Just months after they had joined Star Alliance, an organisation that supposedly carefully vets new members, the European Union made it known that Egyptair had narrowly avoided being placed on their Black List of airlines banned from Europe. The airline escaped only after agreeing to specific measures and increased checks.
Now, a new list of banned airlines has been published and, whilst Egyptair has not been banned, the EU has emphasised that it is concerned about the supervision and standards of all Egyptian airlines.
Reading between the lines, this is a very clear message that Egyptair has once again been seen to be hovering below the standards required to fly to Europe – and surely well below the standards one would expect of a supposedly “world class” airline in a major alliance.
Egyptair has done quite a lot in recent years to improve its fairly low standards but they clearly have a lot of work still to do. Meanwhile, it is time for Star Alliance to take a hard look at itself and decide if membership is meant to infer any level of safety or quality.