Zero-fuel solar plane lands in Cairo in penultimate stop before ending its worldwide trip in the United Arab Emirates.

Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, is seen as it prepares to land at Cairo Airport, Egypt July 13, 2016.
Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, is seen as it prepares to land at Cairo Airport, Egypt July 13, 2016.

Solar Impulse 2 – a plane powered by energy from the sun – landed in Cairo on Wednesday after taking 48 hours and fifty minutes to fly there from Seville in Spain.

Before landing in Cairo, the plane passed through Algerian, Tunisian, Italian and Greek airspace, and also flew over the Giza pyramids.

The sun-powered plane was welcomed by Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy and the United Arab Emirates' Ambassador to Egypt Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi at Cairo International Airport.

Cairo was the penultimate stop as the solar-powered plane prepares for the last leg of the experimental journey..

Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, is seen as it prepares to land at Cairo Airport, Egypt July 13, 2016.
Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, is seen as it prepares to land at Cairo Airport, Egypt July 13, 2016.

The final stop is Abu Dhabi, where the challenge began in March 2015.

The Swiss pilot of the plane posted about the landing on his twitter account:

The aircraft files without fuel, using more than 17,000 solar cells built into its wings as well as rechargeable lithium batteries which allow it to travel during the night.

The plane is as light as a family car but as wide as a passenger jet.

It is able to cruise at 55-100 kilometers per hour (34-62 mph).

Source: TRTWorld and agencies