Review of Turkish Airlines flight Bangkok Istanbul in Business

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK69
Class Business
Seat 2K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 10:55
Take-off 09 Dec 13, 23:45
Arrival at 10 Dec 13, 05:40
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lagentsecret
By SILVER 16076
Published on 21st December 2013
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Few months ago, DURIAN, Numero_2 and I had decided to meet in Bangkok for a luxury champagne tasting.

Numero_2, first, told us that he had a special Bollinger vintage : James Bond 2002 in his cellar, that he would be happy to drink with us.

Then DURIAN and I also wanted to bring an exceptional bottle too, so the tasting was born !

For such a tasting we needed a unique place, so we choose the Lebua at state tower and The Hangover part II Suite with its 3 bedrooms ;)

That was the suite where the movie took place.



The bottles (Bollinger 2002 stayed in ARN because of the late arrival of LX flight so Cristal Roederer bought in VIE has replaced it)
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That was a great event but now it's time for the FR

I arrived at the airport with the Airport Rail Link
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I headed to the departures
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I had to print my boarding pass and I went to the post office to do it
Then I went to the TK check in : it was time for the SGN flight check in and I was able to get a fast track pass

Immigration and security were a breeze and I was airside in no time

So time for lounge hopping
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When I was heading to the SQ lounge I met grumpy people
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Nice shop that DURIAN should like
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There are a lot of lounges in different areas
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First, the SQ lounge, at the entrance a charming SQ girl welcomed me
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The wines
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Alcohol
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The cocktails : I tried a Singapore Sling but it wasn't good
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The juices and the soft drinks
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The Hagen Dasz ice creams(Meh!)
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The cakes
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The beers and the fresh coconuts that I'm fond of
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The thai cakes and the macaroons
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The sandwichs and the dim sum
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The hot dishes
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My selection
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The lounge had windows with view on a garden
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There was no restrooms, nor showers in this lounge

Then I was heading to the E gates to spot my 77W which just arrived from IST before flying to SGN and being back in BKK in the evening

The spotting was not easy because of the the windows :( Anyway I spotted this Regent (unknown airline to me)
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And this is my 77W leased from Jet Airways, immatriculation VT-JEP and first flight on the 20/05/2007
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Its neighbour is a 747 EL AL
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After this spotting I headed to the TG lounge in area D


The sandwichs
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The cakes
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This is delicious
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The soft drinks and the beers
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The hot dishes


The hot drinks
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The salad and the fruits
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The buns
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My selection
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Then
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Kids' corner
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PCs' corner
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The lounge is quite busy
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I had to go to the Area C TG lounge because this one (Area D) didn't have any shower
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Basic shower


This lounge is smaller than the former one but still not too busy
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The alcool
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The soft drinks and the beers
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Notice that the food offer was the same for the three TG lounges that I visited
I was looking at the FIDS and saw that the gate of my flight has changed : not really in a good way
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I headed to the area E TG lounge, the closest from my gate
It was almost full and I had to seat at the PCs corner
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There was also a rest area with few beds
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The alcool
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Then I headed to the Eva Air lounge, but it was already closed
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So I headed to my gate
There were few PCs for free internet connexion in the hall
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As I was thinking it was a paxbus gate
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The boarding started in utter chaos
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The 77W was on a remote position
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I tried to climb the front stairs because my seat was in row 2 but the agent refused and few minutes later people were using these stairs !
After crossing the business class I headed to my seat 2K
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This leased Jet Airways 77W has a first class cabin with 8 seats and I've been lucky to reserve one of those there
On the seat there were a padded blanket and a pillow
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The cabin
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On the ottoman there were the headphone and the slippers
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The remote for the seat and the lights


The closet
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The IFE remote and the headphone jack were in a first storage
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Obvious signs of wear
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Quick seat commands
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The universal power supply was located in a second storage
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The legroom
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The amenities kit which can be used as a cover tablet
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A RJ aircraft
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PDB
The first cabin was mainly occupied by Turkish people so I felt free to take two drinks like everyone else ;)
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The Do & Co Cook was handing Godiva chocolates
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The big size screen
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The business cabin with herringbone seats
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There was a Star Alliance commercial
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Our flight plan
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The safety card
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The storage 1's stuff
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A 747 UA
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The pushback was on time, taxiing and alignement
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Take off
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An oshibori was handed out
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The menu and Breakfast à la carte card to fill with your choices, were handed out
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The winelist
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The aperitif with nuts
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The massive wooden table is by far the best I've seen including any first seat
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Some champagne and homemade limonade
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Amuses bouche : the aumonière (to the right side) was filled with cauliflower bechamel sauce, delicious!
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View of the table thickness
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Dinner's time
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Mediterranean Seafood
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Tabbouleh
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White Eggplant Salad
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Yoghurt with Cucumber
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Then
Creamy Potato Soup fried bruschetta
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The main
Beef Brochette thyme sauce / gnocchi with mustard curry / grilled eggplants and zucchinis / roasted red peppers
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and of course the fruits/cheese/desserts trolley
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Turkish Desserts / Sour Cherry Strudel vanilla sauce / Tiramisu / Chocolate Ice Cream / Fresh Fruits
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Therefore after this meal it was time to take a little rest
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I asked for a lemonade to sip while watching the flight map
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And I closed the doors to increase my privacy
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No difficulty in these conditions to rest
I woke up about forty minutes before landing
My breakfast is immediately brought to me
The breakfast is served with the tray to each pax according awakening

It began with the fruits
Seasonal Fresh Fruits Plate
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Mango Smoothie
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Assorted Cheese
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Bircher Muesli
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Smocked Turkey and Chicken Breasts
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Scrambled Eggs with fresch chives / Tomato and Cheese toast / Sautéed Mushrooms / Grilled Cherry Tomato
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I finished my breakfast while the descent has begun

Time to put my things and we arrived early

Security transit : nobody to check the line reserved for elite plus/business pax but I adopted the Turkish way and engulfed me in this line after many other pax

So here I was barely 5 minutes after landing at the TK lounge

To be continued …
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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

8.8/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering9.5

Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge At Concourse D

8.6/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment/wifi8.5
Services8.0

Bangkok - BKK

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Istanbul - ISX

9.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

Of course a flight in a comfortable seat and also with such an excellent catering cannot be bad !

I'm flying a lot with TK, so I naturally become more picky and fussy with them.

Only few PNCS are proactive (or is it the protocol?) and that's annoying, for example, never being asked for a refill (- 1.5)

One point is lost for punctuality because of the chaotic paxbus boarding

It was the same choices of music that a previous flight on 9W 77W in first class therefore -3 points

Information on the route Bangkok (BKK) Istanbul (ISX)

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9 Comments

  • Comment 95468 by
    Leadership TEAM SILVER 4417 Comments

    Fantastic Report James, I am so envious ^^ I would have liked to be with you for sure!

    Nice lounge hoping, you are clearly maximizing your time at the airport.

    Glad you benefited for a plane change and took the opportunity to seat in First for this flight!

    Amenities are nice and catering seems good as always but no Candlelight dinner high above the clouds this time?

    Thanks a lot!

  • Comment 95477 by
    AirCanada881 1632 Comments

    Ah TK... I've only met you this year but I'm already in love with you...

    I don't understand how they managed to pull this off, such superb service for prices consistently lower than the competition, their product is a winner, this flight shows it, superb comfort, exquisite dining experience, nothing more to ask for :-)

  • Comment 95479 by
    East African 1516 Comments

    Outstanding report with countless mouthwatering pictures!
    Great location for your stay, sure you had a memorable time! Hope that none of you woke up with a facial tatoo the day after ;-)
    at BKK airport is the garden accessible landside or airside?
    According to your hopping, even without shower lounge at area D seems better!
    I'm not even close to be a specialist but seats in a herringbone layout would be no go for me, especially if you can get a mini suite for the same price!

    Many thanks for sharing

  • Comment 95493 by
    jetsetpanda 2295 Comments

    Thanks for this exquisite and fantastic report. No lokum onboard this time? I think the distribution of the small chocolate by the chef is more effective at the end of the meal to leave a lasting impression of the service. Personally I prefer to start with something salty at the beginning and end things with a sweet note.

    Glad you were able to get a big F seat. I wonder how TK prioritizes the assignment of these coveted seats. Do they allow their top elite travelers to reserve them or is it available to anyone in J? It seems that they are still suffering from aircraft shortage if they need to lease equipment from Jet Airways.

    It is always a delight to fly TK if your main focus is catering. It's too bad that their crew can not be more consistent and proactive. Refills should be automatic flying in J and one shouldn't even ask. World class carriers have this concept nailed down.

    Looking forward to your next reports.

  • Comment 95505 by
    lagentsecret SILVER AUTHOR 11222 Comments

    I didn't receive a lokum this time

    I agree with you : I also prefer to begin with a salty note

    Moreover, even being a chocolate addict I did not eat it

    These seats are only available at the airport check in, to anyone : I was able to reserve one of them because at the booking time it was a A343 map.

    TK is always suffering from aircraft shortage because they are opening new routes, again and again ;)

  • Comment 95524 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5100 Comments

    Although, I'm not a big ban of the Hangover movies (actually I think they're pretty dumb, LOL) I have to admit that suite is pretty nice and what a view! I assume noone fell out of the window like in the movie? :-)
    I wonder why TK doesn't sell this F seat? They used to didn't they? It's probably a logistics nightmare considering the Jet Airways 77Ws are the minority in the fleet. I also don't think they'll be in the fleet much longer with the new 77Ws being delivered. It once again shows product consistencies with a business class that has full-aisle-access on these planes and F seats, but 2-3-2 config on their owned 77Ws. I'm surprised that anyone in J can be placed in one of the F seats--priority for higher Elites would make most sense. It is great that you were anble to get one!

  • Comment 96249 by
    A380B77W 4347 Comments

    Thanks for this great FR :D

    Again a good flight in First of 9W's 77W ^^

  • Comment 133223 by
    mc 16 Comments

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    For my research would be very important to know the nationality of each writer...May I know your nationality??

    Thank you so much!

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