Air Sinai

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Air Sinai
IATA ICAO Callsign
4D ASD Air Sinai
Founded 1982
Hubs Cairo International Airport
Focus cities Ben Gurion International Airport
Fleet size 2
Destinations 1
Parent company EgyptAir Airlines Company
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Air Sinai‘s own livery, used in the 1980s

Air Sinai (Arabic: سيناء للطيرانSīna' lil-Ṭayyarān) is an airline based in Cairo, Egypt. It operates as a 'paper-airline' for parent company EgyptAir under a wet lease-like agreement[1].


The airline was established in 1982 to fly scheduled services between Egypt and Israel (on routes previously flown by Nefertiti Aviation), which for political reasons could not be handled by parent company EgyptAir. Services started using a Boeing 737-200 leased from EgyptAir and new routes from Egypt's tourist destinations followed. By the mid-1980s a Fokker F27 Friendship was also in use on these services. During 1982, a Boeing 707-320C, reg N18712 (c/n 19226, ex TWA) was leased and operated on behalf of EgyptAir on their flights to Europe, especially twice weekly MS782/781 Cairo-Copenhagen v.v.

Air Sinai ceased airline operations in its own right in 2002 and operates as a 'paper airline' for its parent company, EgyptAir using their aircraft without any markings identifying either carrier, although some have been spotted in Tel Aviv in full EgyptAir branding. Flights are not listed in EgyptAir schedules and do not appear on their website or route maps either.[1][2] As of 2014 Air Sinai flights are displayed on arrival and departure boards at Cairo Airport using the IATA code 4D.[3]


Air Sinai serves the following destinations on behalf of Egyptair.[2]



Boeing 737-566 (SU-GBK) used by Air Sinai

Air Sinai uses 2 unmarked Embraer ERJ-170 aircraft owned by EgyptAir to operate its flights. Other types, including larger aircraft are also used based on operational requirements, with EgyptAir markings removed. On occasion EgyptAir branded aircraft have also been utilised.


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 66. 
  2. ^ a b "Hush hush on Egypt's phantom flight to Israel". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "File:Air Sinai Flights on Departure Board at Cairo Airport.jpg". Retrieved 14 August 2015. 

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