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Formed in 2008 and started operations in 2009. International, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
112A Ammar IBN Yasser Street
Heliopolis, Cairo 11361, Egypt
EGYPT (ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT): POPULATION: 72 MILLION. ESTABLISHED IN 1922. EGYPT'S HUGE AND GROWING POPULATION, IS AMONG THE BEST-EDUCATED - AND WORST EMPLOYED - IN THE ARAB WORLD. IN THE LAST 50 YEARS, SINCE NATIONALISTS OUSTED A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, AND THE LAST VESTIGES OF BRITISH CONTROL, EGYPT HAS BEEN DEMOCRATIC, BUT AUTHORITARIAN. COVERS AN AREA OF 1,001,449 SQ KM, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS CAIRO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
June 2009: AlMasria Universal Airlines (ALU) intends to capture traffic in the north of Egypt for Hadj pilgrimages to Mecca, and also aims to begin services from the capital, Cairo.
Although AlMasria (ALU), whose name derives from the Arabic word for Egypt, will have its headquarters in Cairo, it will also focus on the north of the country, operating from Alexandria, Assiut, and Luxor.
Airplane maintenance will be outsourced to EgyptAir (EGP) under a total service agreement, with (EGP) also training AlMasria flight crew (FC) and its technical (MT) team.
(IATA) Code: UJ. (ICAO): LMU.
A320-232 (SU-TCA), ex-Kingfisher Red (DCC), (BOC) Aviation (SIL) leased, is the 1st of 4 A320s.
July 2009: Starts service to Kuwait for the summer season using an A320. Both the Alexandria to Kuwait to Asyut and Alexandria to Kuwait to Luxor routes will be served 2x-weekly.
August 2009: Ceased operations.
November 2011: A321-211 (666, SU-TCC), ex-(EI-ESI), (ILF) leased.
December 2011: AlMasria Universal Airlines (ALU) (also called AlMasria Airlines) operates scheduled services from Egypt to the Middle East. (ALU) became the 1st private Egyptian airline to operates scheduled flights, joining government-owned EgyptAir (EGP).
(ALU) is privately backed by four Egyptian businessmen.
'AlMasria' is derived from the Arabic word for 'Egyptian'.
(IATA) Code: UJ. (IATA) Code: LMU - (Callsign - ALMASRIA).
Maintenance is outsourced completely to EgyptAir (EGP) under a total service agreement, with the airline also training (ALU) flight crew (FC) and its technical team members. Ground-handling will be through (EGP), with passenger services undertaken by Egypt Aviation Services and catering by a new venture between (EGP) and Lufthansa (DLH)'s (LSG) Sky Chefs.
Main Base: Cairo International Airport.
Hub: Alexandria El Nohza International Airport.
Cairo to Buraidah; Tabuk; Ta'if; and Yanbu (Saudi Arabia).
Alexandria to Jeddah and Kuwait.
Assiut to Kuwait.
July 2012: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) was selected by AlMasria Universal Airlines (ALU) to provide component support for 2 A320s and 1 A321.
January 2013: Air France Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) was selected by AlMasria Universal Airlines (ALU) to deal with an airplane on ground (AOG) situation involving (CFM56-5B) engines. The (MRO) provider organized the lease of 2 spare engines for (ALU), the Egyptian carrier and a shop visit for the 2 faulty engines.
October 2014: News Item A-1: Saudia (SVA) is set to commence its 1st scheduled international services out of Gassim later next year. Schedule data shows (SVA) will connect the central Saudi Arabian town with Dubai International with a 6x-weekly service beginning January 1, 2015. Operations are on-board either A320 or E170 equipment.
Though Air Arabia ((IATA) Code: G9, Sharjah) (ABZ), AlMasria Universal Airlines ((IATA) Code: UJ, based at Alexandria El Nohza) (ALU), flydubai ((IATA) Code: FZ, based at Dubai International) (FDB), Nesma Airlines ((IATA) Code: NE, based at Cairo International) (NSM), Nile Air ((IATA) Code: NP, based at Cairo International) (NLA), Qatar Airways ((IATA) Code: QR, based at Doha Hamad International) (QTA), and Turkish Airlines ((IATA) Code: TK, based at Istanbul Atatürk) (THY) all offer international connections to the airport, Saudia (SVA) has kept its services entirely domestic, offering flights to Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah, and Riyadh.
November 2014: AlMasria Universal Airlines (ALU) entered the Egyptian domestic market late last month. The Egyptian airline, previously a specialist in flights to Saudi Arabia, began services from Cairo International to Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh, and Luxor on October 26 using its fleet of 1 A320-200 and 1 A321-200.
The low-cost flights are aimed at stimulating demand for travel to the country's Red Sea and Sinai resorts among the local Egyptian population.
AlMasria Universal Airlines (ALU) currently operates 2 jet airplanes to 2 countries to 11 destinations, on 10 routes and 16x-daily flights.
May 2015: A321-211 (0852, SU-TCG), ex-(EI-FBV), MSN 852 leased.
December 2016: A321-231 (1366, SU-TCD) returned to Sierra Leasing.