Turk­ish Air­lines B777300ER busi­ness class

MUM­BAI IS­TAN­BUL

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BACK­GROUND Turk­ish Air­lines is the flag car­rier of Turkey. It started op­er­a­tions in 1933 with just five air­craft. Count­ing cargo, pas­sen­ger and train­ing air­craft, the strength of Turk­ish Air­lines’ fleet to­day is 328. It flies to over 300 des­ti­na­tions in 121 coun­tries with 253 in­ter­na­tional and 49 do­mes­tic routes.

CHECK IN I ar­rived at 5am at Ter­mi­nal 2 of Mum­bai’s Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional Air­port. My flight to Is­tan­bul was sched­uled to de­part at 6:55am. There was a sep­a­rate queue for econ­omy class pas­sen­gers.

BOARD­ING Board­ing for the flight started on time at 6:10am and within five min­utes I was seated in the air­craft.

THE SEAT There are no first or pre­mium econ­omy class cab­ins. The busi­ness class cabin is ar­ranged in a 2-3-2 lay­out across four rows – all front fac­ing. There is enough legroom to stretch out and plenty of stowage for mul­ti­ple items. I placed my cabin bag in the over­head com­part­ment, purse and shoes un­der the bench-like leather plat­form be­low the 15.4-inch screen in front of me, and mo­bile phone in one of the four slots evenly flank­ing only the screen for the mid­dle seat. The re­mote con­trol is be­low the arm­rest, as are the charg­ing socket, USB port and head­phone jack. The din­ing ta­ble tray is tucked in the left arm­rest that also has the seat con­trols. A flex­i­ble read­ing light was folded up be­side my back­rest.

BEST SEAT Any of the aisle seats. Avoid the mid­dle or win­dow seats be­cause if your neigh­bour is asleep, and you need to use the wash­room, you’ll have to climb over her or him.

THE FLIGHT Shortly af­ter board­ing we were o ered drinks; I chose lemon-mint. Cabin slip­pers were placed in a cloth bag on the “bench”, and a blan­ket on the seat. About ten min­utes be­fore takeo the pi­lot up­dated us on the jour­ney ahead. The cabin crew dis­trib­uted Bent­ley Fra­grances amenity kits and Denon head­phones in a smart leather case. The kit had socks, tooth­paste and tooth­brush, a hair­brush, an eye-mask, earplugs, a shoe­horn and a Bent­ley In­fi­nite body lo­tion. At 6:55am we started mov­ing just as the safety video — jolly with a man do­ing all sorts of magic tricks – played on our screens. At 7:05am hazel­nuts were served. With the help of the cabin crew I was con­nected to the free wifi on-board and could surf the in­ter­net and What­sApp with the o ice through­out the flight. The in-flight en­ter­tain­ment (IFE) movie op­tions were de­cent – I watched Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press, a book adap­ta­tion, which co­in­ci­den­tally my neigh­bour was read­ing.

Once set­tled in, the cabin crew came around ask­ing if we would like our beds made – a sheet on the seat, pil­low and

There is enough legroom to stretch out and plenty of stowage for mul­ti­ple items

a thicker blan­ket. Food ser­vice was de­layed due to tur­bu­lence. From the Turk­ish, In­dian and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast op­tions I chose the omelette. The tray came with a se­lec­tion of Turk­ish cheese, or­ange juice, olives, and jalebi that re­ally looked like a dough­nut. Drinks – juices, tea, co ee, hot choco­late, wines, spir­its and liqueur – were rolled out at 9:10am and the en­tire ser­vice wrapped up by 9:30am.

De­spite hav­ing the gal­ley up ahead, not once did I hear a sound from the crew. At noon we were o ered a snack of a veg­etable sand­wich or a samosa.

AR­RIVAL We ar­rived on time and doors opened soon af­ter to have us in the bus and fi­nally at the ter­mi­nal within a span of 15 min­utes from touch­down.

VER­DICT A com­fort­able flight. De­spite hav­ing to wake up much be­fore sun­rise for this early morn­ing flight, I landed well-fed and rested.

Neha Gupta Kapoor

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