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EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:52 pm



Egypt Air Express is a regional airline based in Cairo, Egypt. It was established in 2006 as a regional jet subsides of Egypt Air and launched operations on 1 June 2007.

Egypt Air Express is a member of Star Alliance through the assimilation of parent company Egypt Air into the global Alliance in July 2008.

Welcome to my second trip report, with high hopes of it being more successful than the first!

Egypt Air in my opinion is very inconsistent in all aspects, I haven't flown with them for six years and I thought I would give them a chance , but I wasn't brave enough to do the DXB-CAI sector which I always give EK the privilege of having me onboard on this route  Smile!

Anyway after deciding with my parents that we will be going to SSH (Sharm El Shiekh) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharm_el-Sheikh on the same day of our arrival from Dubai, and I was really disappointed to find out that MS express was the only option, personally I hap expected more airlines to be flying this route , but we only have MS.

2nd July...
I booked the overpriced ticket through MS website (www.egyptair.com) , which wasn't as bad as I expected , although I experienced a few glitches , the three tickets were booked and the seats were selected online (which deserves credit) but the negative thing is that you can't modify the seat assignment , is: you select your seat only once.

17th July...
After arriving from a pretty good EK927, we were faced with long lines for the swine flu scan and passport control. We were out of the dingy T2 by 12:35 which made me relived as I was thinking of booking the flight to SSH that departs at 12:45, but thankfully I book the flight departing at 15:30.

In CAI you have two choices to get from Terminal 2 the lovely Terminal 3 (dedicated fro MS and Star Alliance). The two choices are Bus or Direct walkway, we choose the walk way.

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Smelly T2
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Empty Walkway
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Curbside of Terminal 3
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Cairo airport shuttle bus on the bottom left.

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After entering the terminal, which was pretty empty at that time and as it was still 13:00 we decided to visit the only open Dining outlet prior to check in which was Burger King.
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FDS prior to check in
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At exactly 15 to 14:00, we passed security to enter the check-in area as it was cornered off from the international check -in. I proceeded through the empty zigzag velvet rope area which led me to 3 empty check-in desks , you actually had the right to choose the agent you want , so I obliviously choose the friendliest looking agent who was Randa , a young Egyptian lady, here is how the conversation went on: btw the conversation was in Arabic.

Randa:Good morning ... oh sorry Good afternoon sir
Me: Good afternoon Randa
Randa: I am sorry but how did you know my name
I pointed to her name tag, and she giggled.
Randa:To where are you flying today
Me: SSH, and here are our passports.
Randa:Would you like a window or aisle seat.
Me: I am sorry , I believe that I have already selected my seats!
Randa:Oh sorry , yes you have booked seats 25A ,25C, 25K and btw sir these are the second row in the Y cabin
Me: That’s great
Randa: can u place your bags on the belt please
After doing so I ask Randa.
Me: Can u block seat 25H, as I believe the flight isn't that full
Randa:Here are your boarding passes sir , you'll be departing from GateF31, and about the seat , I will try my best , enjoy your flight on MS Express.

I had just one question, why do baggage tags always come printed with my name although there are other people flying with me , this happened like on every flight I can remember , so I thought maybe because my ticket is the first one ,so I put my ticket in the middle and guess what the baggage tags still had my name!?!?!

Quite a good start , Randa was a bit on the slow side , but her smile and politeness was enough compensation. Anyway , after check-in we took the escalator to the Gates level, and that’s when I realized that the airport wasn't as big as I expected . It consisted of a main area which had duty free shops and restaurants and then there were two small concourses which had all the gates, most of the time till boarding I was roaming around , trying to spot through the reflective glass ,while my mom was shopping and my dad was in the smoking room , which looked welcoming. I also had the chance to get a sneak peek of the MS J lounge which wasn't that bad. Let me now leave you with the pictures:

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MS flight that had just arrived from JFK
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pretty empty
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MS to JED
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Yellow Boarding Pass
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At 14:25 we proceeded to the gate which was F31, and according to the gate agent all domestic flights depart through remote gates , maybe they do think an E170 deserves a jetway for its own? . After a security check , we went down what seemed like two storey’s ,where we reached a ground level holding area , which was really nice as it was full of natural light , it had tables and lots of chairs and they even had washrooms there .
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By 14:55 two buses and a special services truck (for a wheel chair passenger) which hinted to the inauguration of the boarding procedure, and my feeling was confirmed at 15:05, although everyone was called to board at once every one maintained discipline !

The 57 passengers’ were divided on two buses , as I was at the end of line so I got the empty bus, and the bus itself was quite nice , with the new MS logo unlike some of their planes.....

The bus journey wasn't that long but the funny incident happened , as we were in the second bus we followed the first , we passed our aircraft and kept heading towards an MS737-500 which was obliviously not our aircraft , and it didn't even have stairs attached , how illogical can people get, after the first bus driver realized his mistake he turned around , and we did too , but with every one in the bus laughing!

17th July
MS:305
CAI-SSH
Aircraft:E170
STD:15:30 ATD:15:40
STA:16:30 ATA:16:40
Flight time:1:00
s

We reached the aircraft which was gleaming in the hot sun , which was SU-GDI , which is about 7 months old (I think), I was met at the door by what may seen like a pretty FA , but the excessive makeup made her really look like a clown, any way I was pleasantly delighted not because of the not so clean cabin , but by the spaciousness of the cabin , and my pleasant mood got even better when I reached my seat which had a 32 pitch which was great and it was also the first time for me flying on a plane with leather seats which was a nice change.

By 15:30 doors were closed and thank you Randa for the empty aisle seat, after a short taxi and a rolling take off ,we made some nice sharp turns and we were on our way to SSH , the scenery was great throughout the flight !. About 15 minutes after take-off a drink service was made which was more than enough , although J got full meal! , after few minutes we were already approaching SSH and at 16:40 we firmly touched down in Sharm.
Now let me leave you with the pictures:

Note the special services truck at 2L
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Love these tiny engines.
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View of the wing.
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My parents.
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Sharm El Shiekh map spread over the two tray tables
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Taxing to runway:
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Moi
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lift off and cruising:
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Drink Service , i chose water and OJ , which was served by petite Noha.
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Decent and landing:
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J class which had exactly same seats like Y but costs $150 more!
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SSH
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MS Express with Saudi friend.
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We landed at 16:40 and after exactly 12 minutes we were out of the airport with our bags , following the Sheraton Sharm representative guide us to our awaiting car.

I really did enjoy Sharm , as it is an excellent example of a touristic destination, and I am pretty satisfied with the crew and MS Xpress , and I absolutely love the E170 , it is so silent ! Finally on a scale from 1 to 10 I would give MS XPRESS 8.
Here are some pics of Sharm:
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I don't know why but I just wanted to end the report with my sisters dog Aden:

Comments , Suggestions and Criticism is so welcome , that every one who comments is getting an éclair.

Regards,
Islam
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Mexicana757
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EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:14 pm

Great TR, enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing.
 
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EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:32 pm

Great TR!

The MSE livery looks great on the E-Jet, great pictures too!  Smile
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EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:35 pm

Hello EkA380
A fine trip report there along with great photos! Interesting to see the MS Express! I believe I saw one in Malta a few months ago. Great work!
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EkA380
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EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:50 pm



Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 1):
Great TR, enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Mexicana , I enjoyed writing it too.

Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 2):
Great TR!

The MSE livery looks great on the E-Jet, great pictures too!

I agree , the livery is great , but any livery would look great on an E-Jet!, Thanks for your kind words.

Quoting Airthanet (Reply 3):
A fine trip report there along with great photos! Interesting to see the MS Express! I believe I saw one in Malta a few months ago. Great work!

Thanks! Yes MS Xpress is expanding quickly and there FA's are certainly better than MS

Regards,
Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:54 pm

What a great TR, Islam! Thank you very much for sharing it.

You know what? I will be traveling with MS through T3 myself next month...I can hardly wait.

Cheers,
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:09 pm

Hey Akhmad,

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 5):
What a great TR, Islam! Thank you very much for sharing it.

You know what? I will be traveling with MS through T3 myself next month...I can hardly wait

Thanks, I really was looking forward for CAI T3 and was very delighted to fly through it , It was very clean and inviting, huge improvement from the T1 and T2 , are you transiting or you will be staying in Cairo?

Regards,
Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:27 pm

Super TR!
I believe this is the first MS Express TR with photos-good job and thanks for some great photos. Sharm does indeed look interesting, and the weather looked great-typical for this time of the year.
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:34 pm

Hey great report and cool pics. Love the E jets. Looks very decent. Also nice pics of SSH.

Thanks for the report and such a cute dog .

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EkA380
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:37 pm



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 7):
Super TR!
I believe this is the first MS Express TR with photos-good job and thanks for some great photos. Sharm does indeed look interesting, and the weather looked great-typical for this time of the year.
Regards,

Well your welcome Omar, I guess I should thank you for encouraging me to write it  Smile.
I am sorry but this is not the first MS Express TR, MSYYZ wrote two anyway , thanks again for the kind words, Sharm was great and the weather not as hot as I expected at least compared to Dubai.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 7):
PS-Cute dog

 yes   bigthumbsup 
Regards,
Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:46 pm

Hey OA260,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Hey great report and cool pics. Love the E jets. Looks very decent. Also nice pics of SSH.

Thanks for the report and such a cute dog .

Your welcome , I love the E jets too but, I could easily fly them on longer flights, although I would have prefered , having atleast some drop down screens . Anyway yes SSH the airport and the city are great.

Regards,
Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:05 pm

Fantastic. Thanks for writing the report. It must be very hot now in Sharm. Interesting to see Saudi at Sharm. The dog is adorable.
 
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:48 pm

Hey Semsem,

Quoting Semsem (Reply 11):
Fantastic. Thanks for writing the report. It must be very hot now in Sharm. Interesting to see Saudi at Sharm. The dog is adorable.

Your very welcome ,actually I live in DXB which is hot like hell , so Sharm was spring for me at a maximum of 36C and minimum of 23C. I think the Saudi plane was carrying someone special! as I don't think they operate to SSH. The dog I can't say anything about him , I guess he is the best thing in the TR.

Regards,
Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:03 pm

Great TR!

I got to admit, it makes me want to go to Egypt!! The E-170 seems like such a neat ride!!! Great Job my friend!
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:10 pm

Hi Islam,

Lovely TR  Smile Good Job! 2 MS TRs on the forum in one day, nice! haha Make sure you write us the return trip. I also flew this route on MS Express in J last april, and yes like you mentioned the seats are just the same. The only difference is you get priority boarding, lounge access, pre take off drinks and hot towels and full meal service. And Sharm is a fantastic city had one of the best times of my life there, hope you have a great time! (By the way try going to a waterpark called Aquapark, you'll love it). Oh and btw thats a very cute dog you have  Smile

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 12):
I think the Saudi plane was carrying someone special! as I don't think they operate to SSH

Saudi does fly to Sharm from JED and RUH, and MS Express has flights from JED-SSH.

Salam
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Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:05 am

Thanks for a nice TR.
MS looks ok, i hope i can give them a try soon.
Shokran for posting
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:49 am

Hi, nice report! Glad to see E-jet on a transcontinental flight!
 
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Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:58 am

>>I believe this is the first MS Express TR with photos-<<

Actually someone wrote a fantastic report about one year ago with pictures of an MS Express flight to Mersa Matruh.
 
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Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:17 am



Quoting EkA380 (Reply 9):
I am sorry but this is not the first MS Express TR, MSYYZ wrote two anyway



Quoting Semsem (Reply 17):
>>I believe this is the first MS Express TR with photos-<<

Actually someone wrote a fantastic report about one year ago with pictures of an MS Express flight to Mersa Matruh.

Sincere apologies to MSYYZ and anyone else who wrote a similar TR-I should have checked beforehand :S

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 12):
I think the Saudi plane was carrying someone special! as I don't think they operate to SSH.

MSX runs a weekly SSH-JED E170 and SV has twice-a-week services to both RUH and JED normally using the E170 (although equip. varies on the JED route).
 
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:27 am

Hey Bobby, Flyboy_se,alexeu and semsem (again)

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 13):
I got to admit, it makes me want to go to Egypt!! The E-170 seems like such a neat ride!!! Great Job my friend!

You should really go and visit Egypt, you won't regret! Yees the E-170 is a great plane indeed.

Quoting Flyboy_se (Reply 15):
Thanks for a nice TR.
MS looks ok, i hope i can give them a try soon.
Shokran for posting

Your welcome ,yes MS EXPRESS was good airline, So I guess MS improved too and I would certenialy fly with them again , I may also give them the pleasure of taking me on the DXB-CAI route!

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 16):
Hi, nice report! Glad to see E-jet on a transcontinental flight!

Thank you, me too.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 17):



>>I believe this is the first MS Express TR with photos-<<

Actually someone wrote a fantastic report about one year ago with pictures of an MS Express flight to Mersa Matruh.

Yes semsem, I remember this TR very well , I kept reading it before flying on the E170!

Regards,
Islam
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Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:12 am

Hi !

Very nice report with great pictures! I have some friends that just returned from CAI and SSH and they had a great time. The E-170 is a fantastic; have flown on it a few times with United Express.

So are you from Egypt and live in DXB ?

Keep up the good work and looking forward to more trip reports from you!

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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:09 am



Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Very nice report with great pictures! I have some friends that just returned from CAI and SSH and they had a great time. The E-170 is a fantastic; have flown on it a few times with United Express.

So are you from Egypt and live in DXB ?

Keep up the good work and looking forward to more trip reports from you!

Thanks , I have said enough about the E-170 , but let me say more its an amazing aircraft ,Yes I am Egyptian and live in Dubai.
I will be posting something exotic very soon!
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:35 am



Quoting Egyptair269 (Reply 14):
Lovely TR Good Job! 2 MS TRs on the forum in one day, nice! haha Make sure you write us the return trip. I also flew this route on MS Express in J last april, and yes like you mentioned the seats are just the same. The only difference is you get priority boarding, lounge access, pre take off drinks and hot towels and full meal service. And Sharm is a fantastic city had one of the best times of my life there, hope you have a great time! (By the way try going to a waterpark called Aquapark, you'll love it). Oh and btw thats a very cute dog you have

Quoting EkA380 (Reply 12):
I think the Saudi plane was carrying someone special! as I don't think they operate to SSH

Saudi does fly to Sharm from JED and RUH, and MS Express has flights from JED-SSH.

Hey Egyptair 269,
I am sorry for the late reply, I think I have missed your post because of the common flag near ur username , I thought it was my post. Yes MS is getting famous here , I am not sure if I will do a return , but I will try as I have some nice pictures of SSH (the airport). But I don't think it is worth it, I upgrade on EK for about $200 and there services are far more superior. Thanks the dog is very cute in reality too. I stand corrected about the SV flights JED-SSH and RUH-SSH.

Regards,
Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:47 am



Quoting EkA380 (Thread starter):
I had just one question, why do baggage tags always come printed with my name although there are other people flying with me , this happened like on every flight I can remember , so I thought maybe because my ticket is the first one ,so I put my ticket in the middle and guess what the baggage tags still had my name!?!?!

Very, very easy to explain. It is called baggage-pooling. If you are flying in a group, the system will sort the names to the western alphabet, starting with last name (depends on the system). So your family-name is the same DARWEISH, first name Islam- (lets say), your mum's name is Selima and your dad's Youssef. So you will get always the bags, bcs. "I" stands in the ABC before S and Y. Different family name, Darweish, Islam and e.g. Smith, Veronica, you will get the bags bcs. D comes before S.

Quoting EkA380 (Thread starter):
I was really disappointed to find out that MS express was the only option, personally I hap expected more airlines to be flying this route , but we only have MS.

Search for username e.g. HORUS (btw. what happened to him, last log-in 2yrs ago?!), he did CAI-SSH flights with A330's etc.! I am just wondering, if MS new strategy is fly only the jungle jet on domestic routes. An A330 would have been fun... Sometimes, more exotic airlines like AMC Aviation are flying this route, but only as charter for tourist groups-doing a one day CAI-visit.

Quoting EkA380 (Thread starter):
Let me now leave you with the pictures:

Congrats.! Did you noticed, that you catched a rare bird? A Livingston A330 in hybrid Kuwait Airlines c/s? Rare to find!
 
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:44 am



Quoting Debonair (Reply 23):
Quoting EkA380 (Thread starter):
I had just one question, why do baggage tags always come printed with my name although there are other people flying with me , this happened like on every flight I can remember , so I thought maybe because my ticket is the first one ,so I put my ticket in the middle and guess what the baggage tags still had my name!?!?!

Very, very easy to explain. It is called baggage-pooling. If you are flying in a group, the system will sort the names to the western alphabet, starting with last name (depends on the system). So your family-name is the same DARWEISH, first name Islam- (lets say), your mum's name is Selima and your dad's Youssef. So you will get always the bags, bcs. "I" stands in the ABC before S and Y. Different family name, Darweish, Islam and e.g. Smith, Veronica, you will get the bags bcs. D comes before S.

Thanks for the really simple explanation.

Quoting Debonair (Reply 23):
Search for username e.g. HORUS (btw. what happened to him, last log-in 2yrs ago?!), he did CAI-SSH flights with A330's etc.! I am just wondering, if MS new strategy is fly only the jungle jet on domestic routes. An A330 would have been fun... Sometimes, more exotic airlines like AMC Aviation are flying this route, but only as charter for tourist groups-doing a one day CAI-visit.

Yea , but MS stopped flying this route.

Quoting Debonair (Reply 23):
Congrats.! Did you noticed, that you catched a rare bird? A Livingston A330 in hybrid Kuwait Airlines c/s? Rare to find!

Thank you , Yes it was nice to see its livery
here is another picture:
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05129.jpg
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:42 pm



Quoting EkA380 (Reply 6):
are you transiting or you will be staying in Cairo?

Hi Islam, I will be staying in Cairo for about two days. And then leaving for other sights along The Nile.

Cheers,
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:24 am

The piece of "art" outside T3 with the 2 rocks and the rope... very very strange to say the least. With all the creative minds in Egypt...that's the best they could come up with? I think they should have went with something super colorful and something that would change color with the daylight and night.

Anyhow...thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful TR from such a beautiful place! I miss Egypt so much and can't wait to go back someday!

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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:49 am



Quoting Akhmad (Reply 25):
are you transiting or you will be staying in Cairo?

Hi Islam, I will be staying in Cairo for about two days. And then leaving for other sights along The Nile.

Oh, that sound's nice enjoy, and I will be expecting a TR from you Akhmad.

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 26):
The piece of "art" outside T3 with the 2 rocks and the rope... very very strange to say the least. With all the creative minds in Egypt...that's the best they could come up with? I think they should have went with something super colorful and something that would change color with the daylight and night.

Hey Tunisia , I actually liked the the 2 rcoks and the rope , but I guess they could have thought of something more artistic , It would have been nice if they had made something like the one in the curbside of DXB , but still this is a great improvement for CAI to say the least.

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 26):
Anyhow...thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful TR from such a beautiful place! I miss Egypt so much and can't wait to go back someday!

Your most welcome !
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Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:29 pm

Nice report. EgyptAir looks pretty damn good.


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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:09 pm

I finally got to ur TR, very nice. I liked the pics. Wanted ta let yu kno. JET..
 
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:37 pm



Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 28):
Nice report. EgyptAir looks pretty damn good.


Thanks

Thank's Lee, Yes EGYPTAIR (thats the way the way they write it) is pretty good.

Quoting JETnyc (Reply 29):
finally got to ur TR, very nice. I liked the pics. Wanted ta let yu kno. JET..

Great to hear you liked the pictures ,and Thanks JETnyc.

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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:00 pm



Quoting EkA380 (Thread starter):
The bus journey wasn't that long but the funny incident happened , as we were in the second bus we followed the first , we passed our aircraft and kept heading towards an MS737-500 which was obliviously not our aircraft , and it didn't even have stairs attached , how illogical can people get, after the first bus driver realized his mistake he turned around , and we did too , but with every one in the bus laughing!

This happened to us at CAI back in the '80s. We were flying from CAI to LXR for holiday. The bus driver pulled up to a shiny MS A300 and some folks had actually disembarked the bus and were walking towards the plane. The driver suddenly honked and yelled at those people to get back on the bus, uttering two words in English.. "wrong plane".

He then drove us straight to an old Air Sinai F-27. Downgrade...

SSH looks so incredibly different to me. It was a sleepy little fishing and dive town back then. Na'ama Bay had nothing, absolutely nothing on it.
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:32 am



Quoting Kohflot (Reply 31):
This happened to us at CAI back in the '80s. We were flying from CAI to LXR for holiday. The bus driver pulled up to a shiny MS A300 and some folks had actually disembarked the bus and were walking towards the plane. The driver suddenly honked and yelled at those people to get back on the bus, uttering two words in English.. "wrong plane".

He then drove us straight to an old Air Sinai F-27. Downgrade...

oo

Lol, according to people in Egypt this happens a lot!. But I had personally thought that we had a Plane change , as there was only 1 E170 on the tarmac . But I wouldn't call the Air Sinai F27 a Downgrade at least now!

Quoting Kohflot (Reply 31):
SSH looks so incredibly different to me. It was a sleepy little fishing and dive town back then. Na'ama Bay had nothing, absolutely nothing on it.

SSH looked incredibly different to my parents too , who had last visited it in 1999, actually we we had been planing visiting SSH for almost 4 years , but every time we plan , something or the other happens  Sad. But by the way I think that after the SSH bombings Na'ama Bay isn't very popular now.

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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:25 pm

Thanks for the EgyptairExpress TR.

Sort of reflects my own experiences of them:

Great AC;

Reasonably friendly, young, FAs;

Quite acceptable timekeeping.

I actually enjoyed the CAI T3 domestic experience, last month (though I must admit a soft spot for, a much improved, T1).

Hope you can update us with your impressions of the return flight, SSH - CAI & T3 arrivals.

If not, mallesh  Wink
 
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:53 am

Hi Glen

Quoting GlenP (Reply 33):
Thanks for the EgyptairExpress TR.

Sort of reflects my own experiences of them

Your welcome Glen .

Quoting GlenP (Reply 33):
Hope you can update us with your impressions of the return flight, SSH - CAI & T3 arrivals.

My return routing was a bit different , SSH to ALY (alexandria) Via Hurghada on The E170. SSH was really nice , small but clean and efficient , but Aly was a dump .
I will be posting some pictures of the return trip here , I as don't feel like writing a whole TR.

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Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:14 am

Return Flight :
July 20th
MS 416
SSH-ALY
After three great days in SSH. We had to sadly leave , After arriving at the airport and passing the security check , we were checked in by a male agent and something I really had liked to shine a light upon is the amount of male domination in SSH(the city and airport). Especially in my hotel there aren’t any Female staff , except for the Restaurant manager. Anyway back to the flight , It was uneventful , except for that we flew on SU-GDI again the A/C that took us to SSH 3 days ago and guess What we had the same set of crew with the robotic purser, but she remembered me and while boarding she told me , How did you get such a tan in only 3 day's?!
Let me now leave you with the pictures , any questions are welcome:
SSH parking.
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05342.jpg
From Outside
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05339.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05341.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05337.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05344.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05346.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05347.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05349.jpg
My under-sized passport
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05354.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05356.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05357.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05358.jpg
The yellow bag is mine  Smile
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05359.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05360.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05367.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05370.jpg
http://i517.photobucket.com/albums/u337/saluka18/DSC05372.jpg
That’s it , Hope you enjoyed the pic's
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:14 pm

Nice trip, I still have to fly with the Embraer  Smile

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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:53 pm



Quoting Emair (Reply 36):
Nice trip, I still have to fly with the Embraer

Thanks, You will really enjoy flying the Embraer! Big grin

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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:26 pm

Hey, very, very cool TR!!! congrats!  Smile

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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:27 pm

Thank you EKA380 for this great TR, it was very interesting to read. SSH airport looks great.
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:21 am

Hey,

Quoting Camiloa380 (Reply 38):
Hey, very, very cool TR!!! congrats!

Thank you Cami!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 39):
Thank you EKA380 for this great TR, it was very interesting to read. SSH airport looks great.

Your welcome and SSH does look great!

Regards,
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:46 pm

Hi EkA380,

Thanks for this trip report. I like domestic flights on aircraft like this. You've managed to make a really good trip report out of this.

Tim,
 
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:38 am

Hey Tim,

Quoting Vandenheuvel (Reply 41):
Thanks for this trip report. I like domestic flights on aircraft like this. You've managed to make a really good trip report out of this.

Thanks for your kind words.  Big grin !

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Islam
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:18 pm

Very nice report and pics , thanks for sharing Ek380  Smile

How expensive was the ticket ? I remember paying only $59 for a return ticket CAI-HRG-CAI including all taxes and surcharge , but that was 2 years ago . I also bought it online and found their system very efficient .

Quoting EkA380 (Thread starter):
the spaciousness of the cabin , and my pleasant mood got even better when I reached my seat which had a 32 pitch which was great and it was also the first time for me flying on a plane with leather seats which was a nice change.

I found the Embraer to be a a very nice ride with spacious seats , very generous leg room .

I like the more frequent services that MS have now to the likes of SSH , HRG...etc . Few years back , they used to operate larger planes on a 2-3 daily flights basis only , and the times were horrible , either very early morning or late nights .

Are they getting stingy ? On my flight to Hurghada , we were served a piece of cake along with the juice  Wink

Thanks a lot again for the report and the great effort  Smile
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:35 pm

Hey MSYYZ,

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 43):
How expensive was the ticket ? I remember paying only $59 for a return ticket CAI-HRG-CAI including all taxes and surcharge , but that was 2 years ago . I also bought it on line and found their system very efficient

Each ticket had cost us about $265...

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 43):
I like the more frequent services that MS have now to the likes of SSH , HRG...etc . Few years back , they used to operate larger planes on a 2-3 daily flights basis only , and the times were horrible , either very early morning or late nights

I have to agree , now there are 10 daily flights to SSH which is really nice, and I think that the E170 is perfect for these types of flights!

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 43):
Are they getting stingy ? On my flight to Hurghada , we were served a piece of cake along with the juice

Thanks a lot again for the report and the great effort

They are getting stingy! A drink service is fine on a one hour flight but the return flight was above 2 hours including technical stop in HRG , on that flight I had expected atleast a pack of biscuits or peanuts but there was nothing, which was disappointing. Thanks for your kind words and glad you enjoyed reading it!
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akhmad
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RE: EgyptAir Express To SSH

Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:04 pm

Hi Islam,

Nice report of your return trip from SSH.

The Embraer jet is still on my wish-list. I did not manage to fly one in Egypt.  Sad

BTW, I have got my reports aired now.

Cheers,
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