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 1793
Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 08:50
Arrival time in Stockholm (ARN): 10:40
Aircraft: Airbus A321-200
Duration: 3h 50m
Date of flight: February 22, 2017
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #129
Turkish Airlines Lounge, Istanbul
gorgeous Turkish Airlines Lounge and around 7:45am, I left the lounge for the departure gate.
Aircraft, Airbus A321-200
Boarding, Gate 210
The cabin consisted of rows 1-4 with a 2-2 configuration and on that morning flight to Stockholm, 12 seats were occupied.
Around 8:34am, the captain came on the PA to welcome us and to give us some flight infos including our flight time of 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Five minutes later, we started our pushback and about 15 minutes later, we took off.
As soon as the seat belt sign was turned off, hot towels were offered as well as the menu card. Drinks order were also taken and I chose my usual apple juice.
The breakfast menu read as follows:
The captain came on the PA to give us updated flight informations and that we would be landing at 10:45am.
To end the meal service, liquor and tea were offered although I declined.
I was also able to use the lavatory and saw this note written somewhere: "Should you wish a dental kit, please contact the cabin crew." I was not sure if they were really giving dental kits to passengers though.
Arrival at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
We landed around 10:45am at Arlanda Airport although it was already 10:58am by the time we reached our gate which was gate F35.
I've flown this route a lot of times in the past and just like my past flights, it was very nice. The departure gate which was located in the main terminal was a big plus since we did not have to use buses to reach the aircraft. The food was tasty and the service was friendly. The seats (which were real business class seats) were comfortable and they also had personal screens. I liked the fact that they are now offering dental kits to passengers (upon request) although I was not able to verify it. Overall, a very nice flight.
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