Although not as top-notch as some of its rivals in the Middle East like Oman Air, Etihad, Emirates or Qatar, EgyptAir is a surprisingly decent airline with a comfortable business class and pleasant service. It may not be the first choice for those flying directly from the New York to Cairo, or London to Cairo (two popular routes), but for those of you who may end up with a premium ticket on EgyptAir, here’s a look inside their business class.
This Star Alliance airline offers two different business class layouts—either a 2-2-2 on the A330 (of which there are 24-36 business class seats depending on the version) or a 2-3-2 on the Boeing 777 (of which there are 21-49 business class seats depending on the version). Regardless of which plane you’re flying on, EgyptAir business class seat does not allow everyone to have direct aisle access.
EgyptAir business class seat recline varies from aircraft to aircraft. Some recline to an angled bed measuring 76 inches in length and 20 inches in width (i.e. on the Boeing 777-300), whereas other seats fold down to a fully flat bed measuring 73 inches long and 25 inches wide (i.e. on the Airbus A330-300). Other features found on EgyptAir business class are lumbar massagers—perfect for those who suffer from lower back pain, an entertainment screen measuring 15.4 inches, moveable headrest that can be set in six different ways, adjustable reading light, window that can be adjusted to separate yourself from seeing your neighbor, A/C sockets to keep your device(s) charged at all times, and a foldable tray table that comes out from the armrest.
In terms of amenities, the blanket and pillow are not considered business class worthy, but the amenity kit isn’t too bad. It does have the basics including an eye mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand cream, cologne/perfume, hair comb, ear plugs, pen, socks and a shoe horn. Each EgyptAir business class seat gets a sheet of stickers that you can place on top of your seat to let the flight attendants know if you want them to wake you up to eat, to shop Duty-Free or to sleep until you land. It’s a bit archaic, but still useful since their system doesn’t have anything digital built-in.
One downfall has to be their menu. Although the food in EgyptAir business class is edible with some flavor, served via a trolley that goes down the aisle, the food is entirely Western. There are no regional cuisines, which is very surprising since most airlines serve at least a few options from their home country. Another thing you have to keep in mind is that EgyptAir does not offer any alcoholic options onboard, and although you can transport alcohol that was bought via Duty-Free, it cannot be consumed while flying. Welcome to the Middle East!
Have you flown on EgyptAir in business class? How was your experience?