boeing777_freighterIraq’s ministry of transport is asking Boeing to accelerate the scheduled delivery of 55 new aircraft the country has on order.

The country needs those aircraft to restore links with the outside world as the nation returns to normalcy, government officials told Reuters.

The country’s airline, Iraqi Airways, lost nearly all of its aircraft in the 2003 war, and it is seeking modern replacements.

The country has three Boeing aircraft models, the 737, 777 and 787, on order. The first of those is now scheduled for delivery in 2013. Iraqi Airways now owns four older Boeing 737s.

The airline wants to increase its schedule to connect Iraq with Europe, Asia and North America.
Source: The News Tribune