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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Photoreview: Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Arrival (IST)
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Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class, Istanbul to Budapest
Flight: TK 1035
Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 7:00
Arrival time in Budapest (BUD): 7:55
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (Boeing's 6000th Next Generation 737)
Duration: 1h 55m
Date of flight: September 27, 2016
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #115
Radisson BLU Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul at 5am and reached the airport around 5:05am. We already had our boarding passes issued in Panama so we headed directly to the security controls which went smoothly.
Then, we headed to the Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge where we had a quick breakfast. The departure gate was a bit far from the lounge so we left the lounge around 5:45am to make sure we had enough time.
Boarding, gate 303
Interestingly, this is Boeing's 6000th Next Generation 737 and was delivered to Turkish Airlines by Boeing in July 28 this year which means this aircraft is only 2 months old!
Around 6:50, an announcement was made that boarding was completed. A couple of minutes later, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and advise us of our flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes. It was followed by the safety instruction demo, and a few more minutes we started our pushback. We were also offered some newspapers but we declined. Take off went smoothly and moments later, we were airborne. It was noticeable that it was very silent in the cabin which is very good.
As soon as the seatbelt sign was turned off, the female flight attendant started preparing for the service. First we were offered a hot towel. Moments later, she distributed the menu card and beverage list. The menu read as follows:
Moments later, the flight attendant took our drinks order and I chose a glass of apple juice.
The other choice was Grilled Flat Pastry Stuffed with Cheese. Both the appetizers and the main course were excellent, which is a sign that DO&CO is doing a great job!
To end the meal service, we were offered a hot towel.
Lavatory & Toilet
Landing in Budapest Airport
Budapest was not very sunny but it was okay and we were able to visit a few interesting places even for a few hours.
Nothing beats flying on an aircraft that's only two months old! The seat was very new and the personal TV screen worked perfectly. It was also very silent in the cabin. As for the food, it was excellent for a short flight so kudos to Turkish Airlines and to DO&CO for doing such a great job. The flight attendant and the purser did an excellent job with the meal service as it was both efficient and friendly. Overall, a very nice flight. To all the crew on this flight, "Teşekkürler!" Until next time!
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