(28/02/23)  Egyptair, a member of Star Alliance, has taken delivery of its first A321neo from Airbus’ Delivery Centre in Hamburg, making the airline the first African operator of the aircraft.

The aircraft, on lease from AerCap, has a two-class configuration with 16 Business Class seats and 166 Economy Class seats.

Egyptair Airbus A321neo. Click to enlarge.

Egyptair Airbus A321neo

The delivery flight from Hamburg to Cairo was powered by 34 percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blend. SAF is a sustainably-produced aviation fuel made from feedstocks ranging from used fat, oil and grease to municipal and forestry waste. Compared to fossil jet fuel, SAF has been demonstrated to result in an up to 80 percent reduction in CO2 emissions across the entire SAF lifecycle.

The A321neo, powered by CFM engines, joins Egyptair’s Airbus fleet of 12 A220s, 8 A320neos, 2 A320ceos, 4 A330-200s and 4 A330-300. The carrier also operates Boeing 737-800, 777-300 and 787-9 aircraft.

Currently, all Airbus commercial aircraft are capable of flying with an up to 50 percent SAF blend mixed with kerosene and are targeted to be capable for 100 percent SAF use in flight by the end of this decade.

Since March 2021, the French aircraft manufacturer has successfully accomplished 100 percent SAF test flights on A319neo, A350 and A380 aircraft.

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