Egypt-based carrier Air Cairo, has taken delivery of its first directly purchased aircraft, an Airbus A320, at a ceremony in Cairo. The delivery is the first from a total for four A320 aircraft ordered from Airbus.
Air Cairo plan to operate the aircraft on charter routes between Europe and within the Middle East. The airline is majority owned by Egyptair and Egyptian banks.
The A320's will be configured to seat up to 174 passengers in an all-economy layout. CFM International CFM56-5 engines will power all the aircraft.
"With its passenger appeal and excellent economics, the Airbus A320 is the right size of aircraft for our services," says chairman Kamal Zaki. "We will also benefit from commonality with the other Airbus A320 family aircraft in the Egyptair fleet."
Louis Gallois, Airbus President and CEO and Co-CEO of EADS said "Air Cairo's selection of the A320 mirrors that of other low-cost carriers, which have also chosen it for their low-cost services. We are also pleased to be building on the long-standing partnership that we have with Air Cairo parent company Egyptair."
Widely accepted as the industry standard, the best selling A320 Family comprises the 107 seat A318, 124 seat A319, 150 seat A320 and 185 seat A321. They share the same airframe - only the fuselage lengths are different - plus the same cockpits, systems and engines.
With the most modern design of any single-aisle aircraft, the Airbus A320 Family is best placed to deliver the lowest running costs, making it the most economic aircraft in its class. And with the widest cabin in their class, passengers get more space, comfort and overhead stowage space, making the Airbus A320 Family the preferred aircraft on short-to-medium haul routes.
The Airbus A320 Family is the world's most modern and popular single-aisle airliner product line. It has been ordered by, or is in service with more than 200 customers and operators around the world, and consistently leads in independent passenger and airline surveys. Firm orders for the Airbus A320 Family stand at more than 4,200 aircraft, of which almost 2,600 have been delivered.
Airbus is an EADS company.