Turkish Airlines is a major player in the world of aviation, and they have stepped-up their business class in a massive way. Flying to more than 120 countries worldwide, this carrier connects you to remote and exciting destinations like really no other carrier can. I flew Turkish Airlines to the Maldives recently, with one stop in Istanbul – and was thoroughly impressed with the business class product, in a way that made me itching to get on another flight as soon as possible.
Boarding the plane for an almost 11-hour journey from New York to Istanbul, was something I looked forward to. I was collected at my apartment by Turkish Airlines’ branded, “Exclusive Drive”, which is included for any passenger traveling business class. The branded SUV rolled-up on time and helped me into the back, storing my bags neatly for the ride to JFK Airport.
I was promptly checked-in and made my way to the gate for boarding. Priority is given to business class passengers and boarding is easy breezy. I settled into my seat and was welcomed with a warm, “Hello”, and a glass of champagne. Shortly before takeoff, I was handed a dinner and cocktail menu, soon after – we were ascending over New York.
Seats aboard Turkish Airlines are comfortable and feature a massage function to help relax you on the long journey. The entertainment systems feature large screens and countless movie and television show options in a variety of languages. I didn’t want to engage, as my mission was to eat and sleep – so I arrived in Turkey feeling great.
Soon, a lovely flight attendant came to my side and took my order. I started with soup and moved on to a Turkish-inspired chicken. The “Flying Chef”, came over to welcome me aboard and help finish-off my chicken with a little sauce. I enjoyed my meal with faux flickering candlelight, which was delightful.
I finished dessert quickly and sipped a cup of mint tea before reclining into a fully flat bed and dozing-off. Before I knew it, I was woken gently, 45 minutes before landing. I enjoyed Turkish coffee and pastries, and was soon on the ground. The flight went by quickly, and was an absolute dream. I didn’t want to deplane in Istanbul – but I knew I was going to experience the incredible lounge at Ataturk Airport, featuring level after level of food, bars, coffee stations and more. I could spend a day in the lounge without getting board. After a few hours on the ground, I was boarding for my connecting flight to Male, in the Maldives. And, lucky me, I was able to experience all of it, again. I can’t wait to fly with Turkish in the future.
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