ Bumpy landing for Iraq's first flight
  16. ^ Iraqi Airways maiden flight to London turns into nightmare
  17. ^ First flight from Baghdad to London in 20 years ends in farce with plane impounded
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Image of a CRJ-900 at Zurich enroute to Erbil
  20. ^ Iraqi Airways Fleet
  21. ^ Iraqi Airways Fleet - CH-Aviation
  22. ^ CRJ list - Includes Iraqi Airways orders/deliveries
  23. ^ Iraqi Airways signs contract worth $2.2 billion with Boeing
  24. ^ Iraqi Airways signs contract worth $398 million with Bombardier
  25. ^ Kuwait Airways files lawsuit against Bombardier
  26. ^ Lawsuit is settled with Iraqi paying $300 million
  27. ^ "Turkish Technic signs deal for Iraq". Hürriyet Daily News. 2009-09-08. http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/english/finance/10973128.asp?scr=1. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  28. ^ Airbus in talks with Iraqi Airways
  29. ^ Iraqi Airways to lease 20 aircraft from Ross Aviation
  30. ^ Iraqi Airways gains another 3 CRJ-900ER's (Arabic)
  31. ^ Iraqi Airways major fleet plans
  32. ^ Iraqi Airways Fleet
  33. ^ Iraqi Airways incidents and accidents

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