With the United passenger ejection story dominating headlines this week, I did not get a chance to put up the weekly Meal of the Week segment on Wednesday. This week, I’ll share pictures of the two meals and one snack I had on my Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Los Angeles yesterday.
With flight time of nearly 14 hours, TK 009 was the longest flight I have flown in economy class in over a decade. But it was okay. While the full flight review will be published sometime next week, I will get a jumpstart on the meals today because spending 60% of a day on plane does lend itself to hunger.
Lunch service began approximately 90 minutes after takeoff. Turkish distributes menus (and amenity kits and hot towels) on its longhaul flight and today’s menu read as follows–
I had a large lunch in the lounge prior to takeoff, but figuring I would get hungry if I did not eat, I chose the chicken satay. Meal service is on one tray and items comes wrapped or sealed.
The satay was perfectly average. I’d almost label it more chicken kebabs than satay because there was no sauce served with it. I could taste a slight peanut sauce cooked into the meat, but very slight. It came with a green salad, hummus, and fig chocolate mousse (a few fig sprinkles on top). Hot bread too that tasted fresh. Horrible hummus!
Turkish has real “silverware” in economy class and also its own-branded Turkish wine:
For whatever reason (like maybe because it was an economy class seat with tight legroom…) I could not sleep one wink during the flight and did get hungry about five hours in. In the galley, FAs had left cheese sandwiches and cherry cake. You could take as many as you want.
I thought the cheese sandwich was pretty good, though it was not “pide” as the menu indicated…
Three hours prior to landing (rather than the customary 90 minutes) the second meal service began. This time, every passenger received the same tray: Greek salad, macaroni noodles in a very oily bolognese sauce, and apricot mousse.
I love meal service in Turkish Airlines business class. While economy class meal service is perfectly fine, it is still economy class food…