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Syrian Air (Syria)

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[Syrian Air ] image by Randy Young, 2 August 2020


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Syrian Air (السورية للطيران) is the flag carrier of Syria. It was established on December 21, 1946 as Syrian Airways (other sources mention مؤسسة الطيران السورية (English: Syrian Aviation Corporation), as an institution (that is: a State-owned company). Financial difficulties caused the suspension of services in 1948, but after receiving government support operations were resumed in 1951. In February 1958, Syria and Egypt decided to unite under the leadership of president Gamal Abdel Nasser, and the two countries became provinces of the United Arab Republic. The merger between الخطوط الجوية السورية (English: Syrian Airlines, also translated as Syrian Airways) مصر إير (English: Egypt Air, transliterated to MisrAir), the state-owned airlines of Syria and Egypt came as a consequence of this political union. The airlines merged on December 25, 1958, to form شركة الطيران العربية المتحدة (English: United Arab Airlines, UAA). At the time of the merger, Syrian Airways was still only a small regional airline while its Egyptian counterpart, Misrair, was the largest and oldest airline in the Arab world, operating an extensive network out of Cairo, the region's metropolis. The union between Egypt and Syria ended on September 26, 1961, amidst tensions between the leaderships of the two provinces of the UAR. The Syrian Arab Republic was declared in Syria, while Egypt chose to continue to carry the title of UAR for a few more years, resulting in the renaming of the company once again, as مؤسسة الطيران العربية السورية (English: Syrian Arab Aviation Corporation, or Syrian Arab Aviation Airlines) in October 1961. The "SyrianAir" acronym was officially adopted on November 11, 1975, again becoming private, in anticipation of the delivery of the new Boeing fleet and in order to generate a more modern and international image. However, SyrianAir's official and legal title continued to be الطيران العربية السورية (English: Syrian Arab Aviation or Syrian Arab Airlines). On January 9, 2020 the country's President introduced a legislative Decree to change the name from Syrian Arab Airlines to Syrian Air".
Sources: https://syriaair.com/history/,
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Arab_Airlines,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Air and
https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Syrian-Arab-Airlines

The current flag is a horizontal blue background featuring the bird logo (https://www.seatlink.com/images/logos/no-text/sm/syrian-arab-air.png, source:  https://www.seatlink.com/airlines/syrian-arab-air/seat-maps/syrian-arab-air-airbus-a320-seat-map/) in the middle, and the name Syrian Air on the bottom left corner and the inscription in Arabic on the bottom right corner, all in white outline and white color font type. This logo was introduced in 1973, featuring of course the airline's new logo, "a mythical bird rising over a Mediterranean-blue disk" (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Air).

The flag shown above is based on https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTe0pwyuLePUQNtJmjxTztMTzrswuyh5FrFICg3QU3K08IhNU-n&s, source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Syrian-Air-Training-Center-115098962528159/posts/). This is the current desktop flag of the company.

Esteban Rivera, 1 August 2020

[Syrian Air ] image by Esteban Rivera, 1 August 2020

For visual reference, here's the logo explained (unfortunately it is a graphic with Arabic text and I cannot translate it). Image from: https://www.facebook.com/QSWRB.sy/photos/a.114881023302987/127031348754621/?type=3&theater, source: https://www.facebook.com/QSWRB.sy/
Esteban Rivera, 1 August 2020


Earlier flag

[Syrian Air ] image by Esteban Rivera, 1 August 2020

There are also images of the previous airline name and logo, as shown. This image is from the original, located here: http://syriaair.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/1-300x200.jpg, source: https://syriaair.com/history). This is an old set of pilot wings showing the previous airline logo, together with the company's name on top).

Esteban Rivera, 1 August 2020