Etihad Launches Iraq Service

ETIHAD AIRWAYS of the UAE has commenced flights from its hub in Abu Dhabi to Baghdad becoming the first UAE-based airline to fly passengers to Iraq.  Subject to government and regulatory approvals, it will operate five return services per week using a two-class Airbus A320, and will expand its operation with two additional A320 return services to a second Iraq destination – Erbil – from June 1.
Etihad Airways Chief Executive James Hogan said: “We are committed to building and strengthening ties in our region and we are pleased that we are the first to fly to Iraq.  We expect to see strong demand on these routes, particularly from government and business travellers as well as people from Iraq visiting family and friends around the world,” he said.  “We launched a cargo operation to Baghdad in September 2009, and have recently commenced additional cargo flights to Erbil, which we expect will perform well for us.”