Government has placed a firm order for six Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliners and options on a further four of the
The CRJ900 NextGen
aircraft “will be used for civilian airline services in Iraq”,
says Bombardier in its statement. The Canadian airframer
does not say explicitly if the aircraft are destined for state-owned Iraqi
The order is not unexpected. Last
month Bombardier confirmed talks with Iraq
concerning the acquisition of regional aircraft. Reports also surfaced that a contract
to acquire 40 passenger aircraft from Boeing was close to being finalized.
Within weeks, however, lawyers
acting for Kuwait Airways were warning that any aircraft that Iraqi Airways
acquires face being impounded to settle the drawn-out $1 billion compensation
case brought by the Kuwaiti flag-carrier following the Iraqi invasion of 1990.
law firm Howard Kennedy partner Christopher Gooding, representing Kuwait
Airways, said: “Kuwait Airways holds judgements against Iraqi Airways in excess
of $1 billion. All appeal procedures have been exhausted and these judgements
are final and binding.”
Based on list prices, the value of
the firm contract with Bombardier is approximately $239 million.
“We are pleased that the Government
of Iraq has selected the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to
help rebuild the domestic and regional airline services in Iraq,”
says Bombardier Regional Aircraft president Steven Ridolfi.
“We are confident that the CRJ900 NextGen airliner will serve commercial airline operations
in the country very well.”