This is the first flight of my Cairo to Honolulu trip and I was really excited to be flying on British Airways' Boeing 787-9 especially since I have not really flown long haul in business class with them. It has also been years since I last flew with them so I was looking forward to see some changes specifically now that they have started with DO&CO Catering.
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Departure time in Cairo (CAI): 8:00 Terminal 2
Arrival time in London (LHR): 12:10 Terminal 5
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Duration: 5h 10m
Date of flight: April 3, 2018
*This is a revenue ticket, Business Class flight #153
Cairo Airport Terminal 2
from JW Marriott Cairo where I stayed for a night, I arrived at the airport around 5:15am.
Check-in, Counters 230-239
I went thru (pre) security check, passport control and another security check where you had to take off your shoes. I'm not against taking off my shoes during such controls as long as airports are providing shoe covers like in Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Madrid and Barcelona. I actually had to do it a lot of times at the airports in the US during this trip so I probably would be taking my own shoe cover with me in the future just to be safe 😉
Duty Free Shops
Business Class Lounge
Business Class Lounge was still pretty empty when I came although it never really got busy during the whole time I was there. Again, I had to take off my shoes to get in and to leave the lounge as there was security check (again). Around 6:50am, I left the lounge for the 7am boarding.
Aircraft, Boeing 787-9
Boarding, Gate E4
Cabin, First Class
Cabin, Business Class
The crew also started with the "spray" of the cabin. Around 8:06, we began our pushback followed by the safety demo of the crew minutes later although it was quite difficult to see what they were demonstrating from my seat 👎 Minutes later, we had a smooth take off.
To start the meal service, hot towels were offered, followed by the crew taking drinks and breakfast choice. I chose the Smoked Salmon instead of Fresh fruit and the English Breakfast instead of Cinnamon Pancake, Continental Breakfast and Plain Omelette. For my drinks, I opted for a cup of green tea. Around 9:10am, my salmon was served together with some muesli, bread, jam and butter.
The meal was lovely, thanks to the DO&CO catering. I was offered refill of drinks and asked if everything was okay which was a 👍 To end the meal service, a bottle of mineral water was given.
Around 10:05am, the Club Kitchen was set up.
Landing in Heathrow
The crew also offered landing cards and fast track cards but since I was only transiting, I didn't really need one. Around 40 minutes before landing, the captain came on the PA to give us updated flight information including the weather in London and the temperature of 12 degrees. He also added that we would start to land in 20 minutes and that the seat belt sign would be turned on so it's better to use the lavatory now. I later found out that this announcement of the captain 40 minutes before landing was a standard as it was the case on my flight from LHR to JFK and JFK to LHR.
We landed in Heathrow around 12:09pm and reached the gate 6 minutes later.
There it was, my first ever long haul flight with British Airways in business class! I thought the design of the cabin was nice and the dining experience was almost excellent, thanks to the them switching to DO&CO. The service was friendly and the crew took time to talk with the passengers. On the other hand, the seat was not spacious so I could only imagine it is a much bigger issue to those who are much taller/bigger than me. The footstool of the passenger behind me was also a bit annoying everytime he uses it as it was not that stable and sort of rocks my seat as a result. Inerestingly, I did not get any amenity kit on this flight although I got one on the return. Still, I have to say I really enjoyed this flight and for the fare I paid, it was definitely worth it 😍