May 12, 2018

Review: British Airways B789 Business Class, London-Cairo

British Airways B789 business class starter, London to Cairo


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Flight: BA155
Departure time in London (LHR): 17:15 Terminal 5
Arrival time in Cairo (CAI): 23:00 Terminal 2
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Seat: 13F
Duration: 4h 45m
Date of flight: April 10, 2018
*This is a revenue ticket, Business Class flight #161

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British Airways Galleries First, Terminal 5A

My BA flight from New York landed at London Heathrow Terminal 5B so I took the train to gates A where the Galleries First Lounge is located. I first headed to the Elemis Spa/Showers desk and booked a shower suite which was immediately available, as well as a complimentary facial treatment from Elemis Spa 😍 I stayed in the lounge until about 3:50pm and then headed to the departure gate.

Boarding Gate, A10d

Around 4:09pm, pre-boarding started beginning with those needing assistance and families and about 25 minutes later, boarding for those flying in business class and those with status followed.

Aircraft, Boeing 787-9

The aircraft was actually in a remote stand so I was able to take a picture of the Dreamliner up close 😉

Cabin, Business Class

This is the same aircraft I flew with the week before from Cairo to London Heathrow so I was more or less familiar with the business class seats.

Premium Economy Cabin (World Traveller Plus)

Since my seat was in the last row of the business class cabin, I had a chance to take a picture of the World Traveller Plus cabin which was directly behind ours. It consists of 39 recliner seats in a 2-3-2 configuration.

Seat, 13F

My seat 13F was an aisle seat. Already waiting at my seat was the blanket, pillow and headphones.

Footstool

Personal screen

IFE controller

British Airways business class blanket

Safety instruction card

IFE controller and headphones

From the movie selection, I ended up watching "Ferdinand".

Moments after settling in, the flight attendants came to offer some predeparture beverage consisting of champagne, water and orange juice although I requested a glass of apple juice which the FA willingly brought 😉

Around 4:55pm, amenity kits from The White Company were offered. It was the same one I got between London and New York although it was interesting that they did not offer it on my outbound flight. We were also given a bottle of mineral water.

Airshow

Airshow enroute to Cairo

Inflight Safety Video

Around 5:13pm, the captain was on the PA and informed us that they were fixing something and that we would be ready soon. Pushback began five minutes later which was followed by the inflight safety video being played on the screen. Take off went smoothly and moments later, we were airborne. Minutes after the seatbelt sign was turned off, hot towels were offered.

Immigration Form

Egypt immigration forms were also distributed.

Dining

Menu card

Menu card

Club Kitchen

The Bar

The flight attendants came to offer packaged dry roasted almonds while taking the drinks order. I had an apple juice to go with it.

Main course order was also taken although the flight attendant immediately realized that I had pre-ordered the lamb from their website and confirmed it.

Pre-ordered main course

Sitting in the larger business class cabin and in the last row, I was among the last ones to receive the meal, aside from the service being a bit slow.

Timbale of Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon on tomato carpaccio, fresh seasonal salad, bread

The other starter was:

Vegetarian sushi with pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce

Bread and wine were also offered while serving the starter.

Braised Lamb casserole with thyme, mashed potato and oven roasted vegetables

The other choices were:

Chicken Makhani with saffron pilaf and gobi saag
Casarecce pasta with creamy pumpkin sauce, fried sage and sauteed pumpkin
Nicoise-Style salad with herb chicken breast and red wine vinaigrette

The meal was really very good especially the lamb 😋 I was also offered some dessert but I declined.

The dessert choices included:

Crunchy hazelnut cheesecake with mango and passion fruit jelly
Somerset Brie and Croxton Manor mature Cheddar cheese with oat cakes and apple pear chutney
A selection of whole fresh fruit

Lavatory

Business class lavatory with SPA Restore luxury hand balm

Business class lavatory

Landing at Cairo Airport

I was actually able to sleep for a few hours after dinner and by 10:11pm, the captain was back on the PA to inform us that we would be landing in 40 minutes and that the seatbelt sign would be turned on in 20 minutes. We landed at Cairo Airport at 10:43pm, way ahead of schedule 👍

CONCLUSION

The business class cabin on British Airways Boeing 787-9 are actually much nicer than the ones they have on their Boeing 777 or Boeing 747 which I both flew on between London and New York. For this reason, I enjoyed the seats more on this flight. The DO&CO catering has no doubt improved the dining experience so I was really happy that BA made the right choice. The crew were also friendly although the service was a bit slow. The amenity kits were nice although nothing beats the business class amenity kit of Emirates in my opinion 😉 Overall, an enjoyable flight which I would gladly take again if the "fare" is still there 😉