Departure time in Manila (MNL): 21:30
Arrival time in Istanbul (IST): 5:05 (+1)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 (TC-JJH) Rumeli
Duration: 12h 35m
Date of flight: May 28, 2019
*This is a revenue ticket (used Elite Plus upgrade voucher) Business Class flight #192
Video from my YouTube Channel 📺
Check-in, Desks E1 to E9
PAGSS Premium Lounge
PAGGS Premium Lounge is a basic lounge where you can enjoy good food and relax before your flight although I wished we could use the beautiful Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge. We left the lounge around 8:30pm and headed to our departure gate.
Aircraft, Boeing 777 (TC-JJH)
This Boeing 777 named Rumeli was delivered to Turkish Airlines in June of 2010.
Boarding, Gate 116
Business Class Cabin
Moments later, the crew came to take our drinks order. I settled for a glass of apple juice as usual 😉
Onboard Snacks Bar
The captain was also back on the PA around 5:58am to give us updated flight information and that we would be landing in 40 minutes with the current temperature of 21 degrees in Istanbul.
Landing in Istanbul Airport (IST)
There are lots of things I loved about this flight including the friendly service from the crew, the flat bed and the (almost) excellent dining experience. On the other hand, I feel like the business class configuration on this aircraft (and most of their aircraft for that matter) which doesn´t give aisle access to every passenger is a big disadvantage. Fortunately, Turkish Airlines will be receiving their first Dreamliners soon so it would really be a game changer. Overall, it was a wonderful flight and for the price we paid for economy class (and the upgrade to business class using our Elite Plus voucher), it was definitely worth it 👍