Trip to Singapore, Hong Kong & the Philippines Flying in Turkish Airlines Business Class
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Flight: TK 071
Departure time in Hong Kong (HKG): 23:15
Arrival time in Istanbul (IST): 06:05 (+1)
Aircraft: 77W named Istanbul
Duration: 11h 50min
Date of flight: February 5, 2018
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #147
We arrived at the airport at 16:30 and headed to one of the check-in kiosks available, as the check-in counters would only open about 3 hours before departure, and we didn't have any luggage to check-in either.
Lounge, United Club
Security controls didn't take long and within a few minutes, we were on our way to the United Club. Having gold status with Star Alliance, we could use three lounges here: the United Club, Singapore Airlines' Silver Kris Lounge and Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge. For those flying in business class but do not have status with Star Alliance, they can use the Plaza Premium Lounge for which lounge invitation is normally given during check-in.
Around 8pm, we decided to visit the Silver Kris Lounge located near Gate 15 on the other side of the concourse, and about 10 minutes before 9pm, we left the lounge for our departure gate.
Boarding, Gate 213
Aircraft, Boeing 777-300 (Istanbul)
This aircraft was delivered in August 2011 and reconfigured in April 2016.
I was welcomed by one of the flight attendants and directed to my seat. There is a bigger cabin from rows 1-4 behind the cockpit and galley and the smaller cabin from rows 5-7 located behind the second galley. I have flown this exact route exactly a year ago so I knew more or less what to expect.
We were only 8 passengers in the smaller cabin although the bigger cabin was almost full when I checked it.
Menu Card & Wine List
About 5 minutes later, the flight attendants came with a trolley offering headphones, amenity kit and newspapers.
Inflight Safety Video
Borak came to ask if he should wake us up for the breakfast service, and since there was an Asian choice, we said yes 😋😋 Pushback was at 23:15 and five minutes later, the inflight chef taking care of our aisle came to take our appetizer and main course order. At 23:30, we had a smooth take off and moments later, we were airborne. It was also announced on the PA that they have staff who can speak Chinese, although it was not mentioned if it was Mandarin or Cantonese. Had this flight been an Emirates flight, the list of languages the staff could speak would be a lot longer as they have staff from different nationalities 👍
Turn Down Service
The captain came on the PA by this time to give us some flight information including our flight time of 11 hours and 40 minutes, and the weather in Istanbul which is 8 degrees. Moments later, one of the flight attendants took our drinks order and I chose a glass of apple juice.
To end the meal service, the flight attendants offered bottles of mineral water and a hot towel.
Around 4:08am (Istanbul time) mood lighting was turned on, and moments later hot towels were offered.
And yes, finally I got the Chicken with Vegetables and Mushrooms 👍 "Finally" because on the same exact flight a year ago, I ordered this meal but was served the other choice.
We landed very smoothly at Istanbul Airport around 6:13am, about 8 minutes delayed. Luckily, we did not park in a remote stand which made disembarking a lot easier.
Turkish Airlines Lounge, Istanbul
In the past, I have flown on this aircraft in business class between Istanbul and Guangzhou, Istanbul and Manila and Manila and Istanbul so I knew more or less what to expect.
The cons: I was glad that it was a Boeing 777 which is equipped with wifi but strangely, I was not able to connect during those times I wanted a connection. It was good I had two good movies to watch and a nice bed to sleep at 😉 The fact that the flight attendant asked me for my main course order during breakfast only meant that they are not reading what we are writing on the breakfast card. As for the pros: the food was excellent as with all the DO&CO catering service, the seat turns into a fully flat bed and the staff were generally friendly. Overall, the not so good things on this flight were minor and in the end, it was another enjoyable flight in Turkish Airlines business class 😍