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 72
Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 2:15
Arrival time in Guangzhou (CAN): 16:55
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 ER (Rumeli)
Seat: 3B then transferred to 3A
Duration: 9h 40min
Date of flight: November 2, 2016
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #117
Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airlines Business Lounge. I have been to this lounge a lot of times but have never seen their suite rooms so I was really glad when the lady in the concierge told me there was an available room. Unfortunately, the wooden floor made a lot of noise specially with all the people walking in the hallway so even if I wanted a short nap, it was not possible. Of course, the bed was very comfortable and if one is not so sensitive with the noises around, I'm sure it wouldn't be so difficult to fall asleep. I left the lounge around 1am and was at the gate after a few minutes.
Boarding, gate 219
Boarding started at 1:30am with those traveling in business class as well as those with elite status getting priority boarding.
we flew to Panama in September, they used an Airbus which did not offer wifi connectivity.
... as well as IFE controls and a power outlet.
By this time, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and give us some flight info including our flight time of 9 hours and 10 minutes. A little later, the flight attendants came with a trolley offering newspapers, magazines, Denon headphones and the Jaguar amenity kit.
Samy, the flight attendant taking care of our side of the cabin came to introduce himself and offered to make my bed. He was working with some 3 or 4 guys, 2 ladies and the inflight chef together in the business class cabin.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad or
Smoked Salmon with Daikon and/or
Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea soup
Potpourri of Grilled Seafood or
Traditional Dolma Varieties or
Spicy Chicken Skewer
Potpourri of Traditional Turkish Dessert
Dark & White Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Ball with Mango
ASSORTED CHEESE AND FRESH FRUITS
The seafood meal was very good specially the fish. I was also offered some cheese to go with my dessert although I declined since I was already full. Tea was also offered but I declined as well. To end the meal service, bottles of mineral water were offered. I continued watching the movie Independence Day for half an hour or so and then went to sleep. I woke up with just 3 hours left before landing and decided to watch Star Trek Beyond.
With about 2 hours and 20 minutes left before landing, I was offered a hot towel which was followed by something to drink with a choice of water or orange juice.
Fresh fruit salad
Yogurt with dried figs and apricots
Acuka (Anatolian style spicy pepper & tomato spread)
Regional Mihalic cheese & Ezine, marinated Turkish olives
Fresh carrot juice and hot chocolate
Fresh carrot juice
Anatolian Style spicy pepper and tomato spread
Comb honey from Erzincan & kaymak
I was also offered more bread but I declined.
Toilet & Lavatory
There were 3 lavatories in the business class cabin, although the two lavatories located between the bigger and smaller cabin were normally being used by the passengers.
About 40 minutes before landing, the captain came on the PA to give us updated flight info including the weather in Guangzhou which was 23 degrees. A few minutes later, the crew started collecting the DENON headsets. I remember Qatar Airways used to collect their headsets too (a few years ago) although they stopped doing it eventually. Maybe, it would also be the case with Turkish Airlines.
Arrival in Guangzhou Airport
I went to one of the TWOV counters and got my passport stamped in no time 😉
Although I've flown recently in Turkish Airlines business class, I was still excited to take this flight as it was operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. I loved the fact that the seat turns into a fully flat bed and that I was able to have a good sleep. Also, the complimentary wifi was fast and definitely a big plus since only a few airlines offer free wifi to their business class passengers. The meal was perfect specially the seafood meal that I ordered although I wish they would serve the meals individually just like what Qatar Airways is doing, pretty much like 5 star service. Of course, Lufthansa is serving meals from the trolley even in first class so I guess it's a matter of how passengers see it. The staff were actually friendly but unfortunately not so engaging as the crew on other airlines like Qatar Airways so I guess there's still a room for improvement on that. Overall, it was a very nice flight. To all the crew on this flight, "Teşekkürler!"
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