Boeing delivered a 777-200LR to the Republic of Iraq, marking the beginning of Boeing’s renewed partnership with the country. The airplane touched down at Baghdad International Airport on 15th December and was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute and the ceremony was attended by senior government leaders including Hadi al-Ameri, Iraqi Minister for Transportation as well as Steve Beecroft, American ambassador to Iraq.
“We are re-building our country’s aviation sector and the purchase of the Boeing
777-200LR will help us begin developing the long-haul market,” said His Excellency, Hadi Al Ameri, Iraqi Minister of Transportation.
“This airplane has the proven capability of connecting virtually any two cities in the world non-stop in addition to carrying a full cargo payload. With its unparalleled efficiencies, the 777-200LR will be a strategic addition to the fleet,” he added.
The Republic of Iraq also has 30 Next-Generation 737-800s on order, the first of which will be delivered mid-2013, as well as 10 787 Dreamliners.