French airline flies into Baghdad from Paris

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October 31, 2010 05:25

 
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BAGHDAD — A French airline has landed in Baghdad international airport, becoming one of the first passenger carriers to fly into the capital direct from western Europe since the Gulf War.

The inaugural flight by France's Aigle Azur airlines landed Sunday morning after taking off late Saturday from Paris. A delegation of French business leaders was on board.

The airline says regular commercial flights will start in two to three months, and tickets will go on sale soon.

The French airline plans to fly into Baghdad twice a week from Charles de Gaulle airport.

Some carriers fly from western Europe to the Kurdish city of Irbil, and a number of regional carriers fly into Baghdad. But if successful, the Baghdad-Paris flights would be the first to western Europe from the capital.

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