|Kurdistan Airlines طيران كوردستان
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kurdistan Airlines was established in August 2005 based in Irbil, Kurdistan Iraq and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It operates flights linking Kurdistan and Iraq with various destinations.
The establishment of the Kurdistan Airlines was announced by a press release on 2 August 2005 by the Commercial Office of Kurdistan Region Iraq in Dubai, UAE.The first flight of Kurdistan Airlines landed in Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq on July 21, 2005 carrying 46 Iraqi and Kurdish businessmen from Dubai, UAE. On 7 August 2005 DNATA Agencies was appointed General Sales Agent (GSA) for Kurdistan Airlines in the Gulf.
On July 14, 2006 it was reported that a Kurdistan Airlines aircraft was stranded in Rafic Hariri International Airport Beirut, Lebanon during the Israeli-Lebanese conflict in August 2006. Turkey has banned the use of the Turkish airspace by Kurdistan Airlines, which started passenger flights from Frankfurt in Germany to Arbil becaused it carried the word "Kurdistan".
Initially Kurdistan Airlines fleet consisted of 2 x Boeing 747-100 and 1 x 737-200.
As of December 2010, Kurdistan Airlines its Boeing 737-200 aircraft was re-registered with Imperial Jet, hence effectively the airline is not operating any flights.