Executive travel: Turkish Airlines business class review

A pleasant blend of western and Middle East styles. Just make sure you get the right plane to ensure you experience the best this airline has to offer.
Business class seating on Turkish Airlines. Courtesy Turkish Airlines
Business class seating on Turkish Airlines. Courtesy Turkish Airlines

Just as Istanbul is a melting pot between Europe and the Middle East, so is a business class flight on Turkish Airlines. During my five-hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul I particularly liked the plane’s lighting; it kept changing colour during the flight – from purple to rose – creating the ambience of a Turkish lounge rather than an aircraft.

I was greeted with a welcome drink — a refreshing mix of fresh juice with some soda. It was served with a piece of fruit inside, an absolute tropical twist. I went for the strawberry option and a Turkish Delight came on the side — another plus.

I also really enjoyed the food. It was served by tray, not trolley, making me think I was in a restaurant for a moment. One of the cabin crew was dressed like a French chef with a chef’s hat and a purple bow tie. He served freshly baked bread, a nice touch on an ultra-modern flight.

The chair was very comfortable and it reclined fully flat. Once the lights were down, I was able to enjoy a peaceful sleep. The light stand on the side of the seat moved in different directions – making it easy to read, especially when the plane got dark.

I’ll deduct one point for the lack of privacy though, as the seats are very close to each other. I was flying next to a colleague, so this was OK, however, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable having my seat totally flat next to a stranger. Also the storage area for my laptop and shoes was on the small side.

My return flight wasn’t as enjoyable. It was a different model of plane and the configuration wasn’t the same. The seat was definitely wider than those offered in economy class but it didn’t recline fully. The tray was difficult to extract from the side of the chair and the TV screen was tiny – making the overall journey a less pleasurable experience.


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Published: May 11, 2014 04:00 AM


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