Boeing Completes Sale of First 777 to Republic of Iraq

Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered a 777-200LR to the Republic of Iraq, marking the beginning of Boeing’s renewed partnership with the country.

The airplane touched down at Baghdad International Airport and was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute. The ceremony was attended by senior government leaders, including His Excellency Hadi al-Ameri, Iraqi Minister for Transportation, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Steve Beecroft.

“We are rebuilding our country’s aviation sector and the purchase of the Boeing 777-200LR will help us begin developing the long-haul market,” said al-Ameri. “This airplane has the proven capability of connecting virtually any two cities in the world non-stop, in addition to carrying a full cargo payload.  With its unparalleled efficiencies, the 777-200LR will be a strategic addition to the fleet.”

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The Republic of Iraq also has 30 Next-Generation 737s on order, the first of which are scheduled for delivery in mid-2013, as well as 10 787 Dreamliners.

“We are proud to be part of the new beginnings of the Iraqi aviation sector and appreciate the trust that the Republic of Iraq has placed in Boeing products,” said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales, Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to growing and strengthening our partnership with the Republic of Iraq.”

Source: The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)
Date: Dec 17, 2012