Iraq’s ministry of transport is pressing Boeing to pull forward its scheduled to deliver of 55 new aircraft the state-owned Iraqi Airways.
The fleet of 55 new Boeing 737s, 777s and 787s are not due to arrive until 2013, but they are hoping to get some delivered this year. Currently the airline owns just four old 737s, and leases other planes.
The country needs those aircraft to restore links with the outside world as the nation returns to normalcy, government officials told Reuters.
As part of the deal with Boeing, $30m is being spent on training new pilots, while Boeing will donate $7m to a new pilot training institute in Baghdad.
(The News Tribune, Reuters)