EgyptAir has converted its previous order for two Boeing 777 aircraft into an order for an additional eight Next-Generation 737-800s.

The 777-300ER airliner can fly up to 7,930nm at a typical cruise speed of M0.84, while the 737-800 can only achieve a speed of M0.78 up to a distance of 3,060nm.

EgyptAir chairman Tawfik Assy said that the airline is pursuing a fleet plan that will allow it to expand its regional markets and offer passengers extensive international routing options.

“We’ve found the 737 performs exceptionally well in maintaining our scheduled flights to and from Cairo and that the 777 is unmatched in efficiency on our long-haul flights to our international destinations,” Assy said.

The airlines will take delivery of an additional five 737s in 2009 and six 777s beginning in 2010.

EgyptAir joined the Star Alliance, a global alliance of airlines in July 2008.