Thursday, December 09, 2004

Amman, Jordan, Sep. 18 (UPI) -- Iraq's flagship air carrier, Iraqi Airlines, took off Saturday on its first flight in 14 years with its one plane flying between Amman and Baghdad.

The flight departed early Saturday from Amman's international airport and was to return Saturday afternoon, after a stop in Damascus, airline sources said.

Iraqi Airlines had been grounded since 1990 when the United Nations imposed international sanctions on Baghdad for its invasion of Kuwait that year.

The company subsequently transferred its fleet to several countries, including Jordan, Tunisia, Iran and Mauritania. The plane flying Saturday was the airline's only plane, a Boeing 737.

The airline said it will operate daily roundtrips between Baghdad and Amman as a first step towards resuming regular operations.

The ticket price for a roundtrip on the company's sole flight is $400. Posted by Hello