Flag carrier of Egypt, EgyptAir has placed its second deal in the Dubai Airshow with Airbus securing an order for 10 Airbus A350. The airline earlier signed a deal with Air Lease Corporation for 18 Boeing 737 MAX jets.
EgyptAir goes for Airbus A350
Widebody fleet of EgyptAir currently consists of Airbus A330, Boeing 777 & Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Now, the airline will bolster its fleet with addition of 10 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. First of these Airbus A350 slated to be delivered in 2025. By 2027, the airline will get delivery of all the Airbus A350 jets. This newer widebodies are not there for any replacement. These are addition to current fleet. The airline will operate both Airbus A330 & Airbus A350 in its fleet. The average age of the airline’s Airbus A330 is 16.4 yrs.
Why the Airbus A350?
The Airbus A350-900 can seat around 300 passengers in a twin class cabin configuration. The aircraft has a range of 15,000 km which can enable the airline to easily fly to any part of the world. It features use of advanced materials, including carbon fiber reinforced composites, which helps in reducing weight & improving fuel efficiency. The cabin is designed to enhance passenger comfort with larger windows and quieter engines. The airline already operates the Airbus A330, hence, the aircraft can offer benefits in terms of fleet commonality. Fleet Commonality leads to cost savings in terms of maintenance, crew training & spare parts.
EgyptAir is the flag carrier airline of Egypt, and it is one of the oldest airlines in the world. Here are some key points about EgyptAir:
- Establishment: EgyptAir was established in 1932 and became a state-owned enterprise in 1957. It has played a crucial role in connecting Egypt to various international destinations.
- Hub: The main hub of EgyptAir is Cairo International Airport (CAI), which serves as a central point for its domestic and international flights.
- Fleet: EgyptAir operates a diverse fleet of aircraft, including Airbus and Boeing models, to serve its extensive route network. The airline’s fleet includes 12 Airbus A220, 10 Airbus A320, 7 Airbus A321, 11 Airbus A330, 29 Boeing 737, 6 Boeing 777 and 7 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets.
- Destinations: EgyptAir connects Egypt to numerous destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It serves as a vital bridge between the African continent and the rest of the world.
- Alliances: EgyptAir is a member of the Star Alliance, a global airline alliance that allows for cooperation and code-sharing with other member airlines.
- Services: EgyptAir provides a range of services, including passenger transportation, cargo services, and charter flights. The airline offers different classes of service to cater to the diverse needs of its passengers.
- Modernization Efforts: Like many airlines, EgyptAir has undertaken modernization efforts to update its fleet and enhance its services. This includes the introduction of newer and more fuel-efficient aircraft to improve operational efficiency.