Ibom Air of Nigeria to add old Air Sinai A220s
30.05.2021 – 23:03 UTC
The fate of two A220-300s once operated by EgyptAir’s specialist subsidiary for Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion flights, Air Sinai (4D, Cairo Int’l), has become clearer after Nigerian media revealed they would operate for Ibom Air (QI, Uyo).
Commercial director George Uriesi told media the two planes would be delivered in the next few days, possibly by the end of May. Photos published by the Nigerian aviation news site FlightDeck showed that the first of the pair, the SU-GFA (msn 55061), was already repainted in the Ibom Air livery.
The Airbus Canada plane remains in Cairo Int’l, according to data from Flightradar24 ADS-B. The photos show that it continues to be registered in Egypt. It is not known whether Ibom Air will take the plane back on dry lease or wet lease from EgyptAir. The Nigerian carrier did not respond to ch-aviation’s request for comment, while EgyptAir said no decision has yet been made.
SU-GFA is a 1.6-year-old aircraft owned by EgyptAir. Until recently, she was crewed to Air Sinai, …
Egyptian company Air Cairo takes delivery of the first A320neo
28.04.2021 – 10:21 UTC
Air Cairo (SM, Cairo Int’l) took delivery of its first A320-200N on April 26, 2021, the first of three it is preparing to add in 2021.
SU-BUK (msn 10152) was transported directly from Hamburg Finkenwerder to Cairo Int’l. The aircraft is owned by ICBC Financial Leasing. According to advanced ch-aviation fleets module, the two other A320-200Ns scheduled for delivery at the end of 2021 will be on dry leasing from GECAS. The aircraft is equipped with 186 seats in an all economy class configuration.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement that the carrier is negotiating three additional A320neos. By 2024, its fleet is expected to grow to nineteen narrow-body Airbus aircraft. Air Cairo is 60% owned by EgyptAir (MS, Cairo Int’l), which in turn is a fully state-owned company.
In addition to the newly delivered A320neo, Air Cairo currently operates seven A320-200s, including four owned and three dry-leased units to ENT1AIRC, DAE Capital and ICBC.