Montreal, Quebec - Egypt's national flag carrier EgyptAir has taken delivery of its first of 12 Airbus A220-300 on order from the Airbus's Mirabel factory near Montreal.
EgyptAir will station its A220-300 at the Cairo International Airport from where it will be deployed on some domestic and regional routes.
The aircraft is configured in a bi-class layout to accommodate 140 passengers in total - 15 in Premium Economy and 125 in Economy Class.
With this delivery, the airline became the launch operator of the Airbus A220-300 in the MENA region, and the sixth operator worldwide
EgyptAir will receive 11 more A220-300 over time as part of its business development and fleet optimization strategy named as Horizon 2025.
EgyptaAir currently operates four Airbus A320, eight Airbus A330, 29 Boeing 737-800, six Boeing 777-300ERs, six Boeing 787-9, and eight Embraer E-170LR.
Besides the A220s, the Middle Eastern operator has 15 Airbus A320neos and one Airbus A330-300 in its order book waiting to be delivered.
In July 2018, Airbus took over the majority stake of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier's CSeries program and renamed it as Airbus A220. Since the program launch in 2012, the aircraft has received more than 500 orders as of the end of August 2019.
The A220 Family has two variants, the A220-300 and the smaller A220-100.With the A220 program, the European aerospace giant aims to dominate the 100 to 150-seat aircraft market that is expected to represent at least 7,000 jets over the next 20 years.