TravelsUK
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18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:52 am

This TR has been a long time coming! I have just completed my annual photo clear out and came across some pictures taken back in March lurking on my hard drive I had taken them with the intention of writing a trip report and what with starting a new job in a new country and all that it entailed I just clean forgot to post it…

So herewith a very belated trip report of a very short flight with Egyptair Express from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheik!

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Date: 01.03.2011
Route: HRG – SSH
Flight: MS414
STD: 11:15
STA: 11:20
Aircraft: Embraer 170
Reg: SU-GCY
Distance: 66 miles
Flight time: 18 minutes

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Due to the revolution that was in full swing at the time of this trip security was naturally very tight at the airport, indeed there were two tanks parked outside the domestic terminal at HRG, needless to say a no photography policy was being rigorously enforced so unfortunately no photos of the domestic terminal itself, suffice to say it is perfectly pleasant place to spend time waiting for a flight, check in was quick and stress free, security surprisingly was painless and you can get a decent cup of coffee in the departure lounge.

Egyptair Express were operating flights just once a day in each direction at the time, due to lack of demand as there were certainly no tourists using the route ( they had all left the country! ) The HRG - SSH sector is part of a triangle routing from Alexandria, ALY – HRG – SSH – ALY. The same route is flown in the opposite direction later in the afternoon.

Boarding was called early with approximately 12 passengers joining the flight via a bus out to the aircraft, everything was remarkably well organised and efficient which was most un like Egypt!

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A very friendly FA greeted us a the door and I made my way to very back row of the aircraft, 48A, a second FA was on duty in the rear galley, I had a brief chat wither and noted that she spoke excellent English. Both of the FA’s were young, smartly dressed and most importantly cheerful!

A TCX A321 was on the ramp next to us having gone tech the previous day. Actually it was the only other aircraft at the airport at the time, very unusual as it would have been normal to see a couple of Russian carriers or something from Europe throughout the day.

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Due to the very light load I switched seats to 48H in order to get some better views of Hurghada and the islands as we took off, I was also hoping that I would also get some nice views as we approached Sharm El Sheik

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Obligatory leg room shot

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The crew gave a safety demo which could best be described as brief to say the least as it went something lie this “There are four emergency exits on this aircraft, you seat belt is fastened like this and please read the safety instruction card” … OK then! It was hardly worth the effort to be honest but better than nothing I guess.

Push back was on time and we began our lengthy taxi down to the southern end of the runway, passing various military hard standings on the way

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A very short take off roll got us airborne with a good view of the building work for the new terminal

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And a gentle right turn took us over the city and out to the red sea towards the Sinai peninsular

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Cruising altitude of 11000ft and the crew were up and out of their seats within about 2 minutes of takeoff and commenced the cabin service which was a choice of either orange or apple juice

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No sooner had the crew finished serving we hit some quite severe turbulence, as evidenced by the state of the sea below us, there was some very heavy winds buffeting us, I enjoy a bit of turbulence but this really was something else and indeed it was the one and only time I have ever felt airsick!

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Whilst not that easy to see the flowing picture may offer some indication as to why we were having such severe turbulence, the sea was a mess, clearly some very strong winds around!

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Thankfully the rough ride subsided as we neared the coast and the islands off the Sinai peninsular

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On all the other occasions that I had flown this route we have approached SSH from the south however this time we flew on up the coast to make our approach from the north, therefore I got no views of Sharm El Sheik as I had hoped as the city was now on the other side of the aircraft!

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18 minutes after take off we landed!

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A long ride down to the far end of the runway…

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… due to the parallel runway still being under construction

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Koral Blue – no tourists so no work!

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Batteries ran out!

But still I hope you enjoyed this short flight with me, if you happen to be in the area for $60 this trip makes for a great and slightly different day out.

I look forward to reading all of your comments, but in the meantime

Cheers!
 
Flightsimboy
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:38 pm

18 minutes....that has got to be the shortest flight ever!! And you even get a juice on board. Thanks for sharing
 
akhmad
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:21 pm

Hi Nick,

Thank you so much for sharing the short hop on board of Egyptair Express Embraer jet. It must have been a great experience. It reminds me of my experience of flying Egyptair from Aswan to Abu Simbel. A bit longer though at twenty five minutes.

Quoting TravelsUK (Thread starter):
a no photography policy was being rigorously enforced so unfortunately no photos of the domestic terminal itself,

Too bad. Luckily the prohibition did not apply on board.

Quoting TravelsUK (Thread starter):
I switched seats to 48H

You gotta love the odd seat numberings. 


Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:48 pm

Hi Nick,

nice report and some lovely pictures! If the price of US$ 60 is for oneway, the flight is quite pricey, but if it's a return ticket, then indeed a good bargain!

Eric
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:09 pm

Hi Nick,

nice report about a rare airline! I flew Luxor-Cairo on EgyptAir Express in August - and I had exactly the same plane, SU-GCY!

Quoting TravelsUK (Thread starter):
Due to the revolution that was in full swing at the time of this trip security was naturally very tight at the airport, indeed there were two tanks parked outside the domestic terminal at HRG, needless to say a no photography policy was being rigorously enforced so unfortunately no photos of the domestic terminal itself

That sounds quite bad. The situation was relaxed again in August.

Quoting TravelsUK (Thread starter):
A very friendly FA greeted us a the door and I made my way to very back row of the aircraft, 48A,

48A? I had 36A and that was close to the last row. Are you sure?

Quoting TravelsUK (Thread starter):
Koral Blue – no tourists so no work!

Now only one plane is left - and that's still stored.


PH
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igomarch
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:34 am

Nice report
Also flew MS same aircraft, very comfortable seats
Here's my vid
http://youtu.be/Dhrc_hosIJY
R.March
 
TravelsUK
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:11 am

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
If the price of US$ 60 is for oneway, the flight is quite pricey, but if it's a return ticket, then indeed a good bargain!

At the time a return was around $60 - cheapre than many excursions sold by the tour operators!
 
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:16 am

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
48A? I had 36A and that was close to the last row. Are you sure?

I will double check when I ge the opportunity, I don't have the BP with me as I'm in Barbados right now, but according to my entry on http://www.flightmemory.com , which I complete religiously, it was 48H.

Quoting igomarch (Reply 5):
Nice report
Also flew MS same aircraft, very comfortable seats
Here's my vid

I'll be sure to check it out...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Thank you so much for sharing the short hop on board of Egyptair Express Embraer jet. It must have been a great experience. It reminds me of my experience of flying Egyptair from Aswan to Abu Simbel. A bit longer though at twenty five minutes.

Thanks Suryo, I did the same flight but on a Petroleum Air Services Dash-300, I stupidly didn't take any pictures as that really ia a rare airline!
 
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:18 pm

Hi,

nice short trip! Hopefully the tourists will return, bringing much needed business to the country, but in the meantime, nice to have a quiet flight!

Thanks again.

signol
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MSS658
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:08 am

Hi

Nice trip report, enjoyed the read!
We don't see many of those trip reports nowadays! I loved the scenery
Quite funny being able to sit in row 48 on an E90

Greetings
Marc
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TravelsUK
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RE: 18 Minutes With Egyptair Express

Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:22 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Quite funny being able to sit in row 48 on an E90

Hi Marc

Yes, it is a bit odd, I suspect it is done so it standradises with the long haul equipment... who knows!

Cheers!

Nick

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Hopefully the tourists will return, bringing much needed business to the country, but in the meantime, nice to have a quiet flight!

I garee, bu things are not looking too promising again...

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