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Bound For The Pyramids On The A346  
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 15964 times:

Bound for the pyramids on the A346

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Ahlan wa sahlan, dear readers,

like every year, sooner or later, it´s enough for me with that middle european, ever lasting, never ending winter weather.

My recent story was one of these winter forced interrupted one´s

Secured The Contact F100, But Missed My Connection (by FLIEGER67 Feb 18 2010 in Trip Reports)

Where to go and escape from here?.

Egypt sounds interesting, never been there and also nice metal to book.

So, it wasnt that cheap, but anyway I´ve decided to go.
Booking was done via Egypt airs website, some 200.-- Euro´s cheaper return, than booking one way and some 800.-- Euro´s cheaper than booking the same connection
on our major german homecarrier without the usual sunday night stay.
In the end I´ve payed some 200.--. Euro´s per leg. It´s definitely a money making route, more about it later.

Sunday, 14.02.2010


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Service Egypt Air 9002 operated by Lufthansa
Scheduled: 13.25 // 18.25 = 4 hours (1 hour time distance)
Actual: 14.55 // 19.45 = 3 hours, 50 minutes


Leaving home by car much earlier than usual at around 7.00 am, but its winter here, so more time seems better.
Check-in was done online via LH´s website, quick and easy.
An interesting notice was, that the system responded, I´ve been already checked in without any action from myself.
The only minor complaint was, that all window´s further in the back from row 51 gone taken.
Some snow, but ok till Heidelberg, where the sky opens its doors and snow falling much more than expected. Need some more time and reached my usual parking location, Tourcare at around 10 am.
Shuttled quickly to terminal 1 and joined the queues for baggage-drop-off.
Not that long at all, only some five minutes to wait.
A first view to that lovely board shows the usual winter situation, lots of delays here.
Temperature was -3 degrees and it was wet in FRA after earlier snow.
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The friendly female there was somewhat surprised that also the boarding pass for my next flight was printed out. She checked it properly, but I was again without action checked in for the next flight.
I´ve asked for a seat change, but she told me also that the plane is fully booked and all the seats gone taken.
Well, joined the next queue at security, some ten minutes more to wait and arrived in the Terminal 1 B area.
A good way to walk and also to check for some relaxed seating to follow the snowy action outside.
Quatar bound for, well, Quatar
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The operations board showed me my plane on the way to CAI
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And the first page with a couple of delays
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More delays and cancellations here on the external screens
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It looks like a hard day for the de-icers here with all that widebody planes
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LH´s A343 at the gate
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Tunis Air arrived also with an hour delay from TUN
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Continental´s 764 ready to go for IAH
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And MEA just arrived from BEY
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AC heading for another snowy place
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Some 30 minutes prior to boarding I´ve decided to head for the gate B50, on the groundlevel,
that means bus boarding today.
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Usually warm welcomed, but not really today with that cold and wet weather conditions.
The gate agent announced that boarding will start some minutes later than scheduled while we had to wait for delayed connecting pax.
The sometwhat usual hub interruptions.
And also the waiting list was huge, so it seems they shuffled some other pax from earlier delayed or cancelled flights to this one.
A chance for me to go for the last row?. We will see!.
I was with the last pax from the gate area.
A long way to go along the whole cargo apron till nearly the entrance for runway 18.
Loading freight on Aerologic and something from China
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till we reached my snow covered plane
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D-AIHI, as announced on the internal screen.
The scheduled A346, delivered at 27.04.2004 to LH and named "Mönchengladbach".
Leg no. 3 for me ontype and a new registration.
Walking under the heavy wing, something what I really like
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and close to the massive engines
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Snow falling from the engines, it seems no earlier de-icing action here
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Gulf with the A332 on the way for runway 18 and Bahrain
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And boarded finally by the rear stairs
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with a close view to the massive wing and engines
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Also SIA´s classic 747 heading for runway 18
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The cabin welcomed me with bright grey fabric seats, acceptable legroom, ok so far.
My seatmate was a young egyptian guy, calm and also ok so far.
Load was 100%, not a single open seat to spot, at least in the rear cabin.
From my impression lot´s of US pax heading to CAI on LH these days.
The captain welcomed us during late boarding with the information that we had to wait for some more late pax from connecting flights and also de-icing will need some time, so our deparure "will not that long later than scheduled".
That was the one and only comment from the front, nothing else along the whole flight.
I´ve counted four female and three male FA´s in the eco cabin.
Well, ok, but noth that super friendly, it seems typical LH standard.
Especially the female lead FA annoyed me with her ongoing announcements what they all do for the first and biz pax and what´s left for passengers in "tourist class".
I hope that LH sometimes mention that a good number of former biz pax nowadays fly eco, but anyway they fly LH.
De-icing need ages, so it feels and finally with one and a half hours delay we´re ready to go, also from
the 4000 meters runway 18 for the announced 3 hours 30 minutes to CAI
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Now it was time to check the safety card and in comparison also the inseat video screen.
The route was good to follow at 39000 feet going above MUC-KLU-SPU-DBV-TIA-ATH-JTR and further east of Crete
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Clouds all the way down to the south
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Welcome to LH´s media world, so was the advertising
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Twelve movies only, not the real wide choice
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The lower level restroom design is a really good thing from my point of view, less queues in the aisles
Going down there
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And further above
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Some mountains breaking the clouds
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It was the choice between beef and lamb, till my row.
Well there are a good number of rows behind and there was no more beef, only lamb.
The metal cutlery was a nice gesture, anyway I stick with butter and the breadroll.
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A shiny winglet view short prior to sundown above the med.
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The whole flight was calm and some 30 minutes prior to touchdown on CAI´s 3999 meters runway 05C
we started the approach.
Welcomed by a well climated night, it was perfect clear sky and 26 degrees.
Thats what I´am searching for.
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Leaving my seat alone
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A long way to walk now.
What me really surprised was the number of maybe travel agents waiting with signs prior to immigration along the way.
Immigration was easier than expected, some five minutes to queue at the bank counters where they cashed 15.-- Dollars for the visa form.
No time thereafter at the desk where a friendly egyptian guy stamped my passport and so I was in Egypt.
Some more minutes for my bag and out in the warm night.
Where I was immediatelly approached by the taxi mafia.
As usual I dont contact with them and walk to the taxi rank, not here at CAI T3, walking up and down in front off the terminal and there wasnt a taxi rank. Not at all.
So away from the young guys, wearing sunglasses at night and fake Rolex watches.
A man in his sixties offered me a ride, some fare agreements as usual.
He asked one of his colleagues about my hotel, the Radisson Blu Heliopolis which he dont really knows where it is located.
And finally on the way to the parking space where a close to the age of its driver smelly Peugeot waited.
Well, reached my hotel after a couple of nearly crashes and a discussion with a police officer, looking for some "baksheesh", so it seems.
The hotel was a nice surprise, newly opened some three months ago, superb designed and friendly staff at all.
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Also my room at the forth floor, well desidned and spacious
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Planned was a nightly visit to the pyramids where they held every sunday night the pyramids light show,
not that I want to attend the show.
No, but I´ve read that its also possible to have a view from outside to the shiny pyramids.
But with LH´s delay that wasn´t possible.
So I´ve decided for the bar, also as usual for me, but not the place to go here, guys in suits and the girls in they´re fifties, smoking long cigaretes, no way.
What about a visit from above, the hotel brochure showed a rooftop pool at storey 9.
Stepping out the escalator in complete darkness, some seconds till my eyes gone ok and immediatelly noticed that there will be rooftop pool in the future, but not nowadays.
Turned around and noticed further that, where usually the escalator panel is located, only some lose wires hanging out of the panel.
Well there are mostly stairs near an escalator, climbed above construction material in the low light, checked the doors and finally found one open which looks like stairs.
Walking slowly down, open wires hanging from the ceiling, construction material all around and finally noticed that storey four
was fixed and everything above was construction site.
So, enough adventures for today, enjoing the bathtub and going in closer contact with the mattress now!.

LH was ok, the delay weather related, interesting metal, but much to expensive from my point of view
for a 3 hours, 30 minutes flight.
IFE was nothing special in comparison to other airlines and also the service level was not that high.
Maybe better on Egypt Air?.
Well, if nothing goes wrong, that will be online in a couple of days.

Comments welcome,
Markus (FLIEGER67)


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26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6402 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 15853 times:

Hi Markus!

Finally the report for Eygpt is online! Great work as usual ! LH seems okay; don't think I ever seena picture of PTVs on LH before......like you said not that great choices.....You would think that when they finally put PTVs in, they would have a good system with more choices....Food seems okay; you don't like lamb ?

Hotel seems really nice, how much did you pay ?

Also wondering where the screens are located that have the regisration numbers at FRA ? Going there on Monday for a very quick spotting trip!

Looking forward to the continuation of your Egyptian adventure!

The777Man



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1709 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 15834 times:

Hi Markus, very nice and interesting report!

Cool that LH flies the A346 on the CAI route, now I only wish they could do the same to Casablanca  

The seats and IFE looked nice as usual on LH, also nice to see some pics from the lower deck lavatories. I guess LH's A346's are pretty unique when it comes to this feature. Food looked nice too, though it seems like they've changed some of the "table wear".

Thanks for sharing!

//Jonas



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15453 times:

Hi Markus,

Good stuff once again, although it's a shame you missed the pyramid light show.

You seem to have a tendency to get stuck at awkward situations like the hotel roof this time or a certain Latvian church some years ago..   Curiosity killed the cat, you know.

I like the fact that LH (plus KL, BA and AF at least) regard CAI as a sort of long haul destination and operate proper widebody planes on the route. Some carriers like OK, MA, OS, TK (ok, that's a shorter flight as well) do it on narrowbodies.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The metal cutlery was a nice gesture, anyway I stick with butter and the breadroll.

Hey dude, I think you need to start sacrificing yourself for your dear readers - we demand to know how the food is! At least it doesn't look half bad.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Also wondering where the screens are located that have the regisration numbers at FRA ? Going there on Monday for a very quick spotting trip!

Everywhere in T1 airside at least - look for small terminals with screens fixed to the walls and columns, there's an "OPS" option (or something like that) in the main menu which takes you to this kind of much more interesting screen.

Looking forward for the return part and your other North African adventures...


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15426 times:

Hi Markus,

interesting report, good evening entertainment. LH's long-haul product doesn't look bad, but it's not really impressive. The seat design is not very attractive and the IFE system cannot match many competitors' offerings.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
In the end I´ve payed some 200.--. Euro´s per leg. It´s definitely a money making route, more about it later.

Indeed, that's quite a lot.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Loading freight on Aerologic and something from China

That's Jade Cargo, partly owned by LH Cargo.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The cabin welcomed me with bright grey fabric seats, acceptable legroom, ok so far.

Where are the IFE boxes located at?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It was the choice between beef and lamb, till my row.
Well there are a good number of rows behind and there was no more beef, only lamb.

The main course doesn't look good at all.


PH



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15417 times:

Hi Markus,

I have been waiting for this one. Very enjoyable and it brings back the memory of my own holiday last year.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Walking under the heavy wing, something what I really like

Great photoshots!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Going down there
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
also nice to see some pics from the lower deck lavatories. I guess LH's A346's are pretty unique when it comes to this feature.

So do I. I love it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
anyway I stick with butter and the breadroll.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
we demand to know how the food is! At least it doesn't look half bad.

Didn't you fancy nice juicy lamb chop?   

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Also my room at the forth floor, well desidned and spacious

It looks comfortable.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
baksheesh",

Soo Egypt!

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your next installments.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 15037 times:

Nice trip report!

Metal cutlery..that is nice..and looks like the meal came with some decent cheese too!


User currently offlineLYchemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1065 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 14623 times:

Very interesting. My taxi driver to the airport in Cairo ran over a dog. I heard a loud "Bang" turned round and saw a black dog lying in the middle of the road.

If you have time please show pics of Cairo. Thanks for the report.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 14537 times:

Hey, good to follow all that comments.

@Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):

Finally the report for Eygpt is online! Great work as usual

Thank you.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Food seems okay; you don't like lamb ?

Lamb is ok, but I dont like to eat in planes.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Hotel seems really nice, how much did you pay ?

Around 120.-- Dollars in the end, B&B, a real bargain in comparison to other hotels near the airport.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Also wondering where the screens are located that have the regisration numbers at FRA ? Going there on Monday for a very quick spotting trip!

Check the lower left corner at the info terminals, OPS in/outbound.
Good to know, but what a shame, I´am very often in FRA, but not at next Monday.

@Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Cool that LH flies the A346 on the CAI route, now I only wish they could do the same to Casablanca

Thank you and me, too. An A346 to CMN, that will be a good reason to go.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
also nice to see some pics from the lower deck lavatories. I guess LH's A346's are pretty unique when it comes to this feature.

Definitely, I was also surprised.

@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Good stuff once again, although it's a shame you missed the pyramid light show.

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
You seem to have a tendency to get stuck at awkward situations like the hotel roof this time or a certain Latvian church some years ago.. Curiosity killed the cat, you know.

So it seems, but at least I´am survived, till now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
I like the fact that LH (plus KL, BA and AF at least) regard CAI as a sort of long haul destination and operate proper widebody planes on the route. Some carriers like OK, MA, OS, TK (ok, that's a shorter flight as well) do it on narrowbodies.

A 100% agreement and one of the reasons to book that combination.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Hey dude, I think you need to start sacrificing yourself for your dear readers - we demand to know how the food is! At least it doesn't look half bad.

Well, I take same time now to check it!.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 3):
Looking forward for the return part and your other North African adventures...

Coming up soon.

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):

interesting report, good evening entertainment. LH's long-haul product doesn't look bad, but it's not really impressive. The seat design is not very attractive and the IFE system cannot match many competitors' offerings.

Definitely, when we know about EK/Quatar or else.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Indeed, that's quite a lot.

Also my opinion, TK for example was much cheaper, but A320´s all the way, so no go for me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
That's Jade Cargo, partly owned by LH Cargo.

Thanx, good to know.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Where are the IFE boxes located at?

Acceptable small outwards under the window seat.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
The main course doesn't look good at all.

Well, that was also my opinion.

@Akhmad:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
I have been waiting for this one. Very enjoyable and it brings back the memory of my own holiday last year.

Thank you and I remember your stories.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Great photoshots!

Thanx again.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
So do I. I love it!

Here, too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Didn't you fancy nice juicy lamb chop?

No problem on the ground, but not in planes.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
It looks comfortable.

So it was.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Soo Egypt!

Yeah, definitely.

@Burj:

Quoting Burj (Reply 6):
Nice trip report!

Metal cutlery..that is nice..and looks like the meal came with some decent cheese too!

Thank you and the metal cutlery, some surprise for me.

@LYchemsa:

Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 7):
Very interesting. My taxi driver to the airport in Cairo ran over a dog. I heard a loud "Bang" turned round and saw a black dog lying in the middle of the road.

If you have time please show pics of Cairo. Thanks for the report.

Thank you.
Definitely, thats driving in Egypt.
More coming up soon.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineCAP2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14108 times:

Nicely done, I've got a 3 night stay at the Cairo Radisson Blu coming up next week, did it look like the pool would be open soon, or do you think its still a few months away from opening?


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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1151 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14062 times:
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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Walking under the heavy wing, something what I really like
and close to the massive engines

I'm jealous!! Not only did you get to fly on an Airbus A340-600, but get to go under the massive wings. Great trip report.


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1668 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 13367 times:

Great TR, with interesting equipment: did you like flying the 346 ?

I have flown her with "Qatar, well to Qatar" (check the spelling again), when they still had the bar-area (removed ever since)...found the plane to be very quiet too...

Looking forward to your MS trippie !!!



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8426 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 12944 times:
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Hi Markus & greetigs from Mui Ne Vietnam!

I'm sitting here in my beach front villa drinking G&T and reading your report, all good!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Twelve movies only, not the real wide choice

- That's a bit weak compared to most of the competition.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
It was the choice between beef and lamb, till my row.

- Hmm, lamb sounds the best. Still worries me that yoiu don't eat airline food, I love eating it!  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
What about a visit from above, the hotel brochure showed a rooftop pool at storey 9.
Stepping out the escalator in complete darkness, some seconds till my eyes gone ok and immediatelly noticed that there will be rooftop pool in the future, but not nowadays.
Turned around and noticed further that, where usually the escalator panel is located, only some lose wires hanging out of the panel.

- Only you could possible get stuck somewhere! Do you remember that incident in the church/tower last year??

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 418 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 12540 times:

I love LH's A340-600 until I have to spend 10 hours on one again. The pitch is 31" in economy and when you are on the inside of the 4 seat row trying to get out to the aisle when the people in front have their seat fully reclined, you swear you'll never fly like that again. Every inch of space is used. There is no place to stand to stretch your legs except down by the toilets. I prefer the A340-300 which has 32" pitch and seemed to have more space to strech you legs.

As for Cairo, I'm glad that you reported how easy it was to go through passport/customs. I always imagined some beauracratic nightmare---sort of like the long lines at our US points of entry!


User currently offlineLYchemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1065 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12406 times:

Hi Coach Class:

I also find a big difference between 31" and 32". 1" seems like nothing but I always felt that for some strange reason it makes a huge difference.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 11897 times:

Hey, good to follow more comments.

@CAP2008:

Quoting CAP2008 (Reply 9):
Nicely done, I've got a 3 night stay at the Cairo Radisson Blu coming up next week, did it look like the pool would be open soon, or do you think its still a few months away from opening?

Thank you and good to know, some comparison will be nice.
There are some covered pool chairs when I was again up the following morning, but it doesn´t look like fixed
in a couple of days. Maybe for the summer season.

@flightsimboy:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
I'm jealous!! Not only did you get to fly on an Airbus A340-600, but get to go under the massive wings. Great trip report.

Thank you and indeed bus boarding is welcomed here with the big birds.

@MH017:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 11):
Great TR, with interesting equipment: did you like flying the 346 ?

Thank you and yes I like the A346.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 11):
I have flown her with "Qatar, well to Qatar" (check the spelling again), when they still had the bar-area (removed ever since)...found the plane to be very quiet too...

Looking forward to your MS trippie !!!

Me, too covered the QR 346 last year and MS coming up soon.

@Mark:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
Hi Markus & greetigs from Mui Ne Vietnam!

I'm sitting here in my beach front villa drinking G&T and reading your report, all good!

Thank you and nice to know, everyting is ok in Asia.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
That's a bit weak compared to most of the competition.

Definitely.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):

- Hmm, lamb sounds the best. Still worries me that yoiu don't eat airline food, I love eating it!

I will check it again, you know.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):


- Only you could possible get stuck somewhere! Do you remember that incident in the church/tower last year??

For sure, I remember that, but always survived till now!.

@CoachClass:

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 13):
I love LH's A340-600 until I have to spend 10 hours on one again.

Thank you for you´re comment. From my point of view the window 2-seater was acceptable for that around 4 hours ride.

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 13):
As for Cairo, I'm glad that you reported how easy it was to go through passport/customs. I always imagined some beauracratic nightmare---sort of like the long lines at our US points of entry!

Well, expected the worst and was surprised, seems some luck for me with no other arrival at the same time.

@LYchemsa:

Quoting LYchemsa (Reply 14):
I also find a big difference between 31" and 32". 1" seems like nothing but I always felt that for some strange reason it makes a huge difference.

Here, too, not a big distance but it feels much better.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineegyptair269 From Egypt, joined Mar 2007, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 11750 times:

First of all welcome to Cairo and welcome to Egypt, I hope you enjoy your stay  

Nice TR! Flew the CAI-FRA route on LH A330, it was even better. I have a couple of questions:

How did you find Terminal 3 in CAI?? There werent that many pics of it.

What's the planned aircraft for the MS segment of your trip?? Looking forward to it.

If you have any questions or need any advice about Egypt I would be more than happy to help  

Salam,
EgyptAir269


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 39
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11379 times:

Hi Markus,

Another interesting and enjoyable report, thanks for sharing. Nice to get the A346 on a relatively short journey! Sounded like a good way to get out of the winter chill too. Although it's cold, it doesn't seem like you get to walk the length of the longest plane to board very often! Nice shots from that walk!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The operations board showed me my plane on the way to CAI

What a great FIDS. I wish all airports provided such thorough data.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The lower level restroom design is a really good thing from my point of view, less queues in the aisles

Do you have any more pictures from the downstairs lavs? ie how big the area is etc?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Where I was immediatelly approached by the taxi mafia.
As usual I dont contact with them and walk to the taxi rank, not here at CAI T3, walking up and down in front off the terminal and there wasnt a taxi rank. Not at all.
So away from the young guys, wearing sunglasses at night and fake Rolex watches.
A man in his sixties offered me a ride, some fare agreements as usual.
He asked one of his colleagues about my hotel, the Radisson Blu Heliopolis which he dont really knows where it is located.
And finally on the way to the parking space where a close to the age of its driver smelly Peugeot waited.
Well, reached my hotel after a couple of nearly crashes and a discussion with a police officer, looking for some "baksheesh", so it seems.

Are there any "safer" ways to travel from the airport?

Looking forward to the return journey.

Regards,
Nicholas



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 10663 times:

Hallo Markus!

sorry for my late reply. It's busy overhere lately. But now I enjoyed your report while having my breakbast  

Nice pics and well written. Maybe a typical LH standard, but it seems ok to me. I envy you for scoring another A346. Hard to get on actually, unless you specially book with a few carriers. I've flown the type twice before on VS and found it a fanatastic comfortable, and very quiet aircraft. It's definitely high on my 'favourites' list.
Looking forward to the Egypt Air exprerience,

Eric



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10145 times:

Hey, nice to follow more comments.

@egyptair269:

Quoting egyptair269 (Reply 16):
First of all welcome to Cairo and welcome to Egypt, I hope you enjoy your stay

Nice TR!

Thank you and it was indeed an enjoyable time in Cairo.

Quoting egyptair269 (Reply 16):
How did you find Terminal 3 in CAI?? There werent that many pics of it.

I was impressed, pic´s coming with the return story.

Quoting egyptair269 (Reply 16):
What's the planned aircraft for the MS segment of your trip?? Looking forward to it.

Scheduled on the A332, but downgraded to another narrow body machine, details with the return story.

Quoting egyptair269 (Reply 16):
If you have any questions or need any advice about Egypt I would be more than happy to help

Many thanx, I will do so.

@Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
Another interesting and enjoyable report, thanks for sharing. Nice to get the A346 on a relatively short journey! Sounded like a good way to get out of the winter chill too. Although it's cold, it doesn't seem like you get to walk the length of the longest plane to board very often! Nice shots from that walk!

Definitely worth it, also with that cold weather.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
What a great FIDS. I wish all airports provided such thorough data.

Absolutely, me too.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
Do you have any more pictures from the downstairs lavs? ie how big the area is etc?

No more showable pictures, but it was really large and comfortable.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 17):
Are there any "safer" ways to travel from the airport?

I recommend a prearranged transfer.

@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):

sorry for my late reply. It's busy overhere lately. But now I enjoyed your report while having my breakbast
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Nice pics and well written.

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
I envy you for scoring another A346. Hard to get on actually, unless you specially book with a few carriers. I've flown the type twice before on VS and found it a fanatastic comfortable, and very quiet aircraft. It's definitely high on my 'favourites' list.

Me, too, calm and spacious, at least in the window seat.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26488 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9953 times:

Hey Markus cool report nice to get such an aircraft to CAI .

Good photos and nice read as usual .

Regards

Philip



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9510 times:

Hi Markus,

Great report and nice pictures of your trip to Egypt. A pity you missed the light show at the Pyramids - did you get the opportunity to see them during day-time at least?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
like every year, sooner or later, it´s enough for me with that middle european, ever lasting, never ending winter weather.

I can only agree - that's why I took a flight to Morocco in the same week.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The operations board showed me my plane on the way to CAI

I really appreciate this "internal" screen at FRA that is also available to the public. You can always check your reg in advance or follow the further routes of the plane on which you just arrived.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Some 30 minutes prior to boarding I´ve decided to head for the gate B50, on the groundlevel,
that means bus boarding today.

Really unusual for an A340-600.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Welcomed by a well climated night, it was perfect clear sky and 26 degrees.
Thats what I´am searching for.

Sounds fantastic!

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9380 times:

Hi Markus! Always nice to read your reports!

The A346 looks like a nice plane.


User currently offlinedirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1639 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9028 times:

Hey there,
Glad to know you got the A346 to CAI...it's a splendid aircraft and my favourite Airbus type. LH does charge quite a premium on FRA-CAI but it's a busy route to be sure. MS is usually cheaper but the 738 isn't as nice-or rare-as an A346. Glad you enjoyed your stay in Cairo-it was pretty warm around Valentine's Day (a heat wave, much colder now!). Look forward to your return TR.
Best regards,
DG


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5005 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (4 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8785 times:

Hey, once again, nice to follow that comments.

@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Hey Markus cool report nice to get such an aircraft to CAI .

Good photos and nice read as usual .

Thank you, I ´am also always looking forward to you´re stories.

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 21):
Great report and nice pictures of your trip to Egypt. A pity you missed the light show at the Pyramids - did you get the opportunity to see them during day-time at least?

Thank you, well the pyramids, I see them from above!.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 21):
I can only agree - that's why I took a flight to Morocco in the same week.

Hey, another Morrocan here, Phil´s AGA story is online and I´am coming up sometimes next week with Marrakech,
hopefully something to read from you´re travels soon.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 21):
I really appreciate this "internal" screen at FRA that is also available to the public. You can always check your reg in advance or follow the further routes of the plane on which you just arrived.

Definitely warm welcomed.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 21):
Really unusual for an A340-600.

I´ve been sometimes lucky with the boardings at FRA.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 21):
Sounds fantastic!

The perfect welcome for me!.

@parton87:

Quoting parton87 (Reply 22):

Hi Markus! Always nice to read your reports!

The A346 looks like a nice plane.

Thank you.

@Omar:

Quoting directorguy (Reply 23):
Glad to know you got the A346 to CAI...it's a splendid aircraft and my favourite Airbus type.

A 100% agreement here.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 23):
Glad you enjoyed your stay in Cairo-it was pretty warm around Valentine's Day (a heat wave, much colder now!). Look forward to your return TR.

I´ve enjoyed it, for sure, that was definitely what I´am searching for.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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25 Post contains images Infodesk : Hi Markus, Good to read that this leg went to plan, despite the delay. 26C at night sounds very tempting. It was certainly worth the fare just for tha
26 FLIEGER67 : Hey, Hannah, and thanx for you´re reply. Both warm welcomed, widebody boarding by stairs and 26 degrees, you know. Oh, well, thats the real point her
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