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Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class, Istanbul-Tallinn
Flight: TK 800
Departure time in Panama (PTY): 13:00
Arrival time in Istanbul (IST): 10:05 (+1)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 13h 05m
Date of flight: January 5, 2018
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #143
Panama Tocumen Airport
Departures Hall & Check-in Desk
There was a big family being helped when we arrived although they were done within a few minutes. We were given our boarding passes all the way to Tallinn and we also got our lounge invitation card.
Duty Free Shops
to the Copa Club. Just like our first visit here last year, it was very crowded although it eventually emptied about 20 minutes before we left for the departure gate.
Video Review of Copa Club
We knew that they had security control by the gate so we left the lounge before 12pm. It went pretty quickly and there was also a separate waiting area for business class passengers which was great 👍
Boarding, Gate 21
Boarding started at 12:10pm beginning with those flying in business class. There were already 5 passengers (from Bogota) when we boarded and in the end, we were 15 passengers heading to Istanbul that day.
Aircraft, Airbus A330-200 (Kayseri)
Business Class Cabin
I have flown on this aircraft and have written detailed reviews of the seats on my recent post so I'll just concentrate more on the service here.
About 10 minutes later, the inflight chef came to offer the menu (in Spanish too) and beverage list as well as a Turkish Airlines pen. Fifteen minutes later, boarding was completed and the flight attendants started offering newspapers, amenity kits and headphones.
Moments later, the inflight chef took our main course order and collected the breakfast card which we had filled up.
The captain came on the PA and gave us some flight informations including our flight time of 12 hours and 20 minutes which is much shorter than our expected time flight of 13 hours and 5 minutes. Pushback was at 12:41 where the in-flight safety video was played as well.
In-flight Safety Video
In-flight safety video
We had a smooth take off a minute before 1pm on a semi-cloudy day.
The meal service was very efficient and which I liked since it gives the passengers more time to relax and sleep.
Onboard Snacks Bar
More than an hour and a half before landing, breakfast was served. To start the meal service, drinks were offered with a choice of water or orange juice. Hot towels were also offered although I guess they ran out of ceramic tray that they used the usual tong to offer them 😉
Around 8:22am, the captain was back on the PA to give us updated flight informations and that we expect to land at 9:05am with the current weather in Istanbul of 8 degrees.
Landing at Istanbul Airport
There it was, another great flight in Turkish Airlines business class 😍 It was obvious that the flight attendants were more enthusiastic and engaging, probably a sign they are really aiming to get the 5 star rating on Skytrax. The hot towels being offered on a plate was also quite surprising, and which reminded me of Qatar Airways since as far as I know, they are one of few airlines doing that service. I wonder if Turkish Airlines would in the future also offer pajamas on night flights, just like Qatar Airways 😉As usual, the dining experience is perfect with the DO&CO Catering taking care of it. Overall, I really enjoyed this flight and will definitely fly Turkish Airlines in business class again, especially if the price is reasonable.