|Hubs||Cairo International Airport|
|Parent company||EgyptAir Airlines Company|
Air Sinai (Arabic: ? S?na' lil-?ayyar?n) is an airline based in Cairo, Egypt. It operates as a 'paper-airline' for parent company EgyptAir under a wet lease-like agreement to serve flights exclusively between Egypt and Israel.
The airline was established in 1982 to fly scheduled services between Egypt and Israel (on routes previously flown by Nefertiti Aviation), which for political reasons could not be handled by parent company EgyptAir. Services started using a Boeing 737-200 leased from EgyptAir and new routes from Egypt's tourist destinations followed. By the mid-1980s a Fokker F27 Friendship was also in use on these services. During 1982, a Boeing 707-320C, reg N18712 (c/n 19226, ex TWA) was leased and operated on behalf of EgyptAir on their flights to Europe, especially twice weekly MS782/781 Cairo-Copenhagen v.v.
Air Sinai ceased airline operations in its own right in 2002 and operates as a 'paper airline' for its parent company, EgyptAir, using their aircraft without any markings identifying either carrier, although some have been spotted in Tel Aviv in full EgyptAir branding. Flights are not listed in EgyptAir schedules and do not appear on their website or route maps either. As of 2014 Air Sinai flights are displayed on arrival and departure boards at Cairo Airport using the IATA code 4D.
Air Sinai serves the following destinations on behalf of Egyptair.
Due to the nature of its operations, Air Sinai uses two unmarked Embraer 170 aircraft owned by EgyptAir Express to operate its flights. Other types, including larger aircraft are also used based on operational requirements, with EgyptAir markings then being removed. On some occasions, EgyptAir branded aircraft have also been utilised.
In September 2019, it was announced the airline would replace Embraer operations with Airbus A220 aircraft operated by EgyptAir Express from 1 March 2020. In December 2019 Airbus 220 first flight was moved forward to 9 December 2019.