Be very careful when booking a Turkish Airlines A330-200…there are many different configurations of the aircraft.
I’ve been so caught up with the SWISS First Class saga that I neglected to write about my connecting flight from Istanbul to Frankfurt a couple weeks ago. After being stuck in the Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge overnight due to a diplomatic issue (the diplomatic problem has since been resolved), I was tired as I boarded my connection to Frankfurt. My plan was to sleep…I had just finished a wonderful breakfast in the lounge and was ready for some shuteye.
Last time I flew a Turkish A330 from Frankfurt to Istanbul the flight featured lie-flat beds. In fact, I thought all Turkish A330s had lie-flat seats. Per SeatGuru, there are four variants of A330-200, one with horizontal lie-flat beds and the other three with angled lie-flat beds (flat, but sloping downward).
So imagine my shock when I boarded my A330 to Frankfurt only to encounter this–
The horror! Standard business class seating!
I’m actually not complaining–it was still as comfortable as a domestic first class seat in the USA. Furthermore, I was able to snooze after having an omelet for breakfast #2.
Unlike most European airlines, the aircraft also featured individual IFE with the same wide selection I enjoyed on my 777-300ER flight from Los Angeles to Istanbul.
So I guess that makes two A330s in a row on Turkish Airlines I was not expecting. First an ex-Kingfisher A330-300 and now a regionally-configured A330-200. Just another reminder to take everything you see on SeatGuru with a grain of salt. And when it comes to flying Turkish, always remember the airline seems like it has a new seating configuration every week.