Nile Air

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Nile Air
Nile air.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2006
Commenced operations March 2011
Hubs Cairo International Airport
Secondary hubs Borg El Arab Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations 22
Company slogan Dream .. Travel .. Discover
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Key people Ahmed Aly (CEO)

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.

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.

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


On 1 November 2009, the airline received its (AOC) from the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, which permitted the airline to launch operations.

The airline had originally 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, 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) 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.

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 become 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 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)

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, 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'.[4]


As of April 2017, Nile Air serves the following destinations with scheduled services:

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]
Aswan Egypt ASW HESN Aswan International Airport
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]
Ha'il Saudi Arabia HAS OEHL Ha'il Regional Airport (begins 27 June 2017)
Hofuf Saudi Arabia HOF OEAH Al-Ahsa International Airport
Hurghada Egypt HRG HEGN Hurghada International Airport [5]
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]
Luxor Egypt LXR HELX Luxor International Airport
Port Sudan Sudan PZU HSPN Port Sudan New International Airport [6]
Sakakah Saudi Arabia AJF OESK Al-Jawf Domestic Airport [7]
Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt SSH HESH Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport [5]
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.


As of April 2017, the Nile Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[8][9]

Nile Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 8 156 164[10]
Airbus A321-200 1 2 8 196 204[10] Aircraft deliveries in 2018
Total 6 2


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "About Nile Airline". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Airbus wins Nile Air Order". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nile Air adopts complete Amadeus IT portfolio". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Al Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Nile Air Schedules Domestic Egypt Service Launch in July 2016". Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Nile Air Flows Across Saudi Arabia and into Sudan". Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nile Air Announce Seventh Destination In Saudi Arabia". Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nile Air Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nile Air Fleet". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Our Fleet". nileair. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 

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