Lufthansa will cooperate closely with Egypt Air in future and to mark the start of the
partner-ship, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and Eng. Atef Abd El Hamid, Chairman of Egypt Air, have
signed a code-sharing contract.Lufthansa’s cooperation with Egypt Air will start with the introduction of the
winter timetable at the end of 2007. The two airlines will in future offer all
flights between Germany and Egypt with joint flight numbers: the code-sharing will
be introduced on the services between Frankfurt and Munich to Cairo, as well as
those from Frankfurt to Alexandria, are part of the code-sharing agreement. Further
code-share services, especially to the tourism centres of Egypt and North Africa,
are being planned, following official approval by the air traffic authorities. Egypt
Air is also planning to transfer its flight numbers to Lufthansa flights within
Germany and Europe as well as to North America.
Egypt is one the most important markets for Lufthansa on the African continent. The
airline currently offers its passengers 17 flights per week from Egypt to Germany:
14 times a week there are flights from Cairo to Frankfurt, three times per week from
Alexandria to Frankfurt. Egypt Air is keen to improve its access to the German
market. In the current summer timetable, the airline increased its operation to
Munich to daily flights. More connectivity is reached by the arrival of Egypt Air
flights into Terminal 2. Furthermore the airline offers daily flights to Frankfurt,
two flights to Düsseldorf and two flights to Berlin. All together, Egypt Air
operates 18 flights per week from Egypt to Germany.
“Egypt Air is an ideal partner for us, because with this cooperation we can position
ourselves long term in one of the most dynamically growing markets in North Africa.
We are thus further extending our worldwide network of routes for our customers”,
said Lufthansa chief Mayrhuber at the signing of the agreement.
Egypt Air’s Chairman Hamid also expressed his delight at the cooperation with
Lufthansa. He welcomed and hailed the cooperation with Lufthansa, as a pioneering
partner with an extensive range of services in the German market: “Our cooperation
with Lufthansa represents a strategic alliance which will enhance our European
market. This comes as a part of our corporate strategy aimed at forging partnerships
with leading airlines in targeted markets. The codeshare between Egypt Air and
Lufthansa will certainly lead to the enhancement of the product”, said Egypt Air’s
Chairman Abd El Hamid.
The passengers of the two airline companies will benefit from the
mutually-coordinated timetables with more flight possibilities and better
connections between Germany and Egypt. In addition, participants in the frequent
flyer programmes of the two airlines will be able to collect miles on the route
networks of Lufthansa and Egypt Air and redeem them with both airlines.
A long flying history links Lufthansa with Egypt: as early as 1959 there were two
weekly flights with a Boeing 727 from Cairo via Munich to Frankfurt. In the
meantime, Lufthansa is the number one among the European airlines in Egypt.