At the end of 2017, EgyptAir turned their Letter of Intent for 12 Bombardier CS300 aircraft into a firm order. There have been a few changes since that announcement one and a half years ago. Most notably, those aircraft are now made under the banner of Airbus and have the name A220-300. Well, whatever you want to call them, they will be taking to the skies with EgyptAir in just over a month.
According to CH-Aviation, the A220-300s will begin EgyptAir operations on September 6th of this year. Furthermore, they will initially use the type on domestic Egyptian routes.
As the flag carrier of Egypt, the airline will initially use the new jet on the following routes out of Cairo International (CAI):
- Aswan (ASW), weekly from September 6th
- Luxor (LXR), 9x weekly from September 6th
- and finally, Sharm el Sheikh (SSH), weekly starting from September 8th
The aircraft and its operator(s)
EgyptAir’s A220-300s will reportedly be equipped with 140 seats in a single-class layout. EgyptAir Express – the regional subsidiary of EgyptAir – will operate the aircraft.
According to CH-Aviation, EgyptAir Express currently operates ten E170LRs. This is on behalf of its parent company EgyptAir. EgyptAir itself has an extensive fleet and operates the following aircraft:
- Four A320-200s,
- 29 737-800s,
- Four A330-200s,
- Four A330-300s,
- six 777-300ERs.
- and finally, four 787-9 Dreamliners
The order began back in 2017 when EgyptAir signed an LOI to buy the aircraft from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. This was announced on November 14th during the Dubai Air Show. The order was made firm a month and a half later on December 29th, 2017.
According to CBC News, taking the list price of the CS300, Bombardier says the contract is worth approximately $1.1bn. The airline still has an option to order 12 more. This would double the order to a value of $2.2bn, should EgyptAir go ahead and buy the other 12 aircraft.
At the time of EgyptAir’s order, Iraqi Airways, Saudi Gulf and Gulf Air had also placed orders for the (then) CSeries.
Here’s what Bombardier executives had to say at the time of the firm order in 2017:
“Welcoming EgyptAir to the family of C Series operators is another landmark moment for Bombardier. The aircraft is performing exceptionally well, the industry recognizes the C Series as best in class, and this order from another well-established airline is testament to its tremendous value.” -Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Other A220 operators
airBaltic is one of the most enthusiastic operators of the A220. airBaltic has already transported around 3 million passengers on the A220-300, which is around 30,000 flights. In fact, we interviewed their CEO last month.
Finally, the future airline “Moxy” has an order for 60 of the -300 variant. The airline name will likely change but we’re hoping for some interesting routes from the new airline!
“We can fly across the North Atlantic, down into the Cribbean, and into Brazil”-David Neeleman, Founder of Moxy
We’ve reached out to EgyptAir for an official comment. At the time of writing, we have yet to hear back.