|Tawfik Assy, CEO, Egyptair is officially welcomed into the Alliance by Star Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht (centre) and Wolfgang Mayrhuber, CEO, Lufthansa (right). The traditional gift exchange highlighted the ceremony that brought Egyptair into the Alliance as the 21st member.|
Last week Egyptair (one of the world’s oldest airlines) became the latest (and 21st) airline to join the Star Alliance at a lavish ceremony in Cairo. Its network of 1,624 weekly flights across 69 destinations served by a mix of 50 Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft carried some 6.8 million passengers in 2007, up over 20% on the previous year. From its base at Cairo International Airport (CAI) the airline serves 59 international destinations in 43 countries, plus eight domestic destinations supported by its subsidiary Egyptair Express, which operates a growing fleet of Embraer 170 regional jets.
|Egyptair Express has already taken delivery of six Embraer 170s, with a further six to be delivered by the end of 2009.|
Large domestic market compared with other regional carriers
Compared with its rivals in the Middle East, Egyptair has the benefit of a significant domestic market (in which it has a virtual monopoly) and well-established tourism infrastructure. The top 12 country markets served are a mixed bag featuring regional markets, Europe, North America and Asia.
|Source: OAG Max Online for July 2008|
The single biggest route from Cairo is to Jeddah where the airline operates almost 12,000 weekly one-way seats in competition with Saudi Arabian Airlines. The next busiest routes are domestic ones to Luxor, Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and Aswan.
|Cairo’s new Terminal 3 is scheduled to open this autumn. The 205,000sqm terminal will double the airport’s capacity to 22 million. Cairo recorded a 14% increase in passenger numbers to 12.4 million in 2007 and an 11% increase in aircraft movements. “We expect that these growth rates will continue due to the strategic alignment of Egyptair together with the Star Alliance and the phased liberalisation of the air traffic market in Egypt,” said Dirk Schusdziara, COO, Cairo Airport Company.|
Serving 14 European countries but none in Scandinavia
Egyptair serves 14 European countries with Germany the leading market. The airline serves Berlin, Dűsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich with a total of 20 weekly departures. Italy is also served with 20 weekly flights but to only two destinations – Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. There are also at least daily flights to the UK, France, Greece and Spain. At the start of the summer season flights to Paris were transferred from Paris Orly to Paris CDG. Currently there are no services to any of the Scandinavian countries.
|Egyptair has launched a new logo and livery, featuring one of the most famous gods of ancient Egypt – Horus, King of the sky. The logo is intended to reflect dynamic movement.|
Daily to New York; just three flights per week to India
Among its long-haul network Egyptair serves Bangkok, Johannesburg and New York JFK daily. There are also five weekly flights to Japan split between Tokyo and Osaka. However, the Indian market is served by just three weekly flights to Mumbai. Compare this with the vast network of Indian routes that the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are developing to help support the construction boom in the UAE.