Iraqi Airways has released photos of its first Airbus A220-300, taken at the airframer’s Mirabel facility in Canada.

The airline expects the aircraft to join its fleet at Baghdad International airport in October.

Some of its pilots have been training to operate the type with Lufthansa in Germany, the carrier notes.

Iraqi Airways ordered the jets in 2013, when the programme was owned by Bombardier and known as the CSeries.

Today, the airline’s order book features five A220-300s, according to Cirium fleets data, alongside 10 Boeing 787-8s.

Cirium data also shows that 14 Boeing 737-800s dominate the carrier’s existing fleet, which further includes a range of Airbus and Boeing narrowbody and widebody types – all in the low single figures – plus six CRJs.