Thursday, September 15, 2011

Air Sinai: Egypt to Israel Magical Mystery Tour Operator

Could this be an Air Sinai no-name plane?

I didn't know about the hush hush on Egypt’s phantom flight to Israel, but it tells alot about the foolishness of Egypt's side of the cold peace with Israel:

"So much about this airline is a mystery. The lone ghost-white aircraft – with no logo or name displayed – sits in the far corner of the airfield outside Cairo International Airport. The aged twin-engine Boeing 737 could be mistaken for a CIA plane used for extraordinary rendition of al-Qaeda suspects; it even resembles the DC-2 that flew to Shangri-La.
"The plane, in fact, is the entire fleet of the phantom airline: Air Sinai, a semi-secret division of Egypt Air.
"Though thousands of people have tried and failed to get a seat on this plane, it is possible to do so. It’s just not easy.
"Air Sinai was created in 1982, right after the Israel-Egypt peace treaty went into effect. As part of the normalization of relations between the two former enemies, the treaty called for the national airline of each country to fly regularly in and out of the other country’s main international airport.
"Israel’s El Al airline happily complied, taking often-full flights of internationals and curious Israelis to the Egyptian capital. The owner of Egypt Air, the government of Egypt, was a little squirmier. To fulfill the terms of the treaty without appearing to do so to its citizens and to others from Arab countries to which it flew, Egypt Air created a new division – Air Sinai, operating under the International Air Transport Association code of 4D.
"This airline would fly to and from Tel Aviv every week, without forcing Egypt Air to list the destination among its flights, or on its maps." Read the whole Globe and Mail article here.

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