Sound of Si­lence


THE THING THAT strikes you about the Turk­ish Air­lines busi­ness class the won­der­ful mo­ment you en­ter is the ab­sence of noise. This is in part be­cause of the ex­cep­tion­ally well-trained cabin stew­ards and in part be­cause of Denon headphones that can­cel out ex­ter­nal chaos to 99 per cent. Add to that the fact that you can ac­cess the in­ter­net, watch all the latest films and eat from a well-cu­rated menu and there’s lit­tle that’s unim­pres­sive about your home in the sky. When you are ready to turn in, the cabin crew make your bed, much like some­one in a ho­tel would. The ser­vice is at­ten­tive with­out be­ing ob­se­quious and the fully lie-flat seats en­sure some shut eye be­tween eat­ing all that food and drinking some fine wine. Turk­ish food is sim­i­lar to In­dian cui­sine in many ways, given the use of spices, the love for sweet, and the flat­breads that ac­com­pany ev­ery meal, so even while you fly, you can sam­ple the fare that Tur­key has to of­fer, or choose food that’s closer home. Menus are al­tered ac­cord­ing to the sea­son and all the meals are pre­pared with con­sis­tently fresh, high qual­ity in­gre­di­ents. Much like you would tell staff at a restau­rant if you had any di­etary re­stric­tions or were look­ing to go ve­gan or gluten­free for that day, here too the meals are planned keep­ing sev­eral pa­ram­e­ters in mind. Add ac­cess to the air­line’s new lounge in Is­tan­bul to your list and you have a win­ner, as the sprawl­ing lounge caters to al­most ev­ery whim and fancy of trav­ellers. www.turk­ishair­

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