Iraqi Airways seeks speeding up Boeing delivery

Iraq’s Transport Minister, Amer Abdul Jabbar, said that the ministry is trying to push for the delivery of 55 new aircraft from Boeing, as the country expands operations of its state-controlled Iraqi Airways, Reuters reported. The minister pointed out that Iraqi Airways currently owns just 4 ageing planes and depends mainly on leased aircraft, so the ministry is pushing for speeding up Boeing’s delivery to get a fleet of 55 new Boeing 737s, 777s and 787s, which were not due to arrive until 2013. He added that Boeing had been expected to hand over the planes in 2013 but the government is now hoping to receive some of them this year. Boeing pledged to study the government’s demand, taking into account other orders from other airline companies, to see if they are ready to give Iraq priority.

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