Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Egyptair-Hajj 2005/2006  
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Six months ago MS began preparing the mammoth task for this year's Hajj season. Plans called for 15% more airline personnel (compared to last year) at JED and MED to cope with the airline's large passenger numbers and a 40% increase during the last 10 days when all pilgrims return to CAI and beyond.

The airline has also terminated the contract it had with last year's Saudi handling agent as they did not fulfil their commitments when they provided only one X-ray machine. This year the airline will have full use of 4 X-ray machines and 10 check-in desks making it capable of handling 5 flights at any one time.

From 19 December - 4 January 2006, EgyptAir will operate 249 flights to Jeddah (JED) and Al-Madina (MED). An estimated 257 return flights will run from 13 January - 1 February. According to EgyptAir chairman, Sherif Galal, the carrier will transfer a total of 60,000 pilgrims; 10,000 are non-Egyptian, mainly coming from Africa and Europe. "Our state-of-the-art A330 have joined the fleet to meet this massive demand," Galal said. "We have also completed procedures to lease another A300-600 to help transfer pilgrims."

In an attempt to lessen potential complications, EgyptAir has suspended bookings on the Luxor and Alexandria routes to Jeddah, limiting the process to Cairo.

Initially, the carrier considered dropping a programme by which visa officers helped passengers with their paperwork on board flights heading to Cairo in order to facilitate the processing once the plane landed. Even though cancelling the programme would have "saved money and allowed more seats for passengers," Galal said, "it would also have resulted in our passengers suffering crowded arrival lines."

Cairo International Airport has also reorganised itself to help avoid the problems of past years. "Hall 2 -- normally allocated for domestic flights -- will be used for pilgrims departing to Jeddah," said Cairo International Airport Chairman Fathi Fathallah. "Flights to and from Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada, the primary domestic operation, will be moved to Private Planes Hall 4 for the duration of the pilgrimage season. A huge, modern tent is being constructed in front of the hall just like every year to receive pilgrims who come from every corner of the country."

According to Fathallah, the airport was planning for the pilgrimage season in tandem with additional traffic coinciding with Christmas, Eid, and mid-year vacations. "We have also expanded Hall 3's capacity, and are confident that holidaymakers, tourists and pilgrims will all be more comfortable" this year than they were last year, Fathallah said.

Horus


EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
12 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Hi Horus , i will let u know if these measures helped  Smile


A346,A343,A342,A332,A333,A310,A300,AB6,A319,A320,A321,B741,B744,B777,B767,B732,B735,B727,B707,B757,MD80,F-70,E-170,B738
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 1):
Hi Horus , i will let u know if these measures helped Smile

I'm expecting a trip report on your CAI-JED sector (PLUS photos).

It seems MS are really starting to improve their customer care. The onboard visa officer is a great idea.

Horus



EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

I look forward to reading your Hajj experiences as well  Smile .

BTW I thought you're flying SV ?


User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

6 friends of mine are leaving tonight on MS from ACC for the Hajj


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 3):
BTW I thought you're flying SV ?

Indeed Hijazzey , SV from CAI to JED and then SV again from Mecca to Medina ISA .



A346,A343,A342,A332,A333,A310,A300,AB6,A319,A320,A321,B741,B744,B777,B767,B732,B735,B727,B707,B757,MD80,F-70,E-170,B738
User currently offlineCaptinTuT From United States of America, joined May 2005, 346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 1):
Hi Horus , I will let u know if these measures helped

Enjoy your Trip man, Hajj Mabror ISA
like others waiting for the Pictures.
the last thing I was reading couple of weeks ago but didn't have time to post is that the A330 is equipped with Internet on Business class and that they are considering putting the same service on the B772 and the A340.

Quoting Horus (Reply 2):
It seems MS are really starting to improve their customer care

I do believe they started to be much better, I called them yesterday to change my DAD flight from NYC to CAI and they agent was so friendly and helpful, plus dad when he was in his way here about 4 weeks ago (Business Class) he told me that the service was really amazing which is a huge + for them.

Quoting Horus (Reply 2):
The onboard visa officer is a great idea

yes I do agree, I believe that the first introduced it on Qatar airways as a service to their passenger, does anyone knows if they still have them on board?

Regards
TuT



Aircraft Flown: B747-B777-B737-B767-B757-A300-A318-A319-A320-A321-A330-A340-MD80-MD90-CRJ600-CRJ900-E190
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Quoting CaptinTuT (Reply 6):
the last thing I was reading couple of weeks ago but didn't have time to post is that the A330 is equipped with Internet on Business class and that they are considering putting the same service on the B772 and the A340.

I've also heard that Business/Horus class has internet access but nothing confirmed. I'll be flying MS in early January so I'll try and get more info ... maybe even try out C class on the A330 if I'm lucky enough.

Quoting CaptinTuT (Reply 6):
I do believe they started to be much better, I called them yesterday to change my DAD flight from NYC to CAI and they agent was so friendly and helpful, plus dad when he was in his way here about 4 weeks ago (Business Class) he told me that the service was really amazing which is a huge + for them.

With one of the highest crew to passenger ratios of any airline, MS has the ability to offer a very personal one-to-one service to its passengers.

Quoting CaptinTuT (Reply 6):
yes I do agree, I believe that the first introduced it on Qatar airways as a service to their passenger, does anyone knows if they still have them on board?

QR only offer the service on their CAI flights during the peak summer periods when the Egyptian airport is really pushed to the limits.

Horus



EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2051 times:

Quoting CaptinTuT (Reply 6):
Hajj Mabror ISA

Shokran Captin TuT  Smile

Quoting Soups (Reply 4):
6 friends of mine are leaving tonight on MS from ACC for the Hajj

I beleive they will be flying MS . ACC and LOS MS flights must be packed this time of the year with pilgrims from all over west Africa .

Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 3):
BTW I thought you're flying SV

YYZ-VIE : A332 ( OS )
VIE-CAI : A320/321 ( OS )
CAI-JED : B772 ( SV )



A346,A343,A342,A332,A333,A310,A300,AB6,A319,A320,A321,B741,B744,B777,B767,B732,B735,B727,B707,B757,MD80,F-70,E-170,B738
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Hajj Mabror MSYYZ

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 8):
I beleive they will be flying MS . ACC and LOS MS flights must be packed this time of the year with pilgrims from all over west Africa .

All flights from Europe and Africa to CAI this time of year are fulled with pilgrims. Their LHR-CAI flights during Hajj seem to be full of Indians/Pakistanis (Asians constitute the largest Muslim community in the UK).

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 8):
YYZ-VIE : A332 ( OS )
VIE-CAI : A320/321 ( OS )
CAI-JED : B772 ( SV )

and no MS ....  frown 

Horus



EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

Quoting Horus (Reply 9):
Hajj Mabror MSYYZ

Shokran Horus  Smile

Quoting Horus (Reply 9):
and no MS ....

Because of availability , they had to divide our group , some will fly MS to Jeddah while others including myself will fly SV .
Actually this is the first time i fly OS and SV .



A346,A343,A342,A332,A333,A310,A300,AB6,A319,A320,A321,B741,B744,B777,B767,B732,B735,B727,B707,B757,MD80,F-70,E-170,B738
User currently offlineJc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 572 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

Perhaps a stupid question, and a bit off topic, but:

Are there flights from North and South America for the Haj?



If not now, then when?
User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

Quoting Jc2354 (Reply 11):
Perhaps a stupid question, and a bit off topic, but:

Are there flights from North and South America for the Haj?

Yes, there are plenty of flights from North America. Don't know about South America though.


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Hajj 2005/2006 posted Sat Aug 27 2005 20:52:57 by SBE727
KLM Winterschedule 2005/2006 Update posted Fri Sep 23 2005 13:55:50 by GlobeTrekker
British Airways Longhaul Update - Winter 2005/2006 posted Thu Jul 7 2005 22:13:38 by FlyCaledonian
AA: MIA-MAN To Resume In 2005/2006 posted Wed Dec 22 2004 21:43:58 by MAH4546
Continental To China 2005/2006 posted Wed Sep 22 2004 22:41:31 by Drerx7
Boeing 2006 Sales Ahead Of 2005 Total posted Fri Oct 13 2006 22:40:01 by AirMailer
Fresno Pax Counts Up 12.4% In Aug 2006 Vs Aug 2005 posted Sat Sep 23 2006 01:00:41 by FATFlyer
MHT 2005 Numbers And 2006 Outlook posted Sun Feb 12 2006 03:49:55 by Georgiabill
AMS Winter 2005/6 Summer 2006 Expectations posted Mon Jun 6 2005 17:51:34 by Flyingfool
Current Hajj Flights 2004/2005 posted Sun Dec 19 2004 07:58:20 by AirAmericaC46