Air Cairo optimises reintroduction of ATR aircraft in Egypt

Egyptian carrier ensures its ATR fleet is maintained to the highest standards with the ATR Global Maintenance Agreement

MRO Europe, London, 19 October 2022 – Egyptian carrier Air Cairo and world’s number one regional aircraft manufacturer ATR, have announced the signature of a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). Through this five-year pay-by-the-hour contract, Air Cairo will benefit from the repair, overhaul and pooling services of Line Replaceable Units for its fleet of six ATR 72-600s currently being delivered. This agreement also includes an on-site stock of spare parts, along with blades availability and maintenance services.

Operating more than 200 weekly flights to 35 international and domestic destinations, Air Cairo offers invaluable connectivity for both local communities and tourists, who can rely on a quick, modern and responsible access to all the beauties of Egypt and opportunities of a connected world.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Hussein Sherif, Chief Executive Officer at Air Cairo, said: “Being profitable in a low-fare environment is a day-to-day challenge, the key of which is not only to have the right aircraft, but also to make the most of them. As we are reintroducing the ATR platform in Egypt after 15 years, we want to ensure we can offer our passengers the most modern, comfortable and reliable experience. Our choice of the aircraft type will assist on the former two points, while the ATR GMA will support our effort to deliver the latter to our passengers.”

“For over 20 years, ATR has been reducing operators’ maintenance costs and increasing time in the air through maintenance and repair,” said David Brigante, Senior Vice-President Customer Support and Services at ATR. “This contributes to making regional air transport even more reliable, accessible and sustainable. We will be offering Air Cairo our expertise to ensure it can make the most of its ATR fleet, as we well know that even the most efficient aircraft is only valuable when it is flying.”

About Air Cairo

Air Cairo is a low-fare Egyptian national airline with a fleet of 26 aircraft (16 delivered, and 10 additional aircraft to be delivered by the end of 2022). Launched in October 2003, Air Cairo has transported more than 20 million passengers, with 200 weekly flights to 35 international and domestic destinations. Air Cairo offers its guests the best value for money through competitive fares, timely flights and superior customer service. For more info: www.aircairo.com.

About ATR

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72, the best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company is to accelerate sustainable connections for people, communities and businesses, no matter how remote. Flown by some 200 airlines in over 100 countries, ATR aircraft opened 150 new routes in 2023, facilitating the development of territories and enabling access to crucial services like healthcare and education. Thanks to ATR’s focus on continuous innovation and the intrinsic efficiency of the turboprop technology, ATR aircraft are the most advanced, versatile, cost-effective and lowest-emission regional aircraft on the market, emitting 45% less CO2 than similar-size regional jets. In January 2022, we flew the first ever commercial aircraft using 100% SAF in both engines. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.