Iraqi Airways, known in Arabic as الخطوط الجوية العراقية al-Xuṭūṭ al-Jawwiyyah al-ʿIrāqiyyah, is the flag carrier of Iraq and is headquartered at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad. Founded in 1945 and commencing operations the following year, it is the second-oldest airline in the Middle East.
The airline is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and operates domestic flights within Iraq, as well as regional services to the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
During the 1990s, this airline's operations were limited due to various factors such as suspensions and No-Fly Zones meaning both international and domestic services were affected and mostly grounded, with limited scheduled services and some Hajj flights permitted. However, after the end of the War in Iraq, the airline announced plans to resume international flights in 2004 with a flight between Baghdad and Amman. The airline also began interline and codeshare agreements with airlines such as Teebah Airlines, Blue Wings and Tor Air.
Iraqi Airways allows all passengers to bring at least 1 personal item such as a laptop, coat, or a small backpack.
You're permitted 7kg / 15lbs of free hand luggage for your flight. This must not exceed 43 x 28 x 23cm (17 x 11 x 9in) in size and must fit under your seat or in the overhead compartment.
In addition to this, you're permitted one personal item. This includes items such as a coat, blanket, umbrella, camera, binoculars, reading material, duty-free allowance or handbag.
Please check your boarding pass for information on your individual checked baggage allowance, however, in general, you're allowed up to 25kg / 55lbs of checked luggage.
Iraqi Airways officially has 2 cabin classes — Economy and Business Class.
Iraqi Airlines only offers standard economy seating. On most aircraft, the seats are leather and comfortable, with padded headrests, and the staff are dedicated to providing the highest class of service.
The seats on Boeing aircraft offer seat-back monitors with a mini headphone jack so you can stay entertained and a USB charging port for your personal devices.
Currently, Iraqi Airways do not provide a premium economy class on board their flights.
There is a business class available on selected Iraqi Airways routes and aircraft. In the planes which have a business class, the number is limited to small numbers of around 12 seats. These seats are in a different section of the cabin, providing more privacy and solitude for your flight.
The seats in business are larger than in economy, providing more seat width and pitch so that you can stretch out and enjoy your flight.
Currently, there is no first class on Iraqi Airways flights. If you wish to have a premium experience, you can choose to upgrade from economy to business class on selected flights.
There is a modern selection of in-flight entertainment onboard the Iraqi Airways planes, with personal in-seat screens and a wide choice of movies, TV shows and music.
This airline does not currently offer any inflight connectivity via broadband or WiFi.
You can enjoy complimentary meals and snacks during your flight. The number of meals and what is served will be determined by the duration and route of your flight.
There are no alcoholic beverages served onboard Iraqi Airways flights, due to religious reasons. However, there will be complimentary non-alcoholic soft and hot drinks available.
Iraqi Airways doesn't offer online check-in so, passengers must check in at the airport.
Iraqi Airways are yet to offer online check-in for their flights.
You must check in at the airport for your Iraqi Airways flight. To do so, visit one of the Iraqi Airways check-in counters where an Iraqi Airways flight attendant will check you in and process any checked baggage you might have. Make sure you arrive at the airport ahead of time to ensure there is enough time to check in, drop off your bags and pass through security. Check your boarding pass for details of the check-in desk opening and closing times.
Iraqi Airways' frequent flyer programme is called 'SkyMiles'.
You can earn points with the Iraqi Airways SkyMiles scheme, where you earn 'Miles' each time you fly. This means that the more frequent passengers can earn more points, and are rewarded for their loyalty to flying regularly with Iraqi Airways or their partners. With the earned Miles, you can then redeem them in the form of flight rewards, extra baggage or flight upgrades.
Iraqi Airways is part of the Arab Air Carriers Organization. This is an organisation which allows members to cooperate more smoothly, sharing benefits from its joint work. Other airlines that are part of this organisation include flynas, Palestinian Airlines, Sudan Airways, Air Cairo and Kuwait Airways.
The airline flies to many destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. Historically, the airline has flown to many additional destinations, which have now been terminated or replaced. The table below summarises the destinations that the airline currently flies to as of October 2022. Iraqi Airways is a great airline to fly with if you're planning to explore the Mesopotamian region of the Middle East - read our guide on flights to Mesopotamia for more information.
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Baghdad International Airport is the largest international airport in Iraq, just outside of the country's capital. The airport was opened in 1982 and was temporarily closed intermittently over the following decades until 2004 when the Iraqi government regained control of it. Plans were announced in 2010 for the expansion of the airport, which is expected to double the capacity to 15 million passengers a year.
This airport is the hub for Iraqi Airways, FlyBaghdad. and, formerly, Al-Naser Airlines. A number of other airlines also fly to this airport, including Iran Air, Mahan Air, Turkish Airlines and flynas.
The fleet for Iraqi Airways is varied, with different models of Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier aircraft. There are plans to develop the current fleet with modern aircraft such as the Boeing Dreamliner, of which they currently have an order of 10. The currently aircraft include: