Review of Turkish Airlines flight Istanbul Los Angeles in Business

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK009
Class Business
Seat 2K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 13:55
Take-off 04 Jan 13, 12:50
Arrival at 04 Jan 13, 16:45
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By SILVER 19286
Published on 7th September 2013
It took me one hour at the Hotel Transit desk and then a minibus drove me to the Hilton Garden Golden Horn.

It was the first time I saw a Turkish driver that respected speed limits: without doubt he should know that the warnings
for radar checks were not fictitious ;)

The room was very nice but the buffet breakfast was less good than the Ramada's.
In addition, a large group of Chinese tourists had filled the breakfast room which was not very large.


Very positive : free wifi was available

At 10 o'clock the next morning a van picked me up, then went to another hotel before it dropped all passengers off at the airport after a 50 minutes drive.

After a first security check to enter the airport, I headed to security and immigration checks dedicated to TK's lounge

As the day before there is only one person ahead of me and the astonishment of the immigration officer at my boarding pass already quite buffered, that made him to take a little longer (but he did not ask any questions, he will only write the time of my first entry).
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I was not really hungry but didn't want to disappoint the Do & Co cooks, so I ate a little bit of Apfel strudel and cheesecake.
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The lounge was still great even though I noticed increased attendance: anyway, yet I've never had a problem finding a place
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Corporate picture
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It changed a few minutes later so here also the last one
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It was already time to go at the gate because there were additional checks for flights to U.S. destinations.
On the way I was still on time to spotter slightly

Sun facing, it made difficult to recognize this Air Azerbaijan
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This MH
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or this Air Jordan that I'd have the luck to review later
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By the other side it is easier to recognize the MS
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and A320 Air Scone ;)
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Here was a brother of my 77W which will fly me to the City of Angels
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Scone Air forced its way among the Turkish tails
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I arrived in the boarding area where there is first an examination on the contents of hand luggage
and check of visa / ESTA

I was not able to spot my 77W at the gate : I had to wait the boarding and to take a picture from the jetbridge

Boarding began almost immediately by calling families and business class but there was a big rush
and everyone was rushing in the jetbridge

This was my 77W: Rumeli's first flight on 24/11/2010
Disappointment because there was no wifi on board: (
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Unfortunately I wasn't able to have a better picture

I managed to slip (yes it is possible) in the crowd and I get the first in the Business cabin


My seat 2K : full flat bed
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Pitch (sorry my legs were not long enough)
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View from my seat
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Here came the Air Jordan on its way to leave !
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The remote control and the outlet
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The Ottoman (what could be more natural for TK) with locations for storage and slippers
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The seat main control
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The table
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Our neighbor
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Headphone in its storage
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Welcome beverage : another one of those delicious juice lemon / mint leaves
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Push back


Safety screen
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Long haulage


The TK A340 in Star Alliance livery
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Unknown to me : Tahran Air
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a TK with a funny livery
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The TK Star Alliance takes off
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Another company that I've never heard of before : Bosphorus European
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Take-off

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Ataturk Airport


Distribution of an oshibori
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My cute neighbor sitting in 1K, Leadership's terror, will be very nice and even not cry
Note that she was traveling with her mother and her father who was travelling in PE or eco but was able to access the Business cabin throughout the flight
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Distribution of the menu, the wine list and the amenity kit


Wine list : not very brilliant except Gosset Brut Grande Reserve which will be my choice


The Amenity kit is branded Crabtree & Evelyn (Is it a brand ?) Such as the cosmetics that it contains and can be used as cover for tablet
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Content
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Always snowy landscapes
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Orders by the onboard Do & Co chef

Aperitif
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The Amuse Bouche is very good but there is no more nuts?
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The table is set, choice of hot breads
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The beautiful arc we'll fly with some night over Greenland
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The appetizers trolley
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My choice was an excellent hummus and some shrimps
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The trolley service offers more choices but the presentation is not as good as a plated appetizer in galley

Then the Wedding soup (Turkish specialty): I would have eaten more ;)
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And tournedos: good, not dry, but I would have preferred a little more raw
The stuffed eggplant was exceptionally good
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The toilet where I found a diaper belonging probably to my neighbor 1K :)
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The onboard chef for desserts
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The trolley with cheeses, fruits and desserts
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Same comment as for inputs: the presentation is less beautiful than a plate erected in galley
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For dessert my ranking: lemon cheesecake and chocolate mousse, profiteroles and ice cream with mango really too trivial

Then pass another trolley with coffee / tea and digestive

Distribution of small bottle of water and the cabin is darkened

I prepared my list of favorite music and I positioned the Panasonic IFE on airshow
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This 77W has two cameras that can show outside views

IFE has crashed but it will restart itself
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The remote is displaying the time remaining to the destination
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I opened my window when peeking over Greenland but it is night
A little later over northern Canada
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Two hours before landing lights are on dim mode
Distribution of an oshibori
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Choice between water and a very good quality orange juice (with pulp)
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Cabin
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I allow myself a quick photo of the GE90 and non winglet before closing the window
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The snack tray: always two appetizers, a hot entree with two choices, cheese and dessert


Some croutons


An error on the menu, this was not a rice cake but a delicious tiramisu
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We flow over Salt Lake City ;)
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The Do & Co cook to offer tea or coffee
The kofte arrived : a anecdote my neighbor had forgotten that there was still hot food and had already eaten his dessert
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We continued our journey over beautiful snowy landscapes



The always faithful GE90s

 
An airport ONT? SNA?


We flow now over a suburb of LA
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Downtown LA
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Approach to the airport
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Landing


Rolling near an A345 SQ
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AA : I really want to fly them after reading the FRs of Kim II Flav and Damien ;)
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an UA
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A thought for our Tahiti's friends
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and of course for our Taiwan's ones
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The route we followed
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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

9.1/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering9.5

Turkish Airlines Lounge

10.0/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Services10.0

Istanbul - ISX

9.4/10
Efficiency9.5
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness10.0

Los Angeles - LAX

8.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Great crew for a great flight with a great Do & Co catering

The only weakness is the 2-3-2 cabin configuration

The TK IST Business lounge is in my opinion the best *Alliance Business Lounge

Information on the route Istanbul (ISX) Los Angeles (LAX)

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