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After a day exploring Egypt, it was time to continue on the rest of our journey. We took an incredibly cheap Uber from the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars, and arrived at the airport with plenty of time, even after having our driver be shook down for an extra 10EGP by the police at the airport checkin. It was time for another EgyptAir business class flight, this time in EgyptAir regional business class from Cairo (CAI) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) on an EgyptAir Boeing 737-800. This EgyptAir Regional Business Class review will go through the seat, amenities, food and other experiences on our flight. For more articles from this trip, see the table of contents at the bottom of this post.

EgyptAir Regional Business Class CAI-AUH Details

  • Airline: EgyptAir
  • Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (B738)
  • Cabin: Regional Business, 2-2 configuration
  • Origin: Cairo (CAI)
  • Destination: Abu Dhabi (AUH)
  • Distance: 1,477 miles
  • Departure Time: 10:25 a.m.
  • Arrival Time: 15:28 p.m. (+2 hour time difference)
  • Flight date: April 6, 2023
  • Seat: 10H (aisle on right side of the plane)

EgyptAir Regional Business Class business class checkin

We had already checked in for this flight when we arrived in Washington for our EgyptAir Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner Business Class flight, so we already had boarding passes for this EgyptAir regional business class flight. Our boarding passes also had “GOLD TRACK” on them, which is a separate security lane.

a black and white entrance to a building

I’m not sure it was really any faster or more pleasant than the regular security lane. After security, there was an EgyptAir checkin desk. I wasn’t sure if we needed to go through that or not since we already had our boarding passes, but we did. The ticket agent gave us departure immigration forms to fill out, which we did.

EgyptAir Cairo business class lounge and boarding process

The ticketing agent did not mention a lounge, and when I asked about it, she said something I didn’t quite catch. In any case, after easily clearing immigration, we spent a few (mostly unpleasant) minutes in the EgyptAir Alioth Cairo / CAI Airport Lounge. We then made our way down to Gate H01. We had to go through another security check and after awhile of waiting in the gate area, they called for business class passengers to go outside, where we were to be bused to our remote aircraft.

The first thing that pulled up was this truck below and I thought surely not?

a truck parked on the side of the road

But then a little bit later, a standard airport bus pulled up and we got on. I did see that they did use the truck above for people in wheelchairs.

EgyptAir Regional Business Class Seats

I had selected seats 10H and 10K for us, which were the window and aisle on the right side of the plane, a few rows back from the front.

a seat in an airplane

These are recliner seats standard in a regional business class setup, but I found them to be pleasant. There was plenty of legroom, even when the person in front of me reclined all the way back.

a person's legs and a bag of food

EgyptAir Boeing 737-800 Entertainment

There is a small screen in the seatback in front of you with a variety of different movies and TV. It’s nothing amazing and, just as in my previous EgyptAir flight, the selection was not as thorough as on other flights I’ve seen. I ended up just using my laptop to play games (and write blog posts) rather than watch anything, since it was only a 3 hour flight.

a screen with a screen on it

EgyptAir Regional Business Class Review – Amenities

There was no amenity kit or anything else provided, nor was one expected on a shorter flight. I believe there was also wifi available on this flight from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, but I didn’t end up using it. I believethe standard EgyptAir wifi plan on planes that are equipped with wifi gives 10MB for free and then allows you to purchase additional amounts of data (240 MB for USD$20 or 300 MB for USD$25)

EgyptAir Regional Business Class CAI-AUH Food

We were served a small predeparture beverage that consisted of our choice of a few different choices. My son took the last orange juice (jerk!) so I opted for tamarind juice, which I had never tried before. It was not my favorite drink.

two bottles of juice on a tray

Shortly after takeoff, they brought out an appetizer consisting of bread, fruit, hummus and vegetables.

a table with food and drinks

The selections for the main course were either beef, chicken or salmon. Both of us had the chicken, which was surprisingly tasty.

a plate of food with meat and rice

Dessert was either a selection of fruit or chocolate cake. We both went for the chocolate cake, which was also quite good.

a brownie in a plastic container

The Bottom Line – EgyptAir Regional Business Class Review CAI-AUH

My EgyptAir Regional Business Class review is that it was a pleasant way to spend a few hours getting between two of our long-haul flight destinations. The food was fine, the seats were comfortable for a few hours (though just recliners and not lie-flat seats). I wouldn’t go out of my way to fly EgyptAir regional business class, but I would also not avoid it if it meant for the most convenient schedule or itinerary.

Have you flown EgyptAir Regional Business Class on the Boeing 737-800? Leave your thoughts in the comments below

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