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Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:05 pm


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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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:15 pm


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 ?
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:19 pm

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

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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:24 pm

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!
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:57 pm

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

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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:42 am

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.

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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:48 am

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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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:01 am

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.
Keep on truckin'...
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:10 am

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
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:10 am

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.

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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 3:29 am

Iraqi Airways was operating 727s between Baghdad and Basrah after the first Gulf War - albeit unofficially.
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:39 pm

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"?
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 1:50 pm

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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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:37 pm

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
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:44 pm

Spotters, be on the lookout

could be safe to spot in pairs, one with a camera and another with an AK 47
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 8:10 pm

What happened to the other ex-Iraqi airways' aircraft like the 747SP's, 732's, 727's etc... when were they last used?
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 8:15 pm

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?
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2004 8:37 pm

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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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Sat Aug 28, 2004 9:51 pm

Hi to you all!

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

what is the reg./former operator? ThanX
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Sat Aug 28, 2004 10:05 pm

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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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Sat Aug 28, 2004 10:38 pm

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

 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Sun Aug 29, 2004 12:43 am

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.

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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Sun Aug 29, 2004 2:50 am

I would assume the Tower in Baghdad is unmaned?
 
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RE: Iraqi Airways Makes First Test Flight

Sun Aug 29, 2004 5:04 am

ummm...yeah

why in the world would it be unmanned?

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