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Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:47 pm

Egyptair advertised a 20% sale earlier this year (currently as well), so I decided to try their business class product from Asia to Europe.

Pushback 0:55
Scheduled departure 0:55 Take off 1:25
Scheduled arrival 5:40 Landing 5:35
Flight time 9 hrs 10 min
Distance 4529 miles/7289km
Business (J) class Approx 16 cents/mile

I used the Royal Orchid Lounge in BKK and had a nice, hot shower.

The shower rooms offer a comfortable amount of space

The shower rooms include the use of quality Thann products

The TG lounge offers a good variety of fresh hot and cold food and drinks.

Business class seat

There is a very generous 78" seat pitch so that ther person iat the window can step around, rather than climb over the person in the aisle seat.

J class 2 X 3 X 2 configuration

March 2013 magazine

It's well-known, but just to state again, Egyptair is a dry airline. A pre-take off drink was served with a choice of either apple or orange juice.

The amenities kit included ear plugs, socks, eye mask, lip balm, toothbrush/toothpaste, combined brush/comb and two quite practical items; a shoe horn and an emery board.

The stickers in the kit were a good idea for this overnight flight.

The first/main service was a three-course dinner.
The tray included the dessert (no choice), salad and unwarmed bread roll.

It was quite bumpy over the Bay of Bengal (as usual), so pics were a bit blurry.
The first course/entree was half an avocado with thickly-sliced smoked salmon.

The main course offered a classic choice of beef, fish or chicken. All were served with quite a lot of rice and also some asparagus and carrot. I chose the fish, which was fairly dry and tasteless.

The dessert was a custard-filled pastry and it was quite tasty.

A standard, though limited range of soft drinks and juices were available. However, hot chocolate was not a drink option.
The second service was a continental breakfast. It consisted of a sweet pastry, an unwarmed bread roll and croissant, assorted jams. There was also a small bowl of sliced fresh fruit. Everything was very fresh, flavoursome and quite satisfying.

Overall, MS business class was fine long haul. The cabin felt spacious. There was plenty of food and importantly, the lie-flat bed was comfortable and conducive for restful sleep. The criticisms are the the meal service was rushed. I'd only taken a few bites of my entree before the main course was offered. So the sense of timing was way off. Although you could ask for a glass of water, a small bottle of it was not provided or available. There were two female attendants serving in the business cabin. The male attendants disappeared after take off. Perhaps they served in the economy cabin. MS Lounges in CAI don't have showers.
I transited in CAI to MAD, which was smooth and pleasant. That sector on MS deserves its own TR and it was very good. I would fly MS business class again either short or long haul. The seat space is/feels double that of UA for example and the catering was overall better than UA as well. MS does not approach the level of SQ, QF, CX, NH or JL for example. However, I am not surprised that MS won the best African business class carrier 2011.

Thanks Egyptair!
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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:03 pm

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Quoting trent1000 (Thread starter):
The TG lounge offers a good variety of fresh hot and cold food and drinks.

- I've only used the lounge for departures around 09:00, always thought the offerings were on the weak side.

Quoting trent1000 (Thread starter):
J class 2 X 3 X 2 configuration

- I hate that layout, the middle of the 3 is so un-premium.

To be honest the catering, IMO, looks a bit weak, the breads especially look naff, breakfast seems to have a burger bun - RJ seem to do the same!


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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:14 pm

Nice report. Does MS have 2-3-2 in J class. I think once the person is lying flat, you' still have to climb over them  
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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:49 pm

Nice report, thanks for sharing
MS J class looks quite OK here, although the food doesn't look all to nice and am not a fan of a 2-3-2 J class configuration!


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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:13 am

Thanks for sharing. Considering the extremely low C-Class fares that MS has, it seems quite ok. The food however didn't impressed me on the pictures. I flew them economy class between Cairo and Kuwait and the meal was revolting. But on your flight I believe it was catered in BKK? Looking forward to the next part.
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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:49 pm

Nice report   waiting for the flight to MAD   MS/MSR753 i guess  
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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:49 am

Being a dry airline, I wonder how the cabin crew would feel if someone opened a small screw cap bottle of wine and drank it during the meal? Does anyone know if this would be permitted or simply ignored?
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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:15 pm

I've read that you could surreptitiously drink your own alcohol and ask the MS crew for mixers.
However, it is insensitive to their policy based on religious beliefs and if one can't last up to 8 hours or so without alcohol, that would be indicative of having a drinking problem... I fail to believe that not having alcohol would spoil an in flight [dining] experience.
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RE: Egyptair BKK-CAI Business Class

Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:19 pm

Nice trip report...

I think EgyptAir Provided a decent service , I would love to give them a try if the opportunity arises...
great lounge...How was the IFE on the flight? And how was the flight load?
Hope they are doing well on this route

Thanks and keep writing


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