You already know what happened after the flight…but here are my first impressions of the flight itself, a 13-hour journey from Los Angeles to Istanbul in the comfort of Turkish Airlines 777-300ER Business Class.
The business class seats were much better than I thought they would be. Although Turkish has a 2-3-2 layout, meaning middle seats in business class, the seat transforms to a 6’4” bed, without any sort of cubby or cutout to constrain your feet.
Turkish also offers comfortable bedding in business class (mattress pad + comforter). Thus, I slept very well…for about eight hours straight.
Or maybe I slept so well because takeoff was delayed three hours and I did not actually fall asleep until about midnight Pacific Standard Time…
Delays can happen on the best of carriers, but seem to happen much more often on Turkish Airlines. Give yourself a generous layover if you plan a same-day connection in Istanbul. Also note the recent visa issue between the USA and Turkey will make your life difficult if you get trapped overnight and hold only a U.S. passport.
But onboard, the experience was excellent. Service was attentive throughout the flight and FAs were very kind and courteous.
One of my favorite parts of flying Turkish Airlines is the fresh juices…in many ways I’d rather have this fresh juice than alcohol, though Turkish has a wide selection of both.
Food was excellent…that’s a given on Turkish Airlines. I enjoyed the “candlelight” dinner and enjoyed the Turkish Mezze, pumpkin soup, and delicious filet of beef.
Turkish even had my favorite pie onboard…pecan.
Prior to landing, breakfast was served and once again tremendous. Beautiful appetizers and a hearty omelet as the main course.
While Wi-Fi did not work all that well until we neared Istanbul, the IFE selection was tremendous.
The visa problem in Istanbul now makes Turkish Airlines a tough sell, but the onboard product is excellent. Even with the delay and overnight, I was happy to experience business class on the Turkish Airlines 777-300.