Flash Airlines was a private charter airline operating out of Cairo, Egypt that was part of the Flash Group tourism company. The airline operated two Boeing 737-3Q8 aircraft manufactured in 1993 on non-scheduled commercial passenger flights on both international and domestic routes.Template:Fact


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The airline was established in 1995 as Heliopolis Airlines. It received its certificate of operation from the Egyptian authorities in 1996. It became a member of the Flash group in 2000. During that year Flash Airlines had one 737-300 with another that joined in 2002.[1]

In 2002 Swiss aviation authorities performed a surprise inspection on SU-ZCF, a Flash Airlines Boeing 737-300. They discovered missing pilot oxygen masks, a lack of oxygen tanks, and inoperable cockpit instruments. The Swiss grounded the aircraft until Flash repaired the plane. Several days later Switzerland banned Flash. In addition, Poland banned Flash. Tour operators in Norway ceased contracting with Flash.[2] The crash of Flight 604 led to an investigation that exposed poor safety measures and helped lead to the folding of Flash.


Flash AirlinesEdit

The Flash Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft during operations:[3]

Aircraft Registration Delivered Exited Fate
Boeing 737-3Q8 SU-ZCF 22 July 2001 3 January 2004 Crashed as Flash Airlines Flight 604
Boeing 737-3Q8 SU-ZCD 16 February 2002 5 March 2004 Became N271LF with ILFC

Heliopolis AirlinesEdit

The Heliopolis Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft before merging into Flash group:[4]

Aircraft Registration Delivered Exited Fate
Airbus A310-222 SU-ZCC 27 October 1997 26 August 1999 Became N453FE with FedEx Express
Boeing 737-3Q8 SU-ZCE 21 April 2000 17 May 2000 Became N221LF with ILFC
Boeing 737-3Q8 SU-ZCF 23 June 2001 22 July 2001 Stayed as SU-ZCF with Flash Airlines
Boeing 737-3Q8 SU-ZCD 16 February 2000 27 August 2000 Stayed as SU-ZCD with Ecoair International
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 SU-ZCA 23 August 1996 13 February 1998 Became HK-4137X with Avianca

Accidents and incidentsEdit

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In 2003,a passenger reported flames from an engine. On 3 January 2004, Flash Airlines Flight 604, using the 737-300 aircraft SU-ZCF, crashed into the Red Sea shortly after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh.[2] All passengers and crew died.

Following the crash, a spokesman for Switzerland's Federal Office for Civil Aviation said that inspections in April and October 2002 had revealed safety glitches on Flash Airlines's aircraft, and since Flash did not respond to these concerns, the airline was no longer permitted to fly to or over Switzerland. Finnish National Airline Department granted Flash Airlines a permission to do charter flights from Finland to Egypt in September 2003, because (according to the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat) the warning e-mail from Switzerland got to a wrong folder in an e-mail client.[5]


  1. "Flash Airlines." Flash Tour. 13 December 2000. Retrieved on 1 June 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Desperate Dive." Mayday.
  3. Flash Airlines Fleet
  4. Heliopolis Airlines Fleet
  5. "Finns on Flash Airlines flight only days before last week's crash." Helsingin Sanomat. Wednesday 7 January 2004. Retrieved on 25 December 2008.

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