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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Due to A380 Wing Cracks you may end up on a 777.

In response to The European Aviation Safety Agencies directive, requiring inspections for all 68 of the Airbus A380 aircraft  currently in service. Emirates are having to swap its A380 super jumbos for other aircraft as it checks for wing cracks. The first wing cracks were discovered in a Qantas A380 that experienced engine problems flying over Indonesia in 2010. But the EASA said last month that cracking had been discovered in other planes. The problem relates to brackets that link the A380's wing ribs to the wing's skin.

Emirates is Airbuses largest global customer of the 525-seater A380 jet, with 20 of the aircraft in its fleet. The airline said it was fully complying with the new rules and flights were still operating as scheduled. It would replace its A380 planes with other aircraft types as they were inspected. The airline uses its A380s to connect Dubai with London, Sydney, New York, Bangkok and other big cities, including Johannesburg.
"To date, we have inspected four aircraft," said a spokesman in response to the directive. "The directive poses no impact on Emirates operations. The aircraft remain fully airworthy and pose no risk to flight safety as affirmed by EASA and Airbus. The safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority."
This is disappointing if you are planning a First Class Flight and are expecting to use the shower, or the Bar in business class, otherwise you should not notice any difference.
My advice, check on the Emirates web page to see what aircraft is to be used on your route.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Sharm and The Hyatt in March 2012. Great stuff.

I have said it before, but will say it again...when I want winter sun from the UK I always seem to end up looking at the Long Haul, and ever increasingly exotic and expensive destinations! With only one week off, I really did not want to spend a lot of my time getting to the destination, and I had a very limited budget. So once again, I opted for Egypt, this time as 100 % relaxation was needed (not dashing around monuments!) Sharm El Sheikh was the choice, the reasons = only a 5 hour flight, the price was good and once there, its not just a sitting in the sun destination thanks to the coral.
After a few hours of Internet research, the holiday was booked as a package via Sunshine.co.uk. This option worked out a lot cheaper than booking the hotel, flights, parking and transfers separately.
We flew with Monarch from Manchester on an Airbus 320-200, the aircraft seats 174 passengers in a 3-3 format. Monarch claim a seat pitch of 28'' in the regular seats.The seats on the aircraft seemed closer together than that and at 17'' wide were to narrow for some passengers, the seat also felt very hard. But, on the dot of 09.00 the flight left Manchester and the crew were very good. The flight was just over 5 hours long, just about long enough on that plane!
The transfer to the Hyatt Regency was swift and check in at the hotel very smooth, so by 19.00 we were sat on the balcony of the bar, admiring the view over the Red Sea and the relatively warm evening.

Upon check in we were informed that we had been upgraded to a sea view room, the resort was very quiet and I think all the guests were put in this block of the hotel. The Hotel is stunning,  a low level resort, set in beautiful gardens. it is a beach side resort located between some of the top dive sites in Sharm. The Near Garden and Far Garden. This can save you a lot of money as you can get to these popular Reefs from the beach as opposed to a boat trip each day.  
Standard Room at the Hyatt Regency, Sharm El Sheikh
The Beach.
The hotel has good facilities and has six restaurants

• Souk, • Sala Thai, • Cafe Fresco,
• Stars Music Bar, • Beach House Bar & Grill,
• Cascades Pool Restaurant & Bar, • Azure Lounge
the Souk is the most fun once you get used to the concept! It is an out door eating courtyard. The Choices are The Pasta Bar, The Meat Bar, Sweet Counter, The Bar!! The Asian Bar, The Arabic Bar and the Seafood Counter. As you arrive you are given a bag of 'Coins' each with a value, all the food in the souk is priced in this currency. I loved this place as the choice was good, the food was a high standard and all freshly cooked and the Arabic Metze delicious.
The Souk
The resort is good for families as it has a few pools, a water slide and a lazy river, but best of all the Coral.
After a relaxing 7 days it was time to go home, we had our room until 15.00 at no extra charge. All in all it was a fantastic stress free stay and I would recommend it to anyone.
The company Sunshine.co.uk were very slick, on line once I booked the package, parking & transfers, the email I recived included every voucher needed ,as well as an ATOL declaration of your purchase. I did not deal with the customer service part of the company as I did not have any problems. I was very happy with my transaction and would use this service again.