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Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight  
User currently offlineAngelairways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 10165 times:


Agence France Presse reports that Iraqi Airways has made a test flight from the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to Amman yesterday, possibly signaling a modest re-start for the Iraqi national carrier.

According to the report, a newly-acquired Boeing 737 made the flight yesterday with airline staff as the flight's only passengers. The airline hopes to re-start regular flights within the next few weeks.



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User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3489 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 10022 times:


This is probably the first good news for Iraq since weeks. I hope this new B737 won't be the next target for ASSADR troops, or won't it be striken "undeliberately" with a missile of the Coalition Forces.

Will Iraqi Airways enjoy "free" fuel as for Emirates ?


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 9981 times:

This is probably the first good news for Iraq since weeks.
It was the first Iraqi Airways flight since 1990.  Big grin

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/2004/August/focusoniraq_August249.xml§ion=focusoniraq

-Will



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 9955 times:

Does anyone have any info on the aircraft. Is it a Boeing 737-200 series? I doubt it will be an ex-Iraqi Airways machine... It would be nice to see an adaptation of the previous livery, but my bets are on white for some reason!

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 9851 times:

It says the plane was "newly purchased from Boeing", but I doubt that it was a 737NG.

"In the first stage, Iraqi Airways will fly once a week from the Jordanian capital to Baghdad, while more routes will be added later.

For now, Jordan's flag carrier Royal Jordanian Airlines and the Virginia-based Air Serv are the only two airlines with regular passenger service to Iraq."
(http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=61293)

Spotters, be on the lookout.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

-Will



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8912 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 9611 times:

Just a quick correction, Iraqi Airways did operate a few flights in the early 2000s...they used an old Antonov AN-24 and a cargo IL-76 (that carried pax)...service was between Baghdad and the cities of Mosul in the north and Basra in the south.

Jeff


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 9587 times:

I know there was an air embargo on Iraq. But didn't Iraqi Airways operate few domestic flights after 1990?

Ups, sorry DeltAirlines, haven't seen you post.

[Edited 2004-08-24 18:48:41]


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User currently offlineHz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1704 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 9549 times:
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This is great news!

Since the British troops generally have Basra under control, what happened to the proposed flights from DTW to Basra on NW, and LHR to Basra on BA? I would love to see a healthy Iraqi Airways return to the skies with that awesome green livery.



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User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 9508 times:

It says the plane was "newly purchased from Boeing", but I doubt that it was a 737NG.

It actually says a 'newly purchased Boeing' which could mean it is an 737-200 'newly' purchased from a scrap heap  Big grin

For now, Jordan's flag carrier Royal Jordanian Airlines and the Virginia-based Air Serv are the only two airlines with regular passenger service to Iraq.

Not anymore they don't. Both suspended flights to Baghdad last week citing security concerns. Unless they have now been restarted, I am not sure.

On Iraqi Airways, Swissgabe, something that might interest ya  Big grin

http://www.aeroplane.ru/search?airline=267


User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 9500 times:

Just a quick correction, Iraqi Airways did operate a few flights in the early 2000s...they used an old Antonov AN-24 and a cargo IL-76 (that carried pax)...service was between Baghdad and the cities of Mosul in the north and Basra in the south.
Interesting, and I wonder how both articles missed that. Perhaps the flights were not actually completely operated by Iraqi Airways?

what happened to the proposed flights from DTW to Basra on NW, and LHR to Basra on BA?
As it is, Iraqi Airways has not stated definite intentions, so BA and NW flights are most likely far off.

 Smile
-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 9339 times:

Iraqi Airways was operating 727s between Baghdad and Basrah after the first Gulf War - albeit unofficially.

User currently offlineGlorydaysSR From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6579 times:

I dont mean to be a pessimist but an airline operating in Mars has a better chance of survival. Was this airline dreamt up by our president as part of his belief in an "end to major combat operations"?

User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 6508 times:

Was this airline dreamt up by our president

NO. Go take a look at the photo search page..... Just because the US has influence in Iraqi affairs right now, doesn't mean this was "drempt" up by our President.

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User currently offlineGlorydaysSR From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 6360 times:

i was being sarcastic hehe

Im not a Dubbya fan. With the mess he has created I can't see how Iraqi Airlines could possibly fly- unless it is as a troop carrier or something


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8465 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5699 times:

Spotters, be on the lookout

could be safe to spot in pairs, one with a camera and another with an AK 47


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week ago) and read 5442 times:

What happened to the other ex-Iraqi airways' aircraft like the 747SP's, 732's, 727's etc... when were they last used?

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10807 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week ago) and read 5429 times:

Especially Saddam´s private 747SP, parked in tozeur/Tunesia for 13 years now, is an aircraft with very low mileage and surely an aircraft that´ll fly again.
And the 3 742 Combis should now also be the "newest" 747 Classics flighthour-wise.
Btw, whats the condition of the old donated SP which was parked at Bagdad airport when the US Army invaded?


User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week ago) and read 5328 times:
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I remember photos from the 2003 hajj with Iraqi 747SP and 727 at JED.

There are flights from DXB to Iraq on Phoenix Aviation B737-200 (EX-registered), mostly operating under BIS code, whatever that is. I don't know if they operate for AirServ.



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User currently offlineDebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4797 times:

Hi to you all!

Nobody here with more information on this "newly-acquired Boeing 737"??  Confused

what is the reg./former operator? ThanX


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19246 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4773 times:

While not an Iraqi Airways flight, there was a 0300 departure today from Sharjah to Baghdad by “Airline Transport Incorporation” (is that code for ‘airline unknown’?). There was also an arrival at Sharjah (at 1000) from Baghdad on the 27th August, by an airline operating under the same name.


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User currently offlineIL76TD From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4720 times:

we fly to Baghdad from Sharjah, but we're cargo, sorry, can't say who we are



User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6648 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

BIS = IRBIS from Kazakhstan according to the new JP. They are based in SHJ but fly four IL-18s, one An-12, one Yak-42 and one AN-26.

The777Man



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User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4431 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4515 times:
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I would assume the Tower in Baghdad is unmaned?

User currently offlineIL76TD From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4406 times:

ummm...yeah

why in the world would it be unmanned?


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