BAGHDAT, IRAQ — In a recent announcement, Iraqi Airways stated it is set to receive its first Boeing 787 by the end of May. The airline has been working closely with the American aircraft manufacturer to coordinate the introduction of the twinjet while finalizing discussions on technical and operational preparations.

The national carrier of Iraq placed an order for 10 787s back in 2009, as part of an agreement confirmed by the country's government. The inaugural twinjet, which features General Electric GEnx powerplants, is a 787-8 model and has been registered as YI-ATC.

As Iraqi Airways continues to narrow down the delivery date, the airline has confirmed that the first jet is "scheduled to join the national carrier's fleet at the end of May." Boeing, in the meantime, has been busy delivering the initial 737 Max jets that the Baghdad-based airline has on order.