Turkish Airlines B787 Business Class, Istanbul to Bali
Having heard earlier this year that Turkish Airlines would fly their new Boeing 787 to Bali, I had no choice but to book a flight to Bali even if it was not my final destination in Asia. The seats were like the ones Singapore Airlines is using in their regional flights so it was interesting to see if it would also be perfect for a flight of more than 12 hours. Find out more on this review.
Last updated: October 9, 2019
Departure time in Istanbul (IST): 1:30
Arrival time in Bali (DPS): 19:30
Aircraft: Boeing 789 (TC-LLB)
Date of flight: October 2, 2019
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #203
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take advantage of the free TourIstanbul. The only tour available for my time is the Bosphorous Tour which starts from 6pm and ends at 11pm.
the free hotel accommodation. We left the airport around 6:10pm and reached the city pretty quickly.
*The tour also included some complimentary snacks 😋
I was glad I took advantage of this free tour as I have never done it even if I had visited Istanbul a lot of times in the past. In case you are eligible for the tour, I recommend that you take advantage of it 👍
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Lounge
Miles&Smiles Lounge as well as the Business Class Lounge and decided to stay at the Miles&Smiles Lounge. Around 12:10am, I left the lounge for the 12:30am scheduled boarding since the departure gate is a bit of a walk from the lounge.
Boarding, Gate A1B
Aircraft, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (TC-LLB)
Business Class Cabin
I was greeted by one of the flight attendants upon boarding and directed to the aisle where my seat was located.
seats Singapore Airlines uses in their regional flights and which I was able to test during the crew familiarization flights last year.
At 1:08am, the inflight chef came to offer a pen. Ten minutes later, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and to give us the usual flight information including our flight time to Bali of 12 hours.
Versace Amenity Kit
Zero Waste Blue Movement Video
To end the meal, hot towels were offered.
After a very good (late) dinner, I went to sleep and was able to actually sleep for a few hours. I noticed that the seat in bed mode was not really that spacious so I wonder what it was like for those who are bigger and taller than me 😉
I woke up with 4 hours and 30 minutes left before landing and decided to watch some more films/browse on the internet. Interestingly, the flight attendants passed by without asking if I wanted something to drink 👎 Also, I didn´t see any onboard snacks bar, as there was no place to have it onboard. I guess that was the reason why they had the snacks menu instead.
With 2 hours and 20 minutes left before landing, the flight attendants started offering hot towels which signalled the start of breakfast, at 5:30pm local time 😉
Landing in Ngurah Rai Airport
At 5:30pm, the crew started offering hot towels.
We landed in Bali at 6:51pm and reached our gate 4 minutes later.
Unfortunately, there was no fast track service although it went pretty quickly in the end 😉
Just like in most flights I´ve taken, there are pros and cons on this flight. The pros: brand new aircraft which is more fuel efficient and quieter with wifi, live TV, electronic window shades, etc.; brand new seat with modern design, offers better privacy and direct aisle access; the Versace amenity kit is so far the best kit I have received from them; the new uniforms of the crew were much nicer in my opinion and the new bedding has a better design and the blanket much softer. For the cons: The seat unfortunately is sort of small and this is because the B787 is much smaller than other aircraft like the B777 and A350; the privacy is not fully private in the sense that I was distracted by the lights of the personal screen coming from the seat in front of the passenger beside me; the service was not that 4 stars anymore since the crew were trying to do two things at once because the aisle is small and that would save them time (I guess). An example is when they offer the pre-departure beverage and ask "would you like to have newspapers" while holding the tray of drinks in front of me. Another example is when they served plates in two hands and clear dirty plates in two hands as well. Overall, I guess it is a matter of preference. The B787 seats and service was almost perfect for me as I am a small guy although I wish they would still stick to serving just one plate at a time (Oh I miss Qatar Airways 5 star service 😉). To all the crew on this flight, Teşekkür Ederim!
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