Turkish Airlines Business Class meal, Istanbul to Panama
In September 2016, I was able to take this same flight for the first time and it went pretty well so I was excited about taking this flight again. I was worried we would get an old aircraft that did not have fully flat bed and no wifi but much to my surprise, it was a newer version with wifi and comfortable seats.
Christmas & New Year in Panama Flying Turkish Airlines Business Class
Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 2:10
Arrival time in Panama (PTY): 11:30 (+1)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 16h 20m including 1h 30m in Bogota Airport
Date of flight: December 22, 2017
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #142
Connecting at Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Turkish Airlines Arrivals Lounge and after waiting for 15 minutes, our names were called and we were driven to the Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel where we spent a few hours.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Turkish Airlines Business Lounge
Boarding, Gate 228A
Aircraft, Airbus A330 named Kayseri
Business Class Cabin
Around 1:53am, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and to give us some flight information.
A few minutes later, the flight attendants started offering newspapers, amenity kits and headphones.
Inflight Safety Video
We started our push back at 2:12am and after about 20 minutes, we had a smooth take off.
The dinner service started with the flight attendants offering hot towels. They also distributed the immigration forms for those getting off in Bogota.
The inflight chef came after wards to take our appetizer and main course order.
To end the meal service, bottles of water were offered as well as hot towels.
About two and a half hours before landing, hot towels were offered to signal the start of breakfast service.
Landing at Bogota International Airport
Bogota to Panama
Flight: TK 800
Departure time in Bogota (BOG): 9:30
Arrival time in Panama (PTY): 11:20
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 1h 50m
Minutes after landing, an announcement came on the PA informing us that according to Colombian Law, transiting passengers should stay on the aircraft. The flight attendants also checked which hand luggage belonged to who. Then, passport control was done and moments later, the "cleaning" was done.
The captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard (again) and give us some flight informations including our flight time of 1 hour 50 minutes.
We started our pushback at 9:45am but it was not until 10:12am that we took off.
Moments after the seat belt sign was turned off, headphones were distributed.
To start the meal service, hot towels were offered. Then, the flight attendants took our drinks order.
Around 10:50am, the captain came on the PA to give us updated flight information including the temperature in Panama which is 31 degrees and that we would be landing in 30 minutes.
The last time I flew to Panama on Turkish Airlines, we flew on an aircraft with old seats and with no wifi so I was a little worried we would get the same aircraft. Fortunately, they have installed wifi on this plane and the seats were fully flat 👍 The dining experience was spectacular, as always with DO&CO. The flight attendants were friendly and (almost) always addressed my by my name. The movie selection was extensive and the Live TV was a plus. If there are two things I wish they would do, it is that they offer pyjamas on long haul flights (like this) and offer Bulgari or Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits the way they do on Emirates and Qatar Airways 😍 Overall, it was a very nice flight and for the price we paid, it was definitely worth it.