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 things 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.
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 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.
|Baghdad||Baghdad International Airport (BGW)|
|Basra||Basra International Airport (BSR)|
|Erbil||Erbil International Airport (EBL)|
|Kirkuk||Kirkuk International Airport (KIK)|
|Najaf||Al Najaf International Airport (NJF)|
|Nasiriyah||Ali Air Base (XNH)|
|Sulaymaniyah||Sulaymaniyah International Airport (ISU)|
|Azerbaijan||Baku||Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD)|
|Bahrain||Manama||Bahrain International Airport (BAH)|
|Belarus||Minsk||Minsk National Airport (MSQ)|
|Bulgaria||Sofia||Sofia Airport (SOF)|
|China||Beijing||Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)|
|China||Guangzhou||Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)|
|Denmark||Copenhagen||Copenhagen Airport (CPH)|
|Egypt||Cairo||Cairo International Airport (CAI)|
|Egypt||Hurghada||Hurghada International Airport (HRG)|
|Egypt||Sharm El Sheikh||Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)|
|Germany||Berlin||Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)|
|Germany||Düsseldorf||Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)|
|Germany||Frankfurt||Frankfurt Airport (FRA)|
|Germany||Munich||Munich Airport (MUC)|
|India||Ahmedabad||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD)|
|India||Delhi||Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)|
|India||Mumbai||Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM)|
|Iran||Isfahan||Isfahan International Airport (IFN)|
|Iran||Mashhad||Mashhad International Airport (MHD)|
|Iran||Tehran||Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)|
|Jordan||Amman||Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)|
|Kuwait||Kuwait City||Kuwait International Airport (KWI)|
|Lebanon||Beirut||Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY)|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)|
|Pakistan||Karachi||Jinnah International Airport (KHI)|
|Russia||Moscow||Vnukovo International Airport (VKO)|
|Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)|
|Saudi Arabia||Medina||Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED)|
|Saudi Arabia||Riyadh||King Khalid International Airport (RUH)|
|Sweden||Gothenburg||Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT)|
|Sweden||Stockholm||Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)|
|Syria||Damascus||Damascus International Airport (DAM)|
|Tunisia||Tunis||Tunis–Carthage International Airport (TUN)|
|Turkey||Ankara||Ankara Esenboğa Airport (ESB)|
|Turkey||Antalya||Antalya Airport (AYT)|
|Turkey||Gaziantep||Oğuzeli Airport (GZT)|
|Turkey||Istanbul||Istanbul Airport (IST)|
|Turkey||Trabzon||Trabzon Airport (TZX)|
|Turkey||Samsun||Samsun-Çarşamba Airport (SZF)|
|Ukraine||Kiev||Boryspil International Airport (KBP)|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||Dubai International Airport (DXB)|
|United Kingdom||London||London Gatwick International Airport (LGW)|
|United Kingdom||Manchester||Manchester Airport (MAN)|
Passengers are permitted 7kg of free hand luggage for their flight. This must not exceed 43 x 28 x 23cm in size, and must fit under your seat or in the overhead compartment.
In addition to this, passengers are 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, passengers are allowed up to 25kg of checked luggage.
Please note that under the health and safety laws at London Gatwick Airport, no bag will be allowed through checking if it exceeds 25kg.
Iraqi Airways are yet to offer online check-in for their flights.
Passengers must check-in at the airport for their 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 in enough time to ensure 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.
Baghdad International Airport is the largest international airport in Iraq, just outside of the country's capital. The airport was opened in 1982 and has temporarily closed intermittently over the following decades until 2004 when the Iraqi government regained control of it. Plans were announced in 2010 for 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.
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.
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There are 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.
Passengers can enjoy complimentary meals and snacks during their 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.
This airline does not currently offer any inflight connectivity via broadband or WiFi.
Passengers can earn points with the Iraqi Airways SkyMiles scheme, where passengers earn 'Miles' each time they fly. This means that the more frequent passengers can earn more points, and are rewarded for their loyalty for flying regularly with Iraqi Airways or their partners. With the earned Miles, passengers 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 who are part of this organisation include flynas, Palestinian Airlines, Sudan Airways, Air Cairo and Kuwait Airways.
If you need any special services onboard your Iraqi Airways flight, simply contact us with your request, or enter it in the requests box when booking and we will do our best to pass on your request direct to the airline. Alternatively, contact the airline directly to make your request.