Some complain the legroom is tight, but I think business class onboard the Turkish Airlines 787-9 is great if you are traveling solo.
Instead of booking nonstop to Los Angeles on the 777-300ER, a product I have reviewed before, I booked to Atlanta on the 787-9. Last-minute space was available using Aeroplan miles. I was even able to add domestic connections on United for no extra miles to get me all the way back to LA.
Stepping onboard, I was impressed by the muted color of the cabin. You could call it boring, but I thought it looked sleek and will probably age well.
By the way, I love the new flight attendant uniforms!
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After settling into my seat, flight attendant Mehmed welcomed me onboard and offered me a choice of drink.
Shortly after, his colleague, dressed as a chef, appeared to offer me a menu.
And here is where the only disappointment occurred. I love lamb; it’s my favorite meat. And there was lamb on the menu.
But I was too dumb to pre-reserve a meal (Turkish now offers this service) or at least tell the chef to hold one.
Seated in the last row of the cabin, I was regretfully informed when it came time to take meal orders that there was no lamb left.
You know that feeling when you have your mind set on something and all of a sudden you wind up with chicken or pasta instead?
Oh well, the chicken wasn’t too bad. The appetizers were also tasty, served from a cart with precision and pride.
Here’s what the lamb looked like, by the way; it’s the closest I got to it.
After dinner I managed a nice long nap. The cabin was not hot, as some complain of on Turkish, and there were also individual air vents at each seat.
Wi-Fi worked onboard, but it was data-capped and fairly expensive. However, business clsss passengers do receive a free wi-go card good for 50MB of data. Sadly, I forgot to turn off automatic updates on my phone and ate up the total data allocation in mere minutes.
Turkish also offered a huge library of movies on-demand.
Prior to landing, dinner was served. I had a Turkish dish the chef recommended that was like a beef minced pastry. It was tasty.
We landed on-time in Atlanta and I walked away very pleased overall, despite the disappointment over the lamb.
Turkish Airlines new 787 is quite comfortable and a strong overall product.
Do&Co is the bomb. Flying on Turkish and Austrian and you really see/taste the difference over crap catered by LSG. I wonder why more don’t use them. Are they just limited as to where it’s offered? It can’t be that much more expensive.
I’m also surprised we don’t see them in more places.
Love turkish food and women. What else am i missing?
The chef is not a flight attendant, he’s an actual chef (although he is only warming up dishes with a few exemptions). He is listed as passenger on the passenger manifest. At least that’s how it’s handled on Austrian Airlines. There is an interesting documentary on YouTube on that subject (in German though)!
The seat interrupts my window viewing. Not good
What PA100 said. Designing the seats so that the seat shell obscures the window is an unforgivable sin…
It’s really not that bad.
I found the seat to be a bit tight, with the footrest in particular not able to fit my big feet. Food was pretty good though.
Correction: foot cubby. Looks like I picked a bad day to stop drinking coffee.
Don’t worry, I had to correct that too in my post!
The seats are fine though I rate the old seats probably higher. I care about space and not so much about privacy.
After quite a few TK flights over the last several months TK ranks quite high on my list of preferred airlines.
The seat looks very uncomfortable ! Turkish crew are very unprofessional and very rude, I think this is something in their culture, I have never had good hospitality from Turkish people !
Emirates is way better
That was not my experience at all on this flight.
I’m glad you missed the lamb. They’re dear little creatures and should be kept only for producing wool.
Personally I look forward to the coming ban on the serving of animal protein on planes. It could be another 5 years, ie long overdue, but will be overwhelmingly welcomed by the vast majority of passengers.
Wool harvesting from sheep is not much more ethical than killing them for their meat. The sheep suffer in both cases, and when no longer considered useful for the former, they are sent to the abattoir for the latter. I look forward to the coming ban on sanctimony and self-righteousness. First against the wall!
Who would have the authority to ban the serving of animal protein from all airlines?
Paolo “ overwhelmingly welcomed by the vast majority of passengers.” said nobody ever except for sanctimonious tree huggers who think they represent the majority when they don’t.