Long-Presse / Baghdad
The Ministry of Transportation, said on Wednesday that negotiations for a loan to finance the Boeing deal going in a positive way, as shown that Iraq has 30 aircraft and a number of "national vector", refused to impose loans cost Iraq a lot.
He said Transport Minister Bayan Jabr said in an interview with the (long-Presse), "We had a round of talks in London I met with officials from Boeing and talked on the subject of getting a loan to finance the Boeing deal."
Zubaidi said that "the ministry were continuing with the US embassy and we have meetings going on in Istanbul through Undersecretary and his team and we got to ranges close and are not final, but it's going in a positive way," noting that "without the loan Iraq will not get on the aircraft from Boeing."
He said al-Zubaidi "We have 30 aircraft and five vectors national aircraft have transported passengers and the number of these aircraft is not a little compared to neighboring countries."
He said Transport Minister "We have talks with Airbus for the purchase of aircraft, but the problem is that we want the loan of (ACSM Bank) French a few interest," noting that "the company asked us to borrow from a third party but that this borrowing costs Iraq, and I'm not ready to sign the like This contract because we want to be a contract between Iraqi Airways and the French government. "
The Transport Minister Baqir al-Zubaidi revealed in (June 17, 2015), for the ministry has sought to unify the Iraqi Airways fleet aircraft Boeing modern, and as pointed out that the ministry is seeking to create only a new company comprising Airbus aircraft and the CIA RG, said the ministry is considering employment Investment Foreign activated in air traffic.
The date of the founding of the Iraqi Airways "Green Bird" due to (18 May 1938), when it recommended the Iraqi Aeronautical Society on the purchase of three aircraft type (Darkin Rapid), in aircraft factories (De Havilland), have reached Baghdad Saturday (first October 1938), and was on a domestic route and to neighboring countries.
Iraq had possessed more than 20 civilian aircraft Ilyushin Russian (Eastern Fleet) an Iraqi Airways ahead of 1991, where most of them were destroyed in Operation Desert Storm, and the transfer of the other part of them to neighboring countries during the period of sanctions.
Iraq signed in May 2008, the first two decades with the company (Boeing) for the purchase of 40 US aircraft, and the second with the company (Bombardier) Canadian, to buy ten aircraft, while the Ministry of Finance showed that the total value of the two contracts amounting to five billion dollars.
Iraq and received since the end of 2012 until the month of March a number of Boeing aircraft within the contract signed with the company and which it is hoped that the end of the year ends in 2018, also received a Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft over the past years.
The Ministry of Transport announced the (March 20, 2015) for receipt of new aircraft from Boeing under the contract signed between Iraq and the company during 2008, while confirming that the Iraqi Airways fleet currently consists of 28 aircraft.
The Transport Minister Baqir al-Zubaidi announced (26th February 2015), that Iraq will receive 13 aircraft from Boeing, during the current 2015, while detect the presence of negotiations with Airbus for the purchase of aircraft which, he stressed that Iraqi Airways supported the state budget for 2015 of $ 450 million.
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