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EgyptAir

by Giuseppe TovarDecember 6, 2013

EgyptAir is the state Egyptian airline with its head office in Cairo and home base on the Cairo Airport. It is a member of the Star Alliance, as well as the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Founded in May 1932, it is indeed the seventh flight company ever formed. From the month of August of 1933, it offers commercial flights between Cairo and Alexandria. Two years later, its fleet had twelve aircraft.

During the Second World War, the Egyptian Government requisitioned the airline.

Ten new devices were added to the fleet in 1946, and in 1949, it purchased ten Vickers Vikings before putting a French aircraft, the “Languedoc “, in service a year later.

In 1956, the airline merged with the Syrian Airlines, thus becoming “United Arab Airlines” or “UAA “.

In 1960, UAA is pointed out by being the first airline in the Middle East to use jets(Comet 4-c).  For the launch of its long-haul flights and to meet the needs of international air traffic, the Egyptian airline purchased a Boeing 707 in 1968.

In 1971, it and Syrian Airlines separate the Egyptian airline then resumes its original name, EgyptAir.

Then on July 10, 2008, the airline becomes part of the Star Alliance (the largest airline alliance in the world).  It has been designated best African airline by the AFRAA. The company has declared a record total income of 1.143 billion U.S. dollars for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2007 and in 2006-2007, the airline transported more than 6.5 million passengers.

Today, the airline flies more than 555 weekly flights departing from Cairo and many other Egyptian cities to 69 domestic destinations (Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Assiut, Aswan, Hurghada, Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh) and the following international destinations in Africa: Casablanca, Tunis, Algiers, Tripoli, Banghazi, Asmara, Khartoum, Addis Ababa, Entebbe, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra and Kano. It also serves several Asian cities (Bangkok, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Beijing, Seoul. In Europe it flies to: Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Moscow, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Budapest, Kiev, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Istanbul, Athens and Larnaca. And in North America: New York/JFK, and also Toronto/Pearson.

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  • Izabella
    December 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    TUN-CAI-JNB. It was good value for the money. There was a delay about 15 minutes in JNB. If you are going to fly to JNB, make sure you plastic wrap your check in bags, it’s free and it ensures your luggage. What I like about this airline is that you do not have to spend the night in a hotel, connect the same day. The bathrooms of the aircraft were clean, the food was excellent, although no alcohol was served. The hostesses are very attentive and did everything possible for our comfort. I really didn’t expect 5 star type Emirates but the service was great, better than a lot of other airlines. However, it should improve the onboard entertainment. On the negative side, the bathrooms of the Cairo airport are not very clean, but I will without doubt will fly with Egyptair.

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