AlMasria Universal Airlines

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AlMasria Universal Airlines
AlMasria Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
UJ LMU ALMASRIA
Founded2008
HubsCairo International Airport
Fleet size7
Destinations5
Company sloganEnjoy easy fly.
HeadquartersCairo, Egypt
Key peopleIsmail Aziz (Chairman)
Hassan Aziz (President & CEO)
Websitewww.almasriaairlines.com

AlMasria Universal Airlines (Arabic: المصرية العالمية للطيران‎; also known as AlMasria Airlines) is an Egyptian private airline based in Egypt.

The airline operates scheduled and charter services from Egypt. 'AlMasria' is derived from the Arabic word for 'Egyptian'.

Operations[edit]

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.

Destinations[edit]

The AlMasria Universal Airlines route network consists of the following destinations[1]:

City Country Airport Notes
Al-Qassim Region Saudi Arabia Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz International Airport
Alexandria Egypt Borg El Arab Airport
Cairo Egypt Cairo International Airport Hub
Düsseldorf Germany Düsseldorf Airport
Frankfurt Germany Frankfurt Airport
Hurghada Egypt Hurghada International Airport
Jeddah Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz International Airport
London England Gatwick Airport
Milan Italy Linate Airport
Orio al Serio International Airport
Moscow Russia Moscow Domodedovo Airport
Munich Germany Munich Airport
Paris France Charles de Gaulle Airport
Saint Petersburg Russia Pulkovo Airport
Sharm El Sheikh Egypt Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
Ta'if Saudi Arabia Ta'if Regional Airport
Tabuk Saudi Arabia Tabuk Regional Airport
Tashkent Uzbekistan Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport
Tirana Albania Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza
Warsaw Poland Warsaw Chopin Airport
Yanbu Saudi Arabia Yanbu 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.

In 2017, the airline scaled back scheduled operations and resumed charter services and ACMI operations (including Tunis Air).

Fleet[edit]

AlMasria Universal Airlines' only Airbus A330-200.

The AlMasria Universal Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):[2]

AlMasria Universal Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
B E Total
Airbus A320-200 2 8 156 164
Airbus A330-200 1[3] TBA
Boeing 737-400 2
Boeing 737-500 1 TBA
Total 6


The Airbus A320 aircraft anchors the airline's fleet. The first aircraft arrived in Egypt in April 2009 and the second one in August 2009. Both aircraft are leased from BOC Aviation.

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 onboard service. Cairo-originating services will feature two cabins with aircraft configured with 164 seats.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AlMasria Airlines Route Network". AlMasria Universal Airlines. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 13.
  3. ^ Flightradar24. "Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.