What Planes Does Iraqi Airways Fly?

Iraqi Airways has been in the news recently following the delivery of its first Airbus A220. With this modernization process in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the makeup of its fleet as a whole. The carrier operates various jetliners from three different manufacturers.

Iraqi Airways Airbus A330
The Airbus A330 is one of three widebody designs in Iraqi Airways’ fleet. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr

Boeing is the dominant manufacturer

According to data from ch-aviation.com, there are presently 32 aircraft in Iraqi Airways’ fleet. Of these, more than half come from US manufacturer Boeing, which accounts for 19 of the carrier’s jets. 16 of these are examples of its popular single-aisle 737-800 model. Two of these twinjets are presently inactive, and they have an average age of 8.6 years old.

There are also three twin-aisle Boeing aircraft present in the Iraqi flag carrier’s fleet. Two of these are from the famous 747 family, with both namely being examples of the 747-400 variant. One (YI-AQQ) is active while the other (YI-ASA) is in storage. The national airline recently used a 747-400 to help repatriate around 400 of its citizens from Minsk, Belarus.

The final Boeing widebody in Iraqi Airways’ present fleet is a 9.8-year-old 777-200LR that bears the registration YI-AQZ. This 364-seat twinjet is currently in storage in Cairo, Egypt. According to data from RadarBox.com, it flew there on December 6th, 2021. Going forward, the airline has plans to modernize its widebody fleet with an order for 10 Boeing 787-8s.

Iraqi Airways 747-400 Getty
Iraqi Airways’ largest aircraft are its two Boeing 747-400s. Photo: Getty Images

Airbus designs

Away from Iraqi Airways’ Boeing aircraft, the carrier also flies a handful of designs from Airbus, its European competitor. The most numerous of these is the A320-200, of which the airline has three examples at its disposal. Two of these are active, and they are 9.3 years old on average. Slightly older are its A321-200s, which have an average age of 12.3 years old.

There is also a single Airbus widebody present in the Iraqi Airways fleet, namely a 9.4-year-old A330-200. This twinjet is 9.4 years old, and can accommodate 288 passengers.

As alluded to at the start of the article, Iraqi Airways reached a fleet milestone this week when it received its first A220-300. Registered as YI-ARE, it represents the first of five deliveries of the next-generation twinjet. The type accommodates a total of 132 passengers.

Iraqi Airways A220
This week marked the delivery of Iraqi Airways’ first Airbus A220-300. Photo: Airbus

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Half a dozen Bombardier CRJs

The remaining six aircraft in the present Iraqi Airways fleet fall under the category of regional jets. Specifically, they are all examples of the Bombardier CRJ900LR, with three presently listed as active. The other three are in storage at the airline’s Baghdad base.

Iraqi Airways’ CRJ900LRs are among the oldest in its fleet, with an average age of 11.9 years old. These regional jets have an all-economy configuration consisting of 89 seats.

What do you make of Iraqi Airways’ fleet? How many of its aircraft have you flown on? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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