Seamless express check-in, an exclusive lounge, and unlimited in-flight wifi elevate Turkish Airlines’ Business Class experience. By Shikha Pushpan
During the past decade, I’ve flown a dozen, if not more, airlines. But if you asked me
to pick an outstanding lounge experience, I wouldn’t think twice before naming the Turkish Airlines Lounge Business at the new Istanbul airport.
Picture this: private suites, glass-walled conference rooms, a tea room, a golf simulator, an art museum, a library, a video game zone, shower rooms, day beds, kids’ play areas,
and over half a dozen dining destinations. When the standards are set so high in the pre-flight experience, you’re bound to expect a superlative in-flight experience as well. And Turkish Airlines managed to deliver just that with its plush lie-flat seats, gourmet meal combinations, and superfast unlimited wifi. The only eyesore was the 2-3-2 seating configuration, which does not allow direct aisle access to some Business Class passengers.
I was on board an overnight flight—a Boeing 777-300 ER—to New Delhi. Shortly after take-
off, the LED mood lighting changed into a relaxing purple to help the body acclimatise. Next came vanity kits created by London-based bath and body brand, Molton Brown, and noise-cancellation headphones by Denon. The in-flight entertainment system was stocked up with a wide range of movies and music to keep one entertained through the five-hour flight. Besides the spacious overhead cabins, the seat’s foot-rest doubled as a storage compartment and kept handbags and shoes in place. The massage button on the seat arm treated my back to a gentle kneading, as I reclined into my fully horizontal bed.
The best part of flying Business with Turkish Airlines is their amazing gourmet collection, provided by the award-winning Do & Co. Unlike many premium carriers, the crew of Turkish Airlines arrived with a trolley loaded with hors d’œuvres like smoked salmon, roasted red-pepper hummus, and seafood salad. The main course featured Turkish, Mediterranean, and Indian creations, such as marinated cracked olives from Hatay, Turkish-style cheese pastry, kasar cheese omelette, chana chalow, and aloo paratha with shahi paneer. I washed it all down with a glass of sparkling wine. The in-flight wifi was one of the best I’ve ever come across—the internet speed so good that I managed to post an Insta Live from my comfortable bed!
The Turkish Airlines Lounge Business at Istanbul Airport is open to Business Class passengers flying with the airline or any of the Star Alliance carriers. Additionally, all passengers travelling on Turkish Airlines with a connecting flight in Istanbul—with a layover between six and 24 hours—are entitled to a free Touristanbul service that helps you explore the city.