Nile Air

Nile Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2006
Commenced operations March 2011
Hubs Cairo International Airport
Secondary hubs Borg El Arab Airport
Fleet size 7
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, 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 (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. 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 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

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


As of July 2017, Nile Air serves the following destinations with scheduled services:[5]

City Country Airport Notes
AbhaSaudi ArabiaAbha Regional Airport
Al AinUnited Arab EmiratesAl Ain International Airport
AlexandriaEgyptBorg El Arab Airport
AswanEgyptAswan International Airport
BaghdadIraqBaghdad International Airport
Banda AcehIndonesiaSultan Iskandar Muda International Airport
BasraIraqBasra International Airport
BuraidahSaudi ArabiaPrince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport
CairoEgyptCairo International AirportBase
Ha'ilSaudi ArabiaHa'il Regional Airport
HofufSaudi ArabiaAl-Ahsa International Airport
HurghadaEgyptHurghada International Airport
IstanbulTurkeySabiha Gökçen International Airport
JeddahSaudi ArabiaKing Abdulaziz International Airport
JizanSaudi ArabiaJizan Regional Airport
Kuwait CityKuwaitKuwait International Airport
LuxorEgyptLuxor International Airport
Port SudanSudanPort Sudan New International Airport
SakakahSaudi ArabiaAl-Jawf Domestic Airport
Sharm el-SheikhEgyptSharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Ta’ifSaudi ArabiaTa’if Regional Airport
TabukSaudi ArabiaTabuk Regional Airport
YanbuSaudi ArabiaYanbu Airport


As of August 2017, the Nile Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[6][7]

Nile Air Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 5 8 156 164[6]
Airbus A321-200 2 8 196 204[6]
Airbus A321neo 2[8]
Aircraft deliveries in 2020
Total 7 2


  1. 1 2 3 "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. "Our destinations". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  6. 1 2 3 "Our fleet". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  7. "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 13.
  8. "Airbus makes 46 aircraft deliveries in April 2017 - Wole Shadare". 6 May 2017.
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