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Boeing delivered the first of 30, Next-Generation 737-800s to Iraqi Airways Monday.

Calling it a "milestone" in the company's relationship with the airline, Boeing called it a testament to the vale of the 737-800.

"Boeing is proud of the confidence that Iraqi Airways has in its products and we look forward to further strengthening this relationship to fulfill the airline's future commercial aviation needs", said Marty Bentrott, vice president for Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia.

Iraqi Airways is waiting on 39 other Boeing planes, including 10 of the 787 Dreamliners.

"The Next-Generation 737-800 will play a key role in helping us modernize our fleet and integrate into the regional and international commercial aviation system," said H.E. Hadi Al Ameri, Iraq's Minister of Transportation. "Boeing has played a pivotal role in our growth plan and the Next-Generation 737 has earned an excellent reputation for reliability and operational efficiency."

In a press release sent on Monday, Boeing representatives said; "The Next-Generation 737 family has won orders for more than 6,500 airplanes, while the 737 family has surpassed 11,000 orders to date. Boeing has delivered more than 7,600 737s – including more than 4,500 Next-Generation 737s – and currently has more than 3,400 unfilled orders for 737s (through July 2013)."

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