EgyptAir was established on June 7, 1932 and started operations in July 1993. The establishment is conducted on the association with the Airwork Company under the name of Misr Airwork. During World War II, the Egyptian government took over the airline and its name changed to Misr Air in 1949.
In January 1961, Misr Air joined Syrian Airways to form United Arab Airlines (UAA) as a result of new political relations between Egypt and Syria, but the new company did not last long. The airline is using that name for some time until converted into EgyptAir in October 1971. EgyptAir became the first airline in the Middle East who operate jet aircraft.