This airline review features the Turkish Airlines Business Class in a Boeing 777. I had the pleasure of enjoying this typical long haul configuration on a medium haul flight from Istanbul to London. I’ll also release another review featuring the real long haul Business Class in an Airbus A330 shortly.
Turkish Airlines offers a 2-3-2 configuration in Business Class onboard the Boeing 777. At first, that sounds like a horrible and even ‘antique’ configuration.
Yet, the Turkish Airlines Business Class feels everything but old. In this review, I’ll explain why the Turkish Airlines Business Class is quite good despite the rather weird configuration.
Without speaking, the configuration is brilliant for medium and short haul flights, but is also not bad for longer routes.
I’ve already briefly explained the configuration of the Turkish Airlines Business Class. Yet, it’s worth noting that the Business Class cabin feels very airy as there are two seperate cabins with four and three rows respectively.
My flight to London wasn’t very full, so more than half of the seats ended up not being occupied. What’s especially nice about the Turkish Airlines Business Class configuration is the fact that all the seats are spacious in width and length.
You truly have unlimited legroom and in lying position, the bed length is amazing due to the additional ottoman. The seats are also fairly well padded and thus are comfortable for relaxing, sitting upfront and sleeping. The only downside is that you also have a seat neighbor in this configuration.
However, compared to other airlines, you don’t really have to climb over your neighbor if the seat is not in sleeping position as the seat pitch is just so big. It’s worth noting that the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 777 is the most modern configuration and thus looks very fresh and new.
The color scheme is very nice and the cleanliness was very good on this flight. While my ottoman was slightly broken at first, it was quickly fixed. Speaking of the ottoman, the storage space is amazing as you can place plenty of smaller things in a pocket next to you and everything bigger in the spacious ottoman.
That’s something airlines like Lufthansa and Etihad Airways clearly lack in Business Class. While the 2-3-2 configuration offered by Turkish Airlines in Business Class might not sound great, it’s actually one of the better Business Class products out there.
On this particular flight I was served breakfast. On medium haul flights, there is just one meal, which is totally fine for a three hour flight. Before departure, I was welcomed with a drink (freshly squeezed orange juice, lemonade or champagne).
After departure, the breakfast service quickly started. Menus were delivered with a choice of two hot mains. To my surprise, both were hot egg dishes.
I neglected the omelette and went with the ‘Scrambled Eggs and Turkish Style Cheese Pastry’. Yet, before I got this, I was offered a selection of starters on the tray. The breakfast service in the Turkish Airlines Business Class always looks great and this flight was not exception.
The starters consisted of regional cheese, marinated olives, sundried tomatos and yoghurt as well as a selection from the bread basket including pastries. The ‘regional special’ was jam from Bodrum.
After I finished the starters, the hot dish was brought to my seat. While it didn’t look amazing, it was actually quite good.
The starters were even better, so I’d say that the Turkish Airlines Business Class breakfast was actually among the best morning meals I’ve ever had in an airplane.
As the Boeing 777 is the aircraft with the most modern interior, the entertainment is also the best. While the selection is the same in other aircrafts, the screens in the Boeing 777 Business Class are bigger and offer a better resolution.
In addition, the controls are quite good easy to use and allow you to browse through the menu relatively quickly. The selection of movies, shows and music is very good and available in several languages.
While not on the level of Emirates, the Turkish Airlines entertainment selection is still great. In addition, after boarding this particular Turkish Airlines Business Class flight, I was offered a choice of newspapers and magazines (most in Turkish, a few in English).
Plus, there’s a board magazine available at every seat.
I’ll just briefly comment on the amenities in the Turkish Airlines Business Class in this review as those are limited on medium haul flights. The only real amenity are noise-cancelling headphones, which are fairly decent. On long haul flights, there are also slippers and amenity kits (more about this in my next review about the Turkish Airlines long haul Business Class).
For a medium haul flight, the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 777 could hardly be any better. Especially on the London Heathrow – Istanbul Atatürk route, there’s a good chance of ending up in such an airplane. This allows you to have an amazing flight experience. Yet, I’d also say that the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 777 is great for long haul flights as the seats are very comfortable, have a great length and feel private enough for sleeping. The entertainment selection and the screen are very good, while the food on Turkish Airlines might be the best you ever get in Business Class. All in all, definitely worth a recommendation!