EgyptAir has received its first Airbus A330-300, from the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse.
Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines, EgyptAir’s A330-300s seat 301 passengers, with 265 in Economy Class and 36 in Business Class.
Joining the airline’s existing Airbus fleet of 17 A320-family aircraft, seven A330-200s and three A340-200s, the new A330-300 is the first EgyptAir aircraft to feature on-board communications technology, enabling passengers to benefit from in-flight mobile phone services and Wi-Fi internet access.
“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,” says Eng. Hussein Massoud, Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company. “We are determined on [an] ambitious plan for fleet expansion and modernization.”
“The delivery of the first Airbus A330-300 will add value to our customers and launches new services for the first time in EgyptAir,” comments Captain Alaa Ashour, the chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Airlines. Ashour himself flew the new aircraft to Cairo.
Airbus aircraft share cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and significant cost savings.
In the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), Airbus has sold around 1,000 aircraft and has a backlog of more than 500 jets to be delivered. More than 500 Airbus aircraft are flying with 48 MENA operators and represent about 40 per cent of the fleet in service in the region.
The A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won firm orders for more than 1,000 of the various versions of the aircraft. More than 700 A330s have already been delivered and A330s are currently flying with more than 80 operators worldwide.