Iraqi Airways eyes Boeing 777 and Airbus A330neo for its widebody fleet renewal

Baghdad - Iraqi Airways is preparing to order new widebody jets. The airline is considering Boeing 777 or Airbus A330neo for its fleet renewal.

The widebody fleet of Iraqi Airways consists of one Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 747-400, and one Boeing 777-200LR. The state-owned carrier already announced in late 2018 that it was planning to retire its all Boeing widebodies in 2019.

The company both eyes Boeing 777 and Airbus A330neo. But the plan is subject to government approval.

The Iraqi airline operator aims to expand its network to the United States in North America and Bangladesh in Asia.

Iraqi Airways is also working hard to be removed from the blacklist of the European Union. It expects to secure EASA Third Country Operator (TCO) authorization within the first half of 2019, which would allow it to fly to the countries in the European Union.

Currently, all Iraqi Airways flights to Europe are operated under its own code and with its own aircraft under the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) of Turkish private carrier AtlasGlobal.