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Iraqi Airways gets first A220 (via Manchester)

Iraqi Airways A220-300 YI-ARE (Image: Airbus)

Iraqi Airways A220-300 YI-ARE (Image: Airbus)

Iraqi Airways has officially taken delivery of its first Airbus A220 aircraft, the first of five it has on order.

The aircraft, A220-300 YI-ARE, was delivered to Baghdad, Iraq on Friday 7th January from the Airbus assembly line in Mirabel Canada, stopping off at Manchester Airport in the early hours of that morning for fuel.

Iraqi Airways is the first operator in the Middle-east region to operate the A220 which is the only purpose-built aircraft in the 100-150 seat market.

The Iraqi Airways model has a 132 seat cabin.

Previously known as the Bombardier C-Series, the aircraft became an Airbus airliner when the European airframer took over the project in 2018.

The type offers up to 50% lower NOX emissions than the industry standard and around 25% lower fuel burn than previous aircraft in this market.

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