Nile Air

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Nile Air
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operationsMarch 2011
HubsCairo International Airport
Secondary hubsBorg El Arab Airport
Fleet size7
HeadquartersCairo, Egypt

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, the Persian Gulf, Southern Europe, Asia and Africa. Nile Air is the largest private airline in Egypt and second only to EgyptAir. 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. In addition to operations from its hub at Cairo International Airport, the airline operates a smaller base from Alexandria's Borg El Arab Airport.


On 1 November 2009, the airline received its Air operator's certificate (AOC) from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, which permitted the airline to launch operations. The airline had ordered nine Airbus A321-200 aircraft in 2007,[2] however in 2015 this order was adjusted to two aircraft. It launched operations in August 2010, 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) and is now covered on all 3 GDS systems; Amadeus, Sabre Corporation & Travelport.

In 2013, Nile Air joined the Arab Air Carriers Organization and the African Airlines Association in 2016. Also in 2016, the airline became the first airline in the Middle East to use Amadeus’ complete Airline IT portfolio, which provides end-to-end IT solutions.[3] In June 2016, Nile Air and Lila Design worked together on the Nile Air A320 special 'Egypt Tourism' livery which was unveiled on an Airbus A320 (SU-BQM).

In 2017, the airline became the official airline of the Egypt national football team - the first deal of its kind. In addition, the airline is among the main sponsors of the team.

Corporate affairs[edit]


Nile Air is an Egyptian Joint Stock Company established in 2008, with 60% ownership by Egyptian individuals & companies and the remaining 40% by Dr. Nasser Al Tayyar, former President of Al Tayyar Group (now called Seera [4]), a prominent travel agency based in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with operations in over 15 countries.[1] Nile Air is shown in the accounts of the Al Tayyar Travel Holding Company as a 'related company'.[5]

There have been several press reports in recent years that the airline was looking to go public on the Egyptian Stock Exchange, with as much as 30% of the carrier's stock being offered to Egyptian investors, with the owner and founder Nasser Al Tayyar retaining a 40% stake. [6]

Business trends[edit]

Nile Air is a private company, and annual reports are not published. In the absence of these, limited information on financial trends especially, is available. Available figures are shown below (for years ending 31 December):

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Turnover n/a
Profits n/a
Number of employees 665 762 770
Number of passengers (m) 0.35 0.93 1.36 1.04
Passenger load factor (%) 66.9 68.5 70
Number of aircraft (at year end) 2 4 4 6 7 7
Notes/sources [7] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Head office[edit]

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


Nile Air Airbus A320-200 in 'Egypt Tourism' special livery
A Nile Air Airbus A320-200
A Nile Air Airbus A321

As of July 2017, Nile Air serves the following destinations with scheduled services:[11]

City Country Airport Notes
Alexandria Egypt Borg El Arab Airport
Aswan Egypt Aswan International Airport
Baghdad Iraq Baghdad International Airport
Buraidah Saudi Arabia Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport
Cairo Egypt Cairo International Airport Base
Ha'il Saudi Arabia Ha'il Regional Airport
Hurghada Egypt Hurghada International Airport
Istanbul Turkey Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Jeddah Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz International Airport
Jizan Saudi Arabia Jizan Regional Airport
Kuwait City Kuwait Kuwait International Airport
Luxor Egypt Luxor International Airport
Sakakah Saudi Arabia Al-Jawf Domestic Airport
Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Ta’if Saudi Arabia Ta’if Regional Airport
Tabuk Saudi Arabia Tabuk Regional Airport
Yanbu Saudi Arabia Yanbu Airport


As of August 2019, the Nile Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12][13]

Nile Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 8 156 164[12]
Airbus A321-200 2 8 196 204[12]
Airbus A321neo 2[14]
Aircraft deliveries in 2020
Total 7 2


  1. ^ a b c "About Nile Airline". Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Airbus wins Nile Air Order". Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Nile Air adopts complete Amadeus IT portfolio". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Al Tayyar Travel Group is now Seera". Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Al Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2014" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Nile Air looks to go public on Egyptian Stock Exchange in 2017". Arabian Aerospace. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Nile Air bids to turnaround Egypt tourism". Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  8. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2017" (PDF). AFRAA. 2017.
  9. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2018" (PDF). AFRAA. 2018.
  10. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2019" (PDF). AFRAA. 2019.
  11. ^ "Our destinations". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  12. ^ a b c "Our fleet". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 13.
  14. ^ "Airbus makes 46 aircraft deliveries in April 2017 - Wole Shadare". 6 May 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Nile Air at Wikimedia Commons