EgyptAir has taken delivery of their first Airbus A220-300, making them the first to operate the type in the Middle East and North African region.
The aircraft, registered SU-GEX and serial number 55058, is the first of 12 on order and will commence flights to and from Cairo in the coming days.
Rather than being operated by EgyptAir the aircraft will be operated by their regional arm, EgyptAir Express.
During the delivery ceremony held at the Airbus Mirabel facility in Canada, Capt. Ahmed Adel, Chairman and CEO EGYPTAIR HOLDING Company, had the following to say:
“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.”
Configured in a two-class configuration, EgyptAir Express’ Airbus A220-300s will feature 140 seats consisting of 15 in Premium Economy and 125 in Economy.
Powering the aircraft are two Pratt and Whitney PW1500G Geared Turbofan engines.
Paired with great airframe aerodynamics and advanced materials, the engines allow the A220 to offer fuel savings of up to 20 percent compared to previous generation competing aircraft.
It’s understood that these aircraft will be used to replace EgyptAir Express’ 12 Embraer E170LR jets.
According to Airbus figures, EgyptAir currently operates a fleet of 15 Airbus aircraft and still has 15 A320neo’s, as well as the 11 A220 aircraft to be delivered over the coming years.
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