EgyptAir is about to begin replacing its seven Airbus A300-600Rs with the first of seven new A330-200s. The Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered twinjets, which were ordered last year as part of a swap deal that saw the airline cancel its order for two A340-600s, will replace the carrier's entire A300 fleet by August 2005. The acquisition comes as EgyptAir undertakes a major fleet simplification programme that is expected to see the disposal of its remaining Boeing widebodies - two 747-300s and five 777-200ERs.

Source: Flight International