Iraqi Airways recently offered two Boeing 747 wide bodies for sale. The aircraft, which will be auctioned on August 16, are currently parked at Tozeur-Nefta airport, in Tunisia, according to Flight Global.
The “Jumbos” for sale are models 747SP (serial number 22858) and 747-200 (22366), both produced by Boeing in 1982 and equipped with Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines.
The aircraft were sent into storage in Tunisia after the Gulf War in 1991 and were never recovered by the Iraqi carrier.
The initial bid to acquire each of the planes is US$ 494,000 and those interested in participating in the auction must deposit 20% of this amount to the Iraqi Ministry of Finance. Selling bidders must make payment within seven days after the auction.
It should be noted that the two 747s offered at auction by Iraqi Airways are not in flight condition. Therefore, it is likely that the aircraft will be sent for dismantling to be recycled.
Currently, Iraqi Airways is in the midst of renewing its fleet, which today has some of the most advanced commercial jets in the industry, such as the Boeing 737 MAX, 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A220.