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ZAS Air (Egypt)  
User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 381 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

There was an airline by this name , I think the acronym stood for Zackarias ... something, they had an A300 and even served Karachi for a brief period in the early 90's under the failed open skies treaty to encourage airlines to use the then new Jinnah Terminal, the airline was labelled "scavenger" along with some other African carriers who started operating between the Gulf and Karachi stealing passengers from Emirates and PIA. Are they still around?


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User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1639 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

Airmale

They ceased ops back in the mid 90s.

Can't remember the exact year, I'll check it out later and post an update, unless someone else can confirm when.

As well as the A300, they operated DC-9-3o, MD-83 and B707. They ordered, but never received, MD-11s.

The 707s could be seen on both passenger and cargo flights.

ZAS were often to be seen in the UK as they flew many ACMI subcharters for UK charter airlines in the late 80s

Certainly flew domestic flights in Egypt too




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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19259 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

They flew almost daily to AMS. I recall them flying CAI-KWI-MLE once-weekly. Can't remember the other destinations.


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User currently offline4jaded From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

They used to have service on the 707 done in the states. They would fly through LAS with regular frequency. I used to help with the ground handling of the 707's when they come around. Always alot of mystery and always security guards on board with guns.

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6057 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

As far as I know, the A300's came from Conair (with the paint being a hybrid of some sorts). I think there's a few pics in the database from that period.

User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3292 times:

I flew with the airline once (I can't remember much) back in the early 90s on one of their A300s between LGW and CAI.

They operated quite a diverse fleet

A300


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EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

Airmale, do you have any other questions?


EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offline744rules From Belgium, joined Mar 2002, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

If I remember well, ZAS stands for Zarkani Airline System. The started flying cargo a/c with fruit/vegetables and later on they also carried pax. Remember they had an md80 flight operating into BRU

[Edited 2004-06-08 09:47:08]

User currently offlineLj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

The owner of the airline (Mr. Zakarni) had a Dutch connection (his wife was Dutch if I'm correct), hence the reason why they flew to AMS. Their 707 was parked for many years next to a KLM maintenance hangar at AMS after the demise

User currently offlineNlspot2004 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

The last A300 in Zas colours is stored at Paris Orly. There are pictures in the database of it.

http://www.nlspot.com/index.html


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3172 times:

One of their A300s is also in storage at CAI (along with a few other aircraft)


EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

From "Airlines Remembered" by BI Hengi:

(paraphrasing)

ZAS was founded by Emir Zarkani in 1981, flying freight. Operations started November 23, 1982 on LON-AMS-CAI. In Autumn 1987, they gained liscence for passenger charters, at first for Hajj flights. This was then broadened allowing services to Western Europe. 707s were used, initally on Luxor-Bordeaux. Scheduled domestic flights began in 1988. MD-83s and MD-87s, A300s, and A310s were also leased in. With the collapse of Egyptian tourism spurred by the Gulf War, mounting business difficulties led to to a shutdown in April 1995.


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