Boeing announced today EgyptAir’s leasing of two more B787 Dreamliners from AerCap. The airline’s decision and Boeing’s announcement came amid the melee of this year’s Dubai Airshow.
Writes World Airline News, Egyptian flag carrier EgyptAir has today agreed to long-term leases for two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The planes will come from AerCap’s 117-strong order book of 787s. The first 787 is expected to be delivered in 2021, the second in 2022.
EgyptAir joins a growing number of operators enhancing their fleet by the addition of the much-esteemed Dreamliner. An aircraft which, Boeing says, has revolutionized airborne fuel efficiency.
EgyptAir revealed its selection of the capable type during the 2017 Dubai Airshow. The carrier placed an order with AerCap for six 787-9s. The move was telling; it spoke of the carrier’s want to expand its ops to include more routes to North America, and to fly clean.
In July of this year, EgyptAir made history by being the first carrier to operate a B787 powered by bio-fuel. As we reported at the time the aircraft was flown 10,973kms from Seattle to Cairo. The delivery flight represented the carrier’s firm intention to improve the efficiency and cleanliness of its fleet.
We have contacted EgyptAir for comment about the latest development
The announcement of the deal was made during this year’s Dubai Airshow. Present for the signing of the lease agreements were EgyptAir’s executive and AerCap’s boss Aengus Kelly.
Writes AerCap in its press release, Kelly said, “AerCap is very proud to continue to support EGYPTAIR’s widebody fleet renewal program and sustainable growth ambitions.
“We thank our friends and partners at EGYPTAIR for their continued confidence in AerCap and we look forward to working with the EGYPTAIR and Boeing teams as these aircraft deliver.”
For EgyptAir, chairman of the airline’s holding company Capt. Ahmed Adel said, “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for the kind support from AerCap. We are pleased to boost our cooperation with AerCap, a strategic partner that we recognize and hold in high regard.
“The B787-9 aircraft is the most technologically advanced aircraft,” Adel added. “We will continue to adhere to our strategic vision being the preferred airline for Egypt and worldwide travellers, bringing more advanced products and better service to passengers.”
B787 proven efficiency
The carrier began operating the 787-9 this year. The first deployment of the Dreamliner was on the airline’s Cairo to Washington, DC route. The aircraft has since afforded EgyptAir a 23% reduction in fuel consumption compared with the B777-300ERs they replaced.
Said Cpt Adel in a Boeing statement, “The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has outperformed our expectations, helping us significantly reduce our fuel use and emissions, while bringing comfort to our passengers.
“We look forward to growing our network with additional 787-9 airplanes and flying more passengers to their destinations at an affordable cost.”
According to Boeing, the Dreamliner is the company’s fastest-selling twin-aisle type. Since its inaugural flight in 2011 Boeing has delivered in excess of 600 B787s. In terms of real sales, the B787 outperforms its nearest competitor, the A350, but only just.