Bids Invited for Old Iraqi Jets

Iraq wants to sell five decrepit Iraqi Airways planes stranded in Jordan since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, BusinessWeek reported on Tuesday.

Fearing strikes on Baghdad's airport, Saddam sent the planes to Jordan for protection when it became clear a U.S.-led coalition would attack Iraq to force it to relinquish Kuwait.

Aqeel Hadi Kawthar, a spokesman for the Transportation Ministry said three Boeing 727-200s and two Boeing 707s are parked on the tarmac of the international airport in Amman.

"These planes are very old and we want to get rid of their parking fees in Jordan," Kawthar told The Associated Press.

He said repairing the five planes would "exceed the price of a new aircraft," but he declined to disclose figures.

A sixth plane, used by Saddam personally and parked in Jordan with the other planes, would not be sold, Kawthar added.

"The presidential plane is likely to be refurbished," he said.

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