EGYPTAIR takes delivery of Africa’s first Airbus A321neo

EGYPTAIR becomes the first African airline to take delivery of an Airbus A321neo

EGYPTAIR has become the first African operator of Airbus’ A321neo aircraft as it recently received the delivery of its first unit from Airbus’ Delivery Centre in Hamburg. The airline has opted for a two-class configuration with 16 Business class seats and 166 Economy class seats, offering a high level of comfort to passengers. This new addition to EGYPTAIR’s fleet will boost the airline’s single aisle capacity to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The aircraft is powered by CFM engines and is currently on lease from AerCap.

EGYPTAIR takes delivery of Africa’s first Airbus A321neo
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EGYPTAIR’s current Airbus fleet

EGYPTAIR current Airbus fleet

EGYPTAIR’s new A321neo is the largest member of Airbus’ highly popular A320 family, which claims a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions per seat compared to previous generation competitors. By incorporating this aircraft, EGYPTAIR will benefit from increased efficiency and meet its sustainability commitments while reducing operational costs. This latest acquisition joins EGYPTAIR’s existing Airbus fleet of 28 planes: 12 A220s, 8 A320neos, 2 A320ceos, 4 A330-200s and 4 A330-300s, underlining the airline’s ongoing aspiration to expand its Airbus fleet to meet current and future requirements.

The benefits for EGYPTAIR with this new acquisition

Airbus has implemented a unique approach across all its aircraft families, resulting in the highest level of commonality in airframes, on-board systems, cockpits, and handling characteristics. This approach leads to significant reductions in operating costs, ultimately maximizing the airline’s profitability.

The delivery flight of EGYPTAIR’s new A321neo from Hamburg to Cairo was powered by a blend of 34% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). SAF is an eco-friendly aviation fuel that can be sustainably produced using various feedstocks such as used fat, oil, and grease, or waste from municipal and forestry sources. Compared to fossil jet fuel, SAF has been proven to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% across its entire lifecycle, making it an essential contributor to aviation decarbonization. All Airbus commercial aircraft currently have the capability to operate with a blend of up to 50% SAF mixed with kerosene, and Airbus aims to enable 100% SAF use in flight by the end of this decade. Airbus has already successfully conducted 100% SAF test flights on A319neo, A350, and A380 aircraft since March 2021.

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