Boeing delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways, the first of 30 that the airline ordered in 2008, marking a milestone in its relationship with the airline, one of the oldest in the Middle East.
“The Next-Generation 737-800 will play a key role in helping us modernize our fleet and integrate into the regional and international commercial aviation system,” said H.E. Hadi Al Ameri, Iraq’s minister of transportation. “Boeing has played a pivotal role in our growth plan and the Next-Generation 737 has earned an excellent reputation for reliability and operational efficiency.”
With this delivery, Baghdad-based Iraqi Airways has 39 Boeing airplanes on order, including 29 737-800s and 10 787 Dreamliners.
The 737 family, which Boeing began building in the late 1960s, has surpassed 11,000 orders to date. The Chicago-based jet builder has delivered more than 7,600 737s – including more than 4,500 Next-Generation 737s – and has more than 3,400 unfilled orders for 737s through July.
From a Boeing news releases
Photo via Iraqi Airways