EgyptAir's first Airbus A220 is in the paint shop

Montreal, Quebec - The first Airbus A220-300 of EgyptAir was spotted in the paint shop on July 9 at the manufacturer’s Mirabel facility in Quebec, Canada.

Airbus released a photo of the brand-new aircraft on its Twitter account with the colors of Egypt's flag carrier.

EgyptAir will become launch operator of the Airbus's Canadian-made regional jet in North Africa. The African carrier will also be the sixth airline in the world operating the A220, after Swiss, Air Baltic, Korean Air, Delta Air Lines, and Air Tanzania.

The aircraft will undergo pre-delivery ground tests and make its maiden flight in the coming days.

The airline will reveal the routes that the aircraft will be deployed on after delivery.

In January 2018, EgyptAir signed an order agreement for 12 CS300 jets with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, including purchase rights for further 12 copies of the same type. At that time, the aircraft was being marketed under the CSeries brand of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer. The program was re-branded as A220 after Airbus took over the majority stake of the CSeries program last year in July.

The A220’s unique profitability profile will allow us to open up new opportunities and fits perfectly into our growth strategy, said Safwat Musallam, Chairman and CEO at the time of the announcement.

Our passengers will experience modern and best in class comfort, and we look forward to integrating this innovative and efficient aircraft to our fleet, he added.

EgyptAir has 12 A220s on order with the European aircraft manufacturer. They all are expected to join the North African carrier's fleet by the end of 2020.

The planes will replace 12 Embraer E170 in the fleet of airline's regional subsidiary EgyptAir Express.