EgyptAir has ordered two Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, worth US$529m, as part of its twin-aisle fleet upgrade for its long-haul service.
“The notable fuel efficiency of Boeing’s 777, combined with the airplane’s extensive range and large cargo capacity, is something EgyptAir values highly in this competitive environment,” said Capt. Tawfik Assy, chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company.
EgyptAir’s new business class seating planned for the 777-300ER includes 49 full lie-flat beds with a 78-inch seat pitch. The airline is slated to receive its first 777-300ER on lease in January 2010 with three additional airplanes delivering throughout the year.
On July 11, EgyptAir celebrated its induction as the 21st member of Star Alliance, officially expanding its network to 1,624 weekly flights to 69 destinations around the world. The Cairo Airport Authority plans to open a dedicated Star Alliance terminal later this year, capable of serving 11 million passengers annually.