A few months ago, I came across some tips on Flyertalk about a cheap business class fare from Vilnius to Toronto on Turkish Airlines and since I wanted to earn Elite status in the airlines' Miles & Smiles program by the end of this year, I did not hesitate and booked the flight. Unfortunately, a schedule change forced me to cancel the flight and look for another option. I had some miles left on my American Airlines Advantage account so I thought I could redeem them flying from Guangzhou to Mumbai in first class. Flying from Mumbai to Bangkok was easy since Air India flies direct between these two cities. After thoroughly planning the trip, I ended up buying an open jaw ticket in Turkish Airlines business class, from Stockholm to Guangzhou and back from Bangkok to Stockholm. It actually turned out perfectly well as I was able to fly Qatar Airways A380 first class from Guangzhou to Doha and then to Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi, I was able to visit the newly opened Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa and from Abu Dhabi, I flew on Etihad's A380 to Mumbai. It was 8 flights in 6 days which was really tiring but who cares when you're flying in first and business class 😉
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Flight: TK 69
Date of flight: November 5, 2016
Departure time in Bangkok (BKK): 23:30
Arrival time in Istanbul (IST): 6:25 (+1)
Duration: 10h 55min
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #119
Transiting in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
visited Bangkok back in June. Also, I was not able to sleep well on the flight and thought I could sleep for a few hours in one of the THAI lounges that offer slumber rooms and at the same time I could review two THAI lounges which I haven't visited yet. As I didn't have my boarding pass yet to Istanbul, I decided to go directly to the transit counter. There was an earlier flight on Turkish Airlines to Istanbul so the transit desk was still open although I was informed by the agent that my flight is not until 11:30pm and that I had to wait when they open again at 7pm. After explaining to her that I actually wanted to use the lounge, she called her supervisor after which she was given a go signal to print my boarding pass 👍
EVA Air Lounge, Concourse F
EVA Air Lounge since I wanted to take a shower (their shower suite is one of the nicest in Bangkok Airport) and have a good breakfast.
THAI Royal Silk Lounge, Concourse C West
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Boarding, gate F6
Around 11:24pm, the captain came on the PA to welcome us on board and to give us some flight info including our flight time of 10 hours and 5 minutes. The cabin chief also came to our seats to welcome us.
Inflight Safety Video
Take off went smoothly and within a few seconds, we were airborne.
To start the meal service, hot towels were offered. The one thing that comes to my mind when airlines offer hot towels (oshibori) is Qatar Airways since I think they are one of few airlines (if not the only one) in business class offering hot towels presented on a wooden stand. And they also ask if you would prefer hot or cold towel. Why can't Turkish Airlines and other airlines do this 😉
Moments after, I was presented the menu card including the breakfast card where I had to tick my choice of breakfast. I then told the flight attendant that I was originally seated in 3B so as not to confuse them in case the guy who swapped with me had ordered a special meal.
Moments later, Jasmine the flight attendant working in our aisle presented herself and took my drink order. The inflight chef also came to take my main course order and I settled for the fillet of beef.
Grilled Prawns and Pomelo and Coconut Salad or
Grilled Chicken Breast with Avocado and Aubergine Salad and/or
Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
Fillet of Beef
Eggplant & Zucchini Linguine
Potpourri of Traditional Turkish Desserts
Orange Marmalade Cake
Mango Panna Cotta
Mango Ice Cream
Assorted Cheese & Fresh Fruits
There was a snack bar before I went to sleep but when I woke up (about 2 hours before landing) it was already cleared. Of course, I was glad I slept well as a seat that turns into a fully flat bed was really nice specially on night flights like this 😉
To end the meal service, hot towels were offered. Around 45 minutes before landing, an announcement was made that they would collect the DENON headsets.
Toilet & Lavatory
Landing at Istanbul Ataturk Airport
We landed around 5:47am although we parked in a remote stand. The new International Airport in Istanbul is scheduled to open late next year so until then, I guess we would have to expect departing/arriving in a remote stand every now and then. The good thing though is that we had a separate bus (for business class passengers) to the terminal.
Turkish Airlines Lounge, Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Lounge in the meantime.
Again, another great flight on Turkish Airlines in business class. I was really glad that I was able to have my boarding pass printed in the transit desk since I guess I wouldn't have been able to access the lounge earlier than 7pm. The food was great and the comfortable seat that turns fully flat allowed me to sleep like a baby although I still wish they could offer a mattress pad like Qatar Airways 😉 Also, I think we could have enjoyed some free wifi had it been the Boeing 777 operating this flight but I guess aircraft changes are really normal nowadays. The DENON headsets are definitely an upgrade to their old ones. I love the amenity kit (although I had hoped for another Batman VSuperman) and maybe a better content with Bulgari lotion and perfume like that of Emirates 😉 Of course, I also loved their signature "Candle light dinner high above the cloud". The service may not be the best but I guess it's getting better and better. Overall, this was a very nice flight and now that I have elite status on Turkish Airlines, I guess I will be flying with them more often specially on paid flights. To all the crew on this flight specially to Jasmine who took care of us, "Teşekkürler!" 😊
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