Egyptair adds Dreamliner to Toronto (YYZ) – Cairo (CAI) route

In 2017, Egyptair ordered 6 Boeing Dreamliner (787-9) aircraft to rejuvenate its fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft. And good news for Aeroplan Miles users: this new aircraft will be positioned between Toronto and Cairo!

Improved comfort on Toronto – Cairo with Egyptair

Until now, Egyptair positioned a Boeing 777 on the Toronto – Cairo route.

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Credit: Phillip Capper

On board this aircraft, the comfort was far from optimal, especially in business class with reclining seats… but not horizontally, with a 2-3-2 split. You can read this report by Lucky from onemileatatime to see for yourself.

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However, in economy class, Egyptair has configured its B777s with 3-3-3 rows while most airlines operating this type of aircraft have switched to 3-4-3, thus decreasing comfort.

Arrival of the B787 Dreamliner at Egyptair

2 years after its order, Egyptair will start receiving its B787 Dreamliner next March. And it has just announced that the first of them will connect from October 2019… Cairo (CAI) to Toronto (YYZ):

Departure Time Time Arrival Day
Cairo (CAI) 01:45 07:25 Toronto (YYZ) Monday / Thursday / Saturday
Toronto (YYZ) 12:45 05:05 (+1) Cairo (CAI)

This device will be configured with:

  • 30 seats in business class
  • 276 in economy class

And the good news: the business class will be configured as 1-2-1, so each seat will have access to the aisle and will probably be a horizontal sleeper!



egyptair 787 plan

This is exactly the same type of configuration (and the same number of seats) that Air Canada has for example on its B787-9…

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Air Canada’s business class on B787-9

…or Air Francewhich Audrey recently tested:

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Air France Business Class – B787-9

It remains to be seen which supplier Egyptair will use for its seats! But the cabin plan is promising!

Availability on Aeroplan

Since Egyptair is part of the Star Alliance, award tickets are available on Aeroplan… and they don’t charge a carrier surcharge! Plus, award tickets on this line are very frequent!

For example, here is the business class fare on the first flight of the B787 on October 03, 2019:

  • 82,500 Aeroplan Miles one way
  • 54.16 in taxes

egyptair 787 aeroplan business

And in economics:

  • 40,000 Aeroplan Miles one way
  • 54.16 in taxes

egyptair 787 aeroplan economy

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Bottom Line

This is great news from Egyptair, especially for those planning a mini-tour of the world with their Aeroplan miles. However, don’t expect to drink a glass of champagne on board: Egyptair is one of the “dry airlines” (airlines that do not serve alcohol on board).

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!
Jean-Maximilien Voisine
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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