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Too short! We review a stunning Turkish Airlines Business Class 787-9 Athens to Istanbul

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Turkish Business Class 787-9 Athens to Istanbul

If you’re looking to see what it’s like to fly Turkish Business Class on their gorgeous 787-9 business class…look no further. We’re going to break down how we booked, the in flight experience including the hard and soft products + you can watch a quick video review we featured on TikTok and Instagram.

I have wanted to experience Turkish Business Class on one of their Dreamliners for years. I’ve had multiple trips booked and canceled ( including the beginning of this adventure ) and finally the stars aligned and I got to fly it with my buddy Dave.

The worst part of this flight is that it was only 90 minutes.

Let’s dig into this bad mammajamma and why I think it’s a wonderful business class that gives you that “experience” we all look for in a premium cabin.

a seat and a monitor on an airplane

Details:

  • When: January
  • Where: Athens to Istanbul
  • Cabin: Business
  • Seat: 7E
  • Payment: 11,300 Turkish Miles + 77 Euros
  • Status: None

a hand holding a boarding pass

Booking:

Turkish is a very under-utilized program to say the least, and I wanted to highlight the value of the program with a long haul flight to Europe for just 45k miles to start the trip, but if you read my Lufthansa A340 biz review, you’ll know I had to cancel that.

Programs that transfer to Turkish:

  • Bilt Rewards
  • Capital One
  • Citi

When the opportunity popped up to try the 787-9 out on a short hop from Athens to Istanbul for 11,300 miles I had to pull the trigger.

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The most annoying aspect of the Turkish program is their website. While it’s relatively straight forward booking Turkish flights, if you want to book, change, etc anything touching a partner there is a convoluted subsite you need to populate.

Cahmon Turkish…fully integrate please.

Quick Instagram/TikTok Review:

 

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Check-In

No one was there. In all honesty, it didn’t really matter if we were in the business queue or not, we wouldn’t have waited long in either line.

people standing in a line at an airport

The Lounge – GoldAir Handling

We had access to the GoldAir Handling lounge which was quite modern and nice. I didn’t really fancy any of the food that they offered but there was several hot and cold selections + cold/hot drinks. We hopped on the WiFi, had some coffee and water and saved our appetites for the Turkish catergin onboard.

a room with white chairs and tables

The Business Class Cabin

Stunning. A beautiful 1-2-1 configured cabin with all aisle access decorated in soothing mix of neutrals featuring seats with leather highlights that feels luxurious and elevated.

a row of seats with monitors on the side

We chose seats 7E and F at the back of the cabin. I didn’t notice much noise from the galley behind us, and the back of the plane is usually much easier to film since I can highlight the cabin without showing faces.

the seats and a screen in the back of a plane

Where to sit?

  • Couples: I would select odd rows that set in from the aisle vs the even rows which are set apart

a group of seats with monitors

  • Singles: I would choose the odd rows which are set further from the aisle offering more privacy than the even rows which sit right on the aisle.

a seat in a plane

Note that those in business class also get 1G of free WiFi.

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The Seat:

The seats are fully flat with plenty of footwell space to fit my size 12 feet. In addition to that they are quite long, and Dave, at 6’2” had no problem being completely flat and not feeling crammed on either end.

The IFE is sleek featuring handheld and touch screen controls with a crystal clear high def screen. The selection was surprisingly good and I started an excellent World War 2 movie called Operation Mincemeat featuring Colin Firth.

a device in a car a screen with a picture of a city

The storage is secure and has a plug inside the cabinet. This is a nice feature if you want to stow your phone away and charge is simultaneously.

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The Food and Service

You really feel like you’re being served onboard Turkish. Immediately after boarding you’ll receive a refreshing fruit spritzer.

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The crew was excellent and offered a full meal service complete with a white table cloth on just a 90 minute flight. How about that, huh?! The food is very good as well. Turkish is known for great catering and we enjoyed a great Arabic Mezze with smoked salmon, a refreshing fruit spritzer, a cheesy scrambled egg dish, and a bread basket.

a tray with food on it

Of course, no meal would be complete without a Turkish coffee.

a cup of coffee on a plate and napkins

Overall:

I look forward to flying business class aboard a Turkish 787 or A350 in the future. This is a very good business class that combines a beautiful hard product ( seat, cabin, etc ) with food and service that makes you feel special ( soft product ).

One thing I will note…most if not all 777s that Turkish operate feature an old 2-3-2 cabin that I would avoid. Sure, the food/service will be great, but who wants to step over someone in business class? Focus on the 787s and you won’t regret using your points to fly this badmammajamma.

 

 

 

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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