I’ve flown Turkish Airlines many, many times over the years, but now I finally get the chance to fly the 777-300 in business class.
Yesterday evening was a beautiful winter day in Los Angeles. It was brisk outside…like 52ºF. Nevertheless, I spent the afternoon in one of my favorite places: the terrace of the Star Alliance Lounge at LAX.
Aided by fire and heat lamps, I remained warm and enjoyed a productive afternoon.
Turkish Airlines actually does not have all that competitive of a business hard product. The lie-flat seat is widely regarded as the worst of all lie-flat variants (although that is sort of like complaining about the the how many macadamia nuts are in your pre-departure ramekin) and there are even middle seats in business class (2-3-2 config).
Nevertheless, Turkish Airlines has some of the best onboard catering, a great IFE system, and onboard wi-fi. I’m looking forward to the experience and hoping for an excellent crew.
My original plan was to spend the night in Istanbul. I even had the Grand Hyatt booked…but then the United States and Turkey decided to start fighting like school children. As of now, I cannot even enter Turkey since visas are not being issued for U.S. citizens who begin their journey in the USA.
Thus, my connection to Frankfurt will be quick. The connection is operated by an A321, which may have real business class seats or may not.
As usual, I’ll provide a preview after the flight followed by a full trip reports sometime after.