This is part 3 of the ( Egypt trip ) report .
You can find Part 1 here : Egypt Trip (1):YYZ-CAI On AZ B767,A321 (41 PIX) (by MSYYZ May 12 2007 in Trip Reports)
And Part 2 : Egypt Trip (2):CAI-HRG On Egyptair A330 (54 Pix) (by MSYYZ May 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part 3 will take me from the world class resort city of Hurghada to Cairo on Egyptair , but this time the flight routing will take us over the Red sea so there will be a lot of pictures of the beautiful colors of the red sea .
I asked the reception at the resort to get a taxicab for me , then my journey started on a beautiful and sunny Hurghada day .
The road to HRG international Airport
We arrived at the Airport at 9:30 AM
, and again in Egypt you screen your luggage and your hand bags then you go through a metal detector and get your ticket checked before even getting inside the Airport building .
We immediately proceeded to the check in counter which was not busy at all at that time , check in was a breeze . The agent wasn't as nice and chatty as the one in CAI but he was helpful and just doing his job . Although upon booking the tickets on Egyptair website it clearly stated that I would be asked to show an ID
, but nobody asked for ID
at the check in counter , however you had to show an ID
upon entering the Airport building .
10 minutes later , we were going through another security check at the gate . This time the nice security officer noticed that we had 2 bottles of water in the hand bag , he nicely asked me to take the bottle out of the bag and just take a few sips which i gladly did cause i was a very thirsty .
The domestic departure hall area at HRG is clean and bright , but upon entering the waiting area at the gate ( which was by the way very spacious and clean ) I encountered the first inconvenience at HRG : The Air conditioning .
The a/c was acting weird , it gets so hot that you swim in your sweat then suddenly a nice breeze of cold air comes out of nowhere and so on until it was time to be bussed to the plane .
Some Egyptair crew were waiting with us at the gate , but they were bussed before us to the airplane . But the funny thing is I never saw them again on the plane , so I am not sure if they were on duty or not although wearing their uniform .
At 10:25 boarding started with buses coming to pick us up to the A/C .
Upon getting off the bus , I started taking pics of the plane
Boarding the plane
Suddenly , I was approached by an Egyptair employee who was dressed up in a very nice black suit ( he looked like a CEO ) . I expected the worst , but then he smiled at me and offered to take us a pic in front of the Airplane , an offer i gladly accepted so i gave him my camera . He bent down on his knees to take a nice picture with the full frame of the B735 in the background , and he did a great job indeed .
A view of the plane
The baby engine of the baby Boeing
A Lebanese lady with her 2 young sons were taking pictures too ( may be she is an A.NET member ) and they even allowed them inside the cockpit to take more pics . I thought for a second to go inside the cockpit too , but it was crowded and i was getting a little tired from swimming in my sweat at the gate so i just went to find my seat .
The Aircraft that will carry me to Cairo today is a B735 (SU-GBJ)PHILAE .
I heard a lot about the ageing Egyptair baby Boeings , and i read some trip reports saying how bad and old they are and that they are a disgrace to the MS
fleet , so i was kind of expecting an A/C in a very bad shape, not being taken care of , worn out seats and with shabby interior .
But , to my surprise , what I found was completely the opposite : The A/C was in an excellent shape , very clean , with an enviable seat pitch with foot rests , spotless interior , very comfy and soft seats in a beautiful light blue color . Although the A/C is about 16 years old but it looks like Egyptair is taking very good care of their Aircraft ( maintenance wise ) , great job indeed MS
Business class on MS
Economy class shot from my seat
Excellent seat pitch
The baby wing of the baby Boeing
Because the A/C doesn't have TV
monitors , the safety and emergency measures had to be done by the FA
's , something I haven't seen in a long time .
Hurghada (HRG) - Cairo (CAI) on Egyptair
Carrier : Egyptair (MS)
Flight number : MS152
Equipment : B735 (GBJ) Philae
Seat : 37K
Route : HRG-CAI
Load factor : 100%
Departure time : 10:50 (on time)
Flight duration : 58 minutes
Arrival time : 11:48 (2 minutes early)
Arrival runway : 23L
The flight today is 100% full , before pushing back , the captain came on the PA and welcomed us on board on Egyptair's , his and the F/O ( who was a female ) behalf . He gave us some info regarding our flight : We will be flying on FL240 , outside Temp is 25c , the flight will take 55 minutes and will be a little bumpy ...etc . Then he wished us a pleasant flight on board of Egyptair and thanked us for choosing Egyptair ( do we have a choice ?)
Exactly at 10:50 we started pushing back . After a short taxiing to the runway , we took off after a Tui Fly B737 .
Czech Airlines B737
Lotus Air A320
The last look at HRG international Airport
The vicinity of the Airport
Some Red sea resorts
Our routing will take us over the red sea then to the Gulf of Suez and the Western coast of south Sinai Peninsula then to Egypt mainland then East of Cairo .
Immediately after take off we made a right turn ( Eastbound ) towards the red sea then another left turn (Northbound) towards the Gulf of Suez . Now i will let you enjoy the colors of the red sea with little comments from my part...
The southwestern coast of Sinai Peninsula ( the entrance of the Gulf of Suez )
High mountains in Sinai
During the flight , we got the same snack as the outbound flight , the only difference is an exotic Guava juice instead of the boring apple juice .
Then we made a sharp left turn saying bye to Sinai
Sinai on the right , mainland Egypt on the left and Gulf of Suez in between
Mainland Egypt's East coast
A short flight over the Eastern desert
The first sign of life minutes before flying over Cairo
Overflying the great river Nile
Residential towers in the upscale neighborhood of Maadi
Minutes before landing
We arrived at CAI 2 minutes early
The Airport building
Then we were bussed to the Terminal
Baggage claim was a breeze and about 25 minutes after landing , we were again in the streets of busy yet sunny and beautiful Cairo .
Taxicab from the resort to HRG airport...$4.00
Taxicab from the Airport to the resort...$10.00
Air ticket from CAI to HRG return...$59.00