AlMasria Universal Airlines
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|Hubs||Cairo International Airport|
|Secondary hubs||Borg El Arab Airport|
|Company slogan||Enjoy easy fly.|
|Key people||Fully owned by Egyptian Citizens Ahmed Ismail as (Chairman) and Hassan Aziz, the founder as (President & CEO)|
'AlMasria' is derived from the Arabic word for 'Egyptian'.
Plans for AlMasria Universal Airlines were announced in 2008 and the airline launched operations in June 2009. In an interview in April 2009 the appointed company president and CEO, Hassan Aziz, stated that the airline would launch operations in 2009 to take advantage of low prices during the global financial crisis to tap demand for air travel in the most populous Arab country.
The company offers cargo services in the bellyhold of its passenger fleet.
Maintenance is outsourced completely to EgyptAir under a total service agreement, with the airline also training AlMasria flight crew and the technical team. Ground-handling will be through EgyptAir, with passenger services undertaken by Egypt Aviation Services and catering by a new venture between EgyptAir and Lufthansa's LSG Sky Chefs.
For Autumn 2013 the airline is operating international scheduled flights on the following routes:
- Cairo – Cairo International Airport
- Bahrain – Bahrain International Airport
- Kuwait – Kuwait International Airport
- Jeddah – King Abdulaziz International Airport
- Milan – Bergamo Airport
- Ta’if – Ta’if Regional Airport
- Buraidah – Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport
- Yanbu – Yanbu Airport
- Tabuk – Tabuk Airport
- Abha – Abha Airport
- Hurghada - Hurghada Airport
- Sharm el-Sheikh - Sharm el-Sheikh Airport
- Alexandria – Borg El Arab Airport
In December 2009 the airline became the first international airline to operate flights to Saudi Arabia's Yanbu Airport. In June 2010 the airline repeated the milestone at Qassim Regional Airport. Previously both Yanbu and Qassim airports were domestic airports. Both flights originate from Cairo International Airport.
Other destinations earmarked by Aziz include Europe and Middle East with specific mention of Qatar and Jordan in addition to Copenhagen and Milan-Bergamo. AlMasria is also looking to lever the current bilateral talks taking place between Cairo and Baghdad.
The AlMasria Universal Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2013):
The airline's CEO stated the plans call for a further 3 A320 will join during the first year of operation. An eventual fleet of 10 aircraft is planned by 2014. "We aim to dry-lease the first aircraft for the first three years", says Aziz. "After five years we aim to buy aircraft from Airbus by 2014. We don't want to load the balance sheet by buying $250 million in assets at the start."
The airline plans to provide a full on-board service. Cairo-originating services will feature two cabins with aircraft configured with 164 seats.