Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 7:30
Arrival time in Stockholm (ARN): 9:55
Aircraft: Airbus A330 (TC-JNL) Trabzon
Duration: 3h 25m
Date of flight: May 29, 2019
*This is a revenue ticket (used Elite Plus upgrade voucher) Business Class flight #193
Video from my YouTube Channel 📺
Transiting in Istanbul Airport
This is my third time in the new Istanbul Airport, the first one being in October 2018 when the airport had just opened and needless to say, this is a HUGE airport. Our flight from Manila parked in the F gates located on one side of the airport and our connecting flight to Stockholm was departing from the B gates located on the other side of the airport. It took us maybe less than 20 minutes to reach the B gates because we ran although I think it would have taken us about 30 minutes in a normal pace.
Aircraft, Airbus A330 (Trabzon)
Boarding, Gate B14
We arrived at the departure gate about 7am where the gate agents were waiting for us.
Business Class Cabin
At 7:10am, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and give us some flight information including our flight time to Stockholm of 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Inflight Safety Video
Boarding was completed at 7:16am and about 4 minutes later, the menu card were distributed.
At 7:55am, hot towels were offered and moments later, a tray was served (with Regional cheeses and marinated Turkish Olives among others), together with my apple juice. Bread was also offered afterwards.
Landing in Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Around 8:55am, the captain was back on the PA to inform us that we would be landing in 35 minutes.
Having flown this route several times in the past, I would say that Turkish Airlines business class is still a very good choice. The seats turn into a fully flat bed (on their A330s) and the breakfast was also very good, although I wish they´d come up with other options. The crew on this flight were fantastic as well. Unfortunately, the transfer experience in Istanbul Airport was not desirable, and the fact that our bags did not make it on our flight was unfortunate. Overall, it was an enjoyable flight and a good use of our Elite Plus upgrade vouchers 😉