Iraqi Airways modernises with A330 and A321s

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Iraqi Airways has acquired an Airbus A330-200, the first long-haul type from the airframer to be operated by the Middle Eastern carrier.

The twinjet is a General Electric CF6-powered example. Airbus says the aircraft is configured with 24 business-class and 264 economy-class seats.

Iraqi Airways chief Saad Mahdi Saeed Al-Khafaji says: "The aircraft will service a number of international routes, namely to Europe, providing passengers a more comfortable journey with spacious seating."

The carrier had a long-standing order for five Airbus A310s which remained dormant on the airframer's books for years before being cancelled in 2008.

Airbus says the airline is also operating a pair of A321s.