Transport: Ukrainian aircraft contract under study and next year will see its entry into service
Baghdad / Zahraa al-Jassim
"It is agreed in principle to buy 15 Antonovs from Ukraine in the form of rent with the intention of buying, and it is hoped to enter the service next year," said spokesman of the Ministry of Transport Salem al-Sudani. As it is widely used and has many safety means, as it is a modern aircraft, adding that these aircraft will be a variety of part of the passenger transport and air cargo.
He added that all import issues take its full administrative cycle of scrutiny and study, because there are financial allocations in this matter, so there are a lot of details accompany this process, and there are committees to detect, receive and deliver to study the technical level of the aircraft and the rehabilitation of pilots, Mdafa: Although the Ministry of Transport Has done a feasibility study for this issue, but administratively need to have time of administrative communication and other important matters, so we hope in the next few months that this matter will be resolved and the completion of all the necessary procedures, especially that the Ministry of Transport opened an air route between Iraq and Ukraine, The use of these aircraft as required by the Iraqi Airways, and will be added to the Iraqi aviation fleet.
The specialists stressed that the lifting of the embargo on the Iraqi airspace, which happened recently with the opening of most routes of aviation with foreign and Arab countries, noting that the absorption of all this progress should be through improving the work of Iraqi aviation from the addition of aircraft and attention to services provided and development of cadres.
A source in the Iraqi Airways, confirmed that the size of the Iraqi aircraft fleet 33 aircraft, all in service and now we have many sectors that work, the source, who preferred not to be named, said in an interview for (to the extent), that the hiring of aircraft from Ukraine with Buying is one of the common contracting methods, which is good for Iraq to activate the work of the entire Iraqi aviation fleet, as it will add a lot to our fleet, but will be a milestone in the work of Iraqi civil aviation and Iraqi Airways.
Iraqi Airways is the national carrier in the Republic of Iraq, one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East, and Iraqi Airways offers local and regional air transport services.
The source said: "On the other hand, we lack air cargo planes, which forces us to deal with a lot of air cargo companies as the company" Dajal "in addition to Turkish and Iranian shipping companies, but this agreement on the purchase of aircraft from Ukraine will provide the Iraqi air fleet Air cargo planes, which will be an important financial return to the State Treasury first and to the Ministry of Transport and Iraqi Airways.
The financial adviser to the Prime Minister, the appearance of Mohammed Saleh has confirmed in an interview with the (range) that the global economy has been and still depends heavily on the issue of air cargo, despite the high costs compared to the shipping or rail transport, noting that the needs of the global economy to invest The time is in the transport of goods and goods of a precise nature and rapid strategy to avoid damage and refraction, which has increased the needs of the world to the use of air cargo and shorten the time and maximize the requirements of production or service necessary, continuing: N Tomorrow in dire need to establish a carrier air cargo to benefit from the provisions of Article 14 of the Federal Budget Law for the year 2017, which was repeated in the draft 2018 budget, and the judge in partnership between the state and the private sector.
The Ministry of Transport announced in the first half of this year that the air cargo division in Iraqi Airways has achieved an increase in its monthly revenues to reach 1.5 million dollars, indicating that all companies ship their goods through the airline because it is the official agent as well as for the ease of procedures And appropriate prices that differ from the prices of private companies.
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