Published on March 1st, 2023 | by Alan Dwyer0
AerCap Delivers First A321Neo to Egyptair
AerCap has delivered the first of four Airbus A321Neo aircraft to Egyptair, making it the first African operator of the aircraft. The handover ceremony took place at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Hamburg with the aircraft being delivered to the airline’s main base in Cairo on Monday. The delivery follows the eight Airbus A320Neo aircraft that AerCap has already delivered to the airline between February and August 2020. Egyptair will operate the aircraft in a two-class configuration with 16 Business class seats and 166 Economy class seats and will increase the airline’s single-aisle capacity to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. In addition to the Airbus NEO’s, the airline has a fleet of Airbus fleet of 12 A220s, 2 A320ceos, 4 A330-200, and 4 A330-300s. With the addition of the A321neo, Egyptair is demonstrating continuous ambitions to expand its Airbus fleet to meet current and future demand.
The delivery flight from Hamburg to Cairo was powered by 34% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blend. SAF is a sustainably-produced aviation fuel made from feedstocks ranging from used fat, oil, and grease to municipal and forestry waste. Compared to fossil jet fuel, SAF has been demonstrated to result in an up to 80 percent reduction in CO2 emissions across the entire SAF lifecycle. Currently, all Airbus commercial aircraft are capable of flying with an up to 50 percent SAF blend mixed with kerosene and are targeted to be capable for 100 percent SAF use in flight by the end of this decade. Since March 2021, Airbus has successfully accomplished 100 percent SAF test flights on A319neo, A350 and A380 aircraft.