By John Lee.
Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200, the first Airbus widebody aircraft to be operated by the airline, which already has two A321 aircraft.
Accommodating a two-class configuration of 24 business and 264 economy seats, the aircraft is powered by GE CF6-80 engines and will be deployed on European routes including Germany, Austria and the UK.
Captain Saad Mahdi Saeed Al-Khafaji, Iraqi Airways General Manager, said:
"The A330-200 will allow us to grow our international routes while offering a high quality of service and flight experience to our increasing number of passengers ... The aircraft will service a number of international routes, namely to Europe, providing passengers a more comfortable journey with spacious seating."
John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, added:
"We are pleased to welcome Iraqi Airways as a new operator of the A330 family aircraft. Iraq has a big potential and we are seeing more flights being operated to several cities in the country ... With the A330-200, Iraqi Airways will benefit from the aircraft’s low operating costs, proven reliability and great passenger appeal."
The A330 is one of the most widely-used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded over 1,200 orders for the various versions of the aircraft and more than 900 are in service with 90 operators worldwide today. In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the A330 is also available in VIP and military transport / tanker variants.