Airline review: Madrid to Cairo with Egyptair

Egyptair plane

Recently, I completed an epic trek from Cusco, near Macchu Pichu in Peru, to Cairo, Egypt.

Let me tell you, it took some serious, late-night internet hunting! I could have travelled via Sao Paulo, (Brazil) then across to Casablanca (Morocco) and on to Egypt, or from Sao Paulo via a 12-hour layover in Addas Ababa (Ethiopia) and on to Cairo. In the end, the best connections were flying from Lima (Peru) up to Madrid (with three hours cooling my heels in a secondary airport in Ecuador) with LATAM and from Madrid on to Cairo with Egyptair.

This is my review of the Egyptair flight – I’ve flown many times domestically and internationally with the national carrier – on the Madrid-Cairo route, a direct flight of 4 hours 40 minutes.

I’m going to paste my favourite para here, about the food on board:

Chicken or the beef? The beef arrives cubed in a sauce with spiral pasta, and is surprisingly comforting. It’s accompanied by a dried, tired salad, crackers, chocolate cake, a wholemeal dinner role, butter and a triangle of La vache qui rit (The Laughing Cow, incidentally, is the nickname of Egypt’s deposed military dictator, Hosny Mubarak). Because you needed to know that last fact : )

Published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age‘s Traveller section, you can read the full review here.

About the author

Fear is found on a creaking glacier in the Caucasus mountains and joy is encapsulated in the perfect Shanghai dumpling. And while I love a $500-a-night hotel room (who doesn’t?), sometimes the best stories are found in a $20 guesthouse. With an eye always out for good markets and great street eats, I write the travel news and features for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers, and features for whoever else asks. I have a particular soft spot for the wilds of the Middle East, scarves and carpets. My articles and photographs have been published in a range of consumer magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad, and occasionally I chat on radio, too, from Essentials Magazine to 3AW or the Irish Times.

2 thoughts on “Airline review: Madrid to Cairo with Egyptair

  1. As much as I like flying the nicest airlines in the world, time is still money. On a recent whirlwind trip with my Dad to Egypt and Jordan, I wanted to maximize my time on the ground exploring two new countries, so when it came time to fly from New York (JFK) to Cairo (CAI), I went with the only nonstop option, EgyptAir. Even though it s not known as being one of the fanciest airlines — and it doesn t serve alcohol — I decided it made the most sense for us. And heck, this trip was all about adventure, so it seemed like a fun choice to me.

    1. Hi I agree completely: I’m not going to hang out to get the newest A380 – although I recently flew Emirates long-haul after a break of many years, and it *was* pretty nice 🙂 I use EgyptAir for the same reason as you, it was the only non-stop service from Madrid back to Cairo. I hope you enjoyed your adventure through Egypt and Jordan , so close but worlds apart. Thanks for reading!

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