Iraqi Airways Celebrates Delivery of First
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Iraqi Airways recently hosted a special event in Baghdad to
celebrate the expansion of its long-haul fleet with delivery of the
flag-carrier’s first of ten Boeing 787 aircraft on order.
The delivery of Iraqi Airways’ first 787 follows
delivery of four Boeing 737 MAX airplanes since February. The
airline has ordered a total of six 737-8s and 10 737-10s,
providing its single-aisle fleet with more capability across its
regional and medium-haul routes.
“We are proud to be taking delivery of an airplane
with the capabilities of the 787 Dreamliner. As domestic and
international air traffic gains momentum, it’s crucial that our
Iraqi Airways fleet matches growing demand with more efficient,
capable and comfortable airplanes,” said Manaf Abdel-Monem,
Director General of Iraqi Airways. “The 787 and 737 MAX airplanes
we have received are key to our fleet renewal program which aims
to ensure we can fly our passengers around the world in the safety
and comfort they expect from a modern and efficient airline like
Iraqi Airways currently serves more than 50
destinations from Baghdad and is expanding and renewing its fleet
to support the anticipated increase in international business and
leisure travel to and from the country.
Iraq is seeing increased
stability and economic growth, with the country’s annual gross
domestic product growth rate expected to reach 7% by the end of
With global air traffic rebounding, Middle Eastern airlines
are seeing more than a 40% traffic increase compared to last year.
“Today marks a new beginning for Iraqi Airways,
taking delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner that will support the
airline in connecting Iraq to the world,” said Omar Arekat, Boeing
vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for the Middle
East. “Boeing is committed to supporting Iraqi Airways’ ambition
to bring greater optimization and new route possibilities to the
The 787-8 Dreamliner can fly 248 passengers up to
7,305 nautical miles (13,530 km) in a typical two-class
configuration. Using 25% less fuel and creating 25% fewer
emissions than the airplanes it replaces, the 787 family has
reduced more than 141 billion pounds of carbon emissions since
entering service in 2011.
Since 2011, the 787 family has launched more than 350 new
non-stop routes around the world, including more than 50 new
routes since 2020.
Passengers enjoy many improvements with the 787
family such as the large windows; air that is more
humid and pressurized at a lower cabin altitude for greater
comfort; large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag;
soothing LED lighting; and technology that senses and counters
turbulence for a smoother ride.
“Air transport is at the heart of economic growth.
It creates employment, facilitates trade, enables tourism and
supports sustainable development. The arrival of the Boeing 787
today is an important step in connecting the Iraqi people to the
region and the world,” said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, President Middle
East, Türkiye and Africa, Boeing. “We look forward to supporting
the Iraqi government and the Iraqi private sector as they grow
Iraq’s commercial fleet and modernize the country’s commercial