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Air Cairo to become Embraer E-Jets operator

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EgyptAir’s subsidiary Air Cairo is about to become a new operator of Embraer’s E-Jets, after it opened recruitment process of the E170 and E190 pilots.

The Egyptian budget airline announced on November 3 that it is hiring captains and first officers with experience on E170 and E190 jets and who have valid licenses in Egypt.

Air Cairo will be new operator of Embraer E-Jets

The airline however, did not disclose what the Embraer aircraft fleet plans are, but an announcement on Facebook anticipated its plans.

Air Cairo is currently in the process of fleet renewal and growth, having inducted its first turboprop in July this year.

Founded in 2003 as a charter flight operator, Air Cairo’s main shareholders are EgyptAir and the country’s banks. Its fleet comprises 15 Airbus A320s, six of which are Neo versions, in addition to three ATR 72-600 turboprops.

Parent company EgyptAir is a former Embraer customer that operated up to twelve E170s between 2007 and 2020. The low-cost company even received one of the 12 E170s that operated on the late EgyptAir Express, via CIAF leasing, but the aircraft apparently did not end up being used.

EgyptAir has since pivoted to A220-300s as its smallest aircraft type.

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