Egyptair joins the ranks of Airbus A220 operators – with its first A220-300 delivered to the airline.
This is the first of 12 Airbus A220-300 (the longer body version of the A220) that the airline will take delivery of. They will base the fleet out of Cairo on regional routes from the city. It arrived from Montreal to Cairo on Sunday.
بوصول أولى طائراتها من طراز ايرباص A220-300 والتي وصلت مطار القاهرة الدولي أمس قادمة من كيبيك بكندا، وذلك في إطار خطة مصرللطيران الاستراتيچية نحو تحديث أسطولها لتضم أحدث الطرازات العالمية، حيث تتضمن تلك الصفقة شراء ١٢ طائرة من نفس الطراز تصل تباعا جميعها حتى يونيو عام ٢٠٢٠. pic.twitter.com/mFbqwiVXFj
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The EgyptAir Airbus A220-300 is configured in a two-class configuration, with 15 Premium Economy seats and 125 economy – a total of 140 seats aboard the aircraft
As usual, the Airbus A220 is powered by twin Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan.
The first Aircraft was delivered from Mirabel Assembly line in Montreal to representatives of the airline and the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership
Capt. Ahmed Adel, Chairman and CEO, EGYPTAIR HOLDING Company said
“We are proud to welcome our very first A220 aircraft and to be the first airline in the Middle East and North African region to take delivery and launch commercial operations of the A220 – the most innovative and technologically advanced aircraft in the world,”
Philippe Balducchi, CEO, Airbus Canada Limited Partnership and Airbus Head of Country Canada said
“We are delighted to welcome EGYPTAIR to the growing family of A220 operators and look forward to seeing their passengers enjoy the experience of travelling on board the A220‘s bright, spacious and modern cabin,”
The rise of the A220
It seems under Airbus’s stewardship, the A220s star continues to rise, with airlines no longer taking more than a cursory glance.
Combined with in-service data from airlines that have switched to the type (and in some cases – airlines who are switching entirely to the type to operate its fleet), along with the total lack of interest of the smallest A320 family members – the Airbus A319 and A319neo, the A220 will be picking up a lot of the slack in the 100 – 150 market from now onwards.
And with the order book increasing for the type – there is plenty of appetite for the aircraft out there.
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