The “real” adventure was finally ready to begin! After departing from the First Class Lounge at Cairo’s Terminal 2, I found my gate, where an Emirates 777-300ER was waiting for me.
The gate was at the very end of the brand-new Terminal 2 in Cairo.
Despite the sign, only business class was on board this flight. I was originally booked in first class, but there was an airplane swap at the last minute. For my trouble, I’m getting nearly $280 back on my statement credit, bringing the total cost of my itinerary down below $2,000, which is a great deal. Keep in mind that I earned 39,751 Alaska miles for my flights, as well as requalified for Alaska MVP status with my itinerary. I value the Alaska miles at about 2 cents per point, so that’s like getting back $795 in value right there!
Boarding was quick, as there weren’t too many folks in business class. I was greeted once I stepped aboard, and was pleased to find out that I had the two seats to myself next to the window.
My first thoughts on the seat were that it looked comfortable, and that I’m happy to be on board! Noise-cancelling headphones, a pillow, and a blanket awaited me. Next, a flight attendant came around with some Moët champagne and menus.
I was all settled in and ready for my flight!
The middle row of seats looked to be a bit more spacious, but since I was traveling solo I appreciated the window views.
While I wasn’t thrilled to learn that all business class seats are not fully lie-flat on Emirates’ 777s (instead, angled flat), they were plenty comfortable for a 2 1/2 hour flight to Dubai.
One place where Emirates is unrivaled is its in-flight entertainment system. There are thousands of options for movies, tv shows, and games that allowed me to watch basically every Marvel movie over the course of my five flights with the airline.
We started our taxi away from the desolate-looking Cairo airport.
Once airborne, more champagne was poured, as well as some warm nuts. I noticed that Emirates likes to provide pistachios in its nut mix, which were really tasty warmed up!
For my main dish, no menus were distributed on the flight, which I found odd. Nevertheless, I put in my order for the steak with the flight attendant, who noted it on an iPad.
The appetizer, an Arabic mezze, was served at the same time as the main dish. Some breads were served alongside, as well as my selection of red to go along with my steak. Unsurprisingly, I chose the Bordeaux.
For dessert, an amazing chocolate mousse.
That was followed up with some Godiva chocolates.
The balance of my time was spent staring out the window. I caught a glimpse of the Red Sea and the Suez Canal for the first time.
After a few more refills of drinks, and watching some Iron Man, it was time to visit the lavatories, which were complete with fresh flowers and men’s and women’s Bulgari cologne. There were also combs, toothbrushes, and razors available, replacing the non-existent amenity kit on this route.
It was now time to experience Dubai once again, and without incident, we deplaned in the fancy Terminal 3.
Overall, I loved my first business class flight with Emirates. It was pleasant, food was good tasting, and service outstanding. I was excited to try business class on a few more routes this trip, but first, the St. Regis Dubai!2