Last Summer 2003 we decided to go to Egypt. Our first choice was Kuwait Airways but all flight to Cairo were full so we had to go with Egypt Air.
Airline: Egypt Air
Airplane : A300/A310
Airport: Kuwait Int Airport
We arrived at the airport early in the morning as the airports is quite busy this time of year. The check-in was very crowded so it took us some time to check-in !. After going through all the procedures we had some time left before boarding the airplane so we decided to sit in a cafe.
We headed to the gate as it was time for boarding, we stopped at the security check point and we're finished in a few minutes. As we we reached the airplane entrance I gave the old Airbus a little pat on the back
before boarding. We entered the airplane and it was crowded, people were already in there seats as we were a bit late. I placed my bag in the over head bin and sat down and buckled my self in.
Engine Start-up !!!
Every body was on board now and the doors were closed and secured. It was time for the Captain to start-up our engines before push back. So he did he started the first engine and then the second, but when the moving map was switched on all engines died ! , so the Captain turned of the moving map and started up the engines again, and when that was done he switched on the moving map on again... and guess what happened the engine died again. We went through this 2 more times until the Captain decided there is no need to switch on the moving map. ( I don't want to be in this airplane in the sky when the moving map is switched on :P )
We we're soon pushed back 15 minutes late because of the engine problems. We began taxing and soon were near the runway, I was surprised because we began a ROLLING TAKE-OFF, its my first time to experience a rolling take-off though I have to say it more fun than the normal "hold take-off". We soon began to get power as the throttles we're being increased the airplane was begging to shake a bit. With both engines roaring and I mean roaring ! We rotated...a bit early. Soon the gear we're retracted with a loud bang that let me know that the gear was up
We we're climbing now with a look of Kuwait City to the left of us. We reached Crusing Altittude (34000ft) within 15 minutes. Experiencing few turbulence as we climbed. The crew began to serve us the meals, no choices only chicken.
Crusing through the Sky
We were now on our flight level over Saudia Arabia. There was no movies played. We only had access to the audio Channels.
But that was okay because personally my only entertainment during flight is to look out of the window.
After nearly 3.5 hours we began our descent into Cairo city, the view from the window was great, lots of building and quit a dense population down there. We began to do some turns till we were lined up with the runway, flaps were full now and gear down and locked. We soon become over the threshold but still no touch down, there was very tough turbulence, we were flying over a quarter of the runway but still no touch down, then we banged into the runway very hard !.
Taxing to gate
After that wild touch down we began to taxi to the gate ( what am I talking about there are no gates at Cairo) so we taxied to our parking area. The engines were shut-off and gave there final roars ( I love the sound of the engine as it is being shut-off ). The stair case was soon brought up to our plane, we took our bags and headed to the exit. As I passed the cockpit I asked the chief Flight attendant If I could take a look inside the cockpit, his partner refused and was angry! but the kind old man gave me the chance to go in BUT WITH OUT MY
. We went down the stairs and WELCOME TO
I'll Try to post the picture if I knew how to
Hope You'll have fun reading my trip report any I would like to hear your comment as this is my first trip report.