(BAGHDAD) — One of the many casualties of the long war in Iraq was the shuttering of its commercial aviation operations.
However, the industry could be up and flying again, with reports that 40 Boeing commercial airplanes will soon be on their way to Iraq.
Iraq’s state-run TV channel says “batches of the 40 American Boeing 738, 787 airplanes” will arrive by the end of 2012, according to an official with the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation.
Iraq has already received six of 10 commercial jets from Canada’s Bombardier company, with the remaining four due in the next few months.
Deals signed with Boeing for $5 billion and Bombardier should be a boon for Iraqi Airways, which is one of the Middle East’s oldest airline carriers.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN