Kuwait Airways awaits disclosure of global Iraqi Airways assets

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Lawyers acting for Kuwait Airways, in its long dispute with Iraqi Airways, have secured an undertaking that the Iraqi airline will shortly provide details of its global assets.

Kuwait Airways, which has been fighting a protracted legal battle for post-war compensation from Iraqi Airways, has been demanding a full list of assets held by the carrier.

As part of this pursuit, Iraqi Airways' chief executive, Kifah Hassan Jabbar, was served with a travel ban on arrival in London last month in order to extract an asset disclosure through the UK courts.

He has subsequently delivered an affidavit of Iraqi Airways assets in the UK, and undertaken to provide a similar affidavit of worldwide holdings within three weeks, says law firm Fasken Martineau, which represents Kuwait Airways.

"We have achieved exactly what we sought by the court order," says Fasken Martineau's Christopher Gooding. "To find out how Iraqi Airways is organising its operations on a worldwide basis, including how it can afford its $4.5 billion new fleet purchasing programme."

Following the court agreement, the travel ban has been lifted but Jabbar will be required to undergo cross-examination in the UK after complying with the disclosure order.