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EgyptAir is the national airline of Egypt and is owned by the Egyptian government.
Founded in 1932 and based in Cairo, it was the first airline in the Middle East to operate jet liners. It employs about 22,000 people and claimed total worldwide revenues in fiscal 2000 of US $1,000 M, with profits of US $35 M. The airline was restructured in 2002 to improve efficiency. A new take-off?
Incidents and Accidents
Notable fatal events include:
- 23 November 1985. Egyptair Flight 648 . A Boeing 737 aircraft was hijacked to Luqa, Malta by three men from Abu Nidal group; Omar Rezaq was among them. After several hours of negotiations, Egyptian troops stormed the aircraft and battled with the hijackers, who threw several hand grenades and shot five Israeli and American passengers in the head. The aircraft was severely damaged by the explosions and fire. Two of the six crew members and 58 of the 91 passengers were killed.
- 31 October 1999, the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990. It was a Boeing 767 that was flying between John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and Cairo which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off of Nantucket. The pilot, Gameel Al-Batouti, was suspected by U.S. authorites of committing suicide and intentionally crashing the plane. Egyptian officials have strongly disputed that claim.
The Egyptair fleet consists of the following aircraft (at March 2005):
- 7 Airbus A300B4
- 12 Airbus A320-200
- 3 Airbus A321-200
- 2 Airbus A330-200 (further 3 on order)
- 3 Airbus A340-200
- 4 Boeing 737-500
- 2 Boeing 747-300
- 5 Boeing 777-200
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