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Egyptair History

Egyptair, officially known as Egyptair Airlines, is the flag carrier airline of Egypt. With its headquarters located in Cairo, the airline has a rich history that dates back to its establishment in 1932.

Initially, Egyptair started as Misr Airwork, a privately owned aviation company that provided air transport services within Egypt. However, in 1937, the Egyptian government acquired a majority stake in the company, leading to its nationalization and subsequent renaming to Misr Airlines.

Throughout the following decades, Misr Airlines expanded its operations and modernized its fleet. It introduced jet aircraft in the 1960s, becoming the first airline in the Middle East to operate such aircraft. This marked a significant milestone for the airline, enabling it to offer faster and more efficient air travel to its passengers.

More Airline Insights & Tips

Here are a few of helpful resources & tips that can further enhance your knowledge of Egyptair airlines and how to best be prepared for your trip:

  • Delays are an unfortunate fact of the life of an air traveler. Arm yourself against surprises by knowing the flight status of your MS Egyptair flight before heading to the airport, as this could save you a lot of time, or even your trip to the airport if your flight is canceled.
  • Info can be found here on Egyptair’s company structure, headquarters, etc.
  • See which partnerships and alliances Egyptair has here. This is useful if you want to build up your frequent flyer points on partner airlines.
  • Want to know which plane types are in service? Check out MS’s fleet list here.
  • When considering a flight booking on Egyptair, be aware that third-party travel sites might require you to use their customer service instead of Egyptair's, which may be less than ideal in certain situations.

Beyond the history presented here for Egyptair, if you’re wanting more aviation history, read about the history of commercial flight here, or the history of the airline industry here.

In 1971, Misr Airlines underwent another name change and became Egyptair, reflecting its national identity and role as the national carrier of Egypt. This rebranding was accompanied by the introduction of a new logo and livery, symbolizing the airline's commitment to providing a world-class travel experience.

Over the years, Egyptair has continued to expand its route network and enhance its services. It has established codeshare agreements with numerous international airlines, allowing it to offer a wider range of destinations to its passengers. Additionally, the airline has invested in modernizing its fleet, incorporating state-of-the-art aircraft equipped with the latest technology.

Today, Egyptair operates flights to over 75 destinations across the globe, including major cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. It is a member of the Star Alliance, one of the world's largest airline alliances, which enables it to provide seamless connectivity and a range of benefits to its passengers.

For more information about this airline, check out our comprehensive Egyptair Guide.

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