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EgyptAir progresses on the Egypt holidays market with new set of fleet

  • 01-Sep-10 11:45
  • Egypt
  • Holiday Industry

Egyptair has just received its brand new fleet of Airbus A330-300 as part of the national carrier's rapid expansion and upgrading programme. The new aircraft will join the airline's family of A330-200s, A340-200s and Airbus A320 family planes.

EgyptAir progresses on the Egypt holidays market with new set of fleet

Betting firmly on the future of Egypt holidays and counting on the increasing worldwide demand for holidays in Egypt, Egyptair has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 as part of the national flag carrier rapid fleet expansion and upgrade programme.

Bringing more room and capacity to the national carrier operating domestic Egypt holidays as well as international routes, the new is being welcomed by the country's travel industry. Joining Egyptair’s existing Airbus fleet of 17 A320 family aircraft, seven A330-200s and three A340-200s, the new A330-300 will also be the first Egyptair aircraft to feature onboard communications technology, enabling passengers to benefit from cutting edge in-flight mobile phone services and wi-fi Internet access

Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines, the new aircraft features 265 economy seats and 36 in business.

“This delivery is an important milestone in the history of Egyptair. We will continue to bring the latest to our customers who deserve this premium and highly competitive product” said Eng. Hussein Massoud, Chairman and CEO of Egyptair Holding Company.

“We are determined on the ambitious plan for fleet expansion and modernisation” - Massoud added.

Captain Alaa Ashour, the Chairman and CEO of Egyptair Airlines, who flew the new aircraft himself to Cairo also added that “the delivery of the first Airbus 330-300 will add value to our customer and launches new services for the first time in Egyptair.”

“We are proud to be partnering with Egyptair as they launch their new onboard communications offering on the A330.”

“Passengers can now use these innovative services from the unparalleled comfort of the A330 cabin whilst the airline will benefit from the excellent reliability and economics offered by the aircraft.”

The excellence of the Airbus aircraft has received international praise and in this case it will help the Egypt holidays industry to provide a better service and upgraded flight experience to passengers. Besides being technologically superior, Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.

“In the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), Airbus has sold around 1,000 aircraft and has a backlog of over 500. More than 500 Airbus aircraft are flying with 48 MENA operators, representing around 40 percent of the fleet in service in the region,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The A330 is one of the most widely used wide body aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 firm orders for the various versions of the aircraft. Over 700 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 80 operators worldwide.

EgyptAir is Africa’s largest airline, and is the national flag ship carrier of Egypt, headquartered in Cairo International Airport and operating many popular national and international Egypt holidays routes. It operates scheduled passenger and freight services to more than 70 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, as well as an extensive domestic network.

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