First EgyptAir A220-300 makes maiden flight


The first A220-300 for EgyptAir has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from Airbus’ Mirabel assembly line. The first of 12 aircraft EgyptAir has on order is due to be delivered to the Cairo-based airline in the coming weeks.


The A220 for EgyptAir has a cabin design featuring the widest economy seats of any single-aisle aircraft and panoramic windows, according to Airbus. The aircraft, which is outfitted with a cabin layout of 134 seats, will now enter its final phase of completion before delivery.


Airbus claims the A220’s aerodynamics, materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines offer at least 20% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. With a range of up to 6 300 kilometres, the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.


More than 80 A220 aircraft are flying with five operators on regional and transcontinental routes in Asia, America, Europe and Africa.