EgyptAir Express has accepted its first of 12 Airbus A220-300s, becoming the first carrier to operate the type in the Middle East. It is only the sixth airline worldwide to fly the type, following deliveries to airBaltic, Swiss, Korean Air, Delta Air Lines and Air Tanzania.
The Cairo-based carrier is set to use the Canadian-built jets on domestic services and international routes to Middle Eastern, North African and Southern European destinations. They will replace 12 Embraer E170s which are gradually being phased out. An initial E1, SU-GCV (c/n 17000170), was retired in mid-June. It has been sold to Tunisian start-up Jasmin Airways along with sistership, SU-GCW (c/n 17000175).
The airliner is fitted out with a two-class interior accommodating 125 economy and 15 premium economy travellers. Alongside 11 further A220s, the carrier is awaiting delivery of 15 A320neos from the European manufacturer.
EgyptAir has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for up to 24 Bombardier CS300s.
The deal, which was announced on day three of the Dubai Airshow, consists of 12 airframes and 12 purchase rights. If EgyptAir exercises all 12 purchase rights, the firm order is valued at nearly $2.2bn.
“It is our pleasure to have this new partnership with Bombardier, which came as a continuation of our fleet modernisation strategy,” explained Safwat Musallam, Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company. “We undertook a thorough evaluation process of our fleet and realised that the CS300 would fit perfectly into our business plans and growth strategy.”
Musallam highlighted the aircraft’s range as a key factor in the airline’s decision saying it enabled the carrier to serve domestic and regional destinations as well as the Middle East and Europe.
“We look forward to expanding our network with the CS300 and we are happy to see that the partnership announced with Airbus will bring added support to the C Series programme,” he added.
Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: “We’re thrilled that EgyptAir selected the CS300 aircraft to renew its fleet. Bombardier’s 20-year market outlook foresees demand for 450 airplanes in the 60- to 150-seat category for the region and this LOI confirms the need for right-sized aircraft in the Middle East. We are confident that our small single-aisle C Series is ideally-suited to serve the hot temperature environments of the region and will undoubtedly provide performance and economics that will drive higher profitability.”
Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (left) and Safwat Musallam, Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company, sign the paperwork in Dubai. (Photo Bombardier)