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Air Arabia Starting Cairo, Egypt On April 27  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4011 times:

The first Arab low-fare carrier, Sharjah-based Air Arabia will finally launch flights to Cairo on April 27, its 3rd Egyptian destination.

The route will be served 2x weekly and I am sure will increase later on.

SHARJAH TO CAIRO G9 049 2205 0105#* Tue, Sun
CAIRO TO SHARJAH G9 050 0050# 0620 Mon, Wed

Certainly not wonderful times, but better than nothing.

They currently serve Alexandria 5x weekly and it will be increased to daily on June 1. They also serve Assiut 2x weekly.



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I'm sure our friend Horus is happy.  Smile

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2162 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

like the route map a lot.
agree - terrible times.


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 3926 times:

I'm sure our friend Horus is happy

Well I guess it's good news but I'm still alittle surprised since it's a route that Egyptair operates on (their flights continue to Mumbai), and they usually only allow full-service carriers to compete on a route rather than LCCs.

Its good to see Alexandria going daily and Assuit is expected to go up to 4x weekly in September.



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User currently offlineCanberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 3900 times:

Are they not allowed to open flights to Amman or is it just because there is no demand?

I think I would be a regular, but that is probably not good enough!

I thought Sharjah - Sharm el Sheikh was also planned but I guess not  Sad

/Michael



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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 3869 times:

It seems that Jordan doesn't fancy LCCs competing with Royal Jordanian.

User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 3848 times:

Canberra, they are still planning to open Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor


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User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

Good to hear that Air Arabia is expanding its route network;how many aircrafts is there in their fleet now?

MEA310



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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

I think they have 2 used A320s and two brand new ones (not 100% sure though)


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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

They have 3 A320s. A 4th will join the fleet soon.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

I might be going back to CAI in August (I was in the superb city for a month last year) with my girlfriend, whom I might be able to convince to go to SHJ for a short trip.  Wink/being sarcastic

[Edited 2004-04-27 22:17:43]


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

OD720,

Horus is right, they have 4 A320s.

A6-ABX:

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Pearson, for fares check their website:
http://www.airarabia.com

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

Pe@rson - short and inexpensive, their prices are amazingly low! I'm guessing that the price will be the same as to Alexandria, so it will be about $82. Anyone have any experience with the airline to tell us what its like?

User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Sorry about that BA and Horus,

I thought the 4th A320 was still in Toulouse doing test flights for delivery.

Regards.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

OD720,

It makes me wonder what their plans for A6-ABX and A6-ABY are. These were the two ex-Air Malta A320s and are not painted in the full Air Arabia colors. Also the seating configuration is a bit different I think.

I wonder if they are planning to keep them only temporarily or not?

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

BA,

From your route map I see that they will need more than 2 A320s so maybe they will keep the older A320s for a while.
I don't think that they have any new ones on order either.

How is the seating configuration different from the newer ones? I know that older A320s don't have the overhead LCD screens but shouldn't a single class configuration look the same?



User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 3742 times:

Pe@rson, Have a great time in Cairo (but beware during August it gets pretty hot). You should go to Alexandria and a Red Sea resort like Sharm El Sheikh (which was voted to have the best beaches in Africa and the Middle East). Alexandria is an amazing place, and they have completely renovated all the areas that are along the beach (called Kornieesh). You can get to see the Alexandria Library! As for Sharm El Sheikh, were do I start. It has amazing beaches, water sport, desert activites, the most luxurious hotels, wild nightlife and friendly people.

Please email me if you decide to go  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

OD720,

The older A320s have more seats in them and a less comfortable configuration.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 3726 times:

BA, do you know the seat capacity on both the older and newer models?


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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 13 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

The original aircraft have 162 seats and I think the new ones have 150 seats.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

Thanks BA

I have to say 150 seats on a LCC's A320s seems like a very comfortable arrangement. Easyjet's A319 are configured with 156 seats!



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 3715 times:

Horus,

It is indeed pretty comfortable.

easyJet's configuration on its A319s is just mad....

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

easyJet's configuration on its A319s is just mad....

yeah but they are making loads of profit.

Do you know how Air Arabia are doing on the financial side?



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

Air Arabia won't make a profit until 2006 because of their very high spending on infrastructure, staff, and aircraft.

That's all I know.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineIndio66 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

Horus is right, August is pretty hot. Still, its great to be in Cairo anytime.

My wife still talks about the time we went there (her first visit) and even walking through the airport, people were saying hello to us and welcome and so on.

It is nice to see some new carriers to the MidEast. Hopefully, it will result in better service and lower prices for all.





User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

One more question, what is their current fleet plan. They already operate 4 A320s. Do they have anymore on order or are they gonna lease more out? Are they sticking with the A320?


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25 BA : Horus, I heard they will be recieving 2 more A320s at the end of the year. They are planning to stick with the A320 as far as I know. Regards
26 OD720 : I've been in Egypt during July-August and it was hot! I took the train to Aswan from Cairo and little I knew that people don't go out at noon. I haven
27 HUYfan : Their new silver livery, IMO is the best of any low cost airline, it looks fantastic! Very classy! Regards Mike
28 Canberra : Pe@rson, Hours wrote, You should go to Alexandria and a Red Sea resort like Sharm El Sheikh (which was voted to have the best beaches in Africa and th
29 ToBEYwithMEA : Holy mother of God! 156 people on a A319! How can you breath! Thank God, MEA have 149 people on a A321!
30 Ahlfors : They are amazingly cheap. I just snatched a $88 one way CMB-SHJ for September.
31 MEA310 : toBEYwithMEA Don't forget Easy is an LCC with a single class configuration,but it's still quite a lot for the A319.MEA has adopted a very much comfort
32 Horus : Canberra, You'll see more Italian carriers than Russian ones. In any one day you can get upto 30 flights from across Italy, from an Egyptair 735 upto
33 Thomas_Jaeger : A6-ABX is with Italian LCC Windjet now as EI-DFO, but I heard Air Arabia would get another ex-Air Malta A320-200 instead.
34 OD720 : Thanks Thomas for that info, your input is always much appreciated. Speaking of Air Malta, why they keep on "trading" A320s and still keep their small
35 Horus : Eventually, I believe they will have an all Airbus fleet in the future. That is the case. They currently operate old A320s and B733s. They ordered the
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