Friday, 9 June, 2023

Egypt Air launches direct services to Dhaka

The airline will operate flights on Dhaka-Cairo route on Sundays and Wednesdays

Egypt Air launches direct services to Dhaka
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali inaugurates the flight operation of Egypt Air by cutting a cake at HSIA in the capital on Sunday.

With the arrival of Egypt Air’s inaugural flight to Dhaka, the direct air link between Bangladesh and Egypt is now a reality. 

The inaugural flight (MS-970) operated by Boeing 787-900 (Dreamliner) landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Dhaka at 7:00 pm yesterday.

The flight was welcomed with a water cannon salute on the runway. The return flight (MS-971) left Dhaka for Cairo at 8:30 pm. 

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md. Mahbub Ali MP attended the ceremony, organised at HSIA to celebrate the inaugural flight of Egypt Air, as the chief guest.

Welcoming the launching of direct flights by Egypt Air, the state minister said, “This is in true sense a historic moment in the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Egypt." "I am confident that the direct air connection between the two countries will

facilitate bilateral tourism, trade, business, and investment.  Our government is working on implementing a plan to establish Bangladesh as a regional hub, which is why we encourage more foreign airlines to commence services to Bangladesh,” he said.

  Captain Ihab Al Tahtaway, Chief Executive Officer of Egypt Air, said, “We are really delighted to come to Bangladesh which we consider to be a very prospective aviation market. I hope valued Bangladeshi customers will enjoy our world-class services on board and on the ground."

 He said, "Travelers from Bangladesh will have the opportunity to travel to over 80 destinations spread across our network in the Middle East, Europe, US, Africa, and Asia with convenient connections from Cairo.”

Initially, the airline will operate two weekly flights every Sunday and Wednesday from Dhaka by modern two-class wide-body Boeing 787-900 aircraft with 279 seats in Economy and 30 seats in Business Classes. 

Md. Mokammel Hossain, Secretary of MoCAT, Air Vice Marshal M. Mafidur Rahman, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, Amr Adawy, Vice President Commercial, Egypt Air, Syed Ali Samy, Chief Executive Officer and Farhad Hossain, COO of ALO Dhaka Aviation, GSA of Egypt Air were present, among others. on the occasion. 

Egypt Air is the state-owned flag carrier of Egypt. The airline is headquartered at Cairo International Airport, its main hub, operating scheduled passenger and freight services to 81 destinations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Americas. Egypt Air is a member of Star Alliance. The airline has a fleet of 70 modern aircraft.