The total number of aircraft in the fleet of Arab airlines members of the Arab Air Transport Association to more than 1200 aircraft according to the latest available data, these companies transport annually about 225 million passengers in addition to 7 million tons of air cargo.
Historically, EgyptAir is the oldest Arab airline.When it was founded in May 1932, EgyptAir became the seventh airline in the world.It started commercial operations in August 1933 with Spartan Cruiser aircraft to operate flights between Cairo and Alexandria.
On May 27, 1945, the first flight of air traffic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was witnessed by a DC-3 aircraft operated to transport passengers between Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran. ) And five other Bristol (170) aircraft for the airline's fleet later to support the international flight network.
Middle East Airlines was founded in 1945 and inaugurated its first routes between Beirut and neighboring cities such as Syria, Cyprus, Egypt and then Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other important stations in the Gulf. To the top 10 Arab airlines:
Company: History - Establishment
1. Egypt Air 1932
Saudi Airlines 1945
3. Middle East Airlines 1945
4. Iraqi Airways 1945
5. Syrian Airlines 1946
Sudan Airways 1946
8. Gulf Air 1950
9. Algerian Airlines 1953
Kuwait Airways 1954