Assessment: Turkish Airways A321neo Enterprise Class (MCT-IST)

After a stunning time in Oman, it was time to begin the journey again to the USA. After all my purpose was to evaluation one thing new, so I made a decision to construct an itinerary that included Turkish Airways’ A321neo and 737 8 MAX enterprise class, in addition to SAS’ A350-900 enterprise class.

So, how was Turkish Airways’ enterprise class expertise? Implausible, although on the identical time it’s laborious to guage an airline on a route like this, given how aggressive airways to & from the Center East are.

How I booked my Turkish Airways enterprise class ticket

I booked the return itinerary via Air Canada Aeroplan, and managed to ticket the next in enterprise class for 105,000 Aeroplan factors plus $55.25 in taxes and costs:

02/27 TK775 Muscat to Istanbul departing 1:20AM arriving 6:05AM
02/27 TK1781 Istanbul to Copenhagen departing 11:50AM arriving 1:10PM
03/01 SK953 Copenhagen to Miami departing 9:35AM arriving 2:05PM

One of many superior issues about Aeroplan is you can add a stopover to a one-way award for simply 5,000 factors one-way, so I used to be ready so as to add a kind of right here, so I might spend a few days in Copenhagen.

Turkish Airways enterprise class boarding

Within the final installment I reviewed the Primeclass Lounge Muscat, which is the contract lounge that Turkish Airways makes use of on the airport. Boarding for the flight was scheduled to begin at 12:50AM, half-hour previous to departure, so we headed to the gate at round 12:30AM. The flight was departing from gate C7, a roughly 5 minute stroll from the lounge.

Muscat Airport terminal
Muscat Airport terminal

At Muscat Airport your boarding go is scanned as you enter the gate space, so at that time you’re already thought of to be onboard, for all sensible functions.

Muscat Airport departure gate

I used to be completely happy to see that the crew was arriving on the gate a couple of moments after us. I had questioned whether or not the crews for this flight did a identical day flip or had a layover, so I used to be glad that the crew had a layover (and due to this fact was hopefully nicely rested). Generally I’m a bit freaked out by crews working redeyes with very lengthy obligation days.

Certain sufficient boarding began on the scheduled time, with enterprise class passengers being invited to board first. As y’all know, I all the time attempt to board first (with out letting the airline know) so as to have the ability to get “clear” cabin footage. As boarding began a woman tried to yell at me and declare that I used to be chopping her in line (which I wasn’t). I let her go first, and when it was her flip to board she was turned away, as she wasn’t in enterprise class. Hmmm…

Turkish Airways A321neo enterprise class cabin & seats

Turkish Airways already has 30 A321neos in its fleet, with an extra 58 on order, so I used to be trying ahead to seeing what the provider’s new quick haul product is like. Turkish Airways’ A321neos characteristic a complete of 20 seats, unfold throughout 5 rows in a 2-2 configuration (I assigned us seats within the final row).

Turkish Airways Airbus A321neo enterprise class cabin

Consider this as being extra alongside the traces of home top quality inside the USA, slightly than lengthy haul enterprise class. That being stated, this was a lot nicer than what you’d discover on a US airline. Every seat had a private tv, and on prime of that there have been overhead displays.

Turkish Airways Airbus A321neo enterprise class cabin
Turkish Airways Airbus A321neo enterprise class cabin

The legroom was additionally glorious, considerably higher than what you’d discover on a US airline.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seats A321neo
Turkish Airways enterprise class seats A321neo

The “shell” of the seat was nearly an identical to what you’d discover on American Airways “Oasis” Boeing 737s. That’s why the middle consoles could look acquainted. The middle armrest could be lifted to disclose a storage compartment, which can also be the place the facility shops (AC and USB) are positioned, in addition to headphone jacks and leisure controls.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seat console A321neo
Turkish Airways enterprise class seat energy shops A321neo
Turkish Airways enterprise class leisure controller A321neo

The three handbook seat controls are positioned proper subsequent to that.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seat controls A321neo

The seats reclined a good bit, and on prime of that the seats have legrests, which you usually don’t discover on US airways.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seat recline A321neo

The middle console has a small tray on which you’ll be able to place drinks, after which a second tray that may be prolonged, as wanted.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seat middle console A321neo

The seats have privateness widgets. I’ve gotta say, I discovered these to be form of unusual. They couldn’t be pulled ahead very far, but additionally didn’t return very far. So I assume they supply a little bit of privateness should you’re touring alone, however should you’re touring with somebody they’re simply form of annoying.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seat privateness partition A321neo

The enterprise class tray desk prolonged from the far armrest, and could possibly be folded over in half.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seat tray desk A321neo

The seatback had an enormous, high-definition tv monitor, which definitely made this totally different than your typical American Airways seat. 😉

Turkish Airways enterprise class seatback A321neo

Every seat additionally had a studying gentle and a person air nozzle.

Turkish Airways A321neo overhead console

There was a bathroom positioned on the entrance of the cabin, which had Molton Brown facilities.

Turkish Airways A321neo enterprise class toilet
Turkish Airways enterprise class Molton Brown facilities

Turkish Airways enterprise class facilities

A couple of moments after settling in, one of many pretty flight attendants supplied us pre-departure drinks, with decisions consisting of orange juice, raspberry juice, lemonade, or water. Turkish has a number of the most stunning non-alcoholic pre-departure drinks, for my part.

Turkish Airways enterprise class pre-departure drinks

Headphones have been additionally distributed, which have been fairly good high quality.

Turkish Airways enterprise class headphones

Blankets and pillows have been additionally supplied.

Turkish Airways enterprise class blanket
Turkish Airways enterprise class pillow

Lastly, menus have been distributed for the flight.

Turkish Airways enterprise class menu

Turkish Airways departure from Muscat

Boarding was full at 1:20AM (proper on schedule). Enterprise class was 75% full, and I’d say financial system was perhaps even a bit fuller than that. At this level the captain made his welcome aboard announcement, informing us of our flight time of 5hr5min.

A couple of minutes later the security video was screened. Turkish Airways has an animated security video, which I discover to be ridiculously cute.

At 1:30AM we started our pushback, and 10 minutes after that we started our taxi. By 1:50AM we have been cleared for takeoff, and 5 minutes after takeoff the seatbelt signal was turned off.

Pushing again at Muscat Airport

Turkish Airways A321neo leisure & Wi-Fi

As soon as airborne I browsed the intensive leisure choice. Turkish Airways’ leisure system is solely glorious, with 570+ films and 990+ TV exhibits.

Turkish Airways leisure system A321neo
Turkish Airways leisure system A321neo
Turkish Airways leisure system A321neo

There was additionally the transferring map characteristic, which is what I had on for a lot of the flight.

Turkish Airways map characteristic A321neo
Turkish Airways map characteristic A321neo

Turkish Airways’ A321neos even have Wi-Fi. Better of all, it’s complimentary for enterprise class passengers (you simply should enter your final title and seat quantity), and speeds have been quick. I really like how Turkish affords free Wi-Fi in enterprise class, and whereas it’s restricted to 1GB of information, that’s a really excessive restrict.

Turkish Airways Wi-Fi Airbus A321neo
Turkish Airways Wi-Fi Airbus A321neo
Turkish Airways Wi-Fi Airbus A321neo

For these not in enterprise class, a Wi-Fi go prices wherever from $2.99-24.99, relying on how a lot information you have been searching for.

Turkish Airways Wi-Fi Airbus A321neo

Turkish Airways enterprise class meal service

I used to be curious to see what the meal service can be like on a roughly 5 hour flight departing round 1:30AM and arriving round 6AM. Because it seems, Turkish was serving breakfast on this flight, and it was supplied after takeoff.

You’ll find the menu under.

Turkish Airways enterprise class menu

You’ll find the beverage record under.

Turkish Airways enterprise class beverage record

Meal orders have been taken about quarter-hour after takeoff, and we have been nearly the one individuals who didn’t go straight to sleep (due to the nap room on the Primeclass Lounge). Service started with heat towels being distributed — I haven’t seen a lot of these throughout the pandemic!

Turkish Airways enterprise class heat towel

The primary course was served roughly half-hour after takeoff. Every particular person dish was served coated, although the flight attendant proactively supplied to take away the quilt.

Turkish Airways enterprise class meal service

The primary course consisted of regional cheeses and turkey breast, after which sides included recent fruit, olives, jam and butter, and sundried tomato and yogurt. A number of bread was additionally supplied. And since my physique was confused about what time it was, I had a glass of Turkish sauvignon blanc to associate with it… as one does with breakfast.

Turkish Airways enterprise class meal service

For the principle course there have been two decisions — both a veggie omelet with chard, leek, potato, and sautéed mushrooms, or a Turkish flat pastry with cheese, sautéed potatoes, and grilled pink pepper. I used to be thrilled to see two vegetarian choices, in contrast to my latest Iberia flight, the place each breakfast choices had pork.

I had ordered the veggie omelet, however the flight attendant stated that I additionally needed to attempt the Turkish dish, as he stated he thought I’d additionally take pleasure in it (and clearly that they had extras, since nobody else was consuming).

Turkish Airways enterprise class meal service
Turkish Airways enterprise class meal service

Each dishes have been excellent. Since I had Wi-Fi and I don’t sleep nicely sitting up, I made a decision to simply work for the rest of the flight. The crew did an incredible job protecting my espresso topped off.

Turkish Airways enterprise class drink service

I discovered it fascinating that temper lighting was saved on all through the flight, slightly than making it completely darkish. Since I used to be attempting to remain up I appreciated that, although I’m unsure if these attempting to sleep felt the identical method.

Turkish Airways cabin enroute to Istanbul

I needed to share one humorous factor that occurred. We have been initially within the seats in row 5 on the left aspect, however throughout the meal moved over to the seats on the fitting aspect. That’s simply because the seats on the fitting aspect in row 4 have been empty, so it gave us a bit extra space, and it meant we’d be much less disruptive to these sleeping.

There was a German household seated in rows three and 4 (on the left aspect), and one of many children determined to simply take my window seat in row 5 with a purpose to sleep, regardless that it had all my stuff in it. It didn’t hassle me (in spite of everything, I wasn’t entitled to a number of seats), apart from him utilizing his toes (with socks on) to regulate the private tv. I simply discovered the entire thing odd, particularly since my backpack was within the aisle seat there.

There goes my seat!

Turkish Airways enterprise class service

I really like Turkish Airways, and have persistently discovered service on the airline to be exceptionally good. Turkish individuals usually are a number of the most hospitable individuals on the earth, and that extends to the airline.

What I really like about service on Turkish Airways is that it’s not formulaic (such as you would possibly discover on some Gulf carriers), however slightly appears to return from the center, and relies on real interactions. On our flight the cabin chief was working the galley, whereas the man working the aisle was delightfully pleasant. He would continually provide drink refills, and couldn’t have been politer.

Strategy to Istanbul

At round 5:25AM Istanbul time the captain introduced that we’d quickly begin our descent, and can be touchdown in 40 minutes. At that time the crew was suggested to begin getting ready the cabin for arrival. Turkish Airways does put together the cabin for arrival frustratingly early, however that’s the case with a variety of airways.

Map enroute to Istanbul
Map enroute to Istanbul

We ended up touching down in Istanbul at 6:05AM, after which had a roughly 10 minute taxi to our arrival gate, the place we arrived at 6:15AM.

Arrival gate in Istanbul

The problem with judging Turkish Airways’ product

There’s one normal problem I’d wish to level out relating to assessing the standard of a product like this on a redeye flight from Muscat to Istanbul. Understand that that is the precise product Turkish affords on flights between Istanbul and Europe.

Getting this product on an intra-Europe flight is past spectacular, and one of the best within the {industry}. Whereas most European airways merely block center seats in financial system and name it enterprise class, Turkish has a legitimately differentiated product that’s in contrast to anything you’ll discover.

Admittedly it’s tougher to check that product on a route like this. For instance, some days Turkish flies an A330 with flat beds on this route, whereas different days it flies A321s. Clearly a flat mattress is best than a recliner seat like this.

On the identical time, this product me much more, since I’ve flown Turkish’s A330 enterprise class. This can be a actually glorious regional enterprise class product, for my part, although it’s laborious to know the place precisely to rank this on a redeye from the Center East.

Backside line

Turkish Airways is an exceptional airline with an industry-leading laborious and delicate product. This is a superb regional enterprise class expertise, particularly when you think about that that is additionally supplied on intra-Europe flights. Add within the nice meals & drinks, genuinely pleasant service, superb leisure, complimentary Wi-Fi, and strong facilities, and I’d fly Turkish Airways once more in a heartbeat.

Admittedly I usually attempt to keep away from redeyes in non-flat beds, so this most likely wasn’t the best flight for experiencing this product. On the identical time, my jetlag and pre-flight napped helped.

If you happen to’ve flown Turkish Airways’ A321neo enterprise class, what was your expertise like?

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