Trip To Panama Flying in Turkish Airlines Business Class
Last month, Mike and I traveled to Panama for the first time where we stayed four nights in the beautiful capital, Panama City. We flew with Turkish Airlines in business class although we had to originate from Budapest instead of Stockholm since the fare was much cheaper starting from the Hungarian capital. Between Stockholm and Budapest, we took the direct flight on Norwegian. Since I have Diamond status with Hilton, we stayed at the Hilton Panama and Waldorf Astoria Panama where we got upgraded to a Master Suite during our stay at the Hilton Panama. We also had a chance to stay at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel which was also a nice hotel, although not as nice as the two Hilton properties we stayed at. When in Panama, you should never miss doing the Panama Canal Tour as it was definitely the highlight of our trip. Take note that they don't have tours everyday so make sure you check the availability beforehand. Our trip to Panama was one of the best trips we've had and having flown in Turkish Airlines business class, it couldn't have been better!
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Flight: TK 800
Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 2:10
Arrival time in Panama (PTY): 11:00 (+1)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 15h 50m including 1h 30m in Bogota Airport
Date of flight: September 21, 2016*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #113
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Lounge
We had about 3 hours before our connecting flight to Panama so we stayed in the beautiful Turkish Airlines Lounge. We left the lounge at 12:50am since the departure gate was a bit far from the lounge.
Boarding, gate 302
Already waiting at my seat was a blanket, a pair of slippers and headphones.
Seat controls on the left armrest
There was a bar located in front of the cabin where the predeparture beverages were mixed.
I chose the raspberry juice which was very good.
Grilled Wild Seabass
For my main course, I chose the Grilled Wild Seabass, tomato sauce prawns, sauteed leaf spinach, chateau potatoes which was excellent. The other choices were Grilled Chicken Skewer and Traditional Style Baked Minced Beef Pastry.
Fresh Raspberries & Mascarpone Cream
About 5 hours before landing in Bogota, some snacks were offered and Mike decided he'd have some although I declined.
I on the other hand chose the Traditional Black Sea Region Omelette which I thought was okay.
The captain came on the PA to give us updated arrival info about 30 minutes before landing in Bogota. One thing I noticed was everytime they would make an announcement, the film I was watching would automatically rewind.
Lavatory & Toilet
Business Class lavatory
We landed in Bogota Airport at 8:05am with a temperature of 17 degrees. It was later announced that due to Colombian regulations, all transiting passengers should stay in the aircraft. It was also announced that there would be a change of crew.
We had about 1 hour and 30 minutes in Bogota Airport and during this time, airport officers came to check our boarding passes as well as the other 5 who were continuing on to Panama. They also asked which hand carried luggage belongs to who. Also, during this time, all the new blankets were loaded and general cleaning was done. We later found out that it would only be picking up passengers in Panama and would fly directly to Istanbul which means they won't be stopping here in Bogota anymore. Some new passengers also boarded the plane, who were all on their way to Istanbul.
Bogota to Panama Flight
About 9:15am, we were offered some water or orange juice by one of the flight attendants.
Around 9:30am, it was announced that boarding was completed. We were offered slippers by one of the female flight attendants but declined since we already got them from Istanbul. The captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and to advise us of our flight time of 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The captain once again came on the PA about 30 minutes before landing and advised us of the current weather conditions in Panama which was cloudy with occasional thunderstorm.
Landing at Panama Tocumen Airport
My first long haul flight on Turkish Airlines in business class was a few years ago so I was excited how this flight would turn out. I loved the fact that they are one of the few airlines together with Austrian and Etihad with an inflight chef. The meal was fantastic from dinner to breakfast. The crew from Istanbul was also very professional and did an excellent job during the meal service. The candle light dinner which is an original from Turkish Airlines was also a nice touch. The seats on the other hand were not the best and I hope they would upgrade them so that sleeping would be a much better experience specially on this long flight. The IFE is also something to be upgraded since they didn't have the advanced Airshow so one wouldn't know his exact location during the flight. Lastly, the crew on the flight from Bogota although okay, could have done a better service since it was not normal to get your drinks order after you have already finished eating your meal. Overall, it had been a very nice flight and considering the price I paid for, it was indeed very good value for money. To all the crew on this flight, "Teşekkürler!"
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