Airline Review: Turkish Airlines (long haul Economy)
The Turkish Airlines long haul Economy Class is one of the products you are able to book on pretty much all markets around the world. The airline flies to the most destinations of all airlines on this planet and is still continuing to grow. However, the interesting question is whether it is worth flying with the airline, which got several awards. Learn more in our airline review!
Flying Economy Class on longer routes is never really enjoyable, especially when you are talking of flights longer than twelve hours. We booked flights from Istanbul to Sao Paulo and return and so had the “pleasure” to enjoy the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy Class for a long time.
This route is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a Business Class and Economy Class configuration (there’s also a 777-300ER with Premium Economy Class in the Turkish Airlines fleet) and comes with a 3-3-3 configuration in Economy Class.
Seating in the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy
With just nine seats abreast, the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy is more comfortable than what most other airlines offer in the Boeing 777-300ER.
The seats themselves come with a decent seat pitch, which we however can’t really judge as we were lucky enough to secure exit row seats on both legs.
Rows 24 and 40 are especially recommendable as there is more than just plenty of legroom. The seats in the Turkish Airlines Economy Class come with a very fresh design and are colored light blue.
The adjustable headrests are either dark blue or red with accents in the other color. Even though the seats are never really comfortable in Economy Class, the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy Class seats were actually quite okay, even for such a long flight.
The seat comes with some recline and you are also offered both, a blanket and a pillow. While there usually is some storage room in the seat in front of you, there is rarely any when seated in an exit row.
Tip: If you want to secure an exit row seat, you have to ask at check-in, so better be early!
Food in the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy
There are some people who find it rather needless to right about food in airline reviews about Economy Class.
I’m hardly of this opinion as I feel like the food still differs heavily between the airlines.
Turkish Airlines in particular has a reputation of offering very good food in all service classes. Upon departure you are generally offered a menu including all the meals, drinks and options available.
Generally, the only choice you have is between two different main dishes.
On our flights in the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy, we tasted three different meals (we skipped breakfast on the way back as it was served at 4am local time).
While none was any exceptional, quality and taste were actually okay.
The only real problem I had about the food was the fact that it was not really warm, regardless of being seated in row 24 or 40.
Entertainment in the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy
Something I find very important in airline reviews for long haul flights are the entertainment options. Especially when you are flying for a full 14 hours, you need something to stay entertained.
While I’m generally working on my laptop (with or without Wi-Fi), I also read a newspaper or watch a movie on such a long flight. Turkish Airlines offers a very good experience in this regard, even in Economy Class.
First of all, there’s a board magazine, which is one of the better ones in the industry. Second, there’s Wi-Fi available, which is priced reasonably with 15 US-Dollar for the full flight.
Third, there is a personal entertainment system with a big touchscreen, which responds quickly.
The choice is absolutely fine and you’ll be able to enjoy several of the newest movies as well as dozens of different series when flying in the Turkish Airlines long haul Economy Class!
Bottom line Turkish Airlines long haul Economy
Till today, our airline review of the Etihad Airways long haul Economy Class is the most successful post on traveluxblog. That doesn’t come as a surprise as Etihad Airways offers the best Economy Class product on long haul products of all airlines I’ve ever had the pleasure of flying with.
Turkish Airlines comes quite close in this regard. The seats are comfortable and the legroom is good even when not seated in an exit row. The offered food is definitely in the upper third compared with what other airlines offer in Economy Class.
Last but not least, the entertainment options in the Turkish Airlines Economy Class are absolutely great. I’d definitely give the Turkish Airlines Economy Class another try in the future. However, I hope I’ll have the pleasure to also review the Turkish Airlines Business Class!
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