Iraqi Airways resumes flights to Moscow
Iraq’s national carrier Iraqi Airways performed its first flight to Russia after a protracted break on September 17. A Boeing 737-800, registration code YI-ASV, arrived at Vnukovo airport from Baghdad to airport. Iraqi Airways received the factory-new airliner earlier this year.
The carrier stopped operating to Moscow 13 years ago, after Russia had imposed a ban on air services between the two countries in 2004 citing security reasons. RBC newswire reports that the parties began negotiating possible resumption of services back in 2015.
Prior to resuming flights to Moscow, Iraqi Airways launched services to former Soviet republics: first to Baku, Azerbaijan in 2016, and then to Minsk, Belarus this year.
The airline will fly its 737-800s (of which it has 14) to Vnukovo from Baghdad and Basra. The operator’s total fleet comprises 32 aircraft, with an average age of seven years. Apart from the 737-800s, it also has 737-700s, Boeing 747/767/777s, Airbus A320/321/330s, and Bombardier CRJ900s.
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