Flight Review: Turkish Airlines TK 21 PEK-IST Business Class

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Turkish Airlines gets consistent good reviews of its in-flight products, both for Economy and Business class, not only by the travel bloggers but also in traveler forums such as Skytrax or TripAdvisor.

I recently flew one of Turkish Airlines B777-300ER from Beijing to Istanbul, and here is a review of my overall experience.

The Seat and the Cabin

Turkish Airlines Business Class cabin in the B777-300ER consists of 49 flatbed seats distributed in seven rows in a 2-3-2 layout. For me this is the main drawback of their Business Class product. Nowadays almost all the big players are offering all-aisle-access seats on their business class products.

The seats are full flatbed, with 177 degrees recline, 78”/198 cm pitch and 22”/56 cm width. At boarding, there was a lumbar pillow and a pillow/blanket pack on each seat.

Seat adjustment panel

Reading light

In front of each seat, a storage trunk also made for footrest when the seat was in its flat position. This makes for some generous storage space offering

The Amenities

Turkish Airlines usually has different models of amenity kits throughout their fleet. This time we got a Bentley amenity kit (first time!). I liked the lip balm and the moisturizer. A pair of slippers were also available in the storage trunk.

Before departure we were also handed a noise-cancelling headphone set. This was one of the improvements I noticed on this flight. The last time I flew their Business Class product at the end of 2016 the headphone set was not noise cancelling.

In-flight Entertainment included a large selection of movies and TV shows, both Turkish and international productions. One of the things I like the most about Turkish Business product is the large TV screen you get.

On-board catering

Turkish Airlines offers a non-alcoholic drink selection for pre-departure beverages: I love their mint lemonade, always very refreshing.

After take off we were offered warm nuts and a our choice of adult drink.

One of the strongest points of Turkish Airlines Business Class product is the food on board. Do&Co does an excellent job with the food offerings. The beverage selection is on pair with the food offerings.

Breakfast is pre-ordered: You get to choose from a selection of items before dinner service, and the customized breakfast ordered is served before arrival at a time of your convenience.

And here are my choices for dinner. The soup was particuarly delicious.

Desserts were served from a cart. They all looked lovely!

The Lavatories

The interior design of the lavatories has been improved. I like the dark colors and the green touch of the (real!) plants next to the mirror. They have now Molton Brown toiletries (also big improvement since my last flight!)

The Sleeping

After dinner service the Flight Attendant offered to set up the bedding, consisting of a duvet, a blanket and a bigger pillow. After the bed was set I fell asleep and woke up 30 minutes before landing, so I slept well but totally missed breakfast.

Conclusion

Turkish Airlines in-flight service and offerings do not disappoint. Their food offering is solid and consistent, and the seat is comfortable enough for me to sleep throughout the flight. I know they are not everybody’s favorite airline, but I’ve always had good travel experiences with them, especially in Business Class.

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  • Stefan_In_Vienna

    I flew TK on VIE-IST-BKK in December. That was a A333 on the IST-BKK leg, seating 2-2-2. The service was very good. However as a single traveller you’ll want D or E seats, otherwise you either need to climb over your neighbour or have them climb over you if you/they want to go to the bathroom. There are a few A332 with 1-1-1 configuration, but you’ll have to be lucky to get one of those. I imagine 2-3-2 on the 777 is even worse. I’ll book TK again if I need *A miles, but otherwise prefer Airlines offering 1-2-1 seating.

  • Haitao Sun

    I think this might not be what it was intended…but when I am traveling with my family, I always choose TK’s B777 if I can, for the reason they are the only one flying my routes that still offers 2-3-2 seating, it is perfect for putting my little one in the middle seat.

  • DebbieT

    We have also had good experiences with TK…. our only complaint is consistently high cabin temperatures. We ROAST when we fly, even after repeatedly asking flight attendants to make adjustments. Crazy hot.

  • Ian MacKenzie

    I last flew TK business class back in 2008 and from memory it was pretty awful.
    (I also remember a TK AMS-IST trip around 92/93 when port side of plane was non-smoking and starboard was smoking. But that didn’t stop half the port side lighting up as well !!)
    Have to say TK business class looks pretty good now – thanks for the review.
    I’ve only ~8 months to go for BAEC LifeGold and got my 2 years GGL comp through the I.T meltdown so it’s open house from early 2018 !!
    It would be good to hear other’s experiences with TK.

  • waleed

    what was the juice ? roasted tomato ?

    • Cindy

      It is my favorite, fresh rasberry juice + serving with strawberry… Delicious…

  • Flew TK MNL-IST on B777. I was worried about the 2-3-2 seating, but business class was half-empty and I ended up having the row of three to myself. I asked them to set up the middle seat to sleep and had dinner in the aisle seat – low cost First Class 😉
    Food was great, but disappointed that my ritual champagne wasn’t available as pre-departure drink;
    service was good onboard, but just ok in the IST lounge
    At the prices TK charges between Asia and Europe for business class, it’s a great deal!