Trip To Osaka and Hong Kong Flying Thai Airways First Class & Turkish Airlines Business Class
Since I knew Mike would be in Australia and New Zealand with his Singelresor group in February, I needed to travel somewhere for a few days and thought I'd book a flight from Europe to Japan and back from Hong Kong using my Turkish Airlines miles. So last November, I redeemed 67,500 miles for a first class award flying from Frankfurt to Osaka via Bangkok in Thai Airways First Class. The taxes was just about 800 SEK which was very reasonable. On the flight back from Hong Kong to Stockholm, I redeemed (I actually borrowed miles from Mike) 45,000 miles to fly Turkish Airlines in Business Class. I've been to both Osaka and Hong Kong a few times in the past so my plan was not really to explore them but rather to just see a few sights during this period. I have to admit, to be able to fly on one of my favorite airlines in first class (thanks to their Rimowa amenity kit and excellent first class lounge in Bangkok among others) and visit two amazing cities is just awesome 😉
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Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class, Hong Kong to Istanbul
Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class, Istanbul to Stockholm
Flight: TK 071
Departure time in Hong Kong (HKG): 23:15
Arrival time in Istanbul (IST): 6:10 (+1)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 3K, later transferred to 4G
Duration: 11h 55m
Date of flight: February 21, 2017
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #128
Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1
Check-in, Desk D2
Plaza Premium Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge when in fact there are three Star Alliance lounges here. Well, I guess it's another new lounge for me to visit 😉
nearby United Club and from there, wait until it's time for boarding.
A few minutes before boarding started, I left the United Club.
Boarding, Gate 210
By this time, the man seating beside me came (so I thought I would have problem getting to the lavatory later with out bothering him).
chef working in the Arrivals Lounge in Istanbul during our visit last year) came later to distribute the menu card and a Turkish Airlines pen.
Moments later, the inflight chef (Chef Orhan) came to take our meal order and I ordered the salmon for my appetizer and the beef ribs for my main course.
Inflight Safety Video
I then asked one of the flight attendants if the cabin was full so I could transfer in one of their aisle seats. Fortunately, the load was less than 50 % so I transferred later to 4G.
A few minutes later, the captain came on the PA to welcome us and to give us flight infos including our flight time of 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Take off went smoothly around 11:38pm.
Turn down Service
Rear Business Class Cabin
The menu read as follows:
Moments later, hot towels were offered which was followed by Shery taking the drinks order. She also informed me that she would be the one taking care of this side of the cabin.
Moments later, I was asked if I wanted to have salmon for my appetizer and I said yes. It seemed to me that they lack coordination since the chef already took my order.
Again, Shery came to my seat to ask for my main course order which is a big 👎 Some of the flight attendants would come to the cabin with trays of food only to return to the galley since the food was wrong. I was not sure if they were new or something but they certainly did lack coordination.
I actually asked the name of the dessert and the flight attendant didn't know it and had to ask the inflight chef in the galley. She then came back saying it was Mango Panna Cotta although I was sure it was Mango Sago Pudding.
Toilet & Lavatory
I chose the Chicken and Vegetables with Mushroom (as you can see from the menu above) but I was instead served the Cheddar Cheese Omelette with Green Asparagus with no apologies or explanation. 👎
Around 5am, the captain came on the PA to give us updated flight infos and that we would be landing in 35 minutes. The flight attendants started collecting the Denon headphones and offered the old ones to those who wanted to continue watching movies.
Around 5:33am, we landed smoothly at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Transiting at Istanbul Ataturk Airport
There were a lot of things I loved about this flight. I loved the fact that the food, both the salmon and the beef ribs were phenomenal 😋 The complimentary wifi was very useful since I was able to use Viber from time to time. The upgrade of their lavatory amenities to Molton Brown was also very good.
On the other hand, I thought that the crew lacked coordination as they had to ask for my appetizer and main course order when the chef had already taken them. It could be because I changed my seat but I actually informed the crew where I was originally seated and that they should have noted that. The dessert and breakfast issue was also not so nice.
Overall, I still enjoyed flying with Turkish Airlines on this flight as the meal was perfect, the wifi was useful and that I was able to sleep for a few hours.
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