BRITISH AIRWAYS wants to return to Baghdad following a 13 year gap and is in negotiations with government. The airline served Iraq for more than 60 years until the last Gulf War. It plans to operate a Boeing 767 three times a week. The airline currently flies to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat and Riyadh with its own aircraft, and with franchise partner British Mediterranean Airways to London to Aleppo, Amman, Beirut, Damascus and Tehran making it easily the foremost European carrier in the region. Imperial Airways, a forerunner of British Airways, flew between Cairo and Basra from 1927 and started services to Baghdad in 1929.