Flight: MS 986
Aircraft Type: B777-200
Departure Terminal: Terminal 4
Arrival Terminal: Terminal 1 Hall3
Scheduled Departure: 6:30 Pm
Actual Departure (Push back): 6:50 Pm
Take off: 7:50 Pm
Take Off Runway: 31L
Schedule Arrival: 11:30 Pm
Actual Arrival: 1:10 pm
Landing Runway: 05L
An overnight trip 11 hours from JFK to Cairo, Last time I flew EgyptAir was on Jun 2005, I was so exited to see how they changed from the last time I flew them.
I was working that day and I had my luggage so I can go straight to the airport since the check in time was suppose to be around 3:15 PM, I arrived at EgyptAir Counters on Terminal 4 around 3:30 it wasn't that busy, waited for about 15 minutes and then checked on seat 31K ( it's on the right side of the plane, the plane configuration is 3-4-2), after check in you have to take your luggage to be screened; I dropped them and then went home( I live about 10 minutes from JFK) took dinner with my family and then took the air train back to the airport, went to the security around 5:30 where it took me few minutes to clear.
I walked to the gate where I found a line waiting to board the plane; I walked around a little bit where I sit down to drink some coffee and to take a look at the plane, which was SU-GBR(NEFERTARI)
My Bird waiting for me
Nice Looking Engine
Some Pictures for VS in the gates next to us
The Camera shows the front of the plane
Look at Terminal 3 while Delta is on the Push Back
More terminal 3
Just after we pushed Back
JFK Tower and T4
Wide look into remote stand, you can see Both EK A340 and B777
The other side of T3, Planes are waiting to join the line.
Just before we board the plane there was two security guys that checked my carry on, then walking on the jet way towards the plane where a female FA great me and show me which direction should I take towards my seat(The flight was Full no Empty seats unfortunately).
The push back was late about 20 minutes because there were some late passengers, short after boarding the TV start with some prayers, then the Safety video started with Arabic then English. after push back we start taxing towards 13R where I thought we will take off but a few minutes later I found out that we were just getting in line going towards 31L which took us 1 hour until we finally hold short for takeoff and then we turned to the runway and the pilot started rolling without stopping, the takeoff was smooth with a sharp left turn short after lifting from the ground.
After 30 minutes to the flight:
Altitude: 33000 Feettttt
Distance to destination: 5383 Mile
Time to destination: 9:30
The in-flight service started with Dinner that was served after about 1 hour in the flight. For the main dish I was offered the choice between either Beef or Fish.
I took the Beef which comes with potatoes and Vegetables (Carrots & Broccoli); also there was Tuna Salad, Cheese, butter, Cracker, bread and Strawberry Cream Pie as a desert. Honestly the food was very delicious.
After the dinner they FA was offering drinks either Coffee or tea, and about 20 minutes later they started collecting the Trays and deemed the cabin light to allow passengers to sleep.
Short after they started the first movie which was The Queen (Excellent), then short term after the movie and a drink break, they started the second movie which was Mustangs. We were in FL370 flying tailwind which changed later to FL390.
Since the flight was at night so most of the PAX went to sleep, I spent the time watching the movie and reading my book and did write some of this report.
About 3 hours left on the flight they played a third movie which was Arabic Movie (Ali Spicy) during the movie and about 2 hours from landing they start serving the Breakfast.
we had a Continental breakfast; consisted of Croissant, Bread, Yogurt, Jam, Butter and Orange Juice.
After breakfast was served we started preparation for landing, we circled over Cairo so we can start final descending from the south part of the city, and we landed on 05L.
After landing we taxied to the Stand where we were holding for about 15 minutes before we finally reached the Stand near Terminal 1 Hall 3 where Buses were waiting to take us to the Terminal, arriving to the terminal and clearing the Immigration and then claiming the luggage wasn't bad experience, Hall 3 is a small hall but it's clean and easy to figure out your way.
following are some pictures that i took while entering Egyptian soil and landing at Cairo Airport
The North Coast of Egypt, South of Alex.
The Pyramids area
Nasr City Area, Few Minutes before Touch Down
Taxing to Stand
MEA, Notice the 2 Stored B743 in the Back
Since this Report took more than I expected because of the pictures I decided to put the return trip in a Separate report which will follow this one so soon.
Thanks and Hope You enjoy it and hope I did a good job.
[Edited 2007-04-12 22:27:37]