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Iraqi Airways begins, ends service from Baghdad to London
In hindsight, they may have moved too fast. Iraqi Airway's first flight into London, England ended in disaster this past week when their chartered airplane and their leading man's papers were detained upon arrival. Behind the seizure? An outstanding suit from Kuwait Airways claiming that the Iraqi government plundered several of their aircraft during the original gulf war. With the Iraqi Airways equipment outside of the middle east, Kuwaiti officials had the authority to seize collateral.
Now, both aircraft and bigwig are stuck in the UK until the entire issue gets sorted out -- and Iraqi Airways' service between Baghdad and London is indefinitely on hold. Perhaps next time they'll pay their bills.