Christmas & New Year in the Philippines flying Turkish Airlines Business Class
For the second time after three years, I celebrated Christmas and New Year in the Philippines, together with the Singelresor group. We were a group of 16 although I guess it could have been more. Our program started in Manila, the capital city and after that, we flew to Cebu to explore the oldest city in the country. Then we had four nights in Panglao where we visited the famous Chocolate Hills, the Philippine tarsier, and did the Loboc River Cruise among others and of course enjoyed the white sand beaches of the island. Then, we flew to Boracay, the world's best island for 2016 according to the readers of the Condé Nast Traveler where we celebrated New Year 😍 From there, we flew back to Manila and took the long bus ride to Banaue to visit the 2000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces. Finally, on our last day in Manila, we visited the famous Pagsanjan Falls before taking our evening flight back to Stockholm. Unfortunately, the snow chaos in Istanbul Airport caused us to have an extra three nights in Manila where we were accommodated in the Belmont Hotel Manila. No doubt, it was one of the best Christmas and New Year celebrations I've had lately and would celebrate it here every year if only I could 😉
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Flight: TK 1793
Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 8:50
Arrival time in Stockholm (ARN): 10:40
Aircraft: Airbus A321-200
Duration: 3h 50min
Date of flight: January 11, 2017
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #124
Boarding, Gate 210
Already waiting at my seat was a pillow and a blanket. The business class cabin has a total of 20 seats from rows 1-5 in a 2-2 configuration. On that flight, all the 20 seats were taken.
Around 10:03am, the captain came on the PA once again to apologize for the delay due to heavy traffic and that we would start our push back in 10 minutes. An announcement was also made regarding a passenger who was allergic to nuts and we were told not to consume nuts on the plane.
We were also offered newspapers although both Mike and I declined.
Around 10:25am, we had our take off.
As soon as the seatbelt sign was turned off, hot towels were offered. The flight attendant also took our drinks order. I remember seeing an inflight chef on this route on one of my previous flights but this time, there was none. I guess it depends on the time of the day.
Around 10:57 Stockholm time, the captain came on the PA to give us the updated arrival time of 11:30am. We had a very smooth landing at 11:21am, thanks to the pilot's expertise 😉
Arrival at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
As business class passengers, we were among the first ones to disembark.
I've flown on this route a few times in the past and I really love the fact that Turkish Airlines is using real business class seats instead of the usual economy class seats with the middle seat being blocked. I thought the food was good and the service was also friendly. The delay was not a good thing but I guess with all the flight cancellations Turkish Airlines had encountered in the past days, this was a minor thing and that we were just happy to be back home. Overall, a nice flight.
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