EgyptAir has received a new Boeing 737-800, which has grown its fleet to 80 aircraft. The passenger jet arrived from Seattle on Friday, loaded with a humanitarian cargo sent by the Egyptian-American Scientists and Engineers Association.
“The arrival of our 80th aircraft comes concurrent with EgyptAir’s 80 anniversary in 2012, the matter which confirms that EgyptAir is an important part of the Egyptian modern history, thus, we all care for dedicating all our capabilities for serving the Egyptian society and to participate in the charitable initiatives done by the expatriate Egyptians,” said Capt Hossam Kamal, EgyptAir Holding Chairman and CEO.
Kamal added, “In spite of the hardships that the company faced during the last period, Egyptair could overcome the furious competition and continued its fleet modernization plan in addition to performing its national role in serving the national economy.”
“Egyptair gives due importance to performing social responsibility towards the Egyptian people which comes from the faith that huge economic entities have national duty towards their societies,” said Captain Ayman Nasr, Egyptair Airlines Chairman and CEO. “From this view, Egyptair, for the second time, transported humanitarian aids aboard one of its newest aircraft, which were donated by the USA-based Egyptian-American Scientists and Engineers Association. A part of these donations was delivered on the 79th aircraft received on 11 February, 2012.”
“Egyptair transported this time 5 tons of aid donated by the Egyptians working in Northern West of American and Canada and other multinational companies. The shipment consisted of specialized scientific books sent as courtesy to the Engineering and Medicine faculties in Cairo University in addition to a number of various cloths donated to Resala Charity Association which will receive the shipment for distribution,” he added.
Eng Hatem Ayyad, the president of the Egyptian-American Scientists and Engineers Association, thanked Egyptair and the team work that helped in transporting these shipments.
Ayyad said, “The national company, Egyptair, has always been providing full support to the national efforts.”
Egyptair now has 19 Boeing 737-800s. It ordered 20 737-800 Next Generation aircraft between 2005 and 2009. Since receiving its first Boeing aircraft – a 707 – in 1968, EgyptAir’s fleet has expanded to include eleven Boeing 777s.
In June last year Hussein Massoud, then Chairman and CEO of EgyptAir Holding Company, said that, “Boeing has played a pivotal role in our growth plan. We are extremely satisfied with the Next-Generation 737, which has earned an excellent reputation for reliability and operational efficiency, and has the range that allows us to expand our network further into Africa, Europe and the other medium-haul destinations. Moreover, the 777-300ER is extremely popular with our customers and we see direct benefits due to the airplane’s exceptional fuel efficiency, seat-mile costs and economics, in addition to the luxury and comfort of the interior cabin.”