Airline Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class Airbus A330
The Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 is one of the two main configurations for Turkish Airlines long haul flights. The other airplane, which flies many long haul routes is the Boeing 777, which I’ve already reviewed for.
In this review, I’ll explain what makes the product very good and where there is still room for improvement.
- Airplane: Airbus A330-300
- Cabin Class: Business Class
- Daytime: various
- Food: various
- Seat Pitch: 61 Inch (155 Centimeter)
- Seat Width: 21 Inch (53 Centimeter)
I had the chance to fly the Turkish Airlines long haul Business Class on board an Airbus A330 on two flights, once from Istanbul to Hanoi via Saigon and once from Saigon to Istanbul. Additionally, I was flying in the same plane from Istanbul to London on a comparably short flight. Nevertheless, this review will be a little different than my normal airline reviews as I will sum up all three (or four if you count Saigon to Hanoi as another flight) flights in one review.
Seating in the Turkish Airlines Business Airbus A330
The Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 consists of four (in the middle) / five (on the windows) pairs of seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. This is different to the Boeing 777 Business Class as this one features a 2-3-2 configuration with a “real” middle seat.
Leaving that aside, the cabin looks quite similar with relatively modest colors and an atmospheric interior design. The seats aren’t especially private as they do not have any privacy shields (none between the pairs of seats either). However, the cabin feels very airy and spacious like that.
It’s also worth noting that the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 features lots of storage space on every seat. There’s a small compartment underneath the middle armrest, where you can put smaller valuables.
Then, there’s a large ottoman, which you can open to store larger things (e.g. a laptop bag) and another smaller compartment between the two monitors of the seats. Other features of the seat are decent reading lights, an extendable and spacious table.
All seats in this configuration are fully flat and can be controlled via easy to use and well functioning seat controls. You can get your seat in dozens of positions, from lounging to sitting upright to sleeping. Other controls of the seat include a TV remote, which is okay to use, as well as headphone jacks, an USB port and a plug, all located in the storage compartment right next to the seat.
All in all, I liked the seat in the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 as it is spacious, easy to control, well padded and comfortable. There’s a decent amount of storage space and all the things you’d expect in Business Class. At the same time, the seat didn’t feel especially modern and the whole configuration lacks privacy.
Sleeping in the Turkish Airlines Business Class Airbus A330
The Turkish Airlines Business Class is great for sleeping, in my opinion. Despite the lack of privacy, I slept exceptionally well on all my flights. That’s mainly because the seats feel very spacious and allow sleeping in all kinds of positions. Upon boarding, a decent and relatively hard pillow and a thin blanket were already waiting for us.
However, I was also offered a turn down service with a nice mattress padding, a proper blanket and a second pillow.
The bedding of Turkish Airlines might be one of the best in the sky and is basically on the same level as the great bedding in the LATAM Business Class.
While it’s not the Lufthansa First Class, I found sleeping in the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330 to be exceptionally comfortable.
Catering in the Turkish Airlines Business Class
In this review, I won’t get into all that much detail about the dishes themselves as I just had so many different things that I’ll just sum up my thoughts about the food. In total, I had one lunch, dinner twice, breakfast twice and a snack. On all four segments, I was also offered a welcome drink upon boarding, with a choice between freshly squeezed orange juice, water and champagne.
A few minutes after we were airborne, another round of drinks alongside a selection of nuts was offered.
As it’s the norm for the Turkish Airlines Business Class, menus were distributed during boarding and I was already able to tell the stewardess my choices during the boarding process. The menu usually featured three courses for dinner and lunch and a fixed selection with a choice of one main for breakfast.
Before the first meal was served, the table was set with a nice table cloth, a fake candle, the cutlery and more. Not only the presentation of the table, but also the presentation of the starters alongside a small bread basket (you’ve got a choice between several different options) with oil and vinegar was amazing.
I tried a couple of different starters during my Turkish Airlines flights, from soup to salad to seafood and basically all were between very good and amazing.
The mains, I either had beef or fish, were very good, too.
Lastly, the desserts were truly great once again. When everybody had finished the main courses, the crew would roll a cart through the aisle with lots of desert options. From fruits to cake, everything was just amazing, so I can just recommend to give it a shot yourself.
Breakfast is generally isn’t my prefer meal, so I wasn’t all that much surprised that I didn’t love the breakfast in the Turkish Airlines Business Class as much as the dinner or lunch. This time, there were no fake candles, but the presentation was very nice anyways. Breakfast comes with several smaller options, some with a regional touch. The starters were alright, while the mains (usually eggs or something sweet) were just so-so, but that might just be my hatred against re-heated egg dishes.
Last but not least, I was also offered very bland sandwiches as a snack on the Saigon to Hanoi flight. Those, sadly, were very disappointing. Small and tasteless.
Other than that, the catering in the Turkish Airlines Business Class is phenomenal. From great service to great quality to an amazing presentation, there’s nothing bad to say. The drink menu is very nice, too. There are several soft drinks, hot options as well as wines, beers and other alcoholic beverages.
Entertainment in the Turkish Airlines Business Class Airbus A330
On all my Turkish Airlines flights, I was offered a newspaper or magazine upon boarding. The choice was between several Turkish and a few international options. Other than that, the typical board magazine is waiting the seat.
Then all seats, obviously, come with a private entertainment system. Sadly, the screens are small and lower resolution than in the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Boeing 777. The system is slower, too. Other than that, there’s a decent choice of international and recently released movies, plus a selection of music and several episodes of various TV shows.
Weirdly, I was offered three different kinds of headphones during my Turkish Airlines Business Class flights. One pair was great, while the other two were just so-so. I’m not really sure why there are different headphones, but compared to other airlines the headphones are on a better level.
What really sets the Turkish Airlines Business Class apart is the free (!) WiFi offered for premium passengers. Elite members get free WiFi in all classes of travel, so if you are holding a Turkish Airlines Elite or Elite Plus status and are flying Business Class, you can even connect with two devices for free. All you need is your frequent flyer number and/or seat number + last name. A connection was given for most of my flights and the speed was quite decent. All in all, one of the best internet offerings of any airline worldwide, at least for premium passengers and frequent flyers.
Amenities in the Turkish Airlines Business Class
The Turkish Airlines Business Class comes with a few further amenities. First of all, there is a well stocked amenity kit with a toothbrush, socks, creams, toothpaste, a sleep mask, a shoe horn etc. Strangely, there were two different kits (Bentley once, Furla on the other flights), but the contents were relatively similar.
Moreover, slippers are already waiting at your seat upon boarding.
It’s also worth noting that the lavatories in Business Class, while nothing special, come with Molton Brown amenities.
All in all, very nice amenities for Business Class.
Overall impressions of the Turkish Airlines Business Class Airbus A330
There are not many bad things to say about the Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A330. The configuration is decent and feels airy, the seats are comfortable and allow for great sleep. Yet, there’s a lack of privacy due to the layout and the seats aren’t the most modern out there, which you also see at the entertainment system. The catering in the Turkish Airlines Business Class is fascinatingly good and the entertainment offerings, especially the free WiFi, are phenomenal. I’d recommend Turkish Airlines for long haul flights in a heartbeat even though the configuration might not exactly be cutting edge.