Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Almasria Universal Airlines Airbus A320s returned to lessor at Dublin Airport

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Egyptian carrier AlMasria Universal Airlines airline launched operations in June 2009 to take advantage of low prices during the global financial crisis to tap demand for air travel in the most populous Arab country.

However on-going geopolitical turmoil in Egypt lead to violent protests in Mid August leading to a state of emergency being declared , just as Egypt was about to revive its lucrative and important tourism industry.

The situation lead several European governments to impose travel bans to the country, hence causing considerable difficulties for aviation and tourism industries, with the cancellations of charter programmes including weekly charter services from Belfast International and Dublin Airport to Sharm El Sheikh serving Red Sea resort.

Courtesy: Damian Bracken 
According AlMasria Universal reduced its fleet from seven Airbus A320 Family to two aircraft in response to changing market conditions.

On the evening of Saturday 21st September SU-TCA Airbus A320-232 construction number 932 AlMasria Universal was ferried Cairo to Dublin on return to lessor.

Its sister-ship followed SU-TCB Airbus A320-232 construction number 943 AlMasria Universal was ferried Cairo to Dublin on return to lessor.

On 2nd October SU-TCA was re-registered as EI-FDG and SU-TCB was re-registered as EI-FDH to BOC Aviation.

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