by Abraham C
Iraqi Airways Flies New Airbus
Iraqi Airways bids for a larger share of the air passenger market to European destinations with its recent acquisition of an A330-200 from French-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus. This is the first wide-body plane for the national carrier of Iraq; its fleet already has two A321, extended versions of Airbus corporate jets A318 and A319, which are distinguished for being the first commercial jets to use a fly-by-wire control system. For the A330-200, Iraqi Airways is expected to derive benefits from the great passenger appeal, low operating costs, and proven reliability of the aircraft.
The Airbus A330 and its variants including the A330-200 are the aviation industry’s most popularly used wide body plane today. Airbus has received a total of over 1,200 orders for the different versions of its A300 line of aircraft. Of those that were already delivered, more than 900 are serving 90 operators worldwide. Besides its commercial passenger aircraft designs, the A330 is also available in corporate jet variants as well as in freighter, and military transport/tanker configurations.
Improved Economics in Operations
The A330-200 entered the aviation scene in 1998 as a shortened but longer-range variant of the Airbus A330 line. Airbus has received a total of 572 orders of the A330-200 as of December 2011, with 444 already delivered; all of which but four are in operation. This aircraft at its option for three-class seating configuration for a total of 253 passengers would allow for a range of 13,400 kilometers. Modifications from previous A330 variants, such as shorter fuselage and higher fuel capacity, significantly improved the economics for operating the A330-200.
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