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• Flag carrier airline of Egypt.
• Based at Cairo International Airport (its hub) and operates scheduled
passenger and freight services to over seventy-five destinations in the Middle
East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
• With an extensive network of domestic services centered on Cairo, it is working
to recover gainful operations after the 2011 revolution.
• Member of Star Alliance; joined on 11 July 2008.
• Its logo is Horus, the sky deity in ancient Egyptian mythology; this logo was
chosen due to its ancient imagery as “winged god of the sun”, and is normally
portrayed as a falcon or a man with a falcon head.
• Egyptair Plus is its frequent flyer program.
Hubs and focus cities
Cairo International Airport
• Focus cities:
Borg El Arab Airport
Hurghada International Airport
Luxor International Airport
Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Corporate Affairs: Ownership and structure
• EgyptAir is a state-owned airline; the Government of Egypt owns 100% of it.
• The EgyptAir Holding Company was founded in 2002 with seven other corporations; two additional corporation were later added.
• There are three carriers which operate under the same AOC, but are run independently with their own profit and loss accounts:
EgyptAir Airlines, the main airline company
EgyptAir Cargo, a dedicated cargo airline (founded in 2002)
EgyptAir Express, the domestic and regional airline (started in June 2007)
• Other corporations within EgyptAir Holding Company are:
EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering, initially an in-house operation, but now also conducts third party commerce; EASA Part 145 and FAA Certified
EgyptAir Ground Services, offering services to more than 75% of the airlines flying to Egypt
EgyptAir In-flight Services
EgyptAir Tourism & Duty Free Shops
EgyptAir Medical Services
EgyptAir Supplementary Industries Company (founded in 2006)
Corporate affairs: Subsidiaries and associates
• EgyptAir has stakes in these companies:
Air Cairo (60%)
Smart Aviation Company (13.33%)
Air Sinai (100%)
Egypt Aero Management Service (50%)
LSG Sky Chefs Catering Egypt (70%)
Civil Aviation Finance and Operating Leases – “CIAF-Leasing” (Ownership % TBD)
• EgyptAir has its headquarters at the EgyptAir Administrative Complex on the property of Cairo International Airport.
• EgyptAir, as of June 2013, serves eighty-one destinations: twelve in
Egypt, nineteen in Africa, twenty in the Middle East, seven in Asia,
twenty-one in Europe, and two in the Americas.
• The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance voted in favor of accepting EgyptAir
as a future member in October 2007; this made EgyptAir the first airline from
an Arab country and the second African airline (after South African Airways) to
join the airline alliance.
• EgyptAir became the twenty-first member of Star Alliance in a ceremony held
at Cairo International Airport on 11 July 2008, nine months after it began the
• Apart from subsidiaries and franchises, EgyptAir, as of December 2013, has
codeshare agreements with these airlines and some fellow Star Alliance
members (marked with *):
South African Airways*
Swiss International Air Lines*
Thai Airways International*
• In June 1995, EgyptAir became the thirty-seventh customer of the Airbus A330/340 when it
ordered three Airbus A340s, scheduled to be delivered in December 1996.
• In late 1996, the first 260-seat aircraft joined the fleet, operating along a -300 version that was
on contract from Gulf Air.
• The airline also acquired three 308-seat Boeing 777-200s for US$400 million in 1995.
• These GE-90 powered aircraft, together with the A340-200s, were ordered to replace the
Airbus A300B4 and Boeing 767-200 fleet.
• The carrier put in a purchase for seven Airbus A330-200 aircraft in June 2003 to replace the
Airbus A300-600R fleet, set for delivery in June 2004, and terminated a purchase for two
• EgyptAir signed a US$150 million deal with Rolls-Royce in June 2003 for the provision of
Trent 700 engines to test these seven A330s.
• EgyptAir’s commercial ties to Boeing began in 1968 when a Boeing 707 was delivered.
• In August 2005, six Boeing 737-800s were purchased; deliveries began in September 2006,
and the delivery span was three years.
• On contract from GECAs, EgyptAir delivered its first 346-seat Boeing 777-300ER in March
• The airframer delivered the airline’s fiftieth Boeing aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, in June 2011.
• In mid-2012, a group of flight attendants started requesting the right to wear hijabs as part of their work uniform.
• The airline granted their request; in November 2012, flight attendants began wearing hijabs.