By Victor Shalton
Air Cairo Takes Delivery of its First A320neo
Air Cairo has taken delivery of the first of two A320-200neos, with the second aircraft expected in early August. These aircraft will expand the Egyptian low-cost carrier while complementing its current fleet of seven A320s.
“Adding these aircraft to our all-A320 fleet will provide Air Cairo with much-needed capacity to meet the needs of our passengers,” explained Hussein Sherif, Air Cairo Chairman and CEO. “We’re excited to induct two more fuel-efficient A320neos and are grateful to the GECAS team for their support of our growing operations.”
“We are so pleased to welcome Air Cairo to the family of GECAS customers and are thrilled they will now operate Airbus’ A320neo powered with CFM’s LEAP engines,” shared Mick O’Mahony, GECAS SVP & Regional Manager, Middle East, Africa and CIS. “I’m confident Air Cairo will be putting these aircraft to exceptionally good use in their expanding EMEA network.”
The airline in April also received its first A320neo from Airbus with the European aircraft manufacturer noting that the particular A320neo being delivered to Air Cairo was on lease from ICBC Leasing and was powered by two CFM LEAP-1A engines.
The Egyptian carrier’s A320neo configured in an all-economy class configuration with a total of 186 seats joined the carrier’s all-Airbus fleet, which is made up of seven A320-200s. The aircraft features the most up to date inflight entertainment system and according to Airbus, passengers will be able to benefit from “the widest cabin of any single-aisle aircraft.”
The new A320neo will be deployed across the carrier’s domestic and international network and also coincides with the airline’s decision to operate more routes, which should hopefully allow Air Cairo to expand its operations as passenger demand increases.
In addition, Air Cairo signed a sales and marketing agreement with SunExpress, a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, with the new commercial agreement allowing Air Cairo to operate up to 30 flights per week between the Red Sea resort of Hurghada from 14 airports in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
The airline was found back in 2003 and operates as a subsidiary of EgyptAir. The airline mainly operates scheduled flights from Egypt to destinations in Europe and the Middle East but also provides charter services for tour operators. EgyptAir currently owns a 60% stake in the airline, with the carrier’s main base located at Cairo International Airport.