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Wed, 24 July 2019

EgyptAir Takes Delivery of 5th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

EgyptAir has taken delivery of its fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

EgyptAir ordered six 787-9 Dreamliners in 2017 via a long-term lease from Dublin-based AerCap, the world’s largest customer of the 787 aircraft - with a total of 114 owned, managed and on order.

“We are delighted to support EgyptAir’s fleet renewal strategy and to be a part of this important industry-first milestone,” said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap. “The 787 Dreamliner is a perfect choice for EgyptAir, allowing the airline to reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25% while meeting its sustainable growth ambitions, as well as supporting AerCap’s target to transition its fleet to over two-thirds new technology aircraft by 2021.”

EgyptAir Takes Delivery of 5th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Click to enlarge.

For the flight to its home base in Cairo, EgyptAir became the first operator to use a new Boeing program that offers operators the option to use biofuel on delivery flights. Sustainable aviation fuels have been shown to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80% through its lifecycle. The 5,925 nautical-mile (10,973 kms) trip flight from Seattle to Cairo represents the longest 787 delivery flight using sustainable fuel.

“We are committed to the sustainable growth of our airline and supporting commercial aviation’s efforts to protect the environment,” said Ahmed Adel, Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company. “The 787-9 Dreamliner is a great fit for our network and provides our customers with a responsible choice for air travel.”

EgyptAir used a biofuel produced by World Energy at its refinery in Paramount, California. Made from agriculture waste, the fuel is certified for commercial use and can be blended with conventional jet fuel without modifications to the airplanes, engines or fueling infrastructure.

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