EgyptAir has converted a previous order for two Boeing 777s into an order for an additional eight Next-Generation 737-800s, taking its total acquisition of the type to 20.
The order was added last week to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, being attributed at the time to an unidentified customer.
Egyptair already has seven 737-800s in operation and it is taking delivery of an additional five 737-800s this year. The airline currently has five 777s in its fleet and is scheduled to receive six 777-300ERs beginning next year.
EgyptAir joined the Star Alliance in July 2008. The carrier has focused on making Cairo International Airport a key regional hub for both passenger and air freight operations.
Since the 737 program’s inception, more than 250 customers have taken delivery of more than 6,000 aircraft, making it the most successful commercial-jet program in history. The Next-Generation 737, which entered service in 1998, has garnered more than 5,000 orders from more than 100 customers.
Boeing’s 777 is the world’s most successful and best-selling twin-engine, long-haul commercial jetliner with 60 customers and orders for 1116 airplanes through the end of July 2009.