Today marks another big day for the Airbus A220. Iraqi Airways, the flag carrier of Iraq, has received its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft. This makes them one of the first airlines in the Middle East to operate the type. In this article, you will find out more regarding this new milestone.
What is the Airbus A220?
According to Airbus, the A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and engines. Featuring a reduced noise footprint and up to 25% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, as well as around 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards, the A220 is a great aircraft for regional as well as long distance routes operations.
What is Iraqi Airways?
Iraqi Airways is the flag carrier of Iraq, based in Baghad. It is also one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East, founded in 1945. The airline currently has a wide plethora of aircraft, including the Boeing 747, with many more state-of-the-art aircraft, such as the Boeing 737MAX on order. In total, it has 59 aircraft, with 30 of them on order.
More about the newly delivered A220:
The airline took delivery of YI-ARE earlier today, one out of the 5 A220s set to be delivered to the airline. It features a modern cabin, seating 132 passengers in a 2-class configuration. Airbus states that it will play a huge part in the modernisation of the airline’s fleet.