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 24 August with thrice-weekly rotations, offering flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The regional carrier, which is a member of Star Alliance through its parent company EGYPTAIR, utilises Embraer E170s to fly the 1,630-kilometre sector. EGYPTAIR EXPRESS competes on the route with the daily frequency offered by Jazeera Airways. The new route has been launched despite the recent conflicts within Egypt, including violence in the Sohag Governorate capital itself. EGYPTAIR flies one other route out of Sohag, to Cairo, also a thrice-weekly operation.