Dallas Fort Worth – Istanbul
REGISTRATION The Turkish website was simple to navigate and select my seats, but I had to wait until I got to the airport to get my boarding pass because they had to check the vaccine documentation.
BAORDING Despite a slight delay due to weather, boarding went quickly and efficiently. Still, we had to wait to be defrosted, which resulted in an additional two hour delay. On the ground, flight attendants offered a welcome drink, which included a variety of fresh juices and lemonades. Champagne is available on request.
HEADQUARTERS Arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, the reclining seats are the latest generation of the airline’s business class product and offer plenty of space. The rows alternate having the seat closer to the window or closer to the aisle. I chose the former, which felt more private and means you’re less likely to be disturbed by people walking down the aisle. A power outlet and USB port were easy to reach, and I loved the large entertainment screen filled with movies, sitcoms, music, and games. Due to the late start, I couldn’t watch a lot since my goal was to eat and sleep as much as possible. The fully flat bed comes with a mattress cover and a thick pillow. The comforter was very soft and the plane was equipped with air vents so that each passenger could control the temperature as they wished. I prefer the cabin to be cool and the blanket made it very comfortable to sleep well. Dimming switches on the window, a nifty feature of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, allow you to dim the window while still watching.
THE FLIGHT Turkish Airlines works with Do & Co and offers one of the best in-flight catering services of any airline. This is truly restaurant quality, using fresh ingredients. Onboard chefs come to take your order and can customize the meal to your liking. COVID-19 protocols had somewhat reduced the impressive service on board. Instead of an a la carte appetizer cart plated for you, everything arrives on a platter, but the quality is still there. Hopefully the full service multi-course appetizer and dessert carts with traditional samovar for Turkish tea will be back soon. My mezze starters were delicious and included Turkish and Arabic salads and dips. The tray features several charming touches, including a bread plate with oils and dipping salts, magnetic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of minarets, and a battery-operated candle for a romantic effect.
Once the appetizer plate was cleared, a delicious and hot soup was served next. My main course was tasty pasta with tomato sauce and fresh basil. Of course, I saved room for dessert and opted for the fruit and cheese selection over the cake. I slept so well that I didn’t even get a chance to order breakfast as I woke up on our way down to the mainland. While I looked forward to the feta cheese omelette, it was great to get a full night’s rest, which I attribute to the comfy pillow and goodies from the full amenities kit. The eye shadows worked great and I appreciated the hygiene kit which included a variety of masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
ARRIVAL Istanbul airport is huge and beautifully designed, and I was on my way to my hotel in no time. I looked forward to my visit to the airline’s famous business class lounge for my flight home, and sure enough, it didn’t disappoint.
VERDICT This new route for the airline connects travelers to Istanbul’s vast network of destinations (the airline flies to more countries than any other airline). The delicious cuisine and sleek cabin with flat sleeper seats are the best business class has to offer, and the Dreamliner’s new interiors and humidity make flying even more comfortable.
BEST FOR In-flight catering awarded Best In Business Travel award
FLIGHT TIME 11:30 a.m.
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