Airline Review: Turkish Airlines (regional Economy Class)

I’ve already reviewed the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class in 2014. Thus, I thought it’s time for an update, especially as my impressions have changed a bit since then. Read why in this extensive airline review about the Turkish Airlines Economy Class.

As a Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Elite member and frequent flyer, I had my fair share of Turkish Airlines flights in the last couple of years.

  • Airplane: Airbus A320
  • Cabin Class: Economy
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Dinner
  • Seat Pitch: 30 Inch (76 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 17,8 Inch (45 Centimeter)

Thus, my impressions have slightly changed over the years. While I still like Turkish Airlines as you can see in my very positive Turkish Airlines long haul Economy Class review, there are also some other things I don’t like that much anymore. If you need an example, take my review of the often very well reviewed Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul. So much about my background concerning Turkish Airlines. Now, let’s get to the actual review.

Seating in the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class

On this particular flight from Bologna to Istanbul, I found myself in an Airbus A320. It was boarded through stairs, but the organisation was horrible.

Turkish Airlines Economy Class Seating 2

The seats in the Turkish Airlines Economy Class are fairly comfortable

At the same time, the jet had a slightly different interior than what I’m used to from Turkish Airlines. While there were the typical seats in a 3-3 configuration, they were all black leather seats, some with red finishes.

To my surprise, the legroom felt very tight even for a not-so-tall person. The seat comfort as such was okay, but nothing to really write home about.

Turkish Airlines Economy Class Seat Pitch

The seat pitch was quite tight

It might just be me, but I sort of feel like the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class was more comfortable in the old configuration.

Catering in the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class

Without any doubt, Turkish Airlines has the best catering of any airline out there. That’s as much true for Economy Class as it is for Business Class. You’ll read this in particular in my upcoming review of the Turkish Airlines long haul Business Class.

Turkish Airlines Economy Class Menu

Menu of my flight in the Turkish Airlines Economy Class

However, this very flight was a miss even in this regard. The ‘Smoked Eggplant Salad’ was very special, but actually tasted good. The ‘Wild Berry Yoghurt’, the dessert, wasn’t bad either.

Turkish Airlines Economy Class Catering

Dinner in the Turkish Airlines Economy Class

However, the two options for main –  ‘Turkish Style Grilled Mince Beef’ and ‘Creamy Tomate Sauce Penne’ both didn’t hit the spot.

Sure, the drink selection including alcohol and freshly squeezed orange juice was still great, but this catering experience just wasn’t as gourmet as I’m known to it from other Turkish Airlines flights.

Entertainment in the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class

There are some Turkish Airlines regional flights, where you can enjoy enteratinment in the seatback. Yet, there is no such thing on most Airbus A320 aircrafts. In addition, there’s no Wi-Fi (available on long haul flights).

Turkish Airlines Economy Class Entertainment

The only entertainment onboard were magazines

I was also not offered any newspapers or magazines. Thus, you are stuck to the decent board magazine or anything you bring yourself in the Turkish Airlines Economy Class.

Overall impressions of the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class

It might just be me, but over the years my impressions of the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class has changed. From being truly amazed by the experience, I’m just totally okay with nowadays. The seating is still fairly comfortable and the catering is way above average for regional flights, but both is not outstanding anymore.

Turkish Airlines Economy Class Catering

Sadly, this Turkish Airlines flight wasn’t any special

I’m not sure whether this has to do with cost-cutting or what, but nowadays I wouldn’t go out of my way to fly the Turkish Airlines regional Economy Class anymore. At the same time, I really enjoyed my last Business Class flights, which I’ll review shortly!

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