Iraqi Airways is preparing to take delivery of its first Airbus A220 aircraft, which left the A220 production facility at Mirabel Airport (YMX), Canada. This is the first out of five A220s headed to the carrier.  

Iraqi Airways’ A220-300 jet, registered as YI-ARE, is on its way to its new home at Baghdad International Airport (BGW). According to Flightradar24.com, the aircraft currently stands at Manchester Airport (MAN), the United Kingdom.  

Iraq’s flag carrier will become one of the first A220 operators in the Middle East.  

Iraqi Airways’ A220-300 is capable of accommodating up to 132 passengers in a two-class seating: 12 in business class and 120 in economy class.  

The Airbus A220 family aircraft, including the A220-100 and A220-300 variants, is tailored to serve the 100-150 seat market. The A220-100 has a maximum range of 6,390 kilometers and the A220-300 has 6,297 kilometers. The aircraft family has only one engine option, Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engine.   

According to Airbus, over 180 Airbus A220s have been delivered to 13 customers across the world as of November 2021.