After having my Cairo-Honolulu reservations ticketed, I immediately booked my positioning flights and ended up booking with Turkish Airlines with a stop-over in Istanbul, where I also got to celebrate my 44th birthday. I had planned to visit the Pyramids of Giza so booked a flight from Istanbul that would give me a full day in Cairo. The trip from Cairo to Honolulu and back was a long trip but definitely one of the best I've had since I was able to see the pyramids and visit Hawaii as well 😍
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Departure time in Stockholm (ARN): 11:30 Terminal 5
Arrival time in Istanbul (IST): 15:55
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Seat: 16A to 3A
Duration: 3h 25m
Date of flight: March 30, 2018
*This is a revenue ticket (upgraded to business class) Business Class flight #152
Video from my YouTube Channel 📺
SAS Gold Lounge
to the SAS Gold Lounge. It was actually very quiet in the lounge, apparently due to it being a holiday in Sweden.
Aircraft, A333 (TC-LOB)
Boarding, Gate 18
Complimentary wifi is always a big plus 😍
The seat does not fully recline to a fully flat bed but for a short haul flight, it was fine.
Around 11:22, boarding was completed and five minutes later, newspapers and headphones were offered.
Around 11:30am, the captain came on the PA with his usual welcome greeting and some flight information. Moments later, the menu card were distributed. We were also offered some packaged roasted hazelnut.
Packaged roasted hazelnut
We took off at 11:48am and moments later, we were airborne.
Seven minutes after take off, hot towels were offered signalling the start of lunch service.
Best of Turkish Meze
Karniyarik (Stuffed Aubergine with Minced Beef Buttered Rice)
Sea Bass en Papilotte
Rigatoni with Homemade Parmesan Tomato Sauce
Mascarpone Passion Fruit Tart
The appetizer and dessert were served on a tray, followed by the flight attendant offering bread and drinks. While serving the appetizer, I was addressed by my name which is a plus 👍
Bread and drinks were continuously offered.
Landing at Istanbul Ataturk Airport
About 15 minutes before landing, the captain was back on the PA to give us some updated flight information including the weather in Istanbul which is 12 degrees and that we expect to land at 3:45pm.
Due to heavy traffic in Istanbul, we had to wait for a few minutes and eventually landed at 3:53pm. We reached our "remote stand" after 2 minutes where a designated bus for business class passengers was waiting.
It was definitely a pleasant surprise to be upgraded to business class, especially as it was my birthday 😍 I loved the fact that the flight attendants were very friendly and addressed me by my name. They were also very proactive and offered refill of drinks and asked if everything was okay. The seats were comfortable and the movie selection was also good. Lastly, the food was very good especially my sea bass. Overall, it was another enjoyable flight with Turkish Airlines made more meaningful with this upgrade on my birthday 😍