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Anonymous19 Aug 2015
I probably have to go back to Khartoum in October. Now that KLM has dropped it as a destination, I can see no direct flights from Western Europe.
I will probably be departing from GVA or LHR, and the two obvious choices are Turkish or Egyptair. Which would you choose?
I have used both quite a lot in the last year and my experiences with both (notwithstanding some of the comments on this forum) have been quite good.19 Aug 2015
I would choose TK – but depends on the schedules. Also a friend of mind tried Cairo Airport a couple of years ago and found it so disorganised he vowed never to go back. Another factor, is Egyptair a dry airline? How about ET down to Addis and then back up?20 Aug 2015
If you are in Oneworld how about BA or QR to DOH and then QR to Khartoum
Last time i was in DOH it was on the departure board
Of course QR is also an option from GVA20 Aug 2015
Many thanks for the interesting answers.
My FF cards are with the Star Alliance and Sky Team, hence my looking first at TK and MS, now that KLM no longer go there.
Egyptair is indeed dry, but leaving from LHR I could charge up with excellent martinis in the United lounge, and starting at GVA the Swiss lounge is also well stocked. TK is, I believe, dry between IST and Khartoum, but again one could raise the blood alcohol level very well in the TK lounge at IST.
Interestingly, I do look out for the dryness or otherwise of airlines, but once I arrive in a dry country I do not miss the hard stuff at all.20 Aug 2015
Regarding Egyptair, CAI – KRT is normally operated on their A320 aircraft, which are fairly awful in both business and economy – overhead entertainment only, old seats, limited legroom. At least LHR – CAI is normally on their far better A330s, although the red eye seems to be a 737 at the moment.
You’ll probably be more comfortable on Turkish, especially on the KRT leg.
sparkyflyer – interestingly I find Cairo terminal 3 much easier to transit through than IST.20 Aug 2015
I know OneWorld but what about Royal Jordanian. Appears to have reasonable connections. 787 to Amman and then an A320 down (in October).
Not such a big dog leg as the other Gulf Carriers?20 Aug 2015
TimF I had not thought of that – seems a good idea – going via DOH etc really is a dog leg and a huge waste of time. If this was me I think ET or RJ would be the favoured options.. Or how about MEA (Skyteam), but not sure if they fly to Khartoum, but they do have more flights from LHR than RJ.20 Aug 2015
RJ have the better Business product on the longhaul legs from the look of it (if it is Business Class travel). But only 4:40 to Amman and then 3 onwards to KRT on the A320 which isn’t as good. ET are 7:20 to ADD and then 2 onwards. AMM-KRT is 5 times a week so possible might not be on date you’d want.
MEA don’t do KRT so they aren’t an option. Flight times though with RJ may not be nicest as land middle of the night – 1:10 connection out and 4:15 back.20 Aug 2015