Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- EGYPTAIR has received its first Airbus A330-300 aircraft from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, the French aircraft maker announced Monday.
Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines, the aircraft seats 301 passengers with 265 in Economy Class, and 36 in Business Class.
Joining EGYPTAIRâ?s existing Airbus fleet of 17 A320 family aircraft, seven A33 0-200s and three A340-200s, the new A330-300 will be the first EGYPTAIR aircraft to feature onboard communications technology, enabling p assengers to benefit from in flight mobile phone services and WI-FI internet access.
''This delivery is an important milestone in the history of EGYPTAIR.
We will co ntinue to bring the latest to our customers who deserve this premium and highly c ompetitive product,'' said Eng.
Hussein Massoud, Chairman and CEO of EGYPTAIR Holding Company.
''We are determined on th e ambitious plan for fleet expansion and modernisation.
'' Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing air lines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bri n ging operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.
In the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), Airbus has sold around 1,000 aircraft and has a backlog of over 500.
More than 500 Airbus aircraft are flying with 48 MENA operators, representing ar ound 40% percent of the fleet in service in the region.