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Swiss & AA BOS-LHR-ZRH-CAI + Egypt (Pics!)

Fri Aug 26, 2005 10:55 pm

Trip Report Statement:

This is my first trip report ever on Airliners.net. I hope that all of you who read this enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the trip itself. Most of all I would like to emphasize how important it is that we as human beings must continue to travel in order to better understand one another and have a greater appreciation for the gift of life. Travel is where we truly meet ourselves. We remember what we must in order to endure, says the philosopher Henri Bergson. That is why so much of commonplace existence is forgotten, while our journeys never are.

Now that I got that out of the way I’d like to talk to you about the trip itself. My father and I started planning this vacation in November of last year. We wanted to most of all to visit the Pyramids at Giza and Sakkara since we missed that last time. However, the bulk of our trip was spent at the lovely (albeit man made) Red Sea resort of El Gouna (450 km southeast of Cairo). Out of all the vacations that I have ever been on with my family this one was the best yet and the memories will be in my heart forever.

The Trip:

August 9, 2005

I spent the first day of the trip still running around town picking up odds and ends that I needed for the trip (Circuit City, Target, etc…). Later in the afternoon we drove up to Boston (AVIS one way car rental OOS vehicle / cost = $0.00, since my father works part-time for AVIS) to spend the night at the Hampton Inn (cost = $0.00, Hilton Honors points used) at Logan Airport in order to catch our early morning flight to London (LHR). The room itself was pretty decent considering that it was a three-star motel. I was stuck on the roll out couch with my sister (eww), but it was ok in the end. We stayed up for most of the night telling jokes and gossiping about life at home. I think I drifted to sleep at about 1 a.m.

August 10, 2005


American Airlines
AA 156
BOS-LHR
Boeing 777-200
N765AN

Meal: Omelet & Potatoes / Snack (not pictured because I chose not to eat)

Departure time: 9:00 a.m.
Arrival time: 8:25 p.m.


A 5:30 a.m wake up call is just what I needed to wake up and get into the shower. After packing up once again we headed to the lobby for a free breakfast (hot) that had a lot to be desired (what’s breakfast without croissants?). Anyway, after breakfast we were off to Logan Airport at around 7:00 via the Hampton Inn shuttle, and we arrived at the terminal shortly thereafter. Check-in went fairly well, despite having to wait 20 minutes for a flight to Santo Domingo to clear through. While at the counter some old lady came up to me and asked if she could wait with us so that she could get checked in next because she had gotten into a fight with someone in the other check-in line and they wouldn’t let her check in. I wasn’t sure if I believed her or not, but whatever.

It was finally time to proceed to clear the TSA security line at BOS. It didn’t seem like there was a “Shoe Carnival” going on (a good sign), but people were nonetheless still taking their shoes off quite willingly. Security took no more than ten minutes and then it was finally off to the gate after a quick stop at Au Bon Pain (mmmm).

I got some weird looks from people when taking this shot just before getting on the plane. Also notice how the 777 we took to LHR was parked at gate B32, the same gate that AA flight 11 left from on September 11th (note the flag).

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I was upset that I wasn’t able to book seats near the windows, but due to changes in our trip we had to re-book the dates and this was all that was left (Row 33 – C,D,E,F).



For some reason I love the Airshow soo soo much! I only wish in the future there is an interactive Airshow of sorts (think of the possibilities!)

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Shortly before arrival into LHR while we were over Ireland and there was a medical emergency. The FAs were quick to act and came on the PA and asked in anyone on board was a doctor. An older man from Business Class (I think) went back to coach (mini-cabin) and assisted a middle-aged man wearing a red cap. The FAs then brought over oxygen for the man and it was soon realized that he was a diabetic and didn’t have any insulin with him. Another announcement was made for any passengers with a diabetic testing kit to bring it forward, two people stepped forward to offer theirs. I was wondering all the while if we were going to divert, but thankfully we did not have to. The troubled passenger was given an injection of what I believe was insulin and we continued on our way to LHR. Two FAs stayed with the man for the rest of the flight (until arrival). The FAs handled the situation very well, and very professionally. Kudos to AA! There was a bit of a wait while paramedics at LHR attended to the diabetic passenger upon arrival. I later saw the diabetic passenger leaving the terminal as we were and his hand was all bandaged up, eep!

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I was glad to finally be on the ground in London. I just hate all the walking you have to do there. It’s like a giant maze of hallways that never seem to end. T3 seems likes it’s getting a facelift of sorts inside. Anyhow, after promptly getting through immigration, fetching our bags and exchanging some dollars into pounds we were on our way to catch the Hoppa Bus to the Sheraton Skyline for the evening (cost = $120 USD including all taxes, day rate, upgraded room).

After checking into the room it was very late (around 23:00) and we barely ate anything in the horrid “American” Restaurant / Sports Bar at the Skyline. I DO NOT suggest that you EVER eat there! We finally passed out around midnight and woke up again at 3:30 in the morning to head back to the airport via minibus for our flight on LX (Swiss) to ZRH and on to CAI. We’re getting closer to Egypt every minute!

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August 11, 2005


Swiss International Airlines
LX 345
LHR-ZRH
Airbus A321
HB-IOC

Meal: Croissant with Jam (not pictured)

Departure time: 6:20 a.m.
Arrival time: 9:00 a.m.

While checking in for our flight on Swiss I couldn’t help but be reminded of how claustrophobic the check-in area of T2 at Heathrow is. If I were taller I’d be constantly hitting my head on some of those signs! However, the colorful mix of people made up for the ceiling height. Swiss has Alitalia and TAP employees checking people in for our flight to ZRH, is this typical of Swiss at LHR?

We left on time from an unusually sunny and clear morning at LHR. I found the seats on the A321 to be quite comfortable, despite their age. I just wish the seat pitch were greater. At this point I was really missing the MRTC on the AA 777s. Breakfast consisted of a croissant with jam, which was quite yummy! The customary Swiss chocolates were also passed out prior to arrival into ZRH. The scenery around ZRH on approach is truly beautiful.

Shortly after takeoff from LHR on our way to ZRH



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After arrival at ZRH




Swiss International Airlines
LX 236
ZRH-CAI
Airbus A340
HB-JMH

Meal: Chicken with mushrooms, greens and potatoes (EXCELLENT meal, not pictured)

Departure time: 9:45 a.m.
Arrival time: 2:45 p.m.


We didn’t have much time to take the train from the gates in A to dock E at ZRH as we have a very short connection. Sadly, this meant I didn’t have time to take many pictures while at ZRH on the outbound portion of my trip. I loved riding the train to E though!

Flying over the Alps on our way to CAI



Flying over the Greek Isles



HP-JMH has the new style Airbus interiors

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We’re getting closer to CAI

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The first sign of the Egyptian coastline near Alexandria



Descending into CAI

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Drive down to El Gouna

After arriving into CAI it was a breeze to buy our VISAs from the bank at the airport and then proceed through immigration. It was a while still before all of our bags showed up. Having got a cart it was time to make our way outside into the heat and find our driver who was to take us to El Gouna.

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He found us before we found him, but it all worked out. The transportation however didn’t. We were expecting a new microbus to take us (per our arrangements), but the chariot that was presented to us was a mid 1980s Mercedes Benz limousine. My family and I seriously doubted if we would actually make the 450-km trek across the desert and down the Red Sea to El Gouna. Along the way our driver had to constantly pull over and add water to the radiator, let the car cool off, or secure the trunk again. It actually made the trip more or an adventure for me because there was a bit of a thrill involved if we would actually make it or not.

Leaving Cairo we traveled on the highway out to Sukhna on the Suez Road I think (making a few stops to ask for directions) and then travel down past the Gulf of Suez and eventually arrive at the Red Sea resort of El Gouna. The drive itself was pretty amazing with spectacular scenery. It was sad however to see how much greed has taken over along the Red Sea coast. The northern parts near Sukhna are darted with dilapidated half-completed concrete resorts and other structures. It’s just as bad as pollution or littering.

Leaving Cairo

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Approaching Suez / Sukhna

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Ships after having passed the Suez Canal further north now traveling south to an Arabian port perhaps?

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Making a stop so that my sister can use the bathroom (always tip the person outside the restroom in Egypt!)

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Car Troubles….. again

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I liked this picture a lot for some reason

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This was very cool to see in person. Our driver was telling me that they burn something out here in the desert to make fuel of some sort I think (it’s not oil).

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We finally got the Sheraton Miramar Resort (cost = $1200+/- USD total for two SPG rooms for 9 nights including breakfast and dinner, rooms were free by using Starwood points, only paid for board, $128 USD per day for 4 people) after having been driving for close to 6 hours (including stops). Before you can get to the resort areas of the Red Sea there are many police and military checkpoints that you must go through. I think we went through 6 until we actually got to El Gouna itself. Our driver was instructed to tell the police at the checkpoints that we were English or French (not American) if they asked what nationality we were so we wouldn’t have police escorting us at all (a good thing). There was a large checkpoint once we were within 5 km of El Gouna. The entire car was searched as well as the undercarriage and our driver was questioned, but we weren’t. A few km later we reached the entrance to the compound of El Gouna, and another checkpoint and another search. A few km after that we reached the Sheraton entrance and another checkpoint and search. We finally reached the front doors to the Sheraton and found more police and a young boy with a mirror who was looking under the car. We were warmly greeted by handsome Egyptian men and taken through metal detectors and led into the hotel.

The following pictures are of my stay in Egypt. I won’t say too much about them because they speak for themselves for the most part. I must say however that seeing the Pyramids at Giza and Saqqara was the absolute highlight of my trip. If there is only one place that you visit in your entire life you MUST see the Pyramids at Giza. While in Giza we stayed for three nights at the Movenpick Resort Cairo Pyramids (cost = $90 USD per night + $15 USD per person for dinner + breakfast). The hotel was located near a mosqe on Alexandria Road. You could hear the daily call to prayer many times right from our room. This hotel need some work on its rooms though.The food in was in keeping with Movenpick standards.

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The Red Sea is so beautiful !

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Kiteboarding...

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Cool ceiling of our hotel room... (entire hotel was built by locals)

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Front Desk...

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Bus ride back up to Cairo (El Gouna Transport Co.)

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Red Sea...

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After being dropped off by the bus in the Nasr City area of Cairo we were picked up by the Movenpick hotel in these two limos (aka Mitsubishi Lancers) and driven to the hotel. The drive was lovely and allowed me to see many historical points of interest.

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The Citadel

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The Nile River

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View of the Pyramids at Giza from outside our hotel

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Temple of Ti

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Saqqara (first pyramid ever built in the world)

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Palace at Saqqara where the first columns (beginnings) ever built in the world are located

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As we were leaving Saqqara and heading towards Giza we were ambushed by a pack of cute goats  Wink

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Giza at last!

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My feet got very dirty walking around there all day!

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Sphinx

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Pyramids of Giza seen at night near Sofitel Hotel

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Our bedroom at the Movenpick Cairo Pyramids

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August 23, 2005


Swiss International Airlines
LX 237
CAI-ZRH
Airbus A340
HB-JMF

Meal: Curry chicken with greens and rice (pictured)

Departure time: 4:00 p.m.
Arrival time: 7:10 p.m.


Cairo airport is quite crazy when you first arrive at the departure area. You must have all of your luggage screened in a small area before you even proceed to the ticket counters, which makes for a very crowded and stressful (but fun) time.

Checking in was very swift and we soon proceeded to duty free to buy some $13 per carton Marlboros for some people back home. Other than the duty free areas there isn’t much to do until your flight leaves except people watch. It was really hard to take pictures since I kept getting weird looks from the security. I did see some very attractive Gulf Air flight attendants (their outfits are the best around!).

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We finally were allowed into the gate area at about 3:20 p.m. where we would wait before boarding our flight.

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Boarding started a short while later. Just before we were to have our boarding passes checked and proceed to board the flight a woman came into the waiting area screaming something in Arabic and then everyone sat down and the guard stopped letting people down the jetway. I didn’t know what was going on so we just sat there until the guard started talking to someone else and finally let us proceed. If you are even in CAI Terminal 2 in the gate area look up through the windows at the top of the walls and you’ll see guard posts with roofs at each gate area with machine guns (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what I saw).

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I keep getting off subject, sorry! We finally got to board the plane and got settled into row 43, nice and cozy (cramped). With all the passengers on board the pilot made an announcement that there was a problem refueling the plane. It was either a computer issue or a problem with the connection to the valve on the wing I think he said. Thankfully it was cleared up in the matter of twenty minutes and we got the fuel that we needed.

I was very sad to be leaving Egypt behind after having the most memorable trip in my life so far.

Cairo Airport seen from the air

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Leaving Egypt behind :[





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The AVOD on Swiss is truly remarkable !

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Arrival at ZRH



Terminal E is very sleek



Goodbye A340 !

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I love the glass jetways!

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HB-JMF took me back to ZRH from CAI

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HB-JME

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Down the escalator to the train !



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Swiss International Airlines
LX 340
ZRH-LHR
Airbus A321
HB-IOK

Meal: Cheese or Ham sandwich (not pictured)

Departure time: 8:35 p.m.
Arrival time: 9:25 p.m.


Awaiting flight to LHR to depart from A63

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Pushback









Just crossing the Channel. For some reason on this flight there was a strange groaning noise the entire flight that constantly varied in intensity. Sometimes it was sharp and sometimes dull.

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Just before landing in LHR



We got to deplane via the stairs

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After arriving into LHR we cleared customs and took the Hoppa bus over to the Sheraton Heathrow for a deserved rest in order to catch our flight home to BOS the next day.

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August 24, 2005

Drinking hot cocoa on a cold day in the hotel room before the flight (17C in London)

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American Airlines
AA 155
LHR-BOS
Boeing 777-200
N752AN

Meal: Chicken / Snack (pictured) or Ginger Beef (not pictured)

Departure time: 6:05 p.m.
Arrival time: 8:15 p.m.


The flight home left pretty much on-time despite the dreary weather in London. The pilot told us that flights earlier in the day were as much as 3 hours delayed due to the weather. We managed to leave just about on time and had some fun bumps on the way up, but nothing major. The 777 seems to take turbulence very well.



Concorde !

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I love the MRTC !

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This was the best part of the flight...



I believe it was an Air Canada 767 to Ottawa?

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Watching The Anchorman (AA, you need to get more Classic Films ala Casablanca)



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Descent into BOS






Thank you for reading my trip report and please leave comments! If you're thinking about going to Egypt then go! It is a very safe place to visit with tons of oppurtunities to explore and relax at the same time, all the while you're surronded by some of the oldest pieces of history left on earth and in some of the most fragile ecosystems.


Quotes:

“The Pyramids looked as if they would wear out the air, boring holes in it all day long” – Florence Nightingale, 1850

“The Pyramids were a quarter of a mile away; it felt odd to be living at such close quarters with anything quite so famous – it was like having the Prince of Wales at the next table in a restaurant; one kept pretending to notice, while all the time glancing furtively to see if they were still there.” – Evelyn Waugh at the Mena House Hotel, 1929
Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
 
bpat777
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Swiss & AA BOS-LHR-ZRH-CAI + Egypt (Pics!)

Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:55 pm

Excellent report..One of the best I've read and seen a in long time.
 
semsem
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Swiss & AA BOS-LHR-ZRH-CAI + Egypt (Pics!)

Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:06 am

I was born in Cairo so it was wonderful to see the pictures of that city.

How was the weather like in the Red Sea? Must have been very hot? Also how was the weather in Cairo?

The pictures were wonderful. I noticed you did not fly from Cairo to Hurghada but took the taxi instead. Was it because the domestic air fares are pretty expensive?

Did you have any favourite airline? It seems that AA still have good legroom.

Thank you.
 
TUNisia
Topic Author
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Swiss & AA BOS-LHR-ZRH-CAI + Egypt (Pics!)

Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:23 am

Quoting Semsem (Reply 2):
I was born in Cairo so it was wonderful to see the pictures of that city.

How was the weather like in the Red Sea? Must have been very hot? Also how was the weather in Cairo?

The pictures were wonderful. I noticed you did not fly from Cairo to Hurghada but took the taxi instead. Was it because the domestic air fares are pretty expensive?

Did you have any favourite airline? It seems that AA still have good legroom.


Cairo really was a city like no other. It's hard to explain because it's so big. I was only there a short while, but I'd like to go back soon.

the weather on the Red Sea couldn't have been any better. Not a cloud in the sky. I heard they haven't had rain there in three years or more? The temps each day were around 40 C. Cairo was in the mid 30s C, but it felt hotter in Cairo. I think that was because while on the Red Sea there was a constant wind, but in Cairo there wasn't. Cairo was much cooler at night though.

We were going to fly to HRG from CAI at first, but the fares for non-Egyptians was too much to make it cost effective. Plus, the drive was truly an adventure . It's some scary driving, but well worth it.

I enjoyed flying on Swiss much more than American, despite the legroom problem on Swiss. The feeling flying with Swiss made it feel like more of a quality airline. There was stainless steel forks, knives, spoons. Wine is free, and you get chocolate. The staff seemed very professional, more than at AA.
I felt like the people at Swiss thought more of you as a person than as a number at AA.

I also loved how the seatbelt sign comes off at 10K feet on all the Swiss flights I was on. Also, the Swiss pilots didn't seem too worried about minor turbulence during the flight and left the seatbelt sign off. Most American carriers seem to put the seatbelt sign on at the slightest sign of turbulence. You should have your belt on anyways, but it just makes to the flight more comfortable without having to hear the belt sign come off and on every 10 mintues followed by a loud announcement.

Thanks for the comments!
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:43 am

Awesome photos man!!
I was in Egypt back in 1990 and it's really awesome to see the pics.
I didn't get to take any pics because we flew Egyptair and arrived after dark and left early in the morning from the "old" Terminal 1 - no airbridges then.

Great report!  bouncy 
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:54 am

Awesome report. Those pics of Egypt are amazing.
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:45 am

What a wonderful report, and thank you for including a few photos of Egypt as well. Great job!
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:49 am

You say the road from Cairo to the Red Sea was scary? It looked like highway in the pictures. In what way was it scary?

The Agha Khan just built a wonderful new park in Cairo in the old city. A lot to se and do.

http://www.egyptarch.com/azharpark/azhar1.htm
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 4:12 am

Hi TUNisia!

Excelent report!!!! Really great all the flights you did and I particulary was very curious about it and I tell you why:

1 - Because I also flew with SWISS and their A340-300 ( HB-JMC from LAX to ZRH ) and also I flew the defund Swissair A321!
2 - Because I'll be going to Colombia next year and I have good chances to fly AA and their 777 so it was good to see all the details.

Thanks a lot and keep sending yr. reports anytime you fly!
Regards
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 5:02 am

Quoting Semsem (Reply 7):
You say the road from Cairo to the Red Sea was scary? It looked like highway in the pictures. In what way was it scary?

The Suez Road (I think that's what it's called) from Cairo out to Sukhna / Suez is new. That's the toll road portion. The part of the drive that was scary was once we got to the Red Sea and had to drive south. It's one road and two lanes and LOTS of curves along the mountains base. There are large trucks and other vehicles going fast and some slow. This makes drivers want to pass eachother frequently, but they are more polite about that sort of stuff over there than people here in the states. At least that's what I noticed.
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:17 am

TUNisia,

I loved the pictures, especially the pictures of your flight back to the USA.

 thumbsup  trip report
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:51 am

Hey there my dear Levi (TUnisia for the a.net friends)

I just have a few words for you:

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, AMAZING, AWESOME, INCREDIBLE TRIP REPORT!!!!!!!

I kinda feel bad with myself cuz my last and first trip report was not as good as this one  Wink


I envy you so much, you had a truly unique experience which I hope I get to live someday. Some people never go to those far places in their lifes and you were there for tons of days. Plus the aviation experience was unique, 777, A321 and A340 is not something you get to do everyday.

I'm very proud of you cuz of the effort you put into this trip report and for all the excellent pictures you took. I just hope you get to make a trip report about your trip to MEX someday soon  Wink


Congratulations, you're truly a valuable character here on a.net. At least for me

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Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:13 am

Wow, well written report, and great pictures too. Thanks for that  Smile

Regards,
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:33 am

Hey I really enjoyed your report, I honestly think I might have to plan a trip to Egypt now... I remember studying ancient Egypt waaay back when and thinking that'd I'd always want to go and visit some day, but then the idea just sort of slipped from my mind, but now I definitely am reinterested (if that's even a word)  Wink. Great trip report!
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:18 am

Excellent report with brilliant photos. Thanks for sharing it with us.  Smile
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:11 pm

Excellent trip report and pics.

I'd love to visit Egypt/North Africa. Maybe within the next year if I can organize it.

It's always fascinated me how the European carriers have so much capacity on the CAI flights. BA alternate between the 744 and 777, AF have upwards of 2 A340s a day depending on the day, and LX have the A340. Incredible!

Thanks again for the TR.

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Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:27 pm

From the pics, it looks like you had some very good flights. You had PTVs on two of your three segments. Quite Impressive!

...oh and Anchorman IS a classic movie!  bouncy 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:46 pm

Excellent trip report with great pictures!!!!!
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:48 pm

Quoting LH423 (Reply 15):
I'd love to visit Egypt/North Africa. Maybe within the next year if I can organize it.

It's always fascinated me how the European carriers have so much capacity on the CAI flights. BA alternate between the 744 and 777, AF have upwards of 2 A340s a day depending on the day, and LX have the A340. Incredible!

You would most likely love going to Egypt. I have to go back to Egypt many more times in my life to see everything that I want to see there, but that still wouldn't be enough. It's cheap enough if you stay at modest accomodations that you can have a long period of time there. I know that you can go to Luxor right now and stay at the Sheraton (very nice) for $40 USD per night.

LX seemed to be doing very well with their CAI flights. They only fly 5X a week into CAI, but I'm glad it's with the A340. Alitalia also has two flight a day into CAI I think (FCO, MXP). Austrian also had service into CAI, but not widebody.

There were also a ton of flights leaving for various points on the Arabian peninsula while we were waiting for our flight to depart.

I was actually surprised that I didn't get sick once while being in Egypt. Most travel guides said that almost every person who visits gets ill.

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 13):
Hey I really enjoyed your report, I honestly think I might have to plan a trip to Egypt now

Do it!

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 12):
Wow, well written report, and great pictures too. Thanks for that

You're welcome  Wink

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 11):
I'm very proud of you cuz of the effort you put into this trip report and for all the excellent pictures you took. I just hope you get to make a trip report about your trip to MEX someday soon

You're too nice Alonsou. TLV & MEX (unless you decide to do a trip report about BOS) will probably be my next trip reports.
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:17 pm

excellent trip report, glad to hear you liked SWISS. By chance, my dad happened to be on LX345 on August 11th aswell, meaning he was sitting somewhere in the same plane as you Big grin
 
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:25 pm

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 19):
excellent trip report, glad to hear you liked SWISS. By chance, my dad happened to be on LX345 on August 11th aswell, meaning he was sitting somewhere in the same plane as you Big grin

What a small world  Wink

Yes, I fell in love with Swiss.
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Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:38 pm

Excellent report! I had the SAME EXACT meal when I flew BRU-JFK on AA just 3 days ago.
 
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Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:03 am

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 20):
Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 19):
excellent trip report, glad to hear you liked SWISS. By chance, my dad happened to be on LX345 on August 11th aswell, meaning he was sitting somewhere in the same plane as you Big grin

What a small world

Yes, I fell in love with Swiss.

so this wasnt the last time you connected through ZRHBig grin
If you will ever experience a runway 28 landing, you will be flying over my house  Smile
 
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Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:42 am

Hi TUNisia,

Very nice first trip report. Thanks so much. So many pictures to get with a mouse click. And so many details. Great!!

It reminds me of my flight to Egypt with my mother 36 year ago.
At that time it was a must to ride on a camelback when visiting the pyramids.

Cheers. Kilavoud.
 
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Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:58 am

Hey man!! What a great report! Really one of the best I've ever read! Thanks for posting it, well done!

Quoting TUNisia (Thread starter):
Most of all I would like to emphasize how important it is that we as human beings must continue to travel in order to better understand one another and have a greater appreciation for the gift of life. Travel is where we truly meet ourselves

Fully agree!! That's also my statement whenever I travel. It's not only seeing things around the world but meet other people and share with others your experiences and your love for life.
Keep on' traveling guys!  goodvibes 

Ivan
 
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Sun Aug 28, 2005 1:32 am

>>It reminds me of my flight to Egypt with my mother 36 year ago.>>

Funny that it reminded you of your flight to Cairo 36 years ago. What equipment was it then? A Coronado?

It reminded me too of my flight on Swissair from Cairo to Geneva on a DC-6 when we left Egypt for the last time in 1956; 49 years ago. I was a kid then but I remember in those days the flight left late at night and stopped in Athens. Breakfast was served in the airport restaurant.
 
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Sun Aug 28, 2005 4:51 am

Amazing TR!!! I loved the pictures. I can't wait for more in the future. What an amazing trip!
 
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Sun Aug 28, 2005 7:40 am

Amazing trip report, I've read it for 10 times now.

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 18):
& MEX (unless you decide to do a trip report about BOS)

WHAT?!?! Why not both??????



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Sun Aug 28, 2005 1:18 pm

great pics!! thats what i love about trip reports! i havent up close to a 777 yet but those things look huge!

question:
how were you able to get the pics of the cockpit on aa? i thought they werent allowed? passengers didnt complain at all about the flashes? im leaning toward flying on aa right now. but i wasnt sure if i could get some picks of the planes i was flying on
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Sun Aug 28, 2005 10:01 pm

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 28):
how were you able to get the pics of the cockpit on aa? i thought they werent allowed? passengers didnt complain at all about the flashes? im leaning toward flying on aa right now. but i wasnt sure if i could get some picks of the planes i was flying on

I basically just took pictures outside of the window the terminal and the front part of the plane happened to be in the picture. Does that make me a terrorist now? LOL I didn't use the flash in any of those pictures, besides lots of pax were taking photos. I think AA's policy states that you can't take pics of their employees performing their duties or something like that.

Thanks for the compliment!
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Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:51 am

im sorry. i meant to type inside the cabin not cockpit lol.
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Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:07 am

great trip report, lots of good pics.
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