Airbus announced the second order closed during the Dubai Airshow, this time with EgyptAir, the African country’s flag carrier, which ordered ten A350-900s.
According to the airline, the new A350s will be its main aircraft, which suggests that they will take the place of the six Boeing 777-300ERs currently in operation.
“EgyptAir is a key partner of Airbus in the Middle East and Africa. We take immense pride in this partnership aimed at furthering the aviation industry. Our focus lies in the enhancement of our fleet to embrace some of the most contemporary aircraft available,” said EgyptAir Chairman and CEO Yehia Zakaria.
“Once delivered the A350-900 will be EgyptAir’s flagship aircraft. Adding the world’s most modern and efficient widebody aircraft to the airline’s fleet will be instrumental in expanding its offering, opening new opportunities particularly in Western US and the far East,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial officer and Head of Airbus International.
At EgyptAir, the A350-900 will have 340 seats and will fly in conjunction with the Boeing 787-9, of which the company currently has seven aircraft in service, configured with 300 seats.
Egypt’s national carrier operates a mix of Airbus and Boeing planes. While it flies the 777 and 787 it also has eleven A330 versions -200 and -300. The fleet of narrow-body jets includes the A320ceo, A320neo, A321neo and also the 737-800NG, as well as some A220-300s.