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Flash Airlines was a private charter airline operating out of Cairomarker, Egyptmarker 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.


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 and one Douglas DC-9

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.

Accident information

On 3 January 2004, Flash Airlines Flight 604marker, using the 737-300 aircraft SU-ZCF, crashed into the Red Seamarker shortly after leaving Sharm el-Sheikhmarker.

Following the crash, a spokesperson for Switzerlandmarker'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 Switzerlandmarker. However, Egypt's Civil Aviation ministry called the Swiss accusations baseless, and said it had inspection documents proving Flash Airlines' planes were safe. Finnishmarker National Airline Department granted Flash Airlines a permission to do charter flights from Finlandmarker 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.


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  3. " 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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