Aircraft News - Africa / Middle East.


Oct 9, 2006

Boeing. EgyptAir

EgyptAir yesterday exercised options for six additional 737-800s for delivery in 2009, bringing its total order for the type to 12 valued at $850 million. It took delivery of its first dash 800, part of the original order for six placed in August 2005, yesterday. That aircraft is the first 737NG dedicated to regular service equipped with Boeing's Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag. The airline's 737NGs also will be outfitted with Heads-Up Display systems. EgyptAir currently operates four 737-500s and five 777-200s. Chairman and CEO Atef Abd El-Hamid said the 737NGs will "maximize our operating efficiency." Oct 3, 2006

Emirates, Boeing, Airbus

Emirates May Top Up Boeing Freighter Order. Dubai-based Emirates said on Sunday it may buy 10 more Boeing freighter aircraft worth about USD$2.8 billion to tap the growing Middle Eastern air cargo traffic market. Emirates secured the right to purchase the 747-8F planes, it said in a statement. Purchase rights do not include agreement on price. Emirates also confirmed an earlier order for 10 similar aircraft worth USD$2.8 billion. "Our order for the 747-8Fs will be essential in helping us service our rapidly growing network of 28 freighter destinations," Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum was quoted as saying in the statement. Middle East air cargo grew 5.8 percent last year by tonnage, said Emirates, which operates nine freighters among its fleet of 98 planes. It also awaiting delivery of eight Boeing 777 freighters among more than 100 aircraft on order worth a total USD$30 billion. Emirates ordered 10 Boeing 747 freighters at the Farnborough Air Show in July. At the time, it said the order was worth USD$3.3 billion. A spokeswoman for Emirates could not explain the discrepancy with Sunday's...

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