At the moment the airline is setting up the infrastructure at JFK as well as negotiating the current bilateral agreement between Egypt and the US to accomodate the cargo flight. The route should be launched in May, however the airline will operate a series of ad hoc charters on the route starting on Thursday (20/04/06) catering for an oil industry contract.
As for the 747, it'll be leased from Evergreen International and will most probably be a B747-200.
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Definitely another great move and as I stated in the previous thread, cargo is a real money maker on the JFK route. In fact Egyptian exports to the US have seen a sharp increase last year with the trend expected to continue.
Article on Amcham Egypt's website:
Last year saw a dramatic upswing in the volume of Egyptian exports to the US, said a report issued March 19 by the Egyptian Trade Representation Office in Washington. Egypt exported goods worth $2.1 billion to the US in 2005, up from just $1.3 billion in 2004 – an increase of 57 percent. Egypt’s import volume from the US, meanwhile, rose by 2.7 percent on the year.
In addition to this expansion, Egyptair Cargo are also launching a new weekly AB6F flight to Tripoli/Libya (TIP) on Monday 17/05/06. Last year the airline had launched cargo flights to BEY with AB6F equipment however a sharp drop in demand meant the service was short lived.
Egyptair Cargo's fleet currently consists of 2 A300B4-203Fs (SU-BDG and SU-GAC) and 1 A300-622RF (SU-GAS). A second A300-622RF will arrive in June 2006. The department is also working on a new