Egypt Independent

EgyptAir to receive its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner



Boeing Dreamliners

A delegation from EgyptAir has left Cairo on Saturday to Seattle city, in order to receive its second Boeing Dreamliner B787-9 model, as part of a long-term US$6 billion deal to purchase six aircraft, signed at the Dubai Airshow 2017.

On March 28, the Cairo International Airport received its first Dreamliner aircraft and on April it took off on its first flight to Kuwait, after the plane joined the company’s fleet.

EgyptAir operates this type of aircraft on Shanghai, China, Tokyo, New York and Bangkok flights, as it is capable of traveling between 14,800 to 15,700 km non-stop and has 20 percent less fuel consumption than its counterparts in commercial aircraft.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliners are powered by Rolls Royce engines to fly over long distances. Its capacity ranges between 210 to 330 passengers.

EgyptAir announced earlier that from July 2019 to May 2020, it would receive 12 Airbus 220/300 aircraft, which were produced by Bombardier of Canada before being acquired by Airbus.

In January 2020, the company will start receiving 15 Airbus A320, the latest and most advanced Airbus A320 to date, and another 12 Airbus 220/300 aircraft.

This deal will update 50 percent of the size of the fleet, the company said, adding that the second phase of fleet upgrades will be from 2019 to 2027.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm