Between 1958 and 1961 there was short-lived political union of Egypt and Syria (see United Arab Republic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) leading to the Egyptian national airline Misrair becoming United Arab Airlines (UAA). The union was more a takeover of Syria by Egypt partly as a way of crushing Communism in Syria but also as a stepping stone to a possible pan-arabic state. The union of the two countries collapsed on September 28, 1961, however Egypt remained officially known as the United Arab Republic until 1971 so UAA also kept its name.
By 1962 UAA was operating a fleet made up of Comet 4s, Viscounts and DC-6s. The airline had wanted to buy 707s since 1961 but was only able to take delivery of its first in late 1968. SU-AOU ‘Khopho’ was the first and by mid 1970 4 were in the fleet. The airline was renamed to Egyptair in October 1971 and dalliances with Soviet Il-62s and TU-154s were short-lived whilst the 707 fleet grew. AOU continued in service until the early 90s when she found her way to Zaire for New ACS as 9Q-CJM (later CRA). In the mid 90s she operated for Express City, Zaire Airlines and Congo Airlines. By 2002 she was with Hewa Bora Airways as 9Q-CKB and was written off when she crashed on landing at Kinshasa during a thunderstorm in April of that year
I should also note that UAA / Egyptair had an appalling safety record in the early 70s losing 3 Comet 4s and 3 AN-24s in 1970, a DC-9 and 707 in 1972, an IL-18 in 1973 and a TU-154 in 1974!!
The first of 17 A300s arrived in 1978 when a TEA example was leased whilst another second-hand example joined quickly from Bavaria. The airline’s first new A300 was SU-BCA delivered in July 1980 and seven aircraft were in service by mid 1983 (with the two originals returned). Interestingly Egyptair also took delivery of 3 767-200ERs from mid 1984 and 2 767-300ERs in 1989 despite also taking up a follow on order for 7 A300-600s from 1990. SU-BCB was named ‘Osiris’ and was converted to a freighter in 1997 and joined Air Contractors as EI-EAT and then OO-DLY. In 2009 she was reregistered as N116PY and owned by Pyramid Leasing One Inc.
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