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
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.
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.
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.
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!