Monday, October 8, 2007
Egypt Air has announced that it will be leasing 11 new wide bodied aircraft to fuel its long haul expansion. The airline will lease 3 Airbus A 330-200s + 8 new Boeing 777-300ERs.
The latter will replace the entire fleet of 5 leased Boeing 777-200ERs. The B 773ERs & A 332s will start arriving into MS's fleet from late 2010 onwards.
The main reason why MS chose the B 773ER was because it can fly nonstop from its CAI hub to IAH & Japan & the U.S. West Coast without a payload restriction which its B 772ERs could not. MS's B 772ERs are configured for 319 passengers in a 3 class layout however the B 773ERs are likely to have a 2 class configuration (by eliminating first class) seating approximately 370 passengers.