EgyptAir is set to receive 33 brand-new planes after Boeing International bid an offer to win a new aircraft supply tender set up by the Egyptian company.
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The new additions to the fleet are a range of carriers including: six wide-format aircraft, 15 medium-range aircraft, and 12 small aircraft.
Bernard Dunn, president of Boeing for the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, stated that the company presented a competitive offer to EgyptAir to win the new aircraft deal.
Dunn refused to disclose any details regarding Boeing’s offer, stating that such information cannot be revealed in the presence of other competitive offers from different international companies.
He told Daily News Egypt that EgyptAir is one of Boeing’s oldest customers and that the two parties have a strong relationship.
EgyptAir relies on medium-range aircraft, which is suitable for its network in the Middle East and Gulf countries, in addition to the internal network, Dunn said.
He noted that the Gulf airway companies—the largest companies in the world—depend on linking the eastern and western countries, unlike Egypt, which has a large number of aircraft specialised in internal transport.
Dunn further stated that the first order made by the Egyptian airline was in 1966, where
Boeing delivered three 707 model aircrafts in 1968. Since then, Egypt ordered 57 aircrafts, 53 of which were delivered to EgyptAir.
The EgyptAir fleet currently comprises of a diverse group of single-lane and dual-lane aircraft, including nine 777 model planes and 23 737 model planes. EgyptAir is expected to own a fleet of 29 B737-800NG planes by the end of 2017.