July 23, 2019 — Boeing today delivered the fifth 787 Dreamliner for EGYPTAIR via a lease agreement with AerCap. Egypt’s national carrier took advantage of a new Boeing program and filled its new super-efficient airplane with biofuel for the flight home from Seattle, underscoring the airline’s drive to improve the efficiency and sustainability of its operations. Flight from Seattle to Cairo represents the longest 787 delivery flight using sustainable fuel. Delivery flight launches Boeing program that offer operators the option to use sustainable fuel for flight home.
“We are committed to the sustainable growth of our airline and supporting commercial aviation’s efforts to protect the environment,” said Ahmed Adel, chairman and CEO of EGYPTAIR Holding Company. “The 787-9 Dreamliner is a great fit for our network and provides our customers with a responsible choice for air travel.”
EGYPTAIR ordered six 787-9 Dreamliners in 2017 via long-term lease from Dublin-based AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing.
“We are delighted to support EGYPTAIR’s fleet renewal strategy and to be a part of this important industry-first milestone,” said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap. “The 787 Dreamliner is a perfect choice for EGYPTAIR, allowing the airline to reduce fuel use and emissions by up to 25 percent while meeting its sustainable growth ambitions, as well as supporting AerCap’s target to transition its fleet to over two-thirds new technology aircraft by 2021.”
AerCap is the world’s largest customer of the 787 aircraft, with a total of 114 owned, managed and on order.