EgyptAir Takes Delivery of First Boeing 777-300 ER

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 10 March 2010

EgyptAir and leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) took delivery Monday of the first Boeing 777-300 ER commercial jetliner to join EgyptAir's fleet.

EgyptAir operates a fleet of five Boeing 777-200 ERs, five 737-500s and 12 737-800s, with another eight 737-800s on order directly from Boeing. The Egyptian flag carrier is leasing the new 777-30 0ER from GECAS and will take an additional five 777-300 ERs on lease through the second quarter of 2011 to continue upgrading its long-haul service.

"The 777-200 ER has always been one of the strongest performers in our fleet for fuel efficiency and reliability. The 777-300 ER's additional improvements in fuel efficiency and seat-mile costs will directly benefit our bottom line," said EgyptAir Airlines Chairman Capt. Alaa Ashour. "The 777-300 ER is an important part of our fleet modernization and growth plans to achieve greater profitability."

EgyptAir's new 777-300 ER has 346 seats including 49 lie-flat beds with a 78-inch seat pitch, plus an in-seat entertainment system throughout the cabin.

 A member of Star Alliance, EgyptAir will operate the 777-300 ERs on routes to London, Tokyo and North America.

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