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EGP-VISIT PYRAMIDS GIZA
FORMED IN 1932 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1933. FORMERLY UNITED ARAB AIRLINES & MISR AIR. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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.
JULY 1993: 1992 NET PROFIT = +$27.9 MILLION.
RECEIVED 767, 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL.
SEPTEMBER 1993: 2 A300'S "D" CHECK, TOOK 65 DAYS, COST $3.5 Million BY B AE AVIATION.
0CTOBER 1993: 767-200ER (LINE NUMBER L/N 98), 9 YEARS OLD, AT "8C" CHECK, REPORTS OF SEVERE CORROSION.
JULY 1995: 1 A340-312 (CFM56-5C2), (GUL) LEASED FOR NONSTOP SERVICE TO OSAKA, 263 PASSENGERS (PAX), 3 CLASS.
NEGOTIATIONS RE-25 ORDERS TU-204 (RR) AIRPLANES.
NOVEMBER 1995: TO OSAKA (KANSAI) (A340-300, 2/WEEK). TO SINGAPORE, & SYDNEY (A340-300).
SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA), TO DO HEAVY MAINTENANCE ON 747-300 "D" CHECK.
3 ORDERS ($400 MILLION) (1997) 777-200'S, 308 PAX, 3 CLASS, HIGH GROSS WEIGHT, 7,000 NAUTICAL MILES RANGE. 3/2 ORDERS (END OF 1996) A340-200'S (CFM56-5C3), 260 PAX, 3 CLASS.
MARCH 1996: SELECTED (PW4090) FOR 3 777-200'S IGW (MARCH 1997).
APRIL 1996: 5,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 3,600 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
4 ORDERS (JUNE 1997) A321-200'S (V2500), 185 PAX. LEASED AN A300-600 TO KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) FOR THE HADJ. IN RECENT "D" CHECK ON 747-300, BY SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA), ADDED NEW "HORUS" LOGO.
OCTOBER 1996: 2ND 747-300 "D" CHECK & STRUT MODIFICATIONS, AT SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA). 707-300, (SU-APD), HAD EXTENSIVE REPAIRS, HUSHKITTED AND OUTFITTED WITH CARGO HANDLING SYSTEM (LITTLE USED). 2 A300B4-200'S (200; 255) TO AIRBUS FOR CONVERSION TO FREIGHTER, IN JUNE 1997 & OCTOBER 1997.
NOVEMBER 1996: PREPARING FOR (FAA) INSPECTION IN DECEMBER 1996.
SUBMITTED 767-300'S FOR ACCELERATED EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL, IN PREPARATION OF 777'S. (ETOPS) FLIGHTS ON 767-200 HAVE REDUCED BECAUSE OF LACK OF (JT9D-7R4E) ENGINES. FINALIZING +1 767-300 LEASE FROM ANSETT WORLDWIDE (AWW).
DECEMBER 1996: (FAA) INSPECTION.
COMPLETED 737-200 "D" CHECK. ACCELERATED (ETOPS) OK FOR 767-300. 2ND 747-300, (SU-GAM), "D" CHECK & STRUT MODIFICATIONS AT SINGAPORE (SIA). RECEIVED TWO A340-200'S, TO REPLACE A LEASED ONE, FOR OPERATIONS TO JAPAN, SINGAPORE, & AUSTRALIA.
JANUARY 1997: GENERAL S MOUSSA, VP ENGINEERING. ABBAS ISMAIL, DR TALAAT METWALLY, ADVISORS TO VP ENGINEERING DURING NEW 777/747/767 HANGAR CONSTRUCTION. ABDEL KANDIL, SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR DR ABDEL MONEM OSMAN, CORPORATE PLANNING. GENERAL EL MASRY, VP TECHNICAL DIVISION. MOUSTAFA ELGAMAL, GENERAL MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL.
1996 = 5.43 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (#48 HIGHEST OF WORLD AIRLINES).
MARCH 1997: (ICAO) INSPECTION - RESULTS IN EVERYTHING UP TO STANDARD.
APRIL 1997: (FAA) INSPECTION.
"MITER" COMPANY TEAM, TO REVIEW RELIABILITY PROGRAM, & ASSIST WRITING UP-TO-DATE, RELIABILITY & RECORDS PROGRAM, WITH EMPHASIS ON MEETING (ETOPS) REQUIREMENTS.
RE-ACCELERATED (ETOPS), EGYPT REGULATORY AUTHORITY (CAA) TO TRAVEL TO SEATTLE, TO SEE HOW IT WAS APPROVED FOR (ETOPS) "OUT-OF-THE-BOX."
IBRAHIM ABDEL WAHAB HABIB, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & PLANNING. GENERAL EL MASRY, VP ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL SERVICES; MAGED MOUSTAFA ELGAMAL, GENERAL MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL.
14,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,500 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 2,500 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
767-200 FOR HEAVY MAINTENANCE CHECK. 767-200 RETURNED TO (AWW). 2 A300-B4'S SOLD, REPLACED BY A340. 3RD A300 TO LEAVE ON DELIVERY OF 3RD A340, IN MAY 1997. REMAINING A300-B4 CONVERTED TO COMBI, & SOLD.
MAY 1997: MOHAMED FAHIM RAYAN, CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT, VISITS BOEING EVERETT FOR 777-200 IGW DELIVERY.
(FAA) SUSPENDS OPERATING CERTIFICATE FOR 6 MONTHS. MEANS 777 CANNOT FLY TO NEW YORK (JFK), AND LOS ANGELES (LAX).
EGYPTAIR (EGP) SERVES 85 CITIES IN EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, FAR EAST, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, INDIA & NORTH AMERICA.
777 (28423, "NEFERTITI"), 12 FIRST (F), 21 BUSINESS (C), 286 ECONOMY (Y) PASSENGERS (PAX), DELIVERY. A321-231 (V2533) ("RED SEA") DELIVERY OF 4.
JUNE 1997: THE (FAA) GRANTS CATEGORY 1 RATING FOR EGYPTIAN (CAA).
1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (687, "SINAI") AND A340-212 (178) DELIVERIES.
JULY 1997: EGYPT CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (ECAA) GRANTS PROVISIONAL 6 MONTH ACCELERATED 180 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL.
MITER CONSULTANT GROUP HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN INTRODUCING AN EVENT REPORTING & REPETITIVE ITEM, TRACKING RELIABILITY PROGRAM, WHICH WORKS WELL WITH 767/777 (ETOPS).
2 767-266ER'S (23178; 23179) RETURNED TO LESSOR. 2ND 777-200IGW DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1997: 3RD 777-200 IGW. OPERATED TO NEW YORK.
A321-231 (715, "MEDITERRANEAN") DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1997: PLANS TO BUILD $100 MILLION MAINTENANCE FACILITY FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF 1998.
1ST OF 3 767-200'S RETURNED TO UTC FINANCE, TO GO TO SOUTH AFRICAN (SAA). 1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 1997: 4TH A321 DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 1997: LAUNCH CUSTOMER WITH 2/2 ORDERS (2003) A340-600'S, 380 PAX.
DECEMBER 1997: ALI MOUKTAR, GENERAL MANAGER PLANNING & PRODUCTION CONTROL.
ENGINEERING TRAINING ON PORTABLE MAINTENANCE AID (PMA), LAP TOP COMPUTERS, & INSTALLATION OF BOEING ON-LINE DATA (BOLD). VERY ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE RESULTED IN APPROVAL FOR LAPTOPS FOR ALL ENGINEERS, CAPABLE OF HANDLING CD'S, WITH (PMA). (EGP) PAYS 50%, AND INDIVIDUAL ENGINEER PAYS 50%.
LUXOR TERRORIST INCIDENT, WHERE MANY TOURISTS WERE MASSACRED, HAS HAD A DEVASTATING EFFECT ON TOURISM AFFECTING ALL EGYPTIAN OPERATORS. PAX LOADS -80%.
FEBRUARY 1998: "MITRE CO" CONSULTANT, ON SITE, TO REORGANIZE QUALITY ASSURANCE DEPARTMENT AND STANDARDS PROCEDURES MANUAL.
MARCH 1998: CODE SHARE WITH TUNISAIR (TUN), EMIRATES AIRLINE (EAD), AND AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL).
777'S: (28424 "NEFERTARI"); (28425 "QUEEN TIYE").
APRIL 1998: NEW SERVICE TO MOROCCO.
14,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,500 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 2,500 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAY 1998: CO-SPONSOR OF 5 DAY CONFERENCE FOR AVIATION SAFETY, & PREVENTION OF AIR ACCIDENTS FOR REGULATORY AUTHORITIES, AND AIRLINES SERVING THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, EUROPE, AND THE INDIAN OCEAN, ORGANIZED BY INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR CIVIL AVIATION, AND THE (FAA).
INCDT: ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES (ETH) 767-300ER, ON TAKE-OFF AT CAIRO, SLICES OFF 1 METRE OF TAIL OF (EGP) A320, EXITING RUNWAY = NO INJURIES. 767 LOST 1 METRE OF RIGHT WING TIP.
JUNE 1998: PURCHASES +2% OF SHOROUK AIRLINES (SHO) FOR TOTAL 51%, KUWAIT AIRLINES (KUW) OWNS 49%.
1ST A300B4 CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER, ENTERS SERVICE FROM FRANKFURT, WITH A MAXIMUM CARGO LOAD.
JULY 1998: MAHER AZZER, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING.
2 A321'S LEASED TO ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM). ALSO, 1 747-300 FOR 2 WEEKS. 2ND A300-B4, CARGO CONVERTED AIRPLANE, RETURNED.
SEPTEMBER 1998: 747-300 & A321'S LEASED TO ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM), RETURNED.
OCTOBER 1998: PLANS SERVICE TO DJIBOUTI (VIA ADEN), HARARE (VIA LUSAKA), KISHASA (VIA N'DJAMENA), MAURITIUS & SWAZILAND (VIA JOHANNESBURG).
JANUARY 1999: TO GAZA, PALESTINE (737-500).
MARCH 1999: MRS ISAAD MANDOUR, VP COMMERCIAL IS THE FIRST WOMAN IN (EGP) TO HOLD SUCH A HIGH POSITION.
RECEIVES 3 OFFERS FOR 3 737-200'S ON SALE.
APRIL 1999: 14,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,500 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 2,500 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
3 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2003) A318'S, 107 PAX, 2,000 NM RANGE.
MAY 1999: FAHIM RAYAN, CHAIRMAN MET WITH MOHAMMED OBSEM, CHAIRMAN OF LIBYAN ARAB (LAA) FOR LIFTING OF THE UNITED NATIONS (UN) SACTIONS AGAINST LIBYA & NEW AIR SERVICE TO LIBYA.
JUNE 1999: TO BELARUS, (CIS).
1998 = 4.99 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC (-10.9%), 677.5 MILLION (FTM) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-3.9%).
JULY 1999: TO LISBON. NONSTOP TO OSAKA, JAPAN (777).
AUGUST 1999: AS PART OF A318 ORDER, (EGP) IS SELLING ITS 737-200'S TO (P&W) AND AIRBUS (EDS). 1ST 737-200 SOLD TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMBIA.
SEPTEMBER 1999: IN OCTOBER 1999 TO BOLOGNA.
OCTOBER 1999: 3 737-2N7'S (21195; 21226; 21227) SOLD TO P&W (PWC).
ACCDT: (EGP) 767-300ER (282-24542, /89) CRASHES AFTER TAKEOFF FROM NEW YORK (JFK) = ALL 217 FATALITIES. LATER REPORTS ATTRIBUTED THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH AS THE "DELIBERATE INTENT" BY ONE OF THE PILOTS (FC) TO CRASH THE AIRPLANE.
NOVEMBER 1999: TAKES 25% OF AIR CAIRO (ACZ) AND LEASES 2 TU-204-120'S FOR DOMESTIC ROUTES.
DECEMBER 1999: TO TORONTO.
2 ORDERS (JANUARY 2001) 777-200ER'S. 1 A300B4 & 1 A340 LEASED FOR UPCOMING WINTER TOURIST SEASON.
FEBRUARY 2000: FORMS NEW ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, NAMED "TEXTILE ENGINEERING," FOR AIRPLANE INTERIORS.
ALL 737-200'S SOLD.
MARCH 2000: PLANS FOR NEW ROUTES TO MAURITIUS, CONGO, CHAD, & DJIBOUTI.
POSSIBILITY OF PROVIDING 4 737-500'S TO CHARTER OPERATOR, AIR CAIRO (ACZ) ((EGP) OWNS 40%) AND LATER DELIVERED A318. +2 ORDERS A318'S (/03). +2 ORDERS 777-200'S & TRADE IN REMAINING 767'S.
APRIL 2000: 19,082 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 617 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,854 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 3,324 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 2000: 1 TU-204, AIR CAIRO (ACZ) WET-LEASED.
JULY 2000: OPENING NEW HANGAR FOR "D" CHECKS IN 3RD QUARTER.
CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN) TO MONTREAL (777-200 IGW). RESUMES ROUTE TO TRIPOLI (2/WEEK), & ADDS BENGHAZI.
1999 = 9.07 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC; 62.55 LF LOAD FACTOR; 268.9 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC ; 4.62 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX); 20,067 EMPLOYEES.
1999 TOP WORLD AIRLINES:
EMPLOYEES (K): 21 MAS 22.8; 22 IND 22; 23 TWA 21; 24 EGP 20.1; 25 JAL 19; 26 ALI 18.8.
A300-600 (SU-GAV) "D" CHECK AT LUFTHANSA (DLH).
SEPTEMBER 2000: IN JANUARY 2001, TO NEW YORK (JFK) - MONTREAL (777, 2/WEEK).
OCTOBER 2000: OPENING OF HANGAR 8000 FOR "D" CHECK MAINTENANCE.
1ST FLIGHT IN 10 YEARS TO BAGHDAD.
DECEMBER 2000: NETWORK INCLUDES 12 DOMESTIC, AND 72 INTERNATIONAL ROUTES.
JANUARY 2001: 2 A300B4-622R'S (PW4158) (601; 616) SOLD TO ROYAL JORDANIAN (RJA). 737-566 (25084) HEAVY MAINTENANCE, AT (AMECO) (BEJ).
FEBRUARY 2001: TO MARSEILLES (A320, 2/WEEK).
LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 7 ORDERS A330-200'S/-500'S TO REPLACE 7 A300-600'S. COMPLETES 1ST "D" CHECK ON 737-500 (PT563) AND 1 A300-600. PLANS 334 SPECIAL FLIGHTS TO CARRY >28,000 EGYPTIAN PILGRIMS TO JEDDAH, DURING HADJ.
APRIL 2001: 18,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 617 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,854 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 3,324 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
ABBAS ISMAIL, SAFETY & QUALITY CONTROL DIVISION ADVISOR, RETURNED FROM LUXOR AIR (LXR).
JUNE 2001: ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE TECHNICAL DIVISION HAS 3,506 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT) EMPLOYEES. 2 HANGARS WITH 3 WIDE BODY BAYS, AND 4 NARROW BODY BAYS. 10,548 SQ M FACILITIES. "B," "C," & "D" CHECKS FOR 707-320'S; 737-200'S; 737-500'S; 747-300'S; 767-300'S; 777-200'S; A320'S; A321'S; A300B4'S; A300-600'S; & A340-200'S.
PLANS TO ORDER +2 777'S AND 7 A330'S, TO REPLACE A300B4-600R'S IN 2003.
JULY 2001: 1 767-366 "8C+S8C" CONTRACT TO (AMECO) (BEJ). 1 737-266 (21195, SU-AYL) WET-LEASED TO BALI AIR (BRQ).
AUGUST 2001: 767-366ER (24541) RETURNED TO BOEING (TBC).
SEPTEMBER 2001: INCDT: (EGP) A300 CRASH LANDED IN KANO, NORTHERN NIGERIA WHEN TRYING TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING = NO INJURIES OF 250 (FC)/(PAX).
OCTOBER 2001: 2 777-266ER'S (PW4090) (32629, SU-GBX; 32630, SU-GBY), DELIVERIES.
DECEMBER 2001: NEW ROUTE TO KUALA LUMPUR VIA BEIRUT, AND ON TO CITIES IN AUSTRALIA.
POSTPONES ORDERS FOR A330'S, & A340-600'S, INDEFINITELY.
JANUARY 2002: 2-YEAR CONTRACT TO LUFTHANSA (DLH) CONSULTING TO ASSIST (EGP) TO DEVELOP A FOUNDATION FOR A SEPARATE TECHNICAL MAINTENANCE DIVISION.
CODE SHARE WITH MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES (MEA) TO BEIRUT - KUALA LUMPUR.
2001 TOP 50 WORLD AIRLINES - PASSENGER TRAFFIC (BILLION) (RPM):
1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.
DELAYS DELIVERY SCHEDULE FOR A318'S.
FEBRUARY 2002: OPERATED 316 FLIGHTS TO RETURN 80,000 PILGRIMS FROM MECCA AS PART OF THE HADJ.
MARCH 2002: COMPLETES "D" CHECK ON 737-500 (SU-GBK).
APRIL 2002: 21,000 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: CAIRO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CAI).
MAY 2002: ACCDT: (EGP) 737-500 (25307, /91, SU-GBI) CRASHED ON LANDING AT TUNIS IN SAND STORM = 14 FATALITIES OF 8 (FC) - (CA)/54 PASSENGERS.
JUNE 2002: CAPTAIN ABDEL FATTAH KAU, CHAIRMAN, EGYPTAIR HOLDING COMPANY. GENERAL MOHAMED FAHIM RAYAN, CHAIRMAN, EGYPTAIR AIRLINES COMPANY RESIGNED, & REPLACED BY CAPTAIN AHMED AL-NADI, A VETERAN PILOT. GENERAL ATEF ABDEL HAMID MOUSTAFA APPOINTED CHAIRMAN, MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING COMPANY.
July 2002: EgyptAir (EGP) wound up the operations of an existing charter subsidiary, Shorouk Air (SHO), owned jointly with Kuwaiti interests.
August 2002: $500 million expansion of Cairo International Airport.
November 2002: Captain Hassan Mesharafa, Chairman, EgyptAir Flight Services.
To Taba, Sinai (737-500).
8 orders (March 2003) A320-231's, involving trade-in of 7 A300B4-622R's. 6 ATR 42-500's, 3 ex-Tarom (TRM) wet-leased, & 3 ex-Air Littoral 6 month wet-leased, & 2 Dash 8, 1 month wet-leased, for shuttle service between Cairo and Dharm El Sheik, Hurghada, and Luxor. Possible sale of 2 747-300's to (PRW) (PWC).
December 2002: Switches its 5 orders A318's to 5 orders A320's.
January 2003: Cairo - Beijing (A340, 2/week). Cairo - Tokyo (nonstop). Cairo - Kuala Lumpur, in association with Malaysian (MAS) (2/week).
February 2003: 2 ATR 42-512's (PW127E) (596, YR-ATE; 605, YR-ATG) TAROM (TRM) wet-leased.
March 2003: 21,400 employees.
May 2003: Selects Rockwell Collins for avionics and in-flight entertainment equipment for 5 new A320-200's to be delivered in 2003.
2 A300B4-622R's (557, SU-GAR; 561, SU-GAS), sold to, and leased back from Airbus (AFIS).
June 2003: 14,000 employees. SITA: CAIGCMS.
(Telephone: +20 (2) 390 2444).
September 2003: 2002 = 9.65 Billion (RPK) traffic (+1.6%); -.4% (ASK) capacity; 63.4% LF load factor (+1.3); 5 Million passengers (PAX) (+2.1%); 253 Million (FTK) freight traffic (+4.5%); 16,700 employees.
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
65 (JBL) 11.01; 66 (AIJ) 11.00; 67 (PIA) 10.78; 68 (RYR) 10.20; 69 (EGP) 9.65; 70 (ARG) 9.61; 71 (EZY) 9.21; 72 (HWI) 9.04; 73 (ARE) 9.03; 74 (CQT) 8.99; 75 (SPP) 8.98; 76 (SHY) 8.75; 77 (ARL) 8.69; 78 (PRH) 8.67; 79 (XIN) 8.61.
October 2003: 4 A320-232's (2070, SU-GBZ; 2073, SU-GCA; 2079, SU-GCB, 2088) deliveries.
November 2003: A320-232 (2088) delivery.
March 2004: Code share with Austrian (AUL), Cairo to Vienna, including connections to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.
Aigle Azur (AZU) received most (a total of 1,460/year) of the Paris Orly (ORY) slots previously held by defunct Air Littoral, worth 2 flights/day. (COHOR) also distributed former Air Littoral slots to Air Nostrum (104), Egyptair (EGP) (104), Montenegro Airlines (MNO) (936), Pulkovo Airlines (STG) (624), Sky Europe (SKP) (624), Turkish (THY) (434), and Tunisair (TUN).
April 2004: A321-231 (725, SU-GBW) wet-leased to Air Cairo (AOX).
May 2004: Egyptair (EGP) Cargo, Cairo - Hahn (A300B4-200F, weekly).
707-366C (JT3D-7) (834-20341, SU-APD) sold to Tristar Air (TZZ).
June 2004: Cairo - Gothenburg (A321, weekly).
1st of 7 A330-243 (Trent 700) (600, SU-GCE), 24C, 244Y, delivery.
July 2004: 2003 = 8.79 Billion (RPK) traffic (-8.9%); 60.6% LF load factor; 4.69 Million passengers (PAX) (-6.2%); 238.89 Million (FTK) freight traffic (-4.1%).
A330-243 (610, SU-GCF) delivery.
August 2004: Alliance with Gulf Air (GUL), including code sharing on flights from Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Cairo and Alexandria, and later between Cairo, Bahrain, and Sydney. Will also operate joint services to tourist destinations in Egypt, including Sharm-el-Sheik and Hurghada.
December 2004: (IATA) Code: MS - 077.
(ICAO) Code: MSR (Callsign - EGYPTAIR).
April 2005: A320-231 (322, SU-GCL) delivery.
June 2005: $850 Million, 6/6 orders (2006-09) 737-800's, 159 passengers, for routes to European cities and to the Middle East.
A300B4-622RF (561, SU-GAS) re-delivered to Egyptair Cargo after conversion to freighter. A330-243 (666, SU-GCG) delivery.
July 2005: A300B4-622R (579) sold to FedEx (FED).
August 2005: A330-243 (683, SU-GCH), delivery.
September 2005: Finalizes contract for 6/6 orders (2006-09) 737-800's. 2 747-366's (24161; 24162) sold to (JT) Power, California, USA including 4 spare (JT9D) engines. A300B5-622R (581, SU-GAW) sold to FedEx (FED).
October 2005: A330-243 (696, SU-GCI) delivery.
December 2005: Boeing announced that EgyptAir (EGP) ordered Class 3 electronic flight bags (EFB) for 6 737-800s for installation in July.
A300B4-622R (572, N725FD) sold to FedEx (FED), to Dresden for conversion to freighter. A330-243 (709, SU-GCJ), delivery.
January 2006: EgyptAir (EGP) extended its cargo handling contract with Menzies Aviation at London Heathrow (LHR) Airport by +2 years, through the end of 2008. (EGP) currently operates 11x-weekly from (LHR) to Cairo aboard 777s, A330s and A340s. It also operates a weekly A300-B4F service with 40 tonnes of cargo capacity for perishable cargo from Stansted to Cairo. Menzies also handles Egyptair Cargo at a number of UK regional airports and provides UK trucking services for (EGP).
February 2006: The Egyptian government announced its intention to sell 20% of EgyptAir (EGP) to the public after an ongoing commercial study is finalized. According to the Arab Air Carrier Organization, the government will maintain 80% control of (EGP). Also, the government announced that (EGP)'s fleet will increase from 32 to 52 airplanes next year. It has ordered 12 737-800s with deliveries starting this year.
A330-243 (726, SU-GCK), delivery.
March 2006: 6 Arab carriers signed an agreement in late January to form Arabesk Group, a consortium "designed to help members realize better commercial potential," according to Arab Air Carriers Organization Secretary General Abdul Wahab Teffaha. Initial members are EgyptAir (EGP), Gulf Air (GUL), Middle East Airlines (MEA), Royal Jordanian (RJA), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), and Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM). The group said Tunisair (TUN) likely will join soon. Formation of the entity was discussed last summer. "The cooperation is already yielding benefits for the individual carriers and is demonstrating that this is a good path for the future, as well as providing value-added service to travelers through better market coverage," Teffaha said. The airlines will cooperate on scheduling, operate code share flights and have special prorate agreements during the summer schedule period. Sabre Airlines Solutions consulted on the formation of Arabesk.
(EGP) signed an agreement with Amadeus to implement its Altea Customer Management Solution to handle inventory management, multi-channel sales and reservations, e-ticket management and distribution and departure control.
6 shipset orders of Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) blended winglets to be installed as Buyer Furnished Equipment (BFE) on new deliveries of 737-800's.
June 2006: EgyptAir (EGP) will inaugurate nonstop service from Cairo to Madinah (Saudi Arabia) on June 14th. (EGP) will operate 2x-weekly on Wednesdays & Thursdays, using an A320.
(SITA) embarked on a $7 million project to overhaul security on the land and air sides at all 7 of Egypt's airports. The security systems and procedures will meet (ICAO) standard, covering Cairo, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Hurgada, Luxor, Aswan, Borg Al-Arab and Abu Simbel, which together welcome over >20 million passengers each year.
(SITA) will be designing and implement a video over internet protocol closed-circuit television system, integrated with a security access control system, at each airport. The security system will be integrated with the fire alarm system, the baggage x-ray machines, as well as with the (SITA) Airport Operational Data Base.
The 7 airports will be linked to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in Cairo, where a crisis management room and Security Operation Room will receive alarms from the different locations and will be able to monitor any selected camera at any airport. The communication between the Ministry and the airports will be through a video conferencing facility provided by (SITA).
(SITA) also will be providing in agreement with an (ICAO) security manager, a consultancy service that will review and update the security rules at each airport and build business rules for the equipment provided based on the latest (ICAO) recommendations.
(EGP) is looking for ways to increase its capital by +20% by year end to finance fleet expansion. According to the Arab Air Carriers Organization, the airline intends to add another 12 airplanes by 2016, a mix of short- and long-haul types. It ordered 6 737-800s plus 6 options in 2005 and plans to take delivery of all 12 by 2010, increasing its fleet to 52 airplanes.
July 2006: Goodrich (BFG) signed a 10-year agreement with EgyptAir (EGP) to provide total aftermarket support covering nacelles and thrust reversers for A320 family airplanes. Goodrich (BFG) said the 17-airplane contract is expected to generate up to $40 million in revenue over the next 10 years. It will provide a fixed-cost, flight-hour-based support program offering 7/24/365 original equipment parts and repair support. The agreement includes extended product warranties and on-site service.
September 2006: EgyptAir (EGP) parent EgyptAir Holding placed firm orders valued at >$160 million for 6ix Embraer E170s with options for +6 more and plans to launch a Regional subsidiary to operate the airplanes.
1st delivery is slated for April 2007, with the E170s - (see photo), comprising the fleet of the new EgyptAir Express, described by its Chairman Mohamed Hassan, as "a high-profile domestic and Regional airline."
No other details on the subsidiary, scheduled to launch in the 2007 2nd quarter, were released. The E170s will seat 76Y in a single-class layout.
Embraer Executive VP Airline Market Frederico Fleury Curado said EgyptAir (EGP) conducted a "rigorous technical and operational evaluation" before selecting the E170 to launch the subsidiary.
737-866 (35558, SU-GCM), delivery.
October 2006: EgyptAir (EGP) exercised options for 6 additional 737-800s for delivery in 2009, bringing its total order for the type to 12 valued at $850 million. It just took delivery of its 1st 737-800, part of the original order for 6 placed in August 2005. That airplane is the 1st 737NG dedicated to regular service equipped with Boeing's Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). (EGP)'s 737NGs also will be outfitted with Heads-Up Display systems. (EGP) currently operates 4 737-500s and 5 777-200s. Chairman & (CEO) Atef Abd El-Hamid said the 737NGs will "maximize our operating efficiency."
November 2006: Amadeus said EgyptAir (EGP) migrated its complete reservation, inventory and departure control systems to the Altea Customer Management System.
Lufthansa (DLH) Systems will implement the Sirax revenue accounting system at EgyptAir (EGP) over the next 9 months.
737-866 (35559, SU-GCN), delivery.
January 2007: EgyptAir (EGP) now issues e-tickets on all its domestic routes and can do so to some international destinations as well. According to the Arab Air Carriers Organization, remaining international routes should be e-ticket enabled by the end of March. Interline capabilities should be in place by the end of this month.
April 2007: EgyptAir (EGP) took delivery of the 1st 2 of 12 737-800s. It will take the remainder by the end of 2009.
May 2007: (TAP) Portugal and EgyptAir (EGP) will code share on EgyptAir (EGP)'s 2x-weekly Cairo - Lisbon service starting June 2 aboard A320s.
EgyptAir (EGP) Express took delivery of its 1st E170. The new EgyptAir (EGP) subsidiary ordered 6 E170s in September plus 6 options and plans to use the regional jets in single-class configuration with 76 seats primarily for domestic services.
E170 (00167, SU-GCT), delivery.
June 2007: Lufthansa (DLH) and EgyptAir (EGP) announced a code share agreement that they said will be part of a close cooperation between the 2 and that will boost rumors that the African carrier is being courted by the Star Alliance (SAL). A source close to the tie-up confirmed that there have been discussions about (EGP)'s potential membership.
Code sharing will start with the introduction of the winter schedule and will be introduced on Frankfurt (FRA) - Cairo (CAI), (FRA) - Alexandria, and Munich (MUC) - (CAI) flights. Cooperation on flights to "tourism centers" in Egypt and North Africa, as well as (DLH) services throughout Europe and to North America, is planned. (DLH) is the largest European carrier in Egypt, and currently operates 14 weekly (FRA) - (CAI) services, and 3x-weekly (FRA) - Alexandria flights. EgyptAir (EGP) operates daily flights from (CAI) to (FRA) and (MUC), and 2x-weekly services to Berlin Schoenefeld and Dusseldorf. Chairman Abd El Hamid said the agreement is "part of our corporate strategy aimed at forging partnerships with leading airlines in targeted markets."
(EGP) subsidiary "EgyptAir Express" launched regional services from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada using 3 E170s. The new regional carrier plans to expand its network to Luxor, Borg El Arab and Marsa Matrouh beginning next month. 3 additional E170s are expected to arrive by September, and Express is looking at moving into regional markets such as Jeddah, Amman and Beirut.
2 E170s (00169, SU-GCU; 00170, SU-GCV), deliveries.
July 2007: Egyptair (EGP) is in talks to join the Star Alliance (SAL) and is expected to be revealed as a new member in mid-October.
(EGP) has upgraded its computer systems, which form a cornerstone of alliance co-operation, and has signed code shares with (SAL) members bmi (BMA), Lufthansa (DLH), and (TAP) Portugal. Bmi (BMA) (CEO) Nigel Turner said at a recent briefing: "(EGP), we know, is hopefully joining the Star Alliance (SAL) in the very near future and that will be a great addition." (SAL) subsequently announced plans to hold a press conference in Cairo in mid-October to announce a "membership development". If (EGP) is accepted into the (SAL) alliance as expected, full integration normally takes between a year and 18 months. (EGP) would be (SAL)'s 1st member from an Arab country and the 2nd in Africa after South African Airways (SAA).
E170 (00175, SU-GCW), delivery.
August 2007: EgyptAir (EGP) signed a contract for 5 firm A330-200s +3 options, Airbus (EDS) announced. (EGP) said the purchase will allow it "to continue its impressive route network growth." No engine choice or delivery schedule were announced.
E170 (00178, SU-GCX), delivery, ex-(PT-SMV).
September 2007: 737-866 (35561, SU-GCO) and E170 (0185, SU-GCY), deliveries.
October 2007: Officials from the Star Alliance (SAL) and EgyptAir (EGP) were in Cairo to announce that the world's largest airline grouping is expanding yet again, this time to North Africa, and to tout the progress of Cairo International Airport (CAI)'s new Terminal 3, which will host Star (SAL) alliance carriers when it opens next year. EgyptAir (EGP), which operates 48 airplanes to 60 destinations in 44 countries, will become Star (SAL)'s 21st member, when it joins "within the next 18 months." Air China (BEJ), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), and Turkish Airlines (THY) also are preparing to join.
Star (SAL) (CEO) Jaan Albrecht said, "Egypt is one of the most important aviation markets in Africa, with a large potential for both business and leisure travel," while (EGP) Chairman & (CEO) Atef Abdel Hamid said the country has "a strategic location, which offers a good link between Africa, the Middle East and Europe to the rest of the world." (EGP) will add 9 new airports to the Star (SAL) network.
(CAI) is making a significant investment in its effort to become a key link in the (SAL) alliance's operation. The airport has been cooperating with Fraport (FRA) on construction of the new terminal since 2005. The $393 million facility will host EgyptAir (EGP) and other Star (SAL) carriers that use the airport, currently comprising Austrian Airlines (AUL), bmi (BMA), Lufthansa (DLH), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), and (THY). T3 will offer 54 airplane stands and 22 gates, some of which will be connected by airbridges. It will have a capacity of 11 million passengers annually and will accommodate the A380. (CAI) COO, Dirk Schusdziara said that "80% of all flights from T3 will be operated by Star Alliance (SAL) carriers" when it goes operational in the 2008 third quarter. "All working processes are running excellently and on time," he said. In addition, a third runway costing $80 million and measuring 4,000 m, is under construction and should be ready in 2009. A new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower also is planned. "We see no capacity problems at all for (CAI) in the future," Schusdziara said, adding that the airport's strategy will be to serve as a regional hub for flights of 4 hours. (CAI) handled 10.7 million passengers in 2006, and estimates it will handle >12 million this year. Airplane movements should rise by +10% from 600,000 in 2006.
The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) expressed its disapproval of the European Unions (EU)'s intent to include aviation in its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and called upon the Arab states to support "the stance against any individual measures, in order to avoid economical imbalance that the global air transport industry ensures without leading to any additional environmental benefit."
In a resolution adopted last week at its annual general meeting in Damascus, the (AACO) also offered its support to efforts by (IATA) (ITA) and the Arab Civil Aviation Commission to keep legislative measures relating to the environment within the (ICAO) framework.
"Yes, this resolution is clearly directed towards the (EU)'s plan to include aviation in its (ETS) and against each unilateral measure in this global industry," (AACO) Secretary General, Abdul Wahab Teffaha confirmed. "Since the environment topic is truly a global issue, there is no point in having individual measures, even if they were of a noble nature," he added, stressing Arab carriers' "excellent" environmental record. He noted that the age of the region's fleet averages <8 years, and is "by far the youngest fleet in the world." Moreover, he said, Arab airlines operate point-to-point flights, where there is no practical alternative to air transport.
(AACO) agreed to set up a monitoring system to audit airlines' environmental performance. Teffaha said, "This is a self-monitoring, self-disciplining system, with the aim to find and to implement ways to reduce the effect on the environment. We will now get in touch with (IATA) (ITA) and will soon organize workshops to raise awareness amongst the member airlines and set up training programs to prepare the monitors or environmental experts. We are the 1st in the world to set up such an initiative and invite the world airlines to take similar steps through (IATA) (ITA)."
The (AACO) elected a new executive committee, that in turn selected EgyptAir (EGP) Holding Co Chairman Atef Abdelhamid as Chairman for the next 3 years. It also elected TunisAir (TUN) Chairman & President Nabil Chettaoui as (AACO) President for 2008.
November 2007: EgyptAir (EGP) and Lufthansa (DLH) launched their first code share flights, introduced on EgyptAir (EGP)'s daily services from Cairo to Frankfurt and Munich, and (DLH)'s from Frankfurt to Cairo (2x-daily), and Alexandria (3x-weekly). Commercial cooperation between the carriers is planned to cover additional domestic and international destinations.
Bmi (BMA) launched a reciprocal code share agreement with (EGP) on flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Cairo, effectively doubling the number of weekly nonstop services available to 14. The agreement follows on from the launch by bmi (BMA) on November 4 of a daily (LHR) - Cairo service, and the formal invitation of (EGP) into the Star Alliance (SAL).
EgyptAir (EGP) Cargo will join "Cargo 2000," bringing to 24 the number of international carriers taking part in the program.
737-866 (35560, SU-GCP), delivery.
December 2007: EgyptAir (EGP) signed a long-term contract with (GECAS) (GEF) for the lease of 6 777-300ERs. The 1st airplane is scheduled for delivery in February 2010, and will be used on nonstop routes from Cairo to New York (JFK) and Tokyo Narita. A stop in Bangkok will be eliminated on the latter route, but the city will continue to be connected to Cairo with a separate flight. "The 777-300s will supplement our current fleet of 5 777-200s," Chairman & (CEO) Sherif Saad Eldin Galal said. "We are also evaluating whether to add A330-300s to our fleet, and are currently holding talks with Airbus (EDS)," Galal revealed. It is not clear if the current fleet of 3 A340-300s will be phased out. The total fleet should grow from the current 48 airplanes to 75 in 5 years.
Galal also said that the decision to join Star Alliance (SAL) has had an immediate positive effect on passenger figures. (EGP) is expecting 7.5 to 8 million passengers in the current fiscal year, up from 6.5 million in the prior year.
(EGP) announced that it will establish a hub in Vienna (VIE) for traffic between Egypt and Northern Europe, starting with the 2008 summer schedule. It will close its flights to Scandinavia, and feed the market via (VIE) with code share partner Austrian Airlines (AUL). EgyptAir (EGP) flights between Vienna and Cairo will be increased from 5x-weekly to 7x-.
The Egyptian government reportedly has cancelled a plan to sell a 20% stake in EgyptAir (EGP). The daily Al-Ahram, citing Civil Aviation Minister, Ahmed Shafiq, said the government changed course after the airline confirmed a profit of +$91.3 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, a +17% improvement over the prior year.
January 2008: EgyptAir (EGP) will undertake an enormous effort in an attempt to join the Star Alliance (SAL) this year, giving the grouping a boost as it attempts to counter the influence of Emirates (EAD) in that part of the world. "We are trying very hard to be a member by the 4th quarter of 2008," Chairman & (CEO) Sherif Saad Eldin Galal said. One of the biggest projects remaining is an upgrade of EgyptAir (EGP)'s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. (EGP) already has linked its loyalty program with Lufthansa (DLH)'s. "Carriers like bmi (BMA), Swiss (CSR), and Singapore Airlines (SIA) should follow by the end of January, and all the other members by the end of June," General Manager Marketing, Salah Hashem said.
With this fall's opening of Cairo's new Terminal 3, a dedicated Star (SAL) Alliance facility, (EGP) transfer business should increase from 10% of its passengers to 20% in the 1st year of operation, and 40% within 3 years. Cairo's position as a Middle East hub is designed to strengthen Star (SAL) against expanding carriers throughout the region like Emirates (EAD) and Qatar Airways (QTA). "They don't have the right mass of a market like Egypt has," Galal said of the larger Middle Eastern and Gulf carriers. "And in fact, they don't want to join an alliance, which leaves them with just 20% of the world passenger market." He did admit that (EGP) has lost some business to Emirates (EAD) and other regional rivals, "but I believe, together with Star (SAL), we will beat them."
Hashem said (EGP) is looking at opening 4 new African destinations by summer 2009, to give Star Alliance (SAL) partners "more variety" and will add frequencies on many Middle East routes. The 1st of 6 ordered 777-300ERs will be delivered in February 2010. It also will add +11 new A330s. Flights to Beijing and Guangzhou will be operated nonstop, rather than via Bangkok, and it is considering serving Shanghai and a 2nd USA destination (after New York (JFK)) such as Chicago O'Hare or Washington Dulles.
VP Commercial Sherif El Maghloub said that expansion will be successful only if Cairo is better recognized as a hub. (EGP) "has a problem with our publicity," he admitted, and it will ramp up its marketing effort this year. It carried 6.5 million passengers in 2007, up +16% year-over-year, and expects a +10% increase in 2008.
February 2008: EgyptAir (EGP) is evaluating a follow-up order for several A320 family airplanes, after the last of its 12 737-800NGs are delivered in 2009. (EGP) also plans to phase out its 3 A340-200s when 6 ordered 777-300ERs arrive starting in February 2010. "Our oldest A320s should also leave the fleet. But we are in talks with Airbus (EDS) to renovate 7 younger A320s with new cabin interiors," Chairman & (CEO) Sherif Saad Eldin Galal said.
EgyptAir (EGP) converted 6 Embraer E170 options into firm orders. The airplanes are worth $189 million at list prices and will begin delivery in 2009. They will be configured with 76 seats and fly for EgyptAir Express. The carrier ordered 6 E170s plus the 6 options in September 2006.
Beijing Capital International Airport's new $3 billion-plus Terminal 3 opened as Shandong Airlines (SHG) (flight SC1151 arrived from Jinan at 8:39 am. UK architect, Norman Foster claimed it is the largest covered structure ever built - - 3.25 km long and 1.3 million sq m of floor space. Construction began in March 2004. The airport said the three-concourse facility welcomed Shandong (SHG), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Qantas (QAN), Qatar Airways (QTA), British Airways (BAB), and El Al (ELA). A 2nd move is scheduled for March 26 when Air China (BEJ), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), (SAS), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Air Canada (ACN), United Airlines (UAL), (ANA), Thai Airways (TII), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Finnair (FIN), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), Japan Airlines (JAL), Dragonair (DRG), Turkish Airlines (THY), Emirates (EAD), Air Macau (MCU), S7 Airlines (SBR), and EgyptAir (EGP) will transfer to the new building. "Reuters" reported that airport capacity will be boosted to 76 million per year from the 52 million it served in 2007. The baggage system can handle 19,800 pieces per hour, it said.
March 2008: EgyptAir (EGP) as the Egyptian flag carrier, operates scheduled jet airplane services to >50 destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and the USA. A domestic network links 8 points, including all major tourist attractions.
Employees = 20,734.
(IATA) Code: MS - 077. (ICAO) Code: MSR (Callsign - EGYPTAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Egyptian government (100%).
Owns: Air Cairo (AOX) (40%); & Air Sinai (ANF) (100%).
Alliances: Austrian Airlines (AUL); Gulf Air (GUL); Malaysia Airlines (MAS); Olympic Airlines (OLY); Royal Air Maroc (RAM); Swiss (CSR); Thai Airways (TII); (THY) Turkish Airlines; & TunisAir (TUN).
Main Base: Cairo International Airport (CAI).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Simbel; Alexandria; Assiut; Aswan; Cairo; Hurghada; Luxor; & Sharm el Sheikh.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Accra; Addis Ababa; Al Ain; Aleppo; Algiers; Amman; Amsterdam; Asmara; Athens; Bahrain; Bangkok; Barcelona; Beijing; Beirut; Benghazi; Berlin; Brussels; Budapest; Casablanca; Damascus; Dammam; Doha; Dubai; Dusseldorf; Entebbe/Kampala; Frankfurt; Geneva; Istanbul; Jeddah; Johannesburg; Kano; Khartoum; Kuwait; Lagos; Larnaca; London; Madrid; Milan; Moscow; Mumbai; Munich; Muscat; Nairobi; New York; Osaka; Paris; Riyadh; Rome; Sana'a; Sharjah; Tokyo; Tripoli; Tunis; & Vienna.
EgyptAir (EGP) will transfer its Paris operation from Orly to Charles de Gaulle on March 30.
EgyptAir (EGP) selected the Rolls Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) to power up to 8 A330s, scheduled to begin delivery in 2011. Along with the TotalCare services agreement, the contract is worth approximately $500 million at list prices. (EGP) currently operates 7 (Trent 700)-powered A330s. In addition, (RRC) will establish a jointly owned management services company in Cairo providing the carrier with workshop support, data management, and technical and logistics services.
April 2008: EgyptAir (EGP) Chairman Atef Abdel Hamid said (EGP)'s effort to meet the requirements for Star Alliance (SAL) membership is nearing conclusion and it expects to be ready for a Cairo joining ceremony scheduled for July. "We still have some challenges to meet the last standards of a Star Alliance (SAL) member," Hamid said in Istanbul. He said training of certain staff and some minor adaptations to its Information Technology (IT) infrastructure are still on the docket, but will be completed on schedule. Other changes are in store as well, including a new brand and livery. "We are in the process to present our new brand very soon on one of our airplanes. No later than May, we will show our new colors," he said, adding that the brand will reflect the "spirit of Egypt" and (EGP)'s effort to make Cairo the principal gateway to Africa and points in the Middle East. "We have to work hard. All this is not a matter of money. This is necessary to present the world a new quality carrier," Hamid said.
(EGP) is in the process of renewing a portion of its narrow body fleet. 7 older A320s, 4 A321s, and 5 737-500s will be replaced. "Which type we buy, depends on the deal from the manufacturers," he said. In partnership with Rolls-Royce (RRC) and Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK), (EGP) also will endeavor to make Cairo a site for more 3rd-party Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) work, "thanks to our lower costs within EgyptAir (EGP) Technic compared to Europe, and our experienced staff," Hamid said. 3 weeks ago, construction started on a new engine shop that will be managed under a joint venture with Rolls (RRC).
June 2008: Amadeus reached 10-year agreements with 12 Arab Air Carriers Org-affiliated airlines for distribution activities in their home markets. 6 members, who have partnered with Amadeus for the past 7 years, will be joined by another 6, when their current distribution agreements expire at year end. Accounting for 66% of the reservations made by travel agencies in the (MENA) region, the 12 airlines are Air Algerie (ALG), Afriqiyah Airways (AQY), EgyptAir (EGP), Etihad Airways (EHD), Kuwait Airways (KUW), Libyan Airlines (LAA), Qatar Airways (QTA), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), Sudan Airways (SUD), Syrian Arab Airlines (SYR), Tunisair (TUN), and Yemen Airways (YEM).
July 2008: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems signed a contract with EgyptAir (EGP) for implementation of its SchedConnect code share management solution. Scheduled to be introduced in a few weeks, the technology is expected to help fulfill Star Alliance (SAL) membership requirements. Features include schedule synchronization and code share integration.
EgyptAir (EGP) became Star Alliance (SAL)'s 21st member in a ceremony in Cairo. (EGP) said it fulfilled all minimum requirements to become a Star (SAL) member in <9 months. It hopes to benefit from feed provided by Star (SAL) members to bring further traffic to Cairo and Star (SAL) hopes to be able to extend its presence in Africa via its newest member.
EgyptAir (EGP) serves 14 destinations in Africa, and soon will add Dar Es Salaam, Abidjan, and Conakry to its network. A new terminal, capable of handling 11 million passengers annually will open in Cairo in November and be used exclusively by Star (SAL) member carriers.
EgyptAir (EGP) has expanded its fleet from 32 airplanes in 2003 to 50 today and plans to operate up to 75 by 2011. 3 new 737-800s will be added this year, with another 5 of the type slated to arrive in early 2009. It will double its E170 fleet to 12 next year as well. 8 777-300ERs will be delivered between 2010 and 2012. It expects to carry 7.8 million passengers this year, and hopes to grow the figure to 11 million by 2011.
Star Alliance (SAL) (CEO) Jaan Albrecht said that Star (SAL) is committed to increasing its presence in Africa and better coordinating the continent's fragmented network. "Now we have a dual gateway with (EGP) and [South African Airways (SAA)] in Cairo and Johannesburg. There are 305 airports and a population of 900 million people, but just 16,000 weekly flights are offered within Africa," he said. "The economic and business climate of Africa is getting the world's attention. The Star Alliance (SAL) is well positioned to serve the business interests of the continent by having EgyptAir (EGP) in the north, South African Airways (SAA) in the south, and 9 other member airlines flying to Africa," Albrecht said. (EGP) and (SAA) are Africa's largest carriers in terms of capacity, fleet and passengers, followed by Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Kenya Airways (KEN), and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH). Star holds a 22% market share in Africa, followed by SkyTeam (STM)'s 17% (with (KEN)) and Oneworld (ONW) with just 7%.
Star (SAL) is evaluating the possibility that (EGP) and (SAA) might cooperate to create transfer points in Central Africa to boost intra-continental travel. The alliance also is reshuffling its schedule in Cairo to create more efficient flight connections and will benefit when the airport's new dedicated Terminal 3 opens this fall with the capacity to serve 11 million passengers per year.
The 11 Star (SAL) members currently serving Africa fly to 78 destinations in 36 countries. Albrecht denied that the alliance is discussing membership with Ethiopian (ETH), which is working on bilateral agreements with alliance members like Lufthansa (DLH).
(EGP)'s fleet of 50 airplanes is scheduled to increase to 75 by 2013. It carried >6.8 million passengers in the 10 months ended April 30, up +20% year-over-year.
August 2008: Worldwide Flight Services won a contract from EgyptAir (EGP) to provide passenger and cargo handling services at Paris Charles de Gaulle.
EgyptAir (EGP) took delivery of 737-866 (35563, SU-GCS). This airplane is the 1st (EGP) 737 to be painted in the Star Alliance (SAL) livery.
SEE ATTACHED NEW LIVERY - - "EGP-A321-2008-08."
EgyptAir (EGP) has ordered 2 777-300ERs. The airplanes are worth $529 million at list prices and will feature (EGP)'s new business class (C) layout, which includes 49 lie-flat seats with 78-inches pitch. (EGP) is scheduled to take the 1st of 6 777-300ERs on lease from (GECAS) (GEF) in January 2010.
December 2008: United Airlines (UAL) and EgyptAir (EGP) signed a code share agreement under which (UAL) will place its code on (EGP)'s London Heathrow (LHR) - Cairo flights. (EGP) will place its code on (UAL) flights from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) and from (LHR) to (LAX), (SFO), Chicago O'Hare and Washington Dulles.
E170-100LR (0266, SU-GDF) delivery for Egyptair Express operations, ex-(PT-SJU) - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "EGP-E170-2008-12."
January 2009: E170-100LR (0269, SU-GDG) delivery, ex-(PT-SJZ).
February 2009: 737-866 (35568, SU-GCZ), delivery.
March 2009: 737-866 (35562, SU-GCR), delivery. 2 E170-100LRs (0274, SU-GDH; 0276, SU-GDI), deliveries.
May 2009: EgyptAir (EGP) plans to launch 2x-weekly Cairo - Abuja flights June 1 using 737-800s.
(EGP) said it will offer OnAir's in-flight Internet service on its A330-300s. It offered no further details, but press reports indicated that installation will take 18 months and begin in August 2010.
June 2009: EgyptAir (EGP) completed its move to the new Terminal 3 at Cairo International, joining 6 other Star Alliance (SAL) carriers as part of the group's "move under one roof" initiative. "T3 brings high connectivity for us and our partners," (CEO) Tawfik Assy said. "Our membership in the (SAL) changed our image and we are getting a lot of positive response. Nevertheless, the biggest challenge for (EGP) is to improve the level of our service," he added, citing ground handling as one area that needs to get to a higher standard.
Assy said that having a defined role within the (SAL) has helped. "We are the carrier to the Middle East and Africa. Now we have been in the (SAL) for one year and (EGP) has +40% more travelers to our African destinations," he said. It serves 15 continental airports, with Lusaka and Douala set to come online soon. The number could grow to up to 25. He said (EGP) will look to increase its code share relationships with its (SAL) partners.
The Aviation Capital Group and Egyptian Civil Aviation Finance Holding formally established Civil Aviation Finance and Operating Leases (CIAF-Leasing) at the Paris Air Show. The new lessor will concentrate primarily on new and younger narrow body airplanes to be operated by customers in North Africa and the Middle East, (CIAF) Holding Chairman & (CEO) Medhat Hassanein confirmed. He said he is targeting a portfolio of about 50 narrow bodies within 5 years, with some of the airplanes placed with EgyptAir (EGP). Operations are expected to begin in the 2009 4th quarter. He pointed out that Cairo is "already well established as an aviation center for airline, airport, maintenance and related operations" and that "airplane leasing is the next step in this progression." The Middle East and North Africa region currently represents about 4% of (CGP)'s portfolio.
(CGP) will hold 10% in the new joint venture and will serve as manager of (CIAF)-Leasing under a 5-year agreement with renewal options. Its services will include general management and control of day-to-day business operations. Capitalization was undisclosed but is "substantial," the parties told a press conference at Le Bourget. The Egyptian shareholders include (CIAF) and the Civil Aviation Support and Development Fund, an entity founded to support and develop Egyptian civil aviation activities. (CIAF) is an Egyptian corporation founded last November to serve as the financial arm of the country's civil aviation sector.
E170 (00284, SU-GDK), delivery.
August 2009: The Star Alliance (SAL) said EgyptAir (EGP), South African Airways (SAA), and (TAP) Portugal are the 1st members to use the (SAL)'s newly developed Common Information Technology (IT) Mobile Platform. The mobile services are being rolled out in stages and currently include flight schedules, real-time departures and arrivals and lounge information among other features. More interactive services such as frequent-flyer program status, on line check-in and seat selection and mobile boarding passes with 2D barcodes will be made available in the coming weeks, the (SAL) said.
It has said its growth strategy is based on expanding services in Africa and allowing passengers to connect to long-haul routes available via its membership in the Star Alliance (SAL). "We are pursuing a fleet plan that allows us to expand our regional markets and offer those passengers extensive international routing options," Chairman, Tawfik Assy said. (EGP) joined the Star Alliance (SAL) in July 2008.
EgyptAir (EGP) selected the Rockwell Collins Multiscan Hazard Detection System, TTR-2100 Traffic Avoidance System and a full communications, navigation and surveillance suite including the GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver for 5 A330s plus 3 options scheduled for delivery from August 2010 through 2012.
(EGP) reached agreement with the USA Export-Import Bank to help finance the purchase of 5 737-800s and guarantee a loan from JP Morgan Chase. (EGP) will take delivery of the 1st airplane in Seattle.
(EGP) converted a previous order for 2 777s into an order for an additional 8 737-800s. (EGP) has 7 737-800s in operation and is slated to take delivery of an additional 5 this year. It has 5 777s in its fleet and is scheduled to receive 6 777-300ERs beginning next year.
737-866 (35565, SU-GDA), delivery.
September 2009: EgyptAir (EGP) announced that its General Manager Network Planning, Alaa Ashour has been named Chairman & (CEO) of the airline (EGP), and Vice Chairman, Hussein Massoud has been named Chairman & (CEO) of EgyptAir Holding Company.
3 737-866s (35564, SU-GDC; 35567, SU-GDB; 35569, SU-GDE), deliveries.
October 2009: EgyptAir Holding Company Chairman & (CEO) Hussein Massoud said that (EGP) has not been affected by the industry downturn as deeply as others and that it expects another profit in fiscal year 2009 to 2010. (EGP)'s net earnings in the fiscal year ended June 30 were down -8% from the prior year, but Massoud said the carrier "expects more improvement" during the 1st half of 2010. It expects to carry around 8 million passengers in 2009 to 2010, up some +14%. The biggest threat is expected to come from Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s, which he said "are targeting our 80 million people in Egypt more and more, especially in Cairo." (EGP) does not plan to launch its own (LCC). Instead, it is sticking to its long-term strategy and even has asked airplane manufacturers to deliver ordered airplanes earlier. It is scheduled to take delivery of its 12th 737-800 and has arranged to take the first of its eight A330-300s in August 2010 instead of August 2011, the (CEO) said.
(EGP) expects to add 4 to 5 new African destinations each year as it looks to leverage its new membership in the Star Alliance (SAL). The long-haul connections offered by the group and (EGP)'s potential to be the (SAL)'s preferred African carrier led it to convert 2 777-300ER orders into 8 737-800s. (EGP) still has 6 777-300ERs on order. Its 1st 777-300ER should arrive in March, and this airplane eventually will replace 5 777-200s.
Massoud said three new West African destinations are expected to come online in 2010. Cairo International's Terminal 3 is the planet's only dedicated (SAL) terminal, and he said (EGP) needs to do more to get the word out. "It is working as a hub for Africa, the Middle East and Europe very well. But we have to do more advertising for Cairo as a hub," he said.
INCDT: (EGP) said an economy class (Y) passenger "tried to hijack" a flight headed from Istanbul Ataturk to Cairo "using a knife from an in-flight meal." (EGP) said onboard security "detained him in a very short time" and the airplane landed safely in Cairo, where the Sudanese passenger was remanded to authorities.
The current fleet plan is scheduled to be complete in 2014. "In 2003, we had 32 airplanes. Now we have 62 and by 2014 we will have 72, including replacing older airplanes," he said. (EGP) also plans to lease an additional A300-600F and phase out 2 A300B4Fs in the near future. By 2019, Massoud hopes to be flying the A380. "The day we feel we can operate the A380, we will start," he said.
737-866 (35566, SU-GDD), delivery.
November 2009: (DVB)'s Aviation Asset Management unit said it will remarket 3 EgyptAir (EGP) 777-200ERs that were manufactured in 1997.
SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINE BUSINESS" ARTICLE - - "EGP-NEWS-2009-11-A/B."
January 2010: Rockwell Collins said EgyptAir (EGP) selected a suite of avionics for 8 737NGs including dual MultiScan Hazard Detection System configuration, Head-up Guidance System, (TCAS) and Multi-Mode Receiver. The airplanes are scheduled for delivery in September 2010 through August 2012.
February 2010: EgyptAir (EGP) is considering the reorganization of its Cairo International airport (CAI) flight schedule into multiple banks from the present two starting with the 2010 to 2011 winter schedule, (EGP) Chairman & (CEO) Alaa Ashour said in Cairo, as (EGP) attempts to increase transfer traffic.
The move would be an important part of its strategy to leverage its Star (SAL) Alliance membership and build Cairo as an international hub. It hopes to increase transfer traffic to +30% to +40% of its (CAI) throughput from the current 15%-20%.
"We'll start assessing the final and 3rd phase of our network optimization in March," Ashour said. "2 banks are just not enough to develop a real hub network." The 2nd phase of (EGP)'s restructuring was finalized last summer when it transferred all domestic and international flights to (CAI)'s new Terminal 3. "This allowed us to reduce connecting times from 90 minutes to 60 minutes," he said.
Ashour also revealed that (EGP) is considering changes to its operation at Alexandria (ALY), from which it operates to (CAI) and 6 Middle East destinations with 2 A320s. EgyptAir Express operates to +7 domestic destinations. "We'll strengthen the base in a 'smart' way," he said, conceding that "maybe" a switch to a low-cost model is on the agenda. "We'll decide upon routes, airplanes, configuration and approach for our Alexandria-based operations," he said, noting that all Middle East Low Cost Carrier (LCC)s fly into Egypt's 2nd most populous city through either (ALY) or Borg El Arab (HBE), which is undergoing a major expansion and is scheduled to replace outdated (ALY) as the city's principal airport in the coming months.
Sama (SMA) and Nas Air (NAZ) serve (HBE) from Jeddah and Riyadh; Flydubai (FDB) from Dubai; Jazeera Airways (JZI) from Kuwait City and Air Arabia (ABZ) from Sharjah. (ABZ) poses an additional threat as it intends to establish Air Arabia Egypt this year through a joint venture with Egyptian travel and hospitality conglomerate, the Travco Group. Although the new carrier's base is unconfirmed, (EGP) anticipates it will be at Alexandria, as the law makes (CAI) somewhat inaccessible to (LCC)s. Air Arabia Egypt also is expected to serve Luxor, Hurghada, and Sharm El Sheikh.
March 2010: EgyptAir (EGP) took delivery of the 1st of 6 777-36NERs (38284, SU-GDL) - - SEE PHOTO - - "EGP-777-36NER 2010-02" on lease from (GECAS) (GEF). The remaining 5 are due before the 2nd half of 2011. The 777-36NER seats 346 and features 49 lie-flat beds.
April 2010: 777-36NER (38285, SU-GDM), delivery.
May 2010: EgyptAir (EGP) will launch 3x-weekly flights between Cairo and Copenhagen October 1 aboard a 737-800 in 2-class configuration.
(EGP) will begin operating its evening nonstop service from Dubai to Cairo with its new 777-300ER starting on June 18.
June 2010: EgyptAir (EGP) as the Egyptian flag carrier operates scheduled jet airplane services to >60 destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and the USA. A domestic network links 8 points, including all major tourist attractions. The cargo network also serves over 10 destinations in 9 countries.
Employees = 25,754.
(IATA) Code: MS - 077. (ICAO) Code: MSR (Callsign - EGYPTAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: EgyptAir Holding (100%).
Owns: Air Cairo (AOX) (60%); & Air Sinai (ANF) (100%).
Alliances: Aerosvit Airlines (UKA); Asiana Airlines (AAR); Austrian Airlines (AUL); bmi (BMA); Gulf Air (GUL); Korean Airlines (KAL); Lufthansa (DLH); Malaysia Airlines (MAS); Olympic Airlines (OLY); Royal Air Maroc (RAM); Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA); Singapore Airlines (SIA); South African Airways (SAA); Swiss International Airlines (CSR); Syrian Air (SYR); (TAP) Portugal; Thai Airways International (TII); Tunisair (TUN); (THY) Turkish Airlines; United Airlines (UAL); & Yemenia (YEM).
Main Base: Cairo International Airport (CAI).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Simbel; Alexandria; Assiut; Aswan; Cairo; Hurghada; Luxor; & Sharm el Sheikh.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Accra; Addis Ababa; Al Ain; Aleppo; Algiers; Amman; Amsterdam; Asmara; Athens; Bahrain; Bangkok; Barcelona; Beijing; Beirut; Benghazi; Berlin; Brussels; Budapest; Casablanca; Damascus; Dammam; Doha; Dubai; Dusseldorf; Entebbe/Kampala; Frankfurt; Geneva; Istanbul; Jeddah; Johannesburg; Kano; Khartoum; Kuwait; Lagos; Larnaca; London; Madrid; Milan; Moscow; Mumbai; Munich; Muscat; Nairobi; New York; Osaka; Paris; Riyadh; Rome; Sana'a; Sharjah; Tokyo; Tripoli; Tunis; & Vienna.
July 2010: EgyptAir (EGP) said it is making good progress with implementation of its strategy of network expansion and product enhancement and is on course to take delivery of its 1st new A330-300 next month and a further 2 777-300s in November and December as scheduled.
Passenger feedback on its 1st 2 777-300s, which arrived earlier this year and feature a new cabin including (EGP)’s 1st fully flat seats in business class (C), is “extremely positive,” Chairman & (CEO) Hussein Massoud said. (EGP) will deploy the new airplanes on its daily, Cairo (CAI) - New York (JFK) flights starting in December. (EGP) will commence 3x-weekly, (CAI) - Copenhagen service October 1 aboard a 737-800, and next summer it will add Toronto as its 2nd North American destination, Massoud revealed.
(EGP) will launch mobile and Internet services on board its new A330-300 fleet. Passengers will be able to use the Wi-Fi service throughout their flight to make calls through their mobile phones with the same international call rates of their service providers, according to (EGP). The new A330-300 will be configured with 36 fully flat seats in business class and 265 seats in economy.
Massoud also said that (EGP) is contemplating launching a hybrid carrier at Alexandria, which in recent months has seen an influx of Low Cost Carrier (LCC)s. He refrained from releasing further details and stressed the “plan has not yet been adopted” but said that if (EGP) proceeds, the hybrid will launch under a different brand because “EgyptAir (EGP) is not in the business of (LCC)s and is a full-service carrier.”
(EGP) is evaluating several options, including potentially basing airplanes together with Star Alliance (SAL) partner, South African Airways (SAA). A possible new airline or joint airplane base could be ready for operation as early as next year, Massoud said. He believes it is possible for (EGP) to open 1 or 2 new destinations in Africa every year. (EGP) currently serves 16 destinations in Africa (excluding Egypt) and will add Lusaka this fall.
Massoud confirmed that the (EGP) fleet is expected to grow from 66 to 72 airplanes by the end of 2013 or early 2014. (EGP) is already planning its future fleet through 2020. “Early next year, it will be clear" which type of airplane it will purchase for its future fleet, he said, declining to give details on how many airplanes will comprise a new order.
Egyptair (EGP) will switch airplanes on Cairo - New York (JFK) flights from a 777-200ER to a 777-300ER on January 1.
August 2010: Egyptair (EGP) launched 2x-weekly, Cairo - Juba service aboard a 737. (TAP) Portugal broadened its code share agreement with EgyptAir (EGP), adding its TP code on (EGP)-operated flights to Luxor and Sharm el Sheik from Rome and Milan Malpensa.
(EGP) will commence 2x-weekly, Alexandria – Khartoum service aboard an A320 in October.
(EGP) has received its 1st A330-300 airplane. Powered by Rolls Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines, the airplane seats 301 passengers with 265Y in Economy Class, and 36C in Business Class. The A330-300 joins (EGP)’s existing Airbus (EDS) fleet of 17 A320 family airplanes, 7 A330-200s, and 3 A340-200s.
Chairman & (CEO) Hussein Massoud said the A330-300 will operate it on daily, Cairo - London Heathrow flights. The business-class (C) seats are almost fully flat and feature 15.4-inch. In-flight Entertainment (IFE) screens. Economy (Y) includes seat-back (IFE) screens and an electrical plug at every seat. The airplane will also be equipped for Wi-Fi Internet access.
EgyptAir (EGP) said its corporate jet airplane charter subsidiary, Smart Aviation Company has formed a commercial airline unit that will be launched with two Dash 8-Q400 NextGen airplanes recently ordered. Bombardier (BMB) said the order's value is $62 million based on list prices but could rise to $158 million if (EGP) exercises 3 Dash 8-Q400 options.
Smart Aviation Chairman & Managing Director, Wael El-Maadawy said, "Middle East tourism and business travel are growing steadily and we want to be in a position to meet this growth with efficient, reliable, economical and passenger-friendly airplanes."
A330-343E (1143, SU-GDS), ex-(F-WWKQ) delivery.
September 2010: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems was selected by EgyptAir (EGP) to deploy its Lido/Flight solution. (EGP) will also use the Traffic Flow Restrictions add-on, which (DLH) Systems said will achieve "additional fuel savings by taking the highly complex issue of temporarily restricted airways into account." The Information Technology (IT) provider estimates the flight planning solution can lead to as much as -5% in fuel savings for (EGP).
737-866 (40757, SU-GDX), delivery, ex-(N1786B).
October 2010: Egypt and Iran agreed to resume direct flights between their capitals, 3 decades after the 2 nations severed diplomatic relations, an "AFP" correspondent said.
November 2010: Egyptair (EGP) will launch 4x-weekly, Cairo - Lusaka service on January 16.
Rolls-Royce (RRC) received a $350 million order from EgyptAir (EGP) to perform extended TotalCare long-term services for 12 A330s, Arabian Aerospace reported. (EGP) operates eight A330s, with 4 due to be delivered in 2010 and 2011.
(EGP) took delivery of its 15th 737-800. It will take delivery of +5 more of the type by the end 2012.
December 2010: (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines and Egyptair (EGP) reached a code share agreement on routes to Brussels, Gothenburg, Oslo, and Stockholm Arlanda, under which (EGP) will place its code on (SAS) flights from Copenhagen connecting to Cairo, effective December 15.
(ANA) and EgyptAir (EGP) reached a code share agreement under which (ANA) will place its (NH) code on (EGP)'s 6x-weekly, Cairo - Tokyo Narita service and 4x-weekly, Cairo - Osaka Kansai service on December 20. (EGP) will place its code on (ANA) service between Kansai and Sapporo/Haneda/Fukuoka and on flights between Narita and Osaka Itami.
737-866 (40760, S-GEA) and 777-36NER (38289, SU-GDO), deliveries.
January 2011: The situation at Cairo airport (CAI) was described as chaotic as thousands of stranded people waited for information about flights out of the city in the face of continuing civil unrest and rioting in Cairo against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.
EgyptAir (EGP) said it operated 28 international and domestic flights through 1:45 pm local time but that it had cancelled all flights scheduled to depart between 3 pm and 8 am local time until further notice, an action assumed to have been taken in response to the government-imposed curfew. The airline advised international customers "that it is not accepting transit passengers via (CAI) until further notice [including] transit passengers to domestic destinations in Egypt."
Some airlines were deploying extra flights to Cairo to bring stranded passengers home. Flights continued to operate normally into other destinations in the country, such as Sharm El Sheikh, however.
Egyptair (EGP), hoping to replicate a bit of what Emirates (EAD) and Turkish Airlines (THY) are accomplishing, will start flying new 777-300ERs to Toronto this summer. Closer to home, (EGP) is also reportedly interested in Baghdad service, in addition to confirmed plans for flights to Lusaka in Zambia later this month.
EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering (EGP) (M&E) Chairman, Abdel Aziz Fadel confirmed that the service facility is targeting the European wide body Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) market as it seeks to boost its third-party services. Fadel claimed (EGP) (M&E) can save carriers “up to 50%” by “reducing ground time” as it offers “high international quality standards.” He spoke in Cairo airport (CAI) on the sidelines of a signing ceremony with Alitalia (ALI) in which (EGP) (M&E) was contracted to perform "C" maintenance checks on (ALI)’s 777-200ER airplanes and maintain its A330-200 airplanes. (ALI) (COO) Giancarlo Schisano said (ALI) may also increase its cooperation for other airplane types “like our Embraer ERJs.”
The signing ceremony was held against the backdrop of the completion of the 1st C-check on an (ALI) 777-200ER, which was finished 1 day ahead of schedule. A second (ALI) 777 has arrived in (CAI) for the same work. “The (ALI) 777-200ER marks our entrance into the (MRO) of wide body airplanes in Europe,” Fadel said. He confirmed that negotiations with other European carriers to carry out works on their 777s are in process. He said (EGP) expects constant growth rates for (MRO) within the Middle East and African region. (EGP) (M&E) also has a contract with Afriqiyah (AQY) to service its A330 fleet.
Fadel noted that (EGP) (M&E) plans to build a 3rd hangar at its (CAI) facility by 2014 and construct a new hangar “every 5 years until 2030,” as well a base maintenance facility in Sharm El Sheikh. He said the company’s long-term plan includes being able to accommodate the A380 and becoming the “largest (MRO) operator in the region.”
Base Maintenance Director, Saud Mostafa El Mekawy said (EGP) (M&E) performed 500 maintenance services last year. It serves 106 airlines and employs 4,000 workers, including 80 engineers (MT) and 350 mechanics (MT).
February 2011: Air Canada (ACN) doesn’t normally fly to Egypt. Nor do Air China (BEJ) and Qantas (QAN). But all had planes in Cairo this month, busily evacuating travelers fleeing sudden and dramatic political unrest. By some estimates, a million tourists fled the country. Egypt, as recent events remind, is an important place for many reasons. It’s home to 80 million people, more than all but 15 other nations. It controls the Suez Canal, through which nearly 10% of the world’s sea trade passes. It features some of the world’s most precious works of antiquity. Napoleon knew how important it was. So did the Turks, the British and many other powers throughout history, including the Americans today. And so, for different reasons, do airlines.
Some 75 different carriers from all parts of the world operate scheduled service to Egypt, to speak nothing of the many charter carriers flying there. Their chief business is tourism, with Egypt welcoming almost 15 million visitors last year, up about +18% after falling -3% in 2009. Some go to visit Pyramids in Cairo or temples in Luxor. Others go for nothing more than sun and sand at Red Sea resorts like Sharm el Sheikh, or Hurghada. But whatever the reason, their arrivals have played a key role in sustaining strong Egyptian economic growth throughout much of the past half-decade. Even during the downturn in 2009, Egypt’s economy grew about +5%. This year, obviously, is a big question mark.
No airline has benefited more from the recent tourism and economic
growth than the country’s state-owned airline, Egyptair (EGP). But it also has the most to lose from the country’s latest political strife, which by one estimate has cost the economy more than >$300 million a day. (EGP)’s website was inaccessible for days, and its flight schedule is still far from normal. This marks a sharp break for a carrier that was experiencing a renaissance of sorts. It joined the Star (SAL) Alliance in 2008, nearly tripled its revenues in seven years and positioned Cairo as a gateway into southern Africa — Lusaka became its 18th African destination last month. It’s all the while aggressively renewing and expanding its fleet with 777-300ERs, A330-300s and 737-800s. Helping its cause is Egypt’s rather protective stance with respect to air service. Though a privately owned local competitor called AlMasria Universal Airlines is now on the scene, Gulf carriers, among others, are yearning to add more flights to Cairo, and no low-cost carrier (LCC) has a major presence in the capital.
On the other hand, the (LCC)s are penetrating other cities in Egypt. The (UAE)’s Air Arabia (ABZ) now operates a joint venture (JV) (with a local Egyptian tourism company) from Alexandria, a city on the Mediterranean Sea. It also flies to various Egyptian cities from its Sharjah and Casablanca bases as well — and as such, is also vulnerable to significant economic losses due to recent events. Joining it are other Middle Eastern (LCC)s like FlyDubai (FDB), Nas Air (NAS) and Jazeera (JZI), along with several European ones like
easyJet (EZY), Air Berlin (BER) and Jet2.com (JT2). European tour operators also count Egypt as a critical market, one free of Ryanair (RYR). TUI (TUG)’s Thomson Airlines (TFY) alone flies more seats into and out of Egypt than any other carrier save Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) and Egyptair (EGP) itself. Thomas Cook (JMA), Condor (CDF), Transavia (TAV), and Edelweiss (EDW) are others with a sizeable presence.
Egypt is not a major oil exporter, but a surge in oil wealth in nearby countries is helping low-fare and full-service airlines alike. Oil driven economic growth in the Arab world means more tourism and investment flows into Egypt and, likewise, more migrant flows between Egypt and places like the Arabian Gulf. Add religious pilgrimages, a growing Egyptian middle class traveling abroad for leisure and intense price competition among European tour operators and (LCC)s, and what do you get? Among other things, an airline market that was one of the fastest growing worldwide in 2010. Airports Council International (ACI) grouped Egypt with Russia, India, Brazil, South Korea and the (UAE) as contributing “most significantly” to a +6.5% increase in worldwide air traffic in the 11 months to November. Cairo itself, which recently upgraded its airport facilities, saw traffic increase +12% last year to 16 million, with annual growth rates topping +20% late in the year. Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, too, were recognized by (ACI) as being among the world’s fastest growing airports late last year.
Arab and European airlines aren’t alone responsible. Egypt is a busy tourist destination for sun-starved Russians too, many arriving on charter flights and still others connecting on flights operated by Emirates (EAD) or Turkish Airlines (THY), for example. Aeroflot (ARO) has a significant presence in the Egyptian market, with Moscow lying within A320 range of Cairo — another example of Egypt’s favorable geography. Other Russian carriers like S7 (SBR), Transaero (TRX) and UTair (TYU) serve the market as well. North America and East Asia are farther away, but still, Delta (DAL) re-entered the New York (JFK) - Cairo market in 2008 after a short-lived stint pre-"9/11." And United Airlines (UAL) announced it would start flying to Cairo from Newark starting this spring. If recent events don’t change its plans, it will join Singapore Airlines (SIA), Korean Air (KAL), and Hainan Airlines (HNA) on the long and varied list of airlines serving Egypt.
It’s no wonder then, that the sudden exodus of tourists from Egypt — and the cloud of economic and political uncertainty now hanging over the country — is affecting airlines near and far. TUI (TUG), which canceled tours from most European destinations, said that events in Egypt (along with earlier upheaval in Tunisia) will cost it about -$33 million this quarter, or more than >-$40 million if it’s forced to cancel UK flights to the Red Sea as well. For now, the UK is warning citizens against travel to Cairo and other cities but not Red Sea resorts like Sharm and Hurghada, which are largely isolated from the violence and disorder prevailing elsewhere. It’s plausible they’ll remain somewhat insulated — think of Mexican resorts like Cancun, which are doing fine despite unprecedented violence in other parts of the country. But other governments are issuing broader warnings covering the whole country. (DAL), meanwhile, is suspending Cairo flights indefinitely, and indeed, other airlines that normally don’t serve Egypt are being asked by governments to evacuate citizens. The turmoil could, of course, have some positive impact on competing tourism destinations, including Turkey and Greece, as well as the airlines that fly there. Conversely, it’s not inconceivable that the situation stabilizes and Egypt’s tourism sector goes on as before. It wouldn’t be its 1st comeback from adversity, having repeatedly bounced back from several major terrorist attacks during the last decade. There was even a dip in December, in fact, after several tourists were killed in shark attacks off the Red Sea coast.
Whoever winds up governing Egypt will face many policy challenges, including ones pertaining to economic development and, by extension,
the country’s airline sector. Will Egypt open the Cairo market to (LCC)s and others like Emirates (EAD)? Will Egyptair (EGP) be privatized? A separate question is whether the democratic uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt will spread to other parts of the Arab world and beyond, impacting commerce and aviation for better or for worse on a much larger scale. Even the Chinese government reacted to events by censoring news about the protests in Egypt. The larger point is that what affects the world politically and economically always affects the airline industry too. Air Canada (ACN) and others, scrambling to organize relief flights to Cairo without any local ground staff there, learned that lesson again last week, never mind the impact on (EGP).
Later, Egyptair (EGP) said its business is returning to normal following massive flight cancellations during the nearly 3 weeks of civil unrest in Egypt that led to President Hosni Mubarak's resignation on February 11.
Director Corporate Communication, Mohamed Rahma said that Cairo International is “working normally.” He added that load factors are recovering, with flights around 60% - 65% filled, representing “a big leap compared earlier figures.” He stated that (EGP) is endeavoring to restore frequencies throughout its network to pre-crisis levels, but noted that flights from Cairo to Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Narita will not resume until next month.
Rahma said that the financial damage to (EGP) is “not easy to calculate at the moment,” explaining that (EGP) “flew many passengers one way out [of Egypt].”
“On the other hand, we saved money by not operating empty flights,” he commented, insisting that the mood within (EGP) is positive: “We are very optimistic about our future.”
Embraer signed a 5-year agreement with EgyptAir (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering, authorizing it as a service center for the E170/E190 family.
777-36NER (38290, SU-GDP), (GEF) leased.
March 2011: The EgyptAir Group Chairman & (CEO) Hussein Massoud said the late January/early February civil unrest in Cairo and other parts of Egypt that led to the resignation of Egypt's President, Hosni Mubarak "reduced our income by as much as -80%," but he downplayed suggestions that (EGP) is in serious trouble. "In general, we believe we will overcome this crisis," he told reporters during a conference call. "Maybe we get [to] recovery by the end of the year." He added that, "For us, the worst day was day one of the crisis, when there was curfew, when we had to stop all flights."
Massoud said (EGP) will delay the launch of new routes to Toronto Pearson and Washington Dulles that had been slated for this summer but hopes they can be added in May 2012. "I don't think we can do it during the summer 2011 [schedule]." However, he said (EGP) "will operate 1,600 weekly flights this summer," +4% more than its summer 2010 schedule. (EGP) plans to move forward this summer with additional frequencies to destinations such as Riyadh and Amman, and will open a new destination in Saudi Arabia.
Massoud agreed that unrest in other Middle East counties could affect air transport in the region. He noted (EGP) has been pressed into service, evacuating 40,000 Egyptians from violence-torn Libya in one week on 176 flights using airports in Tunisia.
He was noncommittal regarding previous reports that (EGP) plans to lease out a portion of its fleet to cope with reduced demand but acknowledged that it is studying the matter.
The unrest also has affected airplane delivery in the short term. "During the crisis we took delivery of a new 777-300ER," Massoud said, but he confirmed that (EGP) is in negotiations with Airbus (EDS) to delay the delivery of A330-300s, of which (EGP) is supposed to receive four starting this year, by three or four months.
However, Massoud said he believes (EGP) will not have to delay outstanding 737-800 deliveries planned for the end of 2012 and that (EGP)'s long-term fleet plan for 2020 to 2025 will not be changed.
(EGP) has a 52% market share in Egypt and is "working hard to be the gate to Africa and the Middle East," Massoud said. (EGP) carried 9 million passengers in 2010. "If we can make the same numbers in 2011, this will be good. But it depends on the duration of the crisis," he commented."
April 2011: EgyptAir (EGP) said it has deployed 1 of its 6 new 777-300ERs on its daily, Cairo - Bangkok service. The 777-300ERs are configured in 2 classes, with 49C fully flat seats in business and 279Y seats in economy. (EGP) took delivery of the last of 6 (GECAS) (GEF) leased 777-300ERs it was scheduled to receive earlier this month.
May 2011: Egyptair (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering will provide NasAir (NAZ) with heavy maintenance checks for 5 of its A320s.
(EGP) Maintenance & Engineering (EGME) received renewed (EASA) part 145 approval, and added 757-200/300s, 767-200/300s, and A330-200/300s to its current capabilities. The audit was carried out at its Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh and Dubai stations. It is expected to receive the annual (EASA) audit on all (EGME) activities within the coming few months.
June 2011: Egyptair (EGP) will launch daily, A320-200 Alexandria - Dubai service on June 20.
Boeing (TBC) delivered a 737-800 to EgyptAir (EGP), the 17th of 20 ordered by (EGP) between 2005 and 2009. (EGP)’s fleet now includes 17 737s and 11 777s.
August 2011: Egyptair (EGP) resumed service to Bagdad (BGD) on August 27 for the 1st time in 21 years. (EGP) will operate Cairo (CAI) – (BGD) flights 4x-weekly. It also operates 3x-weekly service between (CAI) and Arbil in Iraq's northern Kurdish region.
When next summer's timetables are released in April 2012, EgyptAir Express expects capacity to return to the level operated prior to the start of civil unrest in Egypt last January, General Manager Planning, Ehab Ghazy said. The EgyptAir (EGP) regional subsidiary suspended 3 routes during the height of the unrest and daily utilization of its Embraer E170s fell to just 4.6 block hours. "We normally operate our E170s 9 hours per day and hope to be back at this level in April," he said, adding that all of (EGP)'s 18 routes should be operating with normal frequency levels by then.
EgyptAir Express was launched in July 2006. It operates 12 E170s in a 2-class configuration on domestic and thin international routes, such as Cairo (CAI) - Budapest (BUD). Its initial focus was adding frequencies to EgyptAir (EGP)'s domestic services and boosting (EGP)'s market share in the face of liberalized competition.
"Our initial target was increasing [EGP's] domestic traffic by +15%; we increased it by +45%," Ghazy said, concluding that the introduction of regional jets in the EgyptAir (EGP) network has been a "success."
A 145-seat narrow body was (EGP)'s lowest capacity airplanes prior to EgyptAir Express's launch. "We were able to operate more flights during the day, which led to people being able to come to Cairo for business and go back again at sensible times," Ghazy explained. "The E170 lets us also do international routes that would be unviable in the larger [EGP] airplanes." He cited (CAI) - (BUD) as the perfect example of "right-sizing" a route.
The regional's busiest route, pre-civil unrest, was (CAI) - Sharm-El-Sheikh with 12 daily frequencies. The highest yield is achieved on the (CAI) - Luxor route, Ghazy said. Pre-unrest seat load factor was 87% LF network wide.
Ghazy also attributed much of the regional's success to the Star (SAL) Alliance: "The Star Alliance brand works for us on the domestic market and people see that relationship as important. We now see something like 36% of our passengers coming from the (SAL) alliance and it allows the alliance members to reach the main tourist spots in Egypt."
September 2011: EgyptAir Express will launch 2x-weekly, Alexandria - Athens service on October 31.
November 2011: Egyptair (EGP) will move its flights from/to Alexandria to Borg El Arab on December 1 due to the closure of El Nozha Airport.
December 2011: Egyptair Group Chairman & (CEO) Hussein Massoud has been named Egypt’s new Minister of Aviation.
The results of the political revolution in Egypt on EgyptAir (EGP) included losing >-$100 million (including effects of Japanese disruptions), and saw international traffic load factors plummet to -45% LF after the uprising from 75% LF before. Revenues in the initial weeks after the unrest dropped -80%, and its employees could not get to work because of curfews. (EGP) cut its Flight Operations in half, deferred airplane deliveries, tried to promote domestic and regional tourism, and negotiated cost relief with governments and suppliers. By July, load factors were back to 75% LF, but overall demand remains well down from previous performance. Egypt's economy has heavily depended in the past on inbound tourism.
January 2012: Egyptair (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering was selected by NASAir (NAZ) to provide heavy maintenance checks for 8 A320s and 6 E190s, lasting until the end of 2012.
February 2012: EgyptAir (EGP) Maintenance and Engineering appointed Saied El-Mekkawy as Chairman & (CEO).
March 2012: EgyptAir (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering (ME) has performed a "2A" maintenance check and fuel leak repair for EgyptAir (EGP) A320 airplanes. It also performed a "C" check on an Air Nigeria (VNA) 737, the fourth airplane in two months.
April 2012: Egyptair (EGP) has reported a 2011 decrease in profit to +$12 million, down -75% year-over-year. (EGP), which had been in the middle of an expansion year, cited the civil unrest in Cairo and other parts of Egypt as reasons for the results.
(CEO), Hossam Kamal said that business (C) traffic to and from Cairo is still being affected. “We [have] already cut costs by -30%, he said, adding that cost-cutting will be an ongoing process.
Kamal said (EGP) plans to launch Cairo (CAI) - Toronto services in 2013, along with several other routes.
(EGP), which reopened its (CAI) - Tokyo Narita services from April 15, sees strong traffic to its 17 destinations in Africa and the Middle East. For now, (EGP) said it will focus on increasing frequencies.
Transfer business at its Cairo hub is at the 25% level, which is up from single digits 5 years ago. “We hope by the end of this year to come back to normal traffic, up to a 69% LF load factor,” Kamal said. In 2012, he hopes to transport 12 million passengers, up from 8.5 million in 2011 and 10.2 million in 2010.
Earlier this month Kamal said (EGP) is considering replacing its 777s and A330s with 787s and A350s between 2020 - 2025.
Negotiations are ongoing with Star (SAL) Alliance partner Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) to create a new base or a new joint carrier in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. “We want to set up a hub or a new airline there. Since last month, talks [have] become very serious,” he said.
(EGP) has parked its 4 777-200ERs, 1 of 3 A340-200s and 2 of its 4 737-500s and plans to sell the airplanes.
Egyptair (EGP) Maintenance and Engineering received (EASA) part 145 approval, and said it has renewed its (FAA) approval to provide technical services for the (EGP) fleet.
May 2012: EgyptAir (EGP) Maintenance and Engineering has received (EASA) part 145 approval, and has renewed (FAA) approval to provide technical services for the EgyptAir (EGP) fleet.
June 2012: Egyptair (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering signed a contract to perform "C"-Checks for Thomas Cook Airlines (JMA)/(GUE) on A320 airplanes.
A330-243 (696, SU-GCI), wet-leased to Air Nigeria (VNA).
July 2012: 737-866 (40802, SU-GED), delivery.
August 2012: EgyptAir (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering completed A-Checks on 2 777-200s for Orenair (ORB).
September 2012: Egyptair (EGP) will resume 2x-weekly, Cairo - Osaka Kansai service on December 1.
(EGP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ghana’s domestic airline, CTK Network Aviation, to promote air transportation expansion in West Africa. Both parties said that signing the (MOU) is the 1st step in initiating a partnership. Kotoka International Airport in Accra will be used as a hub.
EgyptAir (EGP) has named Roshdy Zakaria as (CEO).
Zakaria has spent his 30 year-career with (EGP). He has held many positions, including Chief Pilot Examiner & Instructor on the A300B4 and 767/777. He also was former Deputy VP Flight Operations.
December 2012: Egyptair (EGP) returned on the 9,300 km route from Cairo (CAI) to the Japanese destination of Osaka Kansai (KIX), which it served previously, but saw itself forced to suspend in January 2011 following the outbreak of political unrest in Egypt. Beginning on 1 December, 2x-weekly services are offered on the route, which (EGP) will operate using A340-200s. Osaka is (EGP)’s 2nd Japanese destination, whereby (EGP) also flies 3x-weekly to Tokyo Narita.
January 2013: Egyptair (EGP) will launch Cairo service to Manchester (5x-weekly), Toronto (4x-weekly) and Harare (4x-weekly) on June 1.
February 2013: Egyptair (EGP) will increase 6x-weekly, Cairo - Brussels service to 7x-weekly on June 29.
March 2013: Aerospace communications, integration and engineering specialist (ARINC) has won 2 contracts for its (vMUSE) passenger processing system. (ARINC) will install its (vMUSE) Enterprise cloud-based common use check-in system at Kazan Airport in the Russian province of Tatarstan.
It will install 40 workstations at Kazan, linked to a remote (ARINC) data center. The cloud-based (vMUSE) Enterprise is designed to give small- and medium-sized airports access to the same type and quality of services as (vMUSE) systems at major airports that run on on-site servers. Kazan normally handles one million passengers annually; the new system will assist in handling the estimated 3 million passengers expected to pass through the airport this summer for the Universiade sporting event being held locally.
Additionally, a 3-year contract with the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports & Air Navigation will see (ARINC) installing (vMUSE) at 5 regional Egyptian airports: Abu Simbel, Aswan, Borg El Arab, Luxor, and Sharm El Sheikh.
The project involves installation of the core Common Use Passenger Processing Systems as well as providing remote Level 3 support.
Egyptair (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering began painting and accomplishing "C" airplane maintenance Checks on 1 (CAA) Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation (CMZ) A320.
May 2013: Egyptair (EGP) begins daily, Cairo - Al Qasim from June 1; and Cairo - Abidjan from July 1.
July 2013: Egyptair (EGP) said that, in spite of political changes in Egypt, it is making every effort to maintain scheduled operations. Traffic has not been affected by any obstacles or demonstrations. Egypt airports are also reporting normal operations.
The last weekend, 261 international and domestic flights (per day) operated with load factors exceeding >70% LF throughout the network.
Egyptair Holding Company Chairman & (CEO) Tawfik Assy said (EGP) is working to serve customers worldwide and is doing well amidst the changing situation. He also said as a Star (SAL) Alliance member, (EGP) continues to work on executing its future plans firmly.
(EGP) inaugurated services on the route from its Cairo (CAI) hub to Abidjan (ABJ) in Côte d’Ivoire on July 1, a service which it operates via Accra (ACC) in Ghana. 3x-weekly flights are operated on the 4,700 km route using 737-800s.
August 2013: EgyptAir (EGP) has confirmed that, despite the ongoing political and social unrest in Egypt, it has continued its normal operations. EgyptAir Holdings Chairman & (CEO) Captain Hossam Kamal, noted that this month, (EGP) had operated its daily flights from Cairo International and other Egyptian airports without any cancellations and with only minor delays. Even with the precarious situation in the country at large, the no-show percentage hasn’t exceeded 10%. However, owing to the imposition of a curfew in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, (EGP) has now asked passengers to arrive at the airport 4 hours in advance, so as to allow for ample time to clear the various security checks.
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September 2013: Egpytair (EGP) cancels 2x-weekly, Cairo - Osaka Kansai A330-200 service from October 24. It continues its planned suspension of its Cairo - Tokyo Narita, 3x-weekly route.
EgyptAir Express began operating its latest route network addition between Sohag (HMB), on the western banks of the Nile, and Kuwait City (KWI), situated on the Persian Gulf. The service was introduced on August 24 with 3x-weekly rotations, offering flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The regional carrier, which is a member of Star (SAL) Alliance through its parent company EghyptAir (EGP), utilizes Embraer E170s to fly the 1,630 km sector. EgyptAir Express competes on the route with the daily frequency offered by Jazeera Airways (JZI). The new route has been launched despite the recent conflicts within Egypt, including violence in the Sohag Governorate capital itself. (EGP) flies one other route out of Sohag, to Cairo, also a 3x-weekly operation.
October 2013: EgyptAir (EGP) is currently evaluating its options for new long-haul airplanes with the A350, A380, 777 and 787 all being under consideration according to the country's Civil Aviation Minister, Abdel Aziz Fadel. (EGP) plans to go ahead with plans to sell its initial batch of 8 A320-200s delivered in the early 90s as well as its grounded 737-500 and A340-200 airplanes. It is also planning to retire its 777-200ER fleet. According to Fadel, (EGP) hopes to make better use of the strategic location of its Cairo hub to increase its fleet to approximately 125 airplanes by 2022 with a focus on developing new long-haul links. It will launch four times weekly A330-200 service to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta via Kuala Lumpur International on December 15 and plans to add Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok to its network in 2014 with São Paulo Guarulhos also being considered.
EgyptAir (EGP) currently flies 58 airplanes and serves 53 countries, 81 destinations, 108 routes, and 228 daily flights.
December 2013: EgyptAir ((IATA) Code: MS, based at Cairo International) (EGP) plans to place major airplane orders in the next 2 months in spite of mounting losses. (EGP) Chairman & (CEO), Hossam Kamal said his airline had not placed any orders at the recent Dubai Airshow as a response to the malaise facing Egypt’s vital tourism sector. “We have an expansion plan to reach 127 airplanes by 2025, 32 of them wide bodies,” said Kamal. “We are planning to take the A330-200s out of the fleet by 2018, and to replace them with the A350 or the 787-8. [We will announce an order] within a month or 2 maximum. Time is running [out]. We miss slots if we are late.” Backed by the Egyptian government, Egyptair (EGP) has racked up almost USD 1 billion in losses since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. With international tourism suffering the most, (EGP) has been forced to reorientate its strategy with the amelioration of connectivity in Africa now a key company goal.
January 2014: Egyptair (EGP), continues to expand its presence in Southeast Asia with the introduction of 4 weekly flights from Cairo (CAI) to Jakarta (CGK) in Indonesia, operated via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. The 1st flight on the 8,950 km sector took place on December 22nd, and was operated by (EGP)’s 346-seat 777-300s. (EGP)’s 3rd route to Southeast Asia will face no direct competition from other carriers.
(EGP) begins daily, Luxor - Paris A320 service on February 15 and daily, – London 737-800 service on February 17.
Egyptair (EGP), that in the previous week launched services to London Heathrow, has further expanded its Luxor (LXR) offering with the launch of a new international route to Paris (CDG) on February 22nd. The 3,676 km sector will be operated weekly (Saturdays), utilizing a mixed fleet of (EGP)’s 145-seat A320s and 161-seat A321s. (EGP)’s 6th service from (LXR) will face no direct competition from other carriers. (LXR) already serves Paris (CDG) with 10 weekly flights from Cairo using a mixed fleet of A330-300s and A320s.
(EGP) has reactivated its sole remaining A340-200 (159, SU-GBN). Effective immediately, the seventeen year-old quadjet will be deployed on the following Middle Eastern routes out of Cairo International: Madinah, Kuwait, and Jeddah.
March 2014: 2 777-266ERs (32629; & 32630) leased to Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BNG) for services to New York (JFK).
June 2014: EgyptAir Express began 2x-weekly service to Marsa Matrouh.
September 2014: INCDT: EgyptAir (EGP) A320-231 (V2500-A1) (178, /91 SU-GBC "Hurghada") on Flight MS-859 from Cairo to Juba (South Sudan) with 76 passengers on board was on approach to Juba when the airplane encountered a severe hail storm which caused a cracked cockpit windshield and damage to the nose cone, (reported by "Aviation Herald").
The A320 landed safely in Juba, but passengers waiting to board the return flight were told the damage meant they would have to wait until the following day for a replacement airplane to arrive, the report added.
November 2014: The European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) has warned airlines and regulators of a “significant risk” to civil airplanes operating through Egyptian airspace.
“Due to ongoing insurgent activity, operators of civil airplanes should be aware of the risk to flight operations safety in the Northern Sinai Governorate of Egypt deriving from possible use of small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and anti-airplane fire, including shoulder-fired man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). The threat is considered to represent a significant risk to aviation overflying this area at or below FL260,” (EASA) stated in a safety information bulletin issued November 13th.
(EASA) did not lay down any mandatory requirements, but said that airlines operating “into, out of, within or over” the region should take this information into account when performing their risk assessments and routing decisions.
Around 340 airplanes from the European region overfly the Sinai Peninsula each day.
In July, a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200ER, operating as MH17, was shot down by a surface-to-air-missile, killing all 298 on board.
December 2014: News Item A-1: EgyptAir (EGP) has appointed USA technology company Sabre to help develop and implement a transformation program for both its mainline operation and its EgyptAir Express regional subsidiary.
(EGP), the state-owned carrier is initiating a major transformation strategy to increase revenues, develop new revenue streams by June 2016 and improve efficiencies. It has been badly affected by dips in traffic in recent years owing to upheaval in Egypt. Tourism (a major strand of the Egyptian economy) has been hit hard as nervous foreigners have stayed away from the country.
“This agreement is a part of (EGP)’s transformation plan, dedicated to transforming the business, financial and operational structure of both Egyptair Airlines (EGP) and Express,” EgyptAir Holding Company Chairman & (CEO), Sameh El-Hefny said. “Our goal is to increase revenues and return (EGP) to profitability by the end of the fiscal year 2015 - 2016, putting us in line with our global counterparts.”
The transformation strategy will address a wide range of areas within (EGP), including reviewing and developing a plan to improve its financial performance; revenue management; network, fleet and crew planning; alliance partnerships, and fuel and maintenance strategies.
“This is a comprehensive project to review the company's current situation and recommend changes and solutions across almost every part of our business,” said El-Hefny. “Sabre knows our business, our region, the challenges and opportunities we face, and they have a superior track record of helping airlines globally achieve sustained growth and profitability. Sabre will play a critical role in our five-year transformation strategy.”
“We are pleased (EGP) selected us from a number of global companies that specialize in consultancy and transformation projects,” Sabre VP Airline Solutions, Alessandro Ciancimino said. “EgyptAir (EGP) is Africa’s largest carrier and one of the continent’s most globally-recognized brands, playing a critical role in connecting commerce and tourism across five continents. We believe it has great potential for growth and success, and that’s where our focus with the airline will be.”
News Item A-2: EgyptAir ((IATA) Code: MS, based at Cairo International) (EGP) has signed an agreement with Airbus Industrie (EDS) subsidiary, (EADS) (EFW) for the conversion of 2 A330-200s into A330-200Fs, the "Cargo Facts" publication has reported. The announcement ends almost three years of speculation about who the launch customer for the program, which was 1st announced in February 2012, is.
Singapore's ST Aerospace is engineering the modification program in partnership with Airbus (EDS), while the conversion will be carried out by Airbus Group subsidiary Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) in Dresden, Germany.
A final design freeze will be reached "very soon," (EFW) said. Work on the first airplane, an A330-300 is to begin in 2017, with the A330-200 due to follow in mid-2018.
EgyptAir (EGP) plans to build up Cairo as a cargo hub.
Once in service, the freighters will join the ageing EgyptAir Cargo ((IATA) Code: MSX, based at Cairo International) fleet which includes two A300-600Fs and one A300B4F.
News Item A-2: EgyptAir (EGP) currently operates 62 airplanes, to 50 countries, to 77 destinations on 99 routes and 219 daily flights.
April 2015: Star (SAL) Alliance member, EgyptAir (EGP) said that its 2015 summer schedule will be stable in terms of frequencies compared to last year. The summer schedule runs through October 24.
“Operation schedules were reviewed and some modifications were made. (EGP) is to operate 855 flights with a frequency of 649 international and 206 domestic/regional flights,” Chairman & (CEO), Captain Hesham Elnahas said.
“Egyptair is to operate 228 weekly flights to the Middle East, around 158 weekly flights to European cities, 111 weekly flights to Africa, 22 weekly flights to the Far East and 11 weekly flights to North America, while the number of flights from other Egyptian airports reached around 48 flights,” he added.
As for EgyptAir (EGP)’s domestic destinations from Cairo International Airport, 71 flights are to be operated to Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurgahda, Luxor, Aswan, and Alexandria.
(EGP)’s subsidiary, Egyptair Express will operate 206 weekly flights on domestic sectors as well as to Beirut, Athens, Jeddah, and Kuwait from regional airports in Egypt.
June 2015: Tu-204 leased to Sun Air (SNZ), Sudan.
July 2015: EgyptAir (EGP) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for 8 to 10 narrow body aircraft to be delivered by the end of next year, (EGP) Chairman & (CEO) Sameh El-Hefny said.
November 2015: News Item A-1: "Russia Bans EgyptAir (EGP) Flights to Moscow" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, November 16, 2015.
Russian aviation authorities have banned EgyptAir (EGP) from flying into Russia. (EGP),the Egyptian flag carrier, which operated 3x-weekly, Cairo - Moscow scheduled services, was forced to cancel flights from November 14.
The airline confirmed that the Minister of Civil Aviation of Egypt, Hossam Kamal had received notification from Domodedovo Moscow Airport on the ban. Russia’s Minister of Transport, Maxim Sokolov said the decision is connected with the Metrojet Airbus A321 crash on October 31, "TASS" reported, quoting the Minister. The A321 crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula shortly after takeoff from Sham el-Sheikh airport, en route to St Petersburg, killing all 24 onboard in what is widely believed to be caused by a bomb explosion.
Russia’s Aeroflot (ARO) will cease Moscow Sheremetyevo - Cairo scheduled service, effective November 18, while its subsidiary OrenAir (ORB) will operate several flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada through December1. After that, the Aeroflot Group will cease all Egypt flights.
December 2015: News Item A-1: EgyptAir (EGP) has been fined USD140,000 by the USA Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) for violating a USA trade embargo against Sudan between 2010 and 2011.
The (BIS) said that Egyptair (EGP) had leased 2 737-500s to Sudan Airways ((IATA) Code: SD, based at Khartoum) (SUD) over the period August 2010 to February 2011 without having sought the required licences as required under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412. As a result, (EGP) must now pay the USA Department of Commerce USD140,000 in 4 instalments of USD35,000 by November 1, 2016. Failure to pay the fine may result in the (BIS) revoking (EGP)'s export privileges for a period of 1 year, the Bureau said.
In retaliation for Khartoum's alleged involvement in international terrorism, the Clinton administration in 1997 instituted a trade embargo against Sudan and issued a total asset freeze against the country's government.
As a government-owned entity, Sudan Airways (SUD) has borne the brunt of sanctions seeing its once prominent fleet whittled down to a handful of ageing aircraft including 3 Fokker 50s and two A300-600s. To make up for its inability to source relatively 'new' machinery, (SUD) leases in capacity and, at present, leases 2 A320-200s from YanAir ((IATA) Code:YE, based at Kiev Zhulyany) (ANR), 1 737-300 from Jordan Aviation ((IATA) Code: R5, based at Amman Queen Alia) (JOR) and 1 CRJ-200 from Kenya's Trident Aviation (based at Nairobi Wilson).
Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir said Khartoum would acquire an undisclosed number of Chinese aircraft to help replenish the national carrier's fleet.
News Item A-2: "Egyptair Contracts (SITA) for Mission-Critical Connectivity" by Avionics Today Juliet Van Wagenen, December 28, 2015.
Egyptair (EGP) has signed a five-year contract with air transport communications provider, (SITA), for the implementation, management and modernization of (EGP)’s entire communications network. The network will provide mission-critical connectivity to (EGP)’s headquarters and across more than >190 global sites and aims to ensure secure and reliable connectivity to help increase (EGP)’s operational efficiency.
The announcement follows (SITA)’s recent appointments to work with the Egyptian Airports Company (EAC) and Hurghada International Airport.
January 2015: The USA Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) has fined Egyptair (EGP) $140,000 for leasing airplanes to Sudan Airways (SUD), in breach of sanctions against the latter nation.
The fine followed an investigation triggered by (EGP) having leased two Boeing 737-500s to Sudan Airways (SUD) in 2010 - 2011, breaching the USA Export Administration Regulations. The lease was effectively a re-export of USA airliners, the (BIS) said.
Sudan has been under sanctions since 1997 because of its alleged support of terrorism and human rights abuses. Sudan Airways (SUD) has increasingly struggled to maintain services in recent years and has been forced to resort to leasing in capacity.
At the Arab Air Carriers Organization annual meeting in Doha in November 2013, Sudan Airways (SUD)’s General Manager, Abd Elmahmoud Suliman Mohamed detailed the burdens under which his company was laboring: “It’s difficult to find people who can work with you. We find difficulties in funding from the international financial community. There are difficulties in even transferring simple sums of money.”
However, he said, the USA sanctions did not stop a steady trickle of international entrepreneurs or foreign companies offering airplanes.
Although in principle, companies can apply to the (BIS) for licenses to export airplanes to Sudan, the regulations state that these “will generally be denied.”
Egyptair (EGP) must pay its fine in 4 installments of $35,000, with the last due on November 1. If it fails to do so, the (BIS) can issue an order suspending all the airline’s re-export privileges under the regulations for one year.
March 2016: EgyptAir (EGP) has confirmed the hijacker of its Airbus A320 (which was en route from Alexandria to Cairo and forced to divert to Larnaca, Cyprus) has been arrested and flight operations at Larnaca Airport have returned to normal. All hostages were released and are safe.
The motive behind the hijacking remains unclear. According to earlier reports, the hijacker claimed to be strapped with explosives, though (EGP) later confirmed this to be false.
Before the hijacking ended, most of the passengers already left the aircraft. An (EGP) official said they were still holding three foreign passengers, the pilot (FC), co-pilot (FC) and 2 cabin crew (CA) members onboard the aircraft; all other passengers were released.
(EGP) said that 56 passengers, 7 crew and a member of (EGP) security staff had been on board the aircraft, for a total of 64; however, this number was later altered to 70, comprising 55 passengers, plus 8 cabin crew and 7 extra crew.
Flight number MS181 was heading from Borg El-Arab Airport in Alexandria to Cairo when (EGP) announced the A320 had been “diverted to Larnaca airport in Cyprus as the aircraft was hijacked.”
April 2016: EgyptAir (EGP) has added >50 weekly flights to several Saudi Arabian destinations this summer, which will boost the number of weekly flights to 200.
(EGP), Chairman & (CEO), Captain Hisham El-Nahas said the routes with added frequencies are Jeddah, Riydah, Madina, and Damam. The increase includes using wide body airplanes on some routes.
(EGP) serves 6 destinations in Saudi Arabia, operating 84x-weekly flights to Jeddah, 42x-weekly to Madina, 7x-weekly to Ahbha and Al Qassim, and 35x-weekly flights to Damam and Riydah, in addition to services operating from other Egyptian airports to these destinations.
EgyptAir (EGP) Cargo launched Cairo - N'Djamena.
May 2016: ACCDT: On May 19 2016, 12:37 am ET, an Egyptair (EGP) flight From Paris to Cairo vanished from radar with 66 aboard.
Flight MS804, an Airbus A320 with 56 passengers, 3 security officers and 7 crew members, left Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:09 pm Paris time, officials said. 3 of the passengers were children, (EGP) said. The A320 was at nearly 37,000 feet when it disappeared about 2:45 am Cairo time (8:45 pm ET) about 10 miles into Egyptian airspace, (EGP) said.
Later update (May 23): The Egyptian military deployed an autonomous submarine to assist a multi-national contingent of aircraft and ships in the search for the main wreckage of EgyptAir (EGP) flight MS804.
To date only smaller aircraft parts, passenger luggage and some human remains have been recovered.
Unless the submarine can visually spot the tail portion of the aircraft, searchers have to rely on the 37.5 kHz “pinger” attached to the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) to pinpoint the devices. Pinger batteries have a life of approximately 30 days and a signal that can be detected from approximately 0.8 nautical miles away. Depth of the seabed in the local area is estimated to be 1.3 to 1.6 nautical miles.
Greek air traffic controllers, who were unable to contact the aircraft for a handover to Egyptian controllers, said the aircraft disappeared at the boundary between Greek and Egyptian airspace. Radar tracking from Egyptian sites showed that the aircraft continued on its course until 0237, when it turned left 90 degrees, then right 360 degrees as its altitude dropped from 37,000 ft to 15,000 ft. Radar coverage was lost as the aircraft continued descending down through 10,000 ft.
Airbus (EDS) and French air accident investigation agency, (BEA) have confirmed that the aircraft automatically sent out a series of Aircraft Communications Addressing & Reporting System (ACARS) messages from 0226 to 0229 Cairo time, indicating window heat anomalies in the cockpit, smoke in a lavatory, avionics bay smoke, and several flight control computer faults. Smoke alerts are based on optical detectors. Rockwell Collins said the messages were routed through its air-to-ground datalink communications service and sent to EgyptAir (EGP).
“With the limited data available, the analysis of these messages do not allow the establishment of the sequence of events that could explain the loss of flight MS804,” Airbus (EDS) cautioned in an Accident Information Transmission sent to all Airbus (EDS) operators on May 21.
Later News - "MS804 Crash Shows the Value of Air Traffic Surveillance & Aircraft Tracking" from mro-network.com/opinion, May 24, 2016.
Following the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804, Chris Kjelgaard examined the importance of air traffic surveillance and aircraft tracking initiatives in finding aircraft that have disappeared from radar.
The word ‘crash’ rather than ‘accident’ was used deliberately, because it was not known if the crash was caused by deliberate action or if it was an accident which resulted from a set of individual circumstances, often unlikely in themselves, combining to create a disastrous outcome (which is the case in every aircraft disaster, where it can be classified as an accident).
The accident indicates the extremely high value of initiatives now underway to ensure that aircraft do not crash in the first place; and that if, tragically, they do, any aircraft involved in a crash is located quickly and so there may be a real chance of rescue for those on board.
The continuing advances in active air traffic management (ATM) surveillance being made by air traffic navigation service providers (ANSPs) throughout the world; and (ICAO)’s initiative to ensure that equipped aircraft not under active (ATM) surveillance while flying in remote oceanic or territorial airspace can be found quickly if they get into distress. For this mandate, which (ICAO) intends to become effective on January 1, 2021, (ICAO) will require commercial aircraft and other large aircraft to broadcast positional signals automatically, at least once a minute, if they enter a distress flight condition likely to lead to a crash.
The fact Greece’s Defence Minister Panos Kammenos could say within hours of the MS804 crash that the A320 had swerved 90 degrees left at cruise altitude, descended rapidly from 37,000 ft to 15,000 ft and then had performed a complete 360-degree right-hand circular turn while descending to 10,000ft, before vanishing off controllers’ screens 10 to 15 miles inside Egyptian airspace, shows the A320 was under active (ATM) surveillance by Greek controllers.
Whether or not Egyptian controllers handling air traffic flying within the large volume of Cairo Flight Information Region (FIR) airspace could see the A320 when it disappeared from Greek controllers’ screens at 00:29 GMT (02:29 local time in Egypt) on May 19, while flying over the Southeast Mediterranean wasn’t clear.
But, by just after 18:07 GMT on May 19, it was clear that Greek authorities searching for the aircraft had found wreckage from the crashed airliner near the island of Karpathos. This removed any doubts that the A320 had crashed.
It is likely that any aircraft which crashes in the Mediterranean, no part of which is very remote from inhabited land, will be found quickly. For one thing, all or nearly all airspace over the Mediterranean is under active (ATM) surveillance, so the fact an aircraft is missing will be noticed quickly.
But what if an aircraft goes missing when it is flying over the middle of the Atlantic, Indian or Pacific oceans, or over remote Antarctic or Arctic polar airspace, and in (ATM) terms, is being handled purely by means of procedural control?
More than 250nm beyond land, today’s ground-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and primary/secondary radar surveillance technologies don’t work. This is because ground stations can’t detect the (ADS-B) Out and other transponder (GPS)-based positional signals broadcast by aircraft, and the primary-radar signals bouncing off aircraft, when those aircraft are flying beyond the ground stations’ line of sight. In being able to detect airliners flying at normal cruising altitudes, this line-of-sight limit is only about 250nm away.
So any aircraft which disappears today in remote oceanic airspace isn’t likely to be found anywhere near as easily as an aircraft crashing into the Mediterranean. The Air France AF440 and Malaysia Airlines MH370 crashes show this is the case.
However, on the North Atlantic, the adoption of Aireon’s new space-based (ADS-B) technology by both Nav Canada and (NATS), (respectively, the (ANSP)s of Canada and the UK), will allow them together to provide active (ATM) surveillance of almost the entire North Atlantic from February 2018.
By means of space-based (ADS-B) feeds from Aireon, which rely on aircraft’s (ADS-B) Out positional signals (broadcast twice a second) being received by rings of satellites orbiting in low earth orbits and then broadcast from the satellites down to a polar-region ground station, the two (ANSP)s will be able to circumvent today’s line-of-sight detection limit.
Since some 80% of all aircraft crossing the North Atlantic fly through both Nav Canada’s Gander (FIR) and (NATS)’ Shanwick (FIR), the two (ANSP)s will know at all times the exact real-time positions to within 2 seconds of the vast majority of aircraft traversing the North Atlantic.
If an aircraft goes missing, Nav Canada and (NATS) will notice the fact very quickly and will be able to narrow the location where the aircraft entered the ocean to within a very small area of sea surface.
Aireon’s space-based (ADS-B) technology will be able to receive (ADS-B) Out signals from aircraft flying anywhere over the Earth’s surface. So, theoretically, from early 2018, when Aireon’s new technology enters service, no aircraft might ever again be truly lost to those searching for it.
But, for that capability to be guaranteed, most, if not all of the world’s major (ANSP)s would need to become customers for Aireon’s space-based (ADS-B) data feed.
Some important (ANSP)s (particularly South Africa’s (ATNS) and Singapore’s (CAAS), both of which control vast volumes of oceanic airspace) already have.
Other major (ANSP)s (including those of Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Portugal, West Africa’s (ASECNA), and the 4-(ANSP) Blue Med Functional Airspace Block) have signed memoranda of agreement (MOA)s with Aireon to explore use of space-based (ADS-B) technology.
However, not all major (ANSP)s will sign with Aireon in the near future. So (ICAO)’s one-minute distress tracking requirement is an important initiative. If fully adopted, this mandate will allow national authorities, joint rescue organizations and aircraft operators immediately to identify the location of an aircraft crash in remote oceanic or territorial airspace to within a radius of 6nm, according to (ICAO).
Aireon plans to be helpful to (ICAO) in fulfilling the one-minute distress tracking mandate. Since Aireon’s satellite-mounted receiver packages will receive all (ADS-B) Out signals from every equipped aircraft, no matter where it is in the airspace over the Earth, the company can record every signal and hold it in a database as historical data.
As a free service to pre-registered organizations which aren’t already its customers (such as national aviation authorities, (ANSP)s and joint rescue organizations) Aireon intends to offer access to (ADS-B) Out signal data for any missing aircraft so the aircraft can be found quickly.
The company will make this service, called the Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service, available to relevant pre-registered parties. It will do so at the Ballygirreen North Atlantic Communications Center operated by the Irish Aviation Authority, a shareholder in Aireon.
From the Ballygireen center, Shanwick Radio keeps in contact with all flights in oceanic airspace. It does so mainly by means of High Frequency (HF) radio, which can provide global coverage because of its ability to bounce off the ionosphere and can span the globe in a series of skips. The center also uses (VHF) radio and satellite phone communications to communicate with aircraft flying over the North Atlantic.
Later news: France has dispatched a specialist naval vessel to the area where EgyptAir (EGP) flight MS804 is believed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
The survey vessel "Laplace" sailed from Porto Vecchio, Corsica, on May 26 and is scheduled to arrive in the area 295 km/183 miles from the Egyptian coastline where the Airbus A320 disappeared from radar on May 19 with 66 passengers and crew on board during a Paris-Cairo flight.
A statement from the French air accident investigation service, the (BEA), said an underwater search campaign would begin in the next few days when the Laplace arrived on station. It added that the vessel is equipped with 3 Detector 6000 long-range acoustic detection systems manufactured by the French company Alseamar. The Detector 6000 is a submerged system designed to locate the “pings” coming from the flight recorders of a crashed aircraft.
Alseamar’s website stated the devices can detect the sound emissions from a flight recorder at a range of 4 - 5 km when submerged, and can dramatically speed up the search of a given area. 2 (BEA) investigators are on board the Laplace.
The (BEA) added that discussions are still underway to add a second ship to the search force; the latter vessel would carry an underwater robot capable of lifting debris from extreme depths. The Egyptair (EGP) flight is believed to be laying in 2,500 to 3,000 m of water.
Egyptian authorities will continue to lead the investigation, including the new sea search equipment, with technical assistance from the (BEA).
An Egyptian military submarine has been part of the search effort since May 23.
June 2016: "Egypt: French Vessel Detects Signals Assumed to be from MS804 Recorder" by (ATW) Aaron Karp, June 1, 2016.
A French naval vessel involved in the search for EgyptAir (EGP) flight MS804 has received signals “assumed to be from one of the data recorders,” Egyptian authorities said.
France last week dispatched a specialist naval vessel to the area where the Airbus A320 was believed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19. To date, some debris has been found, but not the A320’s fuselage or the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
The French vessel, the "Laplace," is equipped with three Detector 6000 long-range acoustic detection systems manufactured by the French company Alseama. The vessel “has received through its search equipment signals from the seabed of the wreckage search area,” the Egyptian committee heading the search said.
The deep sea search vessel "John Lethbridge," sailing under the Panamanian flag and managed by the company "Deep Ocean Search," will join the search effort “within a week” and attempt to retrieve the (FDR) and (CVR) from the area where the signals are emanating, the Egyptian committee said.
Following reports that EgyptAir (EGP) flight MS804’s recorders may have been detected, Airbus (EDS) President & (CEO), Fabrice Brégier urged caution, saying, “Only the facts count.”
* June 16 Status Report: Later, search teams did recover the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the EgyptAir Airbus A320. “The cockpit voice recorder was retrieved in several stages, as it was damaged, but the vessel equipment managed to pick up the memory unit, which is considered as the most important part,” the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement issued June 16.
The (CVR) was located by Deep Ocean Search (DOS), which has been combing the area using search vessel, the "John Lethbridge." It will be sent to Alexandria in Egypt for analysis by the investigation team.
On June 15, the 1st images of the wreckage were taken by the (DOS) team, enabling investigators to map out the distribution of the aircraft debris. Signals emitted from the flight data recorder are expected to last until June 24.
* June 20 Status Report: Investigators have begun processing the cockpit voice and flight data recorders (CVRs and FDRs) recovered from the (EGP) Airbus A320.
The investigation committee started inspecting parts from the (CVR) and (FDR) on June 18. The memory units from both devices have been removed and have undergone an eight-hour drying process.
“Electrical tests of memory units of the recorders are in progress, which will be followed by the data unloading phase,” the Egyptian investigation committee said June 19.
Data analysis could take several weeks and, depending on the state of the devices, they may need to be sent away for repair. The (CVR) and (FDR) were recovered by Deep Ocean Search (DOS), which has been combing the area using the John Lethbridge search vessel. The (DOS) team is now mapping the wreckage at the bottom of the Mediterranean.
(DOS) said in a release it is “not authorized to supply any pictures, videos, chart and/or positions linked with the investigation.”
(DOS) said the depth of the wreckage area is 3,000 m/9,842.5 ft, roughly 10x the height of the Shard building in London. Its remotely operated search device is able to dive up to 6,000 m.
* June 30 Status Report: Initial evidence gleaned from the flight data recorder (FDR) of Egyptair (EGP) flight MS804 indicates the Airbus A320 experienced smoke in 2 separate locations on the aircraft prior to its crash into the Mediterranean Sea.
The Egyptian investigating committee said that, following the cleaning and repair of the (FDR) in France, it has downloaded the data and is now decoding and validating some 1,200 parameters. The committee added that the recovered data covered the entire flight from takeoff at Paris Charles De Gaulle airport to the point at 37,000 ft over the Mediterranean “where the accident occurred.”
Work is now underway on the next phase of reading and analyzing the data. There have been reports for some weeks that messages sent by the A320's Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which sends data on any faults or deviations from the norm to an airline’s home base, indicated the presence of smoke in both an avionics bay under the flight deck and a lavatory.
“Recorded data is showing a consistency with (ACARS)' messages of lavatory smoke and avionics smoke,” the committee said, adding: “Some recovered wreckage parts of the front section of the aircraft showed signs of high temperature damage and soot.” Work is now underway to identify the source and cause of those indications.
A recovery operation is continuing to retrieve the aircraft wreckage, which lies in the Mediterranean. Recovery of human remains at the site will also continue until all are retrieved, it said.
The investigating committee said work is continuing at France’s (BEA) crash investigation bureau to repair the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder.
October 2016: EgyptAir (EGP) has inked a deal to purchase 8 new Boeing 737NGs, with 1st delivery expected in February 2017. The 737NGs will be financed by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. “This new agreement, which implies adding new 8 Boeing Next-Generation 737s to our fleet, will commemorate the mutual effort gathering both Boeing (TBC) and EgyptAir (EGP), which dated back since 1969. The delivery of this new order will help us maintain (EGP)’s global flight schedule and continue to deliver a consistently great performance for our customers,” (EGP) Chairman & (CEO) Safwat Musallam said at the signing in Cairo.
He added the deal “will provide us the competitive edge to achieve our growth targets and help us strengthen our presence in a wider region. The new airplanes will help us in unlocking new international routes, thus providing a springboard for network expansion in the years to come.”
EgyptAir (EGP) said it currently operates 20 Boeing Next Generation 737s and the 8 new airplanes will comprise the largest single-aisle airplane type in its fleet. (EGP) also has 6 777-300ERs and 2 777-200ERs. (EGP) said it forecasts significant fleet growth by 2025.
November 2016: EgyptAir (EGP) has denied reports it has asked Boeing (TBC) to defer delivery of a batch of 737-800s. (EGP), the Egyptian flag carrier said November 21 that reports in several international media outlets, quoting the country’s Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi as saying (EGP) had asked for the deferral, were incorrect.
Fathi was cited as saying the reason for the deferral was the Egyptian government’s recent decision to float the country’s currency as part of the conditions it needed to meet to obtain a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. “False rumors have been circulating about delaying our delivery plan of our Boeing 737-800NG order,” EgyptAir (EGP) (CEO) Safwat Mosallam said. “No such decision has been made to change the delivery schedule.” He said Boeing (TBC) was on track to deliver the airplanes according to plan: “(EGP) has finalized all formalities for the delivery. We are to receive the 1st airplane as agreed on time this December.”
December 2016: EgyptAir (EGP) has taken delivery of the 1st of 9 Boeing 737-800 NGs. The delivery is part of a major fleet modernization plan for (EGP), the Egyptian national carrier, which is aiming to have 105 airplanes on strength by 2020, and 150 by 2025.
“The strategy is based on improving and modernizing the fleet by adding state-of–the-art airplanes that suit the long- and medium-haul operation to several destinations within EgyptAir’s network,” Egyptian Aviation Minister Sherif Fathi said.
EgyptAir currently operates 20 Boeing 737-800NGs, the largest type in its inventory. (EGP) also has 6 777-300ERs and 2 777-200ERs. The 9 new airplanes will be delivered by the end of 2017 in a 2-class, 154-seat configuration, with 16C business-class and 138Y for the economy-class seats,” EgyptAir (CEO) Sherif Ezzat noted.
The new 737s are the 1st to feature an audio/video on demand System (AVOD) system and have Boeing’s Sky Interior. The business-class (C) cabin is equipped with power outlets for recharging personal computers mobile phones. The order, valued at $864 million at list prices, is financed by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.
February 2017: 737-866 (63799, SU-GEG), ex-(N1787B) delivery.
May 2017: 737-866 (63801, SU-GEI), ex-(N1786B) delivery.
June 2017: EgyptAir (EGP) will resume flights to Japan after 4 years of interruption. (EGP), the Star (SAL) Alliance member will launch weekly, Cairo - Tokyo Narita service from October 29. EgyptAir (EGP) Chairman & (CEO) Safwat Musallam said (EGP) will use a Boeing 777-36NER, with 49C (sleeper seats), 297Y seats on the new service.
(EGP), the Egyptian flag carrier previously operated direct flights to Tokyo and Osaka, but the routes were suspended after the Egyptian revolution of 2011, called the "January 25 Revolution," and resumed for a short period until they were suspended completely in 2013.
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737-866 (63802, SU-GEJ), delivery.
July 2017: 737-866 (63804, SU-GEK), delivery.
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EGP-777 - 2012-04
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EGP-A330-200 - 2012-08
EGP-A330-200 - 2014-12
1 707-366C (JT3D-7 HK) (834-20341, /70 SU-APD "KHAFRAH;" 868-20762, /73, SU-AVZ; 888-20919, /74 SU-AXJ), OPS BY (EGG). 20762; ST (TZZ), LST (MEP) 1999-12. 20341 ST (TZZ) 2004-05. FREIGHTER & VIP 70 PAX.
0 737-266 (JT8D), ALL SOLD, 1 ST ZAMBIA GOVT.
4 737-566 (CFM56-3C1) (2019-25084, /91 SU-GBH "KARNAK;" 2135-25307, /91 SU-GBI; 2169-25352, /91 SU-GBJ "PHILAE;" 2176-26052, /92 SU-GBK "KALABSHA;" 2182-26051, /92 SU-GBL "RAMESSEUM"). 2 PARKED AND FOR SALE 2012-04. 8F, 96Y.
24 737-866 (CFM56-7B26) (2054-35558, /06 SU-GCM; 2113-35559, /06 SU-GCN; 2434-35560, /07 SU-GCO; 2369-35561, /07 SU-GCO; 2434-35560, /07 SU-GCP; 2695-35563, /08 SU-GCS; 2795-35568, /09 SU-GCZ; 2826-35562, /09 SU-GCR - - SEE PHOTO - - "EGP-737-866-2009-07;" 2999-35565, /09 SU-GDA; 3017-35567, /09 SU-GDB; 3040-35564, /09 SU-GDC; 3043-35569, /09 SU-GDE; 3061-35566, /09 SU-GDD; 40757, SU-GDX, 2010-09; 3442-40758, SU-GDY, 2010-10; 3472-40759, SU-GDZ, 2010-11; 3492-40760, SU-GEA, 2010-12; 2011-06; 40802, SU-GED, 2012-07; 63801, SU-GEI, 2017-05; 63802, SU-GEJ, 2017-06; 63804, SU-GEK, 2017-07), WINGLETS. 159 PAX.
2 +6 ORDERS 737-866 (CFM56-7B) (63799, SU-GEG, 2017-02; 63800, SU-GEH, 2017-04), DUBAI AEROSPACE LSD (1ST 2016-12).
0 747-366C (JT9D-7R4G2) (704-24161, /88 SU-GAL "HATSHEPSUT;" 707-24162, /88 SU-GAM "CLEOPATRA"), (SIA) MAINT. 24161; 24162; ST JT POWER 2005-09. 18F, 42C, 390Y.
0 767-366ER (275-24541, /89 SU-GAO) RTND TO (TBC) 2001-08, LST ERITREAN 2003-04). (ETOPS) EQ'PD.
0 767-33AER (PW4056) (25535), EX-(VIE), (AWW) LSD, (ETOPS), SOLD.
2 777-266ER IGW (PW4090) (71-28423, /97 SU-GBP "NEFERTITI;" 80-28424, /97 SU-GBR "NEFERTARI;"; 85-28425, /97 SU-GBS "TIYE;" 362-32629, /01 SU-GBX "NEIT;" 368-32630, /01 SU-GBY "TITI"), 7,000 NM RANGE. FIRST THREE TO BE REMARKETED BY DVB AVIATION ASSET MANAGEMENT 2009-11. 4 PARKED AND FOR SALE 2012-04. 32629; & 32630; LST (BNG) 2014-03. 12F, 21C, 286Y.
6 777-36NER (GE90-115BL2) (850-38284, SU-GDL - - SEE PHOTO - - "EGP-777-36NER 2010-02;" 862-38285, SU-GDM, 2010-04; 896-38288, SU-GDN, 2010-10; 907-38289, SU-GDO, 2010-12; 914-40772, SU-GDP, 2011-02), (GEF) LSD. 346 PAX INCL 49 LIE-FLAT BEDS. 49C, 297Y.
2 A300B4-203F (CF6-50C2) (200, /82 SU-BDG "TOSHKI;" 255, /83 SU-GAC "NEW VALLEY"), CONVERSION TO F BY AIRBUS. (EGP) CARGO OPS. FREIGHTER.
1 A300B4-622R (PW4158) (557, /90 SU-GAR "ZOSER;" 561, /90 SU-GAS "CHEOPS;" 572, /90 SU-GAT "CHEPHREN;" 575, /90 SU-GAU "MYCERINUS;" 579, /91 SU-GAV "MENES;" 581, /91 SU-GAW "AHMOSE;" 607, /91 SU-GAY "SETI I"), (AFIS) LSD. (601; 616; ST (RJA) 2001-01). 2 RTT (LAA). 557 RTND 2004-07. 561 CONV TO F 2005-06. 572; 575; 579; & 581 ST (FED) 2005-07, TO DRESDEN FOR CONV TO F. 10F, 13C, 230Y.
1 A300B4-622RF (PW4158) (561, /90 SU-GAS "CHEOPS" 2005-06), (EGP) CARGO OPS. CONV TO FREIGHTER.
0 ORDERS A318 (PW6000), 107 PAX, 2 CLASS, 2,000 NM. CANCELED.
6 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (165, /91 SU-GBA "ASWAN;" 166, /91 SU-GBB "LUXOR;" 178, /91 SU-GBC "HURGHADA;" 194, /91 SU-GBD "TABA;" 198, /91 SU-GBE EL ALAMEIN;" 351, /92 SU-GBF "SHARM EL SHEIKH;" 366, /92 SU-GBG "SAINT CATHERINE"), 198 PARTED OUT 2017-02. 10F, 135Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (322, /92 SU-GCL), (AOX) LSD 2005-03. PARTED OUT 2017-02. 174Y.
5 +6 ORDERS A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2070, /03 SU-GBZ; 2073, /03 SU-GCA; 2079, /03 SU-GBB; 2088, /03 SU-GCC; 2094, /03 SU-GCD). 10F, 134Y.
4 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (680, /97 SU-GBT "RED SEA" - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "EGP-A321-2008-08;" 687, /97 SU-GBU "SINAI;" 715, /97 SU-GBV "MEDITERRANEAN;" 725, /97 SU-GBW "THE NILE"), 1 LST (RAM). 1 WET-LST (AOX) 2003-10. 725 WET-LST (AOX) 2004-04. 10F, 175Y.
7 A330-243 (TRENT 700) (600, /04 SU-GCE; 610, /04 SU-GCF; 666, /05 SU-GCG; 683, /05 SU-GCH; 696, /05 SU-GCI; 709, /05 SU-GCJ; 726, /06 SU-GCK), 696; WET-LST (VNA) 2012-06. 24C, 244Y.
1 +4/3 ORDERS (2010-08) A330-343 (TRENT 700) (1143, SU-GDS, 2010-08), 36C, 265Y.
1 A340-212 (CFM56-5C3) (061, /94 SU-GGG, GOVT VIP 97 PAX; 156, /96 SU-GBM "OSIRIS EXPRESS;" 159, /96 SU-GBN "CLEO EXPRESS;" 178, /97 SU-GNO "HATHOR EXPRESS"), 1 PARKED AND FOR SALE 2012-04. 12F, 24C, 224Y.
1 A340-300 (CFM56-5-C2), (GUL) LSD, 263 PAX, 3 CLASS.
2/2 ORDERS A340-600, 380 PAX (LAUNCH CSTMR), POSTPONED:
2 TU-204-120, (ACZ) LSD 1999-11, 1 LST (SNZ) 2015-06..
1 TU-204-120 (RA-64025), (ACZ) WET-LSD 2000-06.
3 ATR 42-500 (PW127E) (542, /97 F-GPYL; 539, /97 F-GPYN; 544, /97 F-GPYO), AIR LITTORAL WET-LSD 2002-11, 48Y.
2 ATR 42-512 (PW127E) (596, /99 YR-ATE; 605, /99 YR-ATG), (TRM) WET-LSD 2003-02. 48Y.
2 BOMBARDIER DASH 8, 1 MTH WET-LSD 2002-11, 50 PAX.
10 +2 ORDERS EMBRAER E170SU (CF34-8E5) (00167, /07 SU-GCT; 00169, /07 SU-GCU; 00170, /07 SU-GCV; 00175, /07 SU-GCW; 00178, /07 SU-GCX; 00185, /07 SU-GCY; 00266, /08 SU-GDF - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "EGP-EMB-170-2008-12;" 00269, /09 SU-GDG; 00274, /09 SU-GCZ; 00276, /09 SU-GDI; 00284, /09 SU-GDK), FOR "(EGP) EXPRESS" REGIONAL OPS. 76Y.
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EGP-1-CAPTAIN HOSSAM KAMAL
EGP-CAPT ALAA ASHOUR-2010-09
SAMEH EL-HEFNY, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EGYPTAIR (EGP) HOLDING COMPANY.
SAFWAT MUSALLAM, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EGYPTAIR (EGP) (2016-10).
CAPTAIN HISHAM EL-NAHAS, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) EGYPTAIR (EGP).
Captain Hisham El Nahas was previously Head of Flight Operations (email@example.com).
SHERIF EZZAT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
ASAAD DARWISH, CARGO CHAIRMAN & (CEO).
ABDEL AZIZ FADEL, MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (EGP) (M&E) CHAIRMAN (CAIEZMS).
ATEF ABDELHAMID, EGYPTAIR HOLDING COMPANY CHAIRMAN.
MAGDY OMAR, IN-FLIGHT SERVICES CHAIRMAN.
CAPTAIN SHAKER KELADA, VP FLIGHT SAFETY & QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (CAIOPMS) (firstname.lastname@example.org) (2002-01).
GENERAL MAGED EL-MASRY, VP TECHNICAL DIVISION (CAIEZMS),
CAPTAIN ATEF ABDEL EL BAKY, VP CORPORATE PLANNING (CAIEZMS).
MOHAMED MOSTAFA, VP FINANCE.
SHERIF EL MAGHLOUB, VP COMMERCIAL.
GAMEL SALEB, VP GROUND SERVICES.
KAMAL ABDUL GELIL, VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
RAOUF MAHGOUB, VP LEGAL AFFAIRS.
MOUSTAFA EL SAMANOHDY, VP MEDICAL & HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
SOHEEL EL KORASHI, VP OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER.
MOHAMMED SHAHIN, VP PASSENGER SERVICES.
HAMDY REFAAT, VP SECURITY.
MAGDY EL-WAZERY, VP SECURITY.
MOHAMED KHALAF, VP TOURISTIC SERVICES.
SOHEEL EL KORASHI, VP OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER.
ORABY ABDALLAH ORABY, VP TRAINING DIVISION.
ALIA AWNY, VP ADMINISTRATIVE.
MOHAMED RAHMA, DIRECTOR CORPORATE COMMUNICATION.
CAPTAIN MOHAMED EL-MENBAWY, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS (2002-06).
CAPTAIN SALAH MABROUK, GENERAL MANAGER FLIGHT SAFETY.
CAPTAIN ALAA ASHOUR, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS FLIGHT CONTROL (2002-06).
CAPTAIN MOHAMMED GALAL, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (2002-06).
SALAH HASHEM, GENERAL MANAGER MARKETING.
CAPTAIN SHERIF KHALIL, CHIEF PILOT 737-500 (2002-12).
CAPTAIN AYMAN NASR, CHIEF PILOT 747.
CAPTAIN ROUSHDY ZAKARIA, CHIEF PILOT 777 (2002-12).
SAUD MOSTAFA EL MEKAWY, BASE MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR (EGP) (M&E).
MOUSTAFA EL GAMAL, GENERAL MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (1998-07).
MAHER AZER, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING (CAIXEMS).
HELMI ABDELLA, GENERAL MANAGER HANGAR MAINTENANCE (2002-12).
NABIL ABDEL FATAH, GENERAL MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE (2002-12).
MRS NASHWA EL-TOHAMY, AVIONICS OVERHAUL GENERAL MANAGER (2002-10).
ABBAS ISMAIL, SAFETY & QUALITY CONTROL (QC) DIVISION ADVISOR (RTND FROM (LXR) (2001-04).
EL SAYED ELLAMIE, GENERAL MANAGER OVERHAUL.
EHAB GHAZY, GENERAL MANAGER PLANNING.
IBRAHIM HABIB, TECHNICAL CONSULTANT TO CHAIRMAN (2002-06).
NAGY WASSEF, MANAGER PROJECTS & DEVELOPMENT.
SARWAT S SALEM, MANAGER PROJECT & DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING.
ABDEL TAWAB KANDIL, MANAGER PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL.
YEHTA MOSTAFA, CHIEF ENGINEER.
OSMAN N ABDALLA, CHIEF ELECTRICAL & AVIONICS ENGINEERING.
YEHYA EL BAKARY, CHIEF POWER PLANT ENGINEERING.
LOUIS A HECHEMA, SENIOR PROJECTS ENGINEER AIRFRAME.