Boeing has delivered the fifth 787 Dreamliner for Egyptair via a lease agreement with AerCap and the North African carrier flew the aircraft back to Cairo using sustainable aviation fuel.
Egypt’s national carrier took advantage of a new Boeing program and filled the aircraft with biofuel for the flight home.
The 5,925 nautical-mile (10,973 kms) trip flight from Seattle to Cairo represents the longest 787 delivery flight using sustainable fuel.
“We are committed to the sustainable growth of our airline and supporting commercial aviation’s efforts to protect the environment,” said Ahmed Adel, chairman and chief executive officer of Egyptair Holding Company.
“The 787-9 Dreamliner is a great fit for our network and provides our customers with a responsible choice for air travel.”
The airline ordered six 787-9 Dreamliners in 2017 via long-term lease from Dublin-based lessor AerCap – the world’s largest customer of the 787 aircraft, with 114 owned, managed and on order.
Egyptair became the first operator to use a new Boeing program that offers operators the option to use biofuel on delivery flights. Sustainable aviation fuels have been shown to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 per cent through its lifecycle.
The airline used a biofuel produced by World Energy at its refinery in Paramount, California, the first facility designed to make renewable jet fuel on a commercial scale.
Made from agriculture waste, the fuel is certified for commercial use and can be blended with conventional jet fuel without modifications to the airplanes, engines or fueling infrastructure.