The award-win­ning Turk­ish Air­lines Busi­ness Class Ex­pe­ri­ence

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Amem­ber of Star Al­liance, the multi-award-win­ning Turk­ish Air­lines flies to more coun­tries than any other car­rier, in­clud­ing key des­ti­na­tions through­out Europe. Turk­ish Air­lines has a strate­gic net­work across Cen­tral Asia, the Far East, Mid­dle East, Africa and North and South Amer­ica. The Is­tan­bul-based air­line holds a strate­gic po­si­tion located be­tween East and West. Add to that the ex­ten­sive global ben­e­fits of the Star Al­liance net­work, the Miles & Smiles re­wards pro­gramme, its fab­u­lous fa­cil­i­ties at its Is­tan­bul hub and su­perb on-board hos­pi­tal­ity, it's no sur­prise to see Turk­ish Air­lines scoop award af­ter award, in­clud­ing be­ing recog­nised as the top Euro­pean air­line by Sky­trax for six con­sec­u­tive years. The air­craft at its dis­posal, in­clud­ing the Air­bus A330-300 and Boe­ing 777-300ER, noted for their Busi­ness Class space and com­fort, are the back­bone of its long-haul op­er­a­tions.

The Ex­pe­ri­ence

The Turk­ish Air­lines Busi­ness Class ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins the mo­ment you ar­rive at the pref­er­en­tial check-in desk. Pas­sen­gers who choose Busi­ness Class avoid the queues by us­ing one of the ded­i­cated Busi­ness Class coun­ters; they can also take ad­van­tage of fast-track

im­mi­gra­tion and ben­e­fit from pri­or­ity baggage han­dling along with a sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tional hold and carry-on baggage al­lowance. The most com­mon Turk­ish Air­lines air­craft seen in the re­gion is the B777-300ER. The B777 fea­tures a twothree-two con­fig­u­ra­tion spread across two spa­cious cab­ins, sep­a­rated by the gal­ley.

As you en­ter the air­craft the wel­come is warm and friendly as guests are ush­ered to their seats and of­fered a se­lec­tion of pre-flight drinks by the stylishly at­tired and at­ten­tive crew. The spa­cious cab­ins fea­ture the sig­na­ture light blue-slate colour scheme and the seats are wide with in­tu­itive elec­tric con­trols en­abling guests to eas­ily se­lect their per­fect po­si­tion.

The seat­ing in­cludes fea­tures such as in-chair mas­sage - ac­ti­vated via the seat con­trols, per­sonal read­ing lamp, power sup­ply, USB port and a screen for added pri­vacy. For con­ve­nience there's an ot­toman-cum-foot-rest be­low the en­ter­tain­ment screen that of­fers easy ac­cess and stor­age for your in-flight ne­ces­si­ties, like your ex­clu­sive Molton Brown, Cer­ruti, Chris­tian Lacroix or Furla ameni­ties kits crammed with all the prac­ti­cal lux­u­ries you might need, like eye pad and ear plugs. When it's time to sleep trav­ellers en­joy the space

and com­fort of the fully flat 188cm bed com­ple­mented by su­per-soft Bo­hca sleep­ing sets in­clud­ing pil­lows, a mat­tress cover and du­vet or blan­ket.

The in-flight en­ter­tain­ment sees a range of eas­ily ac­cessed movies, games and mu­sic. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing Denon and Philips head­phones were spe­cially de­signed to re­duce ex­ter­nal noise while pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent com­fort and sound qual­ity. Ideal for work or play, Turk­ish Air­lines Busi­ness Class cus­tomers also ben­e­fit from fast and free on board Wi-fi, sim­ply log in with your name and ticket or seat num­ber. Voted Sky­trax's World's Best Busi­ness Class Air­line Ca­ter­ing, the dishes are pre­pared and served by the air­lines' fa­mous Fly­ing Chefs, of­fer­ing trav­ellers a touch of clas­sic Turk­ish hos­pi­tal­ity. Whether it's tra­di­tional Turk­ish spe­cial­i­ties, con­ti­nen­tal favourites or the splen­did hors d'oeu­vres and desserts, din­ing is restau­rant-qual­ity in terms of pre­sen­ta­tion, taste and ser­vice. The food and bev­er­age menus vary de­pend­ing upon flight times. To com­ple­ment the food there's also a large and varied drinks menu de­signed to cater to all needs. This in­cludes soft drinks, juices and cock­tails, as well as an as­sort­ment of Turk­ish and in­ter­na­tional beers, wines and Cham­pagne.

The Lounge

The Busi­ness Lounge at Is­tan­bul Atatürk Air­port of­fers trav­ellers an el­e­gant and re­lax­ing respite from the rig­ors of their jour­ney. Spa­cious and el­e­gant, the two­s­torey lounge is a beau­ti­fully pre­sented, yet prac­ti­cal space with both open and more in­ti­mate ar­eas where pas­sen­gers are free to in­dulge in de­li­cious hot and cold dishes as well as a range of al­co­holic and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages. For the full Turk­ish ex­pe­ri­ence be sure to sam­ple from the large se­lec­tion of

tra­di­tional savoury and sweet snacks and drinks.

To stay con­nected there are of course busi­ness ser­vices, free Wi-fi and tele­con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties, as well as shower rooms, spa­cious bath­rooms and neck and shoul­der mas­sages for re­lax­ation. In the bar area there's a live pi­anist, near the en­trance find the cin­ema and li­brary, while the golf sim­u­la­tor and kids' play­room com­plete with Scalex­tric are pop­u­lar with kids of all ages.

Is­tan­bul sits at the cross­roads of the con­ti­nents mak­ing it the per­fect hub for jour­neys from its re­gion into Europe, Africa, Amer­ica, the Far East and Mid­dle East and, if time per­mits, a stop-over to ex­plore this in­cred­i­ble city is highly rec­om­mended.

Fly­ing Turk­ish Air­lines Busi­ness Class is an ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence and, with ever-widen­ing reach, new air­craft and its com­mit­ment to af­ford­able qual­ity, it will no doubt con­tinue to go from strength to strength. Re­gion­ally Turk­ish Air­lines flies from Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong and sev­eral other key cities in South­east Asia. turk­ishair­lines.com

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