EgyptAir Receives First Airbus A320neo

Yesterday, EgyptAir took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft, which has been taken on lease from AerCap, is the first of 15 Airbus A320neos EgyptAir currently has on order.

EgyptAir aircraft parked on the tarmac at Cairo International Airport outside the Egyptian capital.
EgyptAir has just taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. Photo: Getty Images

With EgyptAir taking delivery of a brand-new Airbus A320neo, it signifies the first of the type to be added to the airline’s fleet. In total, EgyptAir is set to receive a further 14 Airbus A320neos on lease from AerCap as part of a deal that was signed back in 2017.

EgyptAir’s deal with AerCap

It has now been over two years since EgyptAir placed its order with AerCap. This took place at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. The delivery of the new aircraft yesterday makes EgyptAir the first carrier in mainland Africa to operate the Airbus A320neo. In total, AerCap has 325 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft either in its fleet or on order. This makes it the largest lessor of Airbus A320neo Family aircraft in the world.

Egyptair 777, Heathrow, 2 Oct. 2011
EgyptAir has six Boeing 777s in its fleet for long-haul operations. Photo: Phillip Capper via Flickr

Discussing the delivery in a press release published yesterday, AerCap’s Chief Executive Officer, Aengus Kelly, said:

“We wish the EGYPTAIR team every success as they continue on their journey to achieve their sustainable growth ambitions with the addition of the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft.”

Back when the deal was first announced, Kelly praised EgyptAir’s order, saying “These new generation Airbus aircraft will enhance EgyptAir’s fleet for many years to come.”

Where will EgyptAir fly its new Airbus A320neos?

Back in December, EgyptAir schedule-data revealed where the airline plans to utilize its new Airbus A320neos.

As reported by Routes Online, EgyptAir’s new Airbus A320neos will be used exclusively on flights out of its headquarters at Cairo International Airport for the time being. Many of the destinations which will utilize the Airbus A320neo from 1 March are within Europe.

These include five-times-weekly flights to Berlin Schönefeld and five-times-weekly flights to Brussels. Additionally, from 29 March onwards, the schedule-data shows that Egyptair plans to use its Airbus A320neos for five-times-weekly flights to Geneva. Finally, there is also a three-times-weekly service to Paris Charles De Gaulle.

Airbus A320neo
EgyptAir placed its Airbus A320neo order at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. Photo: Don-vip via Wikimedia Commons

EgyptAir’s other AerCap leases

Alongside its incoming order for 15 Airbus a320neos, EgyptAir also has another sizeable lease deal with AerCap. Also announced at the 2017 Dubai Airshow, Egypt’s flag carrier also placed a lease order for six Boeing 787-9s alongside the 15 Airbus A320neos.

Back in November at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, EgyptAir added a further two Boeing 787-9s to its initial order of six. AerCap and EgyptAir appear to share a strong working relationship, with AerCap being EgyptAir’s go-to provider of leased aircraft. Back at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Captain Ahmed Adel, chairman of EgyptAir’s holding company, described AerCap as a “strategic partner that we recognize and hold in high regard.”

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Simple Flying has reached out to EgyptAir with a request for further comment on its plans for its Airbus A320neos over the next few months. The airline has not been available to respond to our request yet, but we will update this article once we receive more information.