Egypt Air is the main Egyptian carrier, it has a wide range of internal flights which I've never used due to the air-conditioned coaches on offer throughout the country but they may appeal to richer tourists or people with little time.
I flew with Egypt Air from Cairo to Bangkok, I found the staff at the check in desk straight-forward and friendly, although it has to be taken in to account that the flight was on time and I had everything in order - it's difficult to say how they would react when there's a problem.
Egypt Air has some excellently priced flights and my ticket to Bangkok was quite the bargain, generally they have reasonably priced flights to the African countries below them, some to Europe and a proportion to Asia too. They have more or less been priced out of the Middle Eastern vicinity by budget airline Air Arabia but Lebanon and Israel are other well-priced destinations.
I have to say that I usually fly on budget airlines and don't have too much experience with the big names, it's usually the price that appeals to me and I don't seek too much luxury or a five course Cordon Bleu meal. This is perhaps, why I was fine with Egypt Air.
The seating arrangement isn't particularly roomy but I wouldn't go as far as describing it as cramped, the food is average - a chewy beef or fish concoction depending on which tickles your taste buds (or has already been used up!) with a bread roll and Egyptian white cheese. There was a TV screen that hung down from the ceiling, every few rows of seats - I don't recall a film being shown though and think I studied the flight route for the 6 or so hours!
The flight wasn't full, so I was able to sprawl my legs across other neighbouring seats. I bedded myself down with a newspaper and before I knew it, arrived in Bangkok.
Simple and cheap - I of course was in economy, first class offered a bit more leg space but due to the fact the airline wasn't full - I'm glad I didn't pay the extra (not that I would anyway lol)
I just recently went on Egypt air and it was one of the worst airlines I have ever been on. I flew from London to Cairo to Sharm-El-Sheikh and then back to London.
On every flight I went on there was always a delay. My flight back to London was delayed for 40 minutes because one of the security guards had lost the keys for the boarding door.
The food was absolutely horrible; they served fish and beef only. I tried the beef and was just disgusting and all I ate throughout the whole flight was the bread roll which they served with the food. The service was just average and wasnt very special. On my way back to London I asked for beef and I couldnt believe they had run out and again I just ate the bread rolls. If youre a vegetarian then you wont enjoy the food.
I thought that every plane would have TV seats on the back of each seat. But Egypt air did not even have the TV's at the back of the seats. These flights reminded me of when I went on British Airways in 1994 as it was quite similar and would rate the 1994 British airways flight better. They showed one movie in the flight and I did enjoy the movie which they showed. The TV screens were so far away and couldnt see much of the movie. I watched a film called Goal which I was enjoying, half way through the movie it just turned off; they reset the movie and showed it all the way from the beginning. The sound worked on some seats.
I wasnt at all comfortable during any of the flights, the seats reminded me of the seats on coaches and there wasnt much leg room. This airline has got to make major improvements. The only good thing about Egypt Air is that it takes you straight to Egypt without any stops.
I was sitting in economy class but I went into first class to see what it was like and it just looked boring as there was just more leg room and comfortable seats. The first class looked like economy class on Emirates.
The price of the airline tickets werent too bad but there were other airlines who were cheaper but they would make stop overs.
Ive been on Emirates, British airways; P.I.A and Egypt air has been the worst experience and will never go on this airline again. I cannot recommend Egypt Air.
It may not be the first airline to spring to mind when planning a long-haul trip, but if you are watching the pennies and don't mind roughing it, Egyptair is a good choice for flights via Cairo to much of Africa. Where is the best place to buy tickets on them? This is my best advice based upon 10 years experience of selling discounted airline tickets - but if you think you already know everything, and just want to find out the cheapest place to buy it for this airline, then skip to the last paragraph! Lets face it, all airlines can get you from A to B, sometimes you have to change at C, sometimes you have to hang around at C, but if price is your main concern, read on .... First, as an ex-travel agent, let me explain how the system works. Nearly all airlines belong to a cartel known as IATA, which amongst other duties, helps to regulate the official prices between each pair of worldwide destinations. My first piece of advice is, never phone the airline for the official fare, except as a last resort - their staff are trained to extract the highest fare they can get away with, and they are never going to tell you that one of their competitors has a better deal, or that you can save money going the next or previous day. Furthermore, they can only sell at the officially agreed price. Luckily for us consumers, and unluckily for the airlines, they cannot sell all their seats at the official price, especially if a much better, more direct airline has the same price. For example, if the official fare to, say, Bangkok is £600 from airline A (non-stop in 12 hours) and the same price from airline B (19 hours with a 7 hour wait changing planes in Karachi airport) then it is obvious which will sell out first. In order to generate market share, less popular airlines will unofficially discount their fares through wholesalers known as "consolidators" - these can sometimes save you more tha
n half of the official fare. These consolidators appoint specialised agents, and sometimes you can even save more money if the consolidator will deal with you direct. You may be surprised to learn that, depending on the length of the journey, the consolidator is only charging you £10 - £40 more than the "factory" price given to them by the airline. Contrary to popular misconception, it is not risky to deal with these so called "bucket shops" - If they let you down, they can be heavily fined or even jailed - everything is covered by the government ATOL scheme, so it is a lot safer than, for example, paying for a three-piece suite in advance to a High Street furniture chain. To summarise, these are my recommendations: Contact the airline for their best official price, on 0207 734 2395 (can be hard to get thru) Call the consolidator on 0207 434 1523 (Air Travel Guide, ATOL 3086) - be patient, some of their staff are not very bright!
A second-hand opinion, but from several sources....My father got on an Egyptair flight at night, and always claims if he'd seen it in daylight, he wouldn't have got on it. An opinion echoed by several other friends who've been (un)fortunate enough to fly with them. Planes are generally old and unhappy looking, and unless you like kebabs for breakfast the food leaves much to be desired..unfortunately, if you want to take an internal flight, you have no choice, but several other airlines fly to and from Cairo from the UK now.