After having my Cairo-Honolulu reservations ticketed, I immediately booked my positioning flights and ended up booking with Turkish Airlines with a stop-over in Istanbul, where I also got to celebrate my 44th birthday. I had planned to visit the Pyramids of Giza so booked a flight from Istanbul that would give me a full day in Cairo. The trip from Cairo to Honolulu and back was a long trip but definitely one of the best I've had since I was able to see the pyramids and visit Hawaii as well 😍
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Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 6:35 Terminal 5
Arrival time in Cairo (CAI): 7:50 Terminal 3
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Duration: 2h 15m
Date of flight: April 2, 2018
*This is a revenue ticket (upgraded to business class) Business Class flight #153
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Boarding, Gate 709
I left the Turkish Airlines business class lounge pretty early and was at the departure gate around 5:40am. Boarding started at 6:05am and upon scanning my boarding pass, I was told by the agent that my new seat number is 2B. Yes, another op-upgrade 😍 The plane was in a remote stand and it was also raining so it was not the best time to board without using a jet bridge. Still, we managed to board smoothly.
Turkish Airlines' business class cabin is configured in a 2-2 from rows 1-5, with a total of 20 seats, all of which were taken.
Around 7:15am, the captain was back on the PA to inform us that due to heavy ground traffic, we would have a delay of 20-25 minutes for our flight to Cairo, and that we were number 11 in queue. Twenty minutes later, we had a smooth take off.
As soon as the seatbelt sign was turned off, the crew started with the meal service, beginning with the offering of hot towels.
For my drinks, I chose a glass of apple juice. I had a light breakfast in the lounge so I was not really that hungry and decided to skip the main course which was as usual, a choice between Scrambled Eggs and Turkish Style Cheese Pastry or Traditional Black Sea Region Omelette.
Landing at Cairo International Airport
We landed at Cairo International Airport at 8:15am although it took some time before we reached the gate.
Another great flight in business class, especially as I was just upgraded from economy due to the flight being full. I really commend Turkish Airlines for taking care of their elites as upgrades like this is very much appreciated. I thought the crew were friendly and the food was very good, as usual. The delay was not a problem for me since I did not have a connecting flight and I had plenty of time to reach JW Marriott Hotel by 10am for my private tour of the Pyramids of Giza. Overall, a very nice flight 👍