It was a great relief to resolve my Turkish Airlines ticketing saga, but a great surprise awaited me: Turkish sent an ex-Aeroflot “Turkoflot” for my A350 flight from LAX to IST.
Turkoflot A350: An Unexpected Surprise
Turkish Airlines is notorious for airline swaps and has different configurations for the same aircraft type. In the case of its A350, it has its own seat (which I reviewed here) and a seat that it inherited from Aeroflot Russian Airlines, dubbed the “Turkoflot” configuration.
There are only six ex-Aeroflot jets and in terms of service to the USA, Turkish Airlines regularly places these particular jets on its service to Atlanta (formerly it was a staple of the Chicago route).
Los Angeles has historically had 777-300ER service, but lately has had a mix of 787 and A350 service. On most days, the A350 has the “standard” configuration, but I wound up with the Aeroflot configuration. I don’t know if that made my award ticket saga worthwhile, but it did make me smile and will allow me to review a new product instead of just re-reviewing a product I’ve already flown.
After finally finding a resolution to my ticketing issue, I headed over to the United Polaris Lounge in Terminal 7. The Polaris Lounge is open to passengers departing on a same-day Star Alliance business class flight (passengers on a longhaul United flights in business class are also allowed access on arrival).
It was approaching 5:00 pm and I had not eaten all day. Upstairs, I headed directly for the dining room and ordered a bowl of lemon chicken orzo soup and pan-roasted salmon (served in a tomato ginger broth with a chayote baby spinach salad and garlic rice).
Both the soup and the salmon were excellent and I find this lounge far better than the Star Alliance Lounge in the Bradley Terminal.
I also enjoyed a salad from the salad bar / buffet.
I had a Negroni to drink, then switched to the fresh-pressed beet root juice which was quite refreshing.
After my late lunch, I headed over to the international terminal and found my aircraft…a beauty.
Even more beautiful? The Lufthansa A380-800 at the next gate bound for Munich.
Boarding for our flight was delayed, so I walked over to the Star Alliance Lounge to see if had changed. Nope…same mediocre food as usual.
Finally, we boarded about 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Sure enough, it was the Aeroflot configuration!
Next, I’ll share some details about the flight.