Iraq’s National Carrier to Fly Again

Noone appears to be in charge, and the U.S. military still occupies it’s home airports, but Iraq Airways plans to resume service.

What was once a prominent Middle Eastern airline started fading with the Iran-Iraq war, and then

    Just before the 1991 Gulf War, the airline’s 15 Boeings were flown to Jordan, Iran and Tunisia. The airline has not been able to retrieve all of them, and Baghdad claimed Iran’s national carrier put some of those planes into its own fleet.

    Iraqi Airways was grounded for several years after the war because of U.N. sanctions that made procuring spare parts impossible. The company’s in-flight catering department sold meals and pastries at Baghdad supermarkets to raise money.

    The airline resumed limited domestic service in the mid-1990s when spare parts again became available under the oil-for-food program. Flights linked Baghdad with Mosul and Basra, but they were again suspended in March as the latest conflict began.

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