Pending no delay due to volcanic ash, Saturday should see the resumption of London-Baghdad flights on Iraqi Airways with an 11am departure from Gatwick's South Terminal.
Iraqi Airways shut down following the 1991 Gulf War and regular services resumed in 2005. Iraqi Airways has a fleet of 16 aircraft, including An-26, B737s, B747, and CRJ900, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.
The service is hopefully an indicator of better things to come for the nation, but a section on the airline's website serves as a reminder of Iraq's current reality. The carrier provides contact information for passengers who "require personal security services to take you to your final destination".
That's a sharp contrast to 1951 when Geoffrey Dorman wrote an article for our magazine Flight International about his "airline-touring" trip around Iraq to survey Iraqi Airways. You can read his article here.