23 FEBRUARY 2015

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Article from BTNews 23 FEBRUARY 2015

Iraq to Manchester

Manchester has joined Gatwick as a UK gateway to Iraq.

Iraqi Airways has introduced weekly services to Sulaymaniyah (Sunday) and to Erbil (Wednesday).  Both routes will be operated by a brand new two-class 162-seat Boeing 737-800.

At Gatwick, Baghdad is served twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday), Sulaymaniyah (Monday and Thursday), and Erbil (Friday).

Saad Al-Khafaji, General Manager UK, Iraqi Airways, said: “With a strong Kurdish community across the region in the North and West Midlands, we are sure the route will prove to be popular.”

Iraqi Airways, founded in 1945, is one of the oldest Middle Eastern carriers and offers a mix of domestic and international services to over 40 destinations.  Erbil is the largest city and capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, and Sulaymaniyah is a city in Southern Kurdistan.  The airline operates a multi-type of fleet including Airbus A320, A321 and A330 and Boeing B777, B747, B767 and B737-800 and joined by 34 brand new Boeing aircraft types by the end of 2017 when the total of aircraft operated will be more than 60.     www.iraqiairways.com.iq

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