Boeing International bid an offer to win a new aircraft supply tender recently posed by EgyptAir to develop its fleet.
Bernard Dunn, president of Boeing for the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, stated that the company presented a competitive offer to EgyptAir to win the new aircraft deal.
Dunn refused to disclose any details regarding his company’s offer, asserting that such information cannot be revealed in the presence of other competitive offers from different international companies.
He told Daily News Egypt that Egypt Air is one of Boeing’s oldest customers and that the two parties have a strong relationship.
EgyptAir has posed an international tender for the purchase or lease of 33 new aircraft (six wide-format aircraft, 15 medium-range aircraft, and 12 small aircraft).
EgyptAir relies on medium-range aircraft, which is suitable for its network in the Middle East and Gulf countries, in addition to the internal network, Dunn said.
He noted that the Gulf airway companies—the largest companies in the world—depend on linking the eastern and western countries, unlike Egypt, which has a large number of aircraft specialized in internal transport.
Dunn noted that the first order made by the Egyptian airline was in 1966, and that Boeing delivered three 707 model aircrafts in 1968. Since then, Egypt ordered 57 aircrafts, 53 of which were delivered to EgyptAir.
EgyptAir is one of Boeing’s most important customers, as most of its fleet is from the company’s production. The EgyptAir fleet currently comprises of a diverse group of single-lane and dual-lane aircraft, including nine 777 model planes and 23 737 model planes. EgyptAir is expected to own a fleet of 29 B737-800NG planes by the end of 2017.