EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo Review

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I ended up flying EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo unintentionally. I had been to Egypt before and didn’t think I’d ever be back, but fate would take me back there, sort of. You see, I had been meaning to visit one of my best friends in Dubai for years. I’ve literally been pushing that visit off for a decade.

I knew that the flights would be an important part of the journey. I had already booked Emirates A380 First Class Dubai to Toronto so all I really had to worry about was my flight to Dubai. Since I wanted to fly business class and wanted to arrive in Dubai in the afteroon, I actually had a limited number of flights to choose from.

While doing my search, I saw that EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Dubai would cost me 82.5K Aeroplan miles. This wasn’t a big deal for me as I use some of the best credit cards in Canada and earn miles fast. The exact details were as follows. Depart YYZ at 12:45PM on Egyptair MS996, arrive CAI at 6:10AM. I would then take a 9:45AM flight on Egyptair MS912 to get me to Dubai. 

This is the first time I’ve flown business class so I was very excited. Read my EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo review now to find out how it was.

EgyptAir operates out of Terminal 1 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Pearson has automated check-ins where you can print your own luggage tags, but you still need to go to the desk to drop off your bags. Fortunately, business class passengers have a separate desk. Pro tip, if you print your own luggage tags, don’t put them on right away as customer service needs to add priority labels to your bags.

Oh yeah, here’s my EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo ticket. Oddly enough, this was the second time I’ve flown business class with EgyptAir. I don’t really count the first time as it was a 50 minute flight from Cairo to Luxor where all I got was a glass of orange juice. I didn’t even realize I had booked business class at the time. 

EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo ticketholders get access to the Maple Leaf Lounge since EgyptAir is a Star Alliance Member. This lounge is located just before you head down to the duty free shops, restaurants and gates. 

After a quick ticket check, you’re into the lounge which is much bigger than the Plaza Premium lounge also located in this wing. To be clear, if you have access to both lounges, choose the Maple Leaf Lounge as it’s much better. Everything about this lounge is better than the Plaza Premium lounge.

I would estimate that the Maple Leaf Lounge is about 6 times the size of the Plaza Premium lounge. There are many different types of seats available and even a few areas that are a bit quieter compared to the rest of the lounge.

This is just one section of the seating where there are four computers available. You can just make out a drink dispenser to the left. Out of frame is a bar with a small selection of alcohol and an espresso machine.

I took this picture at about 10AM when breakfast was still being served. There’s a decent selection of food. There was also bread, soup, salad and snacks available. Around 11AM, they switched over to lunch.

In case you needed a shower, there were two available in the lounge.

EgyptAir Business Class 777-300ER Toronto to Cairo is a completely dry flight which means there’s no alcohol. You can get juice, coffee, tea, and pop, but they don’t serve you any booze. That said, if you buy a bottle of wine at duty free, they won’t care if you drink it on the plane so make sure you grab a bottle for the 10-hour flight.

Egyptair MS996 Business Class Toronto to Cairo is a Bowing 777-300ER aircraft. A lot of airlines use pods for business class on this plane, but EgyptAir has yet to upgrade the seats on this route. The good thing is that the seats are lay flat so you can get comfortable. There’s an AC charger at every seat but mine (and my neighbours did not work). There’s also a USB port where you can charge, but the charge times were really slow.

EgyptAir 777-300ER Toronto to Cairo has 49 business seats. It’s a 2-3-2 configuration with 4 rows at the front of the plane, two washrooms and the galley and then 3 more rows. Even though there was a washroom at the front of the plane, it appeared as if the staff was keeping it for themselves as they kept directing business class passengers in the front section to use the washrooms behind them. The washrooms themselves were no different than the ones in economy which was disappointing. 

EgyptAir gives you these stickers so you can tell the staff what you prefer. Just stick it on the headrest and they’ll act accordingly.

A pillow and blanket were provided. There’s also a small divider to give passengers sitting beside each other some privacy. Our divider was quite flimsy and rarely held in place. I laid down most of the flight so the person beside rarely saw my face. If the person facing the aisle was in lie flat mode, you’d have to step over them.

The entertainment system was of a decent size, but it was shocking how little choice there was when it came to movies. There were probably 20 movies total and that included foreign language films. There were only two recent releases available and a handful of episodes for any TV shows. For example, I think there were only 3 episodes of Big Bang Theory. One really annoying thing is that EgyptAir uses those 2 pronged headphone jacks for audio. This forces you to use their headphones which were of pretty poor quality.

Even though you have a touch screen, you need to use a remote for the entertainment system unless you enjoy leaning forward quite a bit. Every seat came with a water bottle which was about 500ml. It’s nice to have water, but that little area where the bottle is was the only storage space that you had direct access to. I could only put a few small things in there.

Lunch or was it dinner was served about an hour after takeoff. What’s up with the one random image of a salad? You really only get to choose your main and dessert.

The appetizer wasn’t pretty to look at, but it did taste decent. You get real plates and cutlery, but the tray seems to be the same size as the ones in economy.

When it’s time for the main course, they simply replace your appetizer plate. Although this is efficient, it didn’t make me feel special. What really annoyed me is that they ran out of beef for the mains. When I’m in economy, I don’t care, but running out of specific dishes for your business class passengers is a bit ridiculous. I ended up choosing shrimp and cod. The food itself tasted decent, but after having shrimp and salmon for my appetizer, I wasn’t too excited about having something similar for my main.

Dessert was actually not bad. A small piece of chocolate cake paired with a strawberry and whipped cream. I enjoyed this part of the meal the most but that’s because I like cake.

Shortly after lunch/dinner, they started to dim the lights. It wasn’t even 4PM Toronto time so I know I wasn’t going to be getting any sleep. The good thing is that the EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo seats are lie flat and you do get a good amount of room.

To help you adjust timezones, they project lights that look like stars on the ceiling. Again, there was no chance I was falling asleep but I found out later that some passengers took some sleeping pills so they could adjust quickly.

Since the entertainment wasn’t very good, I started working on my laptop. Every so often I’d stare outside for a few seconds. Here’s a shot of Budapest. It’s a terrible picture, but it was sort of cool to fly over the city as it’s a place I’d been to before. 

An hour and a half before landing, they started to serve breakfast. The choices were a mushroom omelette or foul medamas which is an Egyptian dish consisting mainly of fava beans. The food here was okay, but it wasn’t anything special. 

After 10 hours in the air, I landed in Egypt. I never thought I’d be back, but here I was sitting in the airport. Although the food and service really wasn’t anything special for business class, my EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo review is positive. The lie flat beds are comfortable, just be sure to bring things to keep yourself entertained. If you’re heading to Cairo, EgyptAir might be the only direct flight from Toronto and there’s often availability on Aeroplan so it can be beneficial. This is also a great option for people who are building mini RTW Aeroplan itineraries. Fortunately, my connecting flight to Dubai was much better. 

EgyptAir 777-300ER Business Class Toronto to Cairo Review

About Barry Choi

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi

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