|Secondary hubs||Alexandria - Borg El Arab|
|Focus cities||Yanbu Qassim Jeddah|
|Fleet size||2 (+9 Orders)|
|Company slogan||Truly yours|
|Key people||Ahmed Aly (CEO)|
Nile Air (Arabic:النيل للطيران) is an airline with its head office opposite Cairo International Airport's Terminal 1 in Cairo, Egypt. Plans for the airline were announced in the 2007 Dubai Air Show.
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In the 2007 Dubai Air Show the privately owned carrier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 9 A321 aircraft. This order was firmed in January 2009. The Airbus order is said to be worth $792 million according to current list prices.
Al-Tayyar said the company would raise the bulk of the money for plane purchases through Islamic bank loans and that it has the backing of two financial institutions. Nile Air will be owned by Saudi Arabia's largest travel services firm, Al-Tayyar Travel Group.
Nile Air initially launched flights to Saudi Arabia before beginning services to other Middle East & Gulf destinations. Dr. Nasser Al-Tayyar (Chairman of Al-Tayyar Travel Group and Founder of Nile Air) said that the airline also plans to sell 30% of its shares to the public in an initial public offering (IPO). "We will list the shares on the Cairo bourse in 2010/2011"
On 1 November 2009, the airline received its (AOC) by the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority which permits the airline to launch operations.
In January 2011, the airline became the first private Egyptian airline to publish its schedule and flight availability (with the launch of scheduled services to Iraq) on the Global Distribution System (GDS), reflecting Al Haidar (CEO)'s distribution strategy that targets to sell 75% of bookings through the GDS.
The airline began operations in August 2010, operating on wet lease from Libyan Arab Airlines. Nile Air have launched its first scheduled services in March 2011 with the launch of flights to Saudi Arabia.
As of December 2013, Nile Air serves the following destinations with scheduled services:
- Yanbu - Yanbu Airport
- Buraidah - Qassim Airport
- Ta'if - Ta’if Regional Airport
- Tabuk - Tabuk Regional Airport
- Jeddah - Jeddah Airport
The Nile Air fleet has an average age of 6.6 years and consists of the following aircraft (at December 2013):
|Airbus A320-232||2||0||164 (8/156)||Leased from Aercap|
|Total||2||2||Last updated: Februar 2014|
- "Contact Us[dead link]." Nile Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Nile Air Head Office 8/Block 1140 Abdel Hamid Badawy St.Sheroton Heliopolis Cairo - Egypt."
- 29 October 2013 (2013-10-29). "Nile Air decides to buy nine Airbus A321 aircraft | Airbus Press release". Airbus.com. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Airbus wins $792mn Nile Air order - Transport". ArabianBusiness.com. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2013-11-02.