Nile Air

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Nile Air
Nile air.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
NP NIA NILEBIRD
Founded 2006
Commenced operations March 2011
Hubs Cairo International Airport
Secondary hubs Borg El Arab Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations 20
Company slogan Truly yours
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Key people Ahmed Aly (CEO)
Website nileair.com

Nile Air (Arabic:النيل للطيران) is an Egyptian airline based at Cairo International Airport that operates scheduled services to destinations in Egypt and the Middle East, Persian Gulf, Southern Europe and Africa.

Nile Air is the largest private airline in Egypt and second only to EgyptAir. The airline is associated with the Al Tayyar Travel Group.

It is a full service carrier (with business and economy class services) that operates scheduled services,[1] using a fleet of Airbus A320-200s & Airbus A321-200s.

The airline's head office is located opposite Cairo International Airport's Terminal 1 in Cairo, Egypt.

History[edit]

On 1 November 2009, the airline received its (AOC) from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, which permitted the airline to launch operations. It launched operations in August 2010, initially operating a short term wet lease contract with Libyan Arab Airlines, before starting scheduled services from Egypt in March 2011,[1] with the launch of flights to Saudi Arabia.

In January 2011, the airline became the first private Egyptian airline to publish its schedule and flight availability on the Global Distribution System (GDS). By the end of December 2013, Nile Air joined the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

The airline had originally ordered nine Airbus A321-200 aircraft in 2007,[2] however in 2015 this order was adjusted to two aircraft.

Corporate affairs[edit]

Nile Air Airbus A321 at Woensdrecht Air Base (May 2016)
Nile Air Airbus A320 Special ' Egypt Tourism' Livery at Cairo International Airport (June 2016)
Nile Air Airbus A320 (old livery) at Hamburg Airport (December 2013)

Ownership[edit]

Nile Air is an Egyptian Joint Stock Company established in 2008, and is 'mainly owned' by Dr. Nasser Al Tayyar, former President of Al Tayyar Group, a prominent travel agency based in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[1] Nile Air is shown in the accounts of the Al Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company as a 'related company'.[3]


Destinations[edit]

As of July 2016, Nile Air serves the following destinations with scheduled services:

Base
Seasonal
Future
Terminated route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Abha Saudi Arabia AHB OEAB Abha Regional Airport
Al Ain United Arab Emirates AAN OMAL Al Ain International Airport
Alexandria Egypt HBE HEBA Borg El Arab Airport [1]
Baghdad Iraq BGW ORBI Baghdad International Airport
Basra Iraq BSR ORMM Basra International Airport
Buraidah Saudi Arabia ELQ OEGS Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport
Cairo Egypt CAI HECA Cairo International Airport [1]
Hofuf Saudi Arabia HOF OEAH Al-Ahsa International Airport
Hurghada Egypt HRG HEGN Hurghada International Airport [4]
Istanbul Turkey SAW LTFJ Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Jeddah Saudi Arabia JED OEJN King Abdulaziz International Airport [1]
Jizan Saudi Arabia GIZ OEGN Jizan Regional Airport
Kuwait City Kuwait KWI OKBK Kuwait International Airport [1]
Port Sudan Sudan PZU HSPN Port Sudan New International Airport [5]
Riyadh Saudi Arabia RUH OERK King Khalid International Airport
Sakakah Saudi Arabia AJF OESK Al-Jawf Domestic Airport [6]
Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt SSH HESH Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport [4]
Ta’if Saudi Arabia TIF OETF Ta’if Regional Airport [1]
Tabuk Saudi Arabia TUU OETB Tabuk Regional Airport [1]
Yanbu Saudi Arabia YNB OEYN Yanbu Airport [1]

Destinations earmarked for future expansion include cities in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Fleet[edit]

As of July 2016, the Nile Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7][8]

Nile Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 8 156 164[9]
Airbus A321-200 1 2 8 196 204[9] Aircraft deliveries in 2018
Total 6 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "About Nile Airline". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Airbus wins $792mn Nile Air order". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Al Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Nile Air Schedules Domestic Egypt Service Launch in July 2016". Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Nile Air Flows Across Saudi Arabia and into Sudan". Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nile Air Announce Seventh Destination In Saudi Arabia". Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nile Air Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nile Air Fleet". airfleets.net. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Our Fleet". nileair. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 

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