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Flying in Style with Turkish Airlines

Flying in Style with Turkish Airlines

AIRLINES, LUXURY TRAVEL

As a frequent flyer, I appreciate airlines with quality service and comfort. I have heard amazing things about Turkish Airlines for awhile now and as the airline who flies to more countries than any other in the world, I felt confident I would be in good hands. Thankfully, I was right!

I had the pleasure of flying Business Class with Turkish Airlines this month both internationally and domestic. I was immediately welcomed on board with five-star service. As soon as I stepped onto the aircraft, I was greeted by the chef who was smartly dressed in his all-white chef’s uniform. This was surely a sign of good things to come.

Prior to take off, they offer you a selections of cocktails to choice from and my favorite was the mint lemonade. Throughout the flight, we were treated to a variation of different culinary dishes.   For my main course, I ordered the grilled lamb chops which were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The quality and detail of the food made me forget for a moment that I was actually dining on an airplane. It is no surprise then that their dishes won the Skytrax Award for Europe’s Best Airline Catering Services.

My seat on the Boeing 777-300ER from JFK to Istanbul had all the great amenities I would want for an enjoyable airplane ride. Of course, my business class seat was comfortable and spacious, but I especially enjoyed the in-chair massage capabilities. After a long day of traveling, this is something I definitely took advantage of! There’s also plenty of leg room, as well as a handy reading lamp and power socket for charging my electronics. As someone who works while traveling, a power socket is definitely an essential on a flight!

They provide Business Class passengers with cabin slippers which are convenient for walking around the plane without having to put your shoes back on. The seats on the Boeing 777-300ER also come with an ottoman that serves as storage space for your personal items and as an extension of your seat in bed mode. It fit my purse and jacket perfectly.

The in-flight entertainment was fairly easy to use. The entertainment system included a good selection of recent movies, TV shows, live news and sports channels, video games, and audio entertainment.  You certainly won’t run out of things to watch to pass the time!

If you have the chance to fly business class, I highly recommend arriving early to enjoy the benefits of their luxurious airport lounges. Hands down, the Turkish Airlines lounge in Istanbul is the most incredible airport lounge I have ever experienced! I guarantee you can find just about everything you will need before or after a flight or during a long layover.

They serve more exceptional food at this lounge so you won’t go hungry.  If you’ve had a very long day and need a place to unwind, I’d suggest taking advantage of their suites to rest in. You’ll even be able to take a shower or enjoy a massage! What really sets this lounge apart from the others are their entertainment options for both children and adults. In Lounge Istanbul, you will discover plenty of video games, snooker tables, a golf simulator, cinema room, and even a Scalextric track that can virtually take you through Istanbul’s prettiest areas! Kids can also enjoy their own play area which is overseen by a supervisor if parents need a moment to relax or get some work done. What more could you possibly want?!

Turkish Airlines represents the best of Turkish hospitality! Flying business class with them certainly made my travel experience much easier, enjoyable, and memorable.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Turkish Airlines but all opinions are my own.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen’s Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

31 Comments

  1. Elaine
    November 1, 2017 at 10:18 am
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    Slippers provided on an airline? That’s a new one to me. The food looks marvelous and the lounge is amazing.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

      I know, they just think of everything!

  2. Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats
    November 1, 2017 at 11:20 am
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    A good business class service is such a joy, it really takes the tedium out of long-haul travel and makes it into a pleasurable experience, starting or ending in a good lounge and throughout the flight. The space in the business class cabin looks excellent, as well as storage and the catering looks top class. I would not have thought to check this airline but will look at their pricing next time I’m booking long haul.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

      You’re so right! I hope you get to fly with Turkish Airlines in the future 🙂

  3. Tami
    November 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm
    Reply

    I could go for that! Love the storage ottoman for your feet and belongings — that’s a great idea. And the lounge looks amazing — beautiful and accommodating!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Beautiful and accommodating indeed 🙂 I loved my experience.

  4. Lara Dunning
    November 1, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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    Wow. I am most certainly impressed. From the airport lounge to the airplane food everything looks stellar. Taking
    a flight with them, and going business class, is an experience I’ll have to put on my bucket list.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

      I hope you get to enjoy it one day, Lara! You’d love it.

  5. Kerri
    November 2, 2017 at 4:05 am
    Reply

    Only on Turkish Airlines would I imagine you would find an Ottoman!!! The whole lounge process is definitely part of flying business class too and this one looks great.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

      You’re right, the lounge is part of the process! It was fabulous

  6. Punita Malhotra
    November 2, 2017 at 4:08 am
    Reply

    Talk about style…those dishes onboard Turkish Airlines are so well presented! And the airport lounges look great. Have never considered flying Turkish Airlines earlier, but this post makes me want to reconsider. I’m sure Economy is not bad too! 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

      I’m so glad to hear that! And yes, economy is still lovely. The service is great no matter where you’re sitting.

  7. Sandy N Vyjay
    November 2, 2017 at 9:53 am
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    The Turkish Airlines definitely know how to roll the red carpet for its business class travellers. A full-scale dinner on flight sounds and looks really amazing. The seats too look really comfy. Hope to avail of their services, will need to check if they have flights from my city. Also the lounges look really top notch.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

      I hope they do, Sandy! It’s so worth flying with them.

  8. Tam Warner Minton
    November 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    Reply

    Wow! THAT is an airline lounge! Very beautiful!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

      I know, I was blown away!!

  9. melody pittman
    November 3, 2017 at 12:01 am
    Reply

    Wow, that is a very spacious seat! The mint lemonade looks intriguing but my favorite part is the personal stuff compartment. I would have that filled up in a hurry!

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Me too!! Thanks for reading, Melody 🙂

  10. Vicky and Buddy
    November 3, 2017 at 10:14 am
    Reply

    Wow, I’m blown away by the food! It looked amazing!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      It tasted just as amazing, trust me!

  11. Catherine
    November 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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    Slippers on the plane sounds so fabulous! Their business class product looks brilliant, and I love the look of all the food!

    C x
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      It was such a fabulous experience all around, Catherine!

  12. Renata Green
    November 8, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    Reply

    I did fly Turkish Airlines a couple of times – only to Turkey, though, so it wasn’t a very long flight, and yes, they are very…let’s say ‘hospitable’. Although my flight was by far not as luxurious as yours. Unfortunately due to current circumstances I wouldn’t necessarily like to fly via Turkey.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 10, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Yes, their hospitality is unbeatable!

  13. Hayden
    November 9, 2017 at 12:52 pm
    Reply

    That lounge is absolutely incredible!! And I’m a slippers girl, so they had my heart there!

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Ha, me too! Thanks for reading, Hayden 🙂

  14. Jess
    November 10, 2017 at 5:29 am
    Reply

    Oh wow this is not what I expected cause I’ve heard lots of mixed things about Turkish Airlines. The food also looks surprisingly good.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 10, 2017 at 9:37 am

      The food was delicious! I’d definitely give Turkish Airlines a chance and decide for yourself 🙂

  15. Anna
    November 12, 2017 at 11:03 am
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    Flying in comfort is one of the best thing. I tried most of the airlines (budget, premium both) yet I missed turkish airlines so far. My favourite is Emirates, even the economy is awesome.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I hope you get a chance to fly with them! I have yet to try Emirates but I’ve heard amazing things.

  16. Mikael
    November 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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    Great article, I’d love to test Turkish Airlines someday (unfortunately it’s not part of the Oneworld alliance).
    The food looked so delicious, much better than on BA or AA – I hope it tasted well also.
    How about the seat from the privacy point of view, at least the seat seems to be quite exposed to the aisle?
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