Egypt Air orders seven A330-200s

One of Airbus's flagship regional customers has put in a big order for the 275-seat, A330-200.

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By  David Ingham Published  April 2, 2003

Egypt Air has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of seven A330-200s, the Egyptian carrier’s first order involving the A330. Deliveries for the aircraft are scheduled to begin in June 2004.

Egypt Air plans to operate the A330-200 on routes within the Middle East and to Europe. The aircraft accommodates around 275 passengers.

In a slightly impenetrable statement, Egypt Air’s chairman, General Atef Abd El Hamid, welcomed the addition of the new planes. “Our crews are already familiar with the benefits of Airbus fly-by-wire technology, which allows a remarkable mobility between our Airbus aircraft types,” he said.

“We have found that this is a source of considerable savings in training and operations through Cross Crew Qualification between our A320/A321 single-aisles and our widebody A340s, which the A330-200 will further reinforce.”

Noël Forgeard, Airbus president and chief executive officer, was suitably pleased.

“The close partnership we have had with Egypt Air for well over twenty years is very special to us and we look forward to developing it further with the selection of the A330,” he said.

Egypt Air is a major airbus customer, operating seven A320s, four A321s, three A340-200s, two A300B4 freighters and seven A300-600 aircraft. Egypt Air also has five A320s on order, which are due for delivery in coming months.

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