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Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class Review

Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class Review

Istanbul to Beirut

My recent flight between Istanbul and Beirut raised the bar for short-haul business class. Turkish Airlines sure knows how to pack in a lot of service into a 90 minute flight. Most airlines don't offer this much on a five hour ride.   It's easy to see why Turkish Airlines keeps winning awards. Here's my review:

Turkish Airlines - Boarding

Pre-Departure Mocktail - Turkish Airlines Business Class   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Pre-Departure Mocktail - Turkish Airlines Business Class   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The one fault Turkish Airlines has is their boarding process.  It always seems a bit disorganized an chaotic.  Once I was past that though, the glam began.  Turkish offers a selection of 'mocktails' before take-off - and for this flight I chose their refreshing strawberry one.  

Seating

Seating - Turkish AIrlines A321 Business ClassPhoto:  Calvin Wood

Seating - Turkish AIrlines A321 Business ClassPhoto:  Calvin Wood

This is area where Turkish shines.  On their short-haul european flights they feature a proper business class seat.  (Most other carriers in the region only offer an economy seat - with an empty space next to it - for business class.)  The seat was comfortable and leather - -and there was a generous amount of space between the rows.  They also reclined, but this flight was so short that I didn't have a chance to test that out. 

Head Rest - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class Photo:  Calvin Wood

Head Rest - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class Photo:  Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class Photo:  Calvin Wood

Seat Controls - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class Photo:  Calvin Wood

Meal Service

Potpourri of Meze - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Potpourri of Meze - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class   Photo:  Calvin Wood

WOW - again - -for a 90 minute flight I was completely impressed.  Their service was a bit different than their long-haul as most of the items are plated - but it was all fantastic.

After a Raki cocktail (an anise based specialty from Turkey) - -I opted for the mezze plate for my appetizer.  The on board chef served it with fresh wild salmon tartar, smoked eggplant salad, turkish bulgar, and carrot hummus.  

For my main - I had a grilled swordfish brochette with black olive potato mousseline and sautéed Mediterranean vegetables.  It was delicious!  The meal came with a selection of cheeses and a dessert (apple meringue) - and of course a succulent date.  I was completely stuffed by the end of all this. 

Grilled Swordfish Brochette - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Grilled Swordfish Brochette - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Selection of Cheeses - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Selection of Cheeses - Turkish Airlines A321 Business Class   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Verdict

Turkish Airlines short-haul service is a winner. I am forever spoiled now!  The seats, service and catering were all stellar - especially considering we were up and down in 90 minutes!  

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