Iraq Express was an Iraqi airline that operated from 2001 until 2015. The airline was acquired by Iraq Air Service in March 2015.
Mohamed al-Bashir founded Iraq Express in 1999 and started the airline in 2001 with a used Boeing 717. Iraq Air Service acquired Iraq Express in March 2015.
The Iraq Express fleet consisted of aircraft with an average fleet age of over 10 years.
|Aircraft||# operated||dates operated||notes/remarks|
|Boeing 717-200||2||2001-2015||in-service with Iraq Air Service, operated 3 until 2003 after accident|
|Boeing 727-200adv||1||2001-2010||scrapped after accident|
Accidents & Incidents Edit
On October 17, 2003, Flight IE7534, a Boeing 717-200, from Baghdad to Cairo crashed into a hotel near the runway during landing at Cairo killing all 98 people on the plane and 5 in the hotel. Airline CEO al-Bashir said that the cause was pilot suicide. It remains believed the aircraft was not well maintained.
On July 2, 2010, Flight IE058, a Boeing 727-200adv, from Lahore to Baghdad had a reverse thruster deploy in-flight causing the plane to quickly descend and crash. All of the 148 occupants perished.
On January 28, 2015, Flight IE475, a Boeing 737-200 from Islambad to Baghdad skidded off the runway at Baghdad inuring 17 of the 68 passengers and a crew member.