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Overview: Turkish Airways 737 MAX Enterprise Class (IST-CPH)

After flying Turkish Airways’ Airbus A321neo enterprise class from Muscat to Istanbul, it was time to proceed to Copenhagen in Turkish Airways’ Boeing 737 MAX enterprise class. I used to be excited to fly each of Turkish Airways’ new quick haul plane.

In actuality the quick haul merchandise on each plane are almost an identical, so it was a well-recognized expertise. Turkish Airways is in a league of its personal in terms of regional enterprise class journey inside Europe.

How I booked my Turkish Airways enterprise class ticket

I booked the return itinerary from Oman to america by way of Air Canada Aeroplan. I 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

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

Turkish Airways transit at Istanbul Airport

Up to now I’ve reviewed Istanbul Airport, in addition to the Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul. So I gained’t be reviewing all of that once more, however I’ll speak briefly about our time on the bottom, since we had a roughly six hour layover.

Upon arrival we needed to undergo transit safety — the arrivals space was bustling after we arrived, however there was a separate premium safety line, which we cleared very quickly.

Istanbul Airport safety checkpoint

The terminal was ridiculously busy after we arrived, and it’s one of many few occasions I’ve been at a overseas airport previously couple of years and felt prefer it was pre-pandemic. Fortuitously the terminal emptied out inside an hour or so.

Istanbul Airport terminal

The Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul continues to be glorious, with snug seating, incredible meals, and nice espresso.

Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport

It was additionally good to have the ability to get a bathe throughout the layover. Sadly our stopover didn’t qualify for a nap room — these can be found when you will have a layover of between 4 and 9 hours, and one flight is at the very least eight hours lengthy.

Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways Lounge Istanbul Airport

We did some terminal strolling later in our layover, and there are actually loads of alternatives for that at Istanbul Airport, given how large it’s.

Istanbul Airport terminal
Istanbul Airport terminal
Istanbul Airport terminal

There was some nice airplane recognizing — along with all types of Turkish Airways jets, there was additionally a Mahan Air airplane (from Iran).

Turkish Airways planes Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways planes Istanbul Airport
Mahan Air plane Istanbul Airport

Turkish Airways enterprise class boarding

Boarding for our 11:50AM flight was scheduled to start out at 10:50AM at gate A4D. Primarily based on that it was apparent that we had been departing from a distant stand (provided that boarding was an hour earlier than departure, plus the “D” on the finish of the gate). There have been a number of flights boarding from this a part of the terminal devoted to distant stands.

Turkish Airways departure gate Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways departure gate Istanbul Airport

Boarding ended up beginning at round 11AM. Whereas enterprise class passengers had been invited to board first, there wasn’t a devoted enterprise class bus, so this merely meant that we might stand on the bus for longer.

Bus to distant stand Istanbul Airport

Our distant stand ended up being fairly distant (which wasn’t a shock, given how big this airport is). Whereas I’m not an enormous fan of distant stands basically, I do love the power to snap an incredible image of the outside of the airplane. On this case we had been flying TC-LCB, a Boeing 737 MAX that joined Turkish Airways’ fleet in November 2018.

Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8
Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8

Turkish Airways 737 MAX enterprise class cabin & seats

Turkish Airways’ enterprise class is almost an identical on the Airbus A321neo and Boeing 737 MAX, with the key distinction being that the 737 MAX cabin is a bit smaller. Turkish’s 737 MAX enterprise class consists of a complete of 16 seats, unfold throughout 4 rows in a 2-2 configuration.

Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX enterprise class cabin
Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX enterprise class cabin

As soon as once more I assigned us seats within the final row. These seats have exceptionally good legroom in comparison with comparable configurations on different airways.

Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX enterprise class seat

On the again of every seat was a private leisure display, plus a literature pocket.

Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX enterprise class seat
Turkish Airways enterprise class seatback Boeing 737 MAX

On the middle console was a tray that would maintain drinks, plus a second tray that might be prolonged.

Turkish Airways enterprise class heart console Boeing 737 MAX

The middle armrests might be raised, exposing a storage compartment, plus energy retailers (AC and USB), headphone jacks, and an leisure controller.

Turkish Airways enterprise class heart console Boeing 737 MAX
Turkish Airways enterprise class leisure controls Boeing 737 MAX

The controls for the seat recline and legrest extension had been additionally beneath the middle armrest. Talking of which, the seat recline was fairly strong.

Turkish Airways enterprise class seat controls Boeing 737 MAX
Turkish Airways enterprise class seat recline Boeing 737 MAX

The tray desk prolonged from the far armrest, and might be folded over in half.

Turkish Airways enterprise class tray desk Boeing 737 MAX

Simply as was the case on the final flight, there have been additionally reasonably odd privateness dividers between seats, which didn’t prolong very far in both path.

Turkish Airways enterprise class privateness dividers Boeing 737 MAX

Overhead consoles had particular person studying lights and air nozzles.

Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX overhead console
Turkish Airways enterprise class cabin Boeing 737 MAX

The plane additionally featured the signature Boeing inside for the 737 MAX, together with big overhead bins and temper lighting.

Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX signature inside
Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX signature inside

There was a rest room positioned on the entrance of the cabin, that includes Molton Brown toiletries. Sadly Turkish Airways selected the tiny bathrooms you’ll discover on different 737 MAXs (together with these of American Airways). Not solely are the bogs as such so small, however the sinks are virtually unusably tiny.

Turkish Airways Boeing 737 MAX toilet
Turkish Airways Molton Brown toiletries

Turkish Airways enterprise class facilities

Earlier than departure the crew served a wide range of pre-departure drinks, and we had the lemonade and orange juice.

Turkish Airways enterprise class pre-departure drinks

Headphones and menus had been additionally distributed.

Turkish Airways enterprise class headphones
Turkish Airways enterprise class menu

There have been additionally pillows and blankets, the identical as on the final flight.

Turkish Airways departure from Istanbul

Passengers arrived on three buses, and by 11:40AM boarding was full. Solely six of the 16 enterprise class seats had been occupied, because it was us plus one household of 4. Round this time the captain made her welcome aboard announcement — I don’t assume I’ve ever had a feminine Turkish Airways captain, so I assumed that was fairly cool! She knowledgeable us of our flight time of 2hr45min, and anticipated clean flight.

At 11:45AM the principle cabin door closed, and some minutes later we started our pushback and taxi. Apparently the apron the place we had been parked appeared to virtually solely have jets that had been in long run storage, with wheels and engines coated.

Departure stand Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airways A321 Istanbul Airport

The security video was screened as we pushed again, and we had a fairly fast taxi. By 12PM we had been cleared for takeoff on runway 17L.

Taxiing Istanbul Airport

We had a brief takeoff roll, and a clean climb out. The seatbelt signal was turned off inside 5 minutes.

View after takeoff from Istanbul

Turkish Airways 737 MAX leisure & Wi-Fi

Turkish Airways’ leisure choice is outstanding, with 570+ motion pictures and 990+ TV exhibits.

Turkish Airways leisure choice Boeing 737 MAX
Turkish Airways leisure choice Boeing 737 MAX
Turkish Airways leisure choice Boeing 737 MAX

There’s additionally the map characteristic, which is my favourite a part of the inflight leisure.

Map enroute to Copenhagen
Map enroute to Copenhagen
Map enroute to Copenhagen

Turkish Airways’ Boeing 737 MAXs even have Wi-Fi. Pricing ranges from $2.99 to $24.99, relying on how a lot knowledge you need.

Turkish Airways Wi-Fi Boeing 737 MAX

Fortuitously enterprise class passengers get 1GB of free knowledge, which is superior. I want extra airways would provide enterprise class passengers complimentary Wi-Fi.

Turkish Airways Wi-Fi Boeing 737 MAX

Turkish Airways enterprise class meal

About 20 minutes after takeoff the meal service started. Yow will discover the menu beneath.

Turkish Airways enterprise class menu

Yow will discover the drink checklist beneath.

Turkish Airways enterprise class beverage checklist

Service started with heat towels being distributed.

Turkish Airways enterprise class heat towel

Drinks had been then served — I ordered the Turkish sauvignon blanc (apparently branded particularly for Turkish Airways), plus a glass of glowing water.

Turkish Airways enterprise class drinks

Subsequent up, all the things besides the principle course was served on one tray, coated.

Turkish Airways enterprise class lunch

The meal consists of salad with grilled rooster, hummus, cheese, baked rice pudding, and bread. Whereas the salad wasn’t precisely essentially the most attention-grabbing, it was meal total.

Turkish Airways enterprise class lunch

Subsequent up, we had been supplied our alternative of three fundamental programs, which had been served coated.

Turkish Airways enterprise class lunch

I ordered the ocean bass en papillote with julienne greens. Whereas I perceive that the dish was meant to be served in paper (it’s even within the identify), this simply looks as if a bizarre technique to serve a fish dish on a airplane, whenever you’re coping with a small bowl and restricted house. The fish as such tasted fairly good.

Turkish Airways enterprise class lunch
Turkish Airways enterprise class lunch

My good friend had the grilled lamb chops with polenta crespelle and ratatouille.

Turkish Airways enterprise class lunch

On the conclusion of the meal I ordered a espresso, which the flight attendant refilled a few occasions.

Turkish Airways enterprise class espresso

Turkish Airways enterprise class service

Turkish Airways is kind of constant in terms of service, and this flight was no exception. The 2 flight attendants working enterprise class had been pleasant {and professional}, and supplied nice service. I’d say they perhaps weren’t fairly as personable because the crew on the final flight, however they nonetheless did an incredible job.

Turkish Airways arrival in Copenhagen

About 40 minutes earlier than touchdown the captain made her pre-landing announcement, informing us of our anticipated arrival time of 12:45PM. About 10 minutes later the seatbelt signal was turned on, and cabin was ready for touchdown. The views on the strategy had been stunning.

View approaching Copenhagen
View approaching Copenhagen
View approaching Copenhagen
View approaching Copenhagen
Ultimate strategy to Copenhagen Airport

We ended up touching down in Copenhagen at 12:45PM, and from there had a roughly 5 minute taxi to our arrival gate. We taxied previous an Aeroflot Boeing 737-800 (I believe this was the final day that Aeroflot flew to the airport earlier than being banned), in addition to a Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9.

Aeroflot Boeing 737 Copenhagen Airport
Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 Copenhagen Airport

Backside line

Turkish Airways presents an distinctive quick haul enterprise class product. On an identical intra-Europe flight, most European airways would provide financial system seats with blocked middles, whereas Turkish has correct enterprise class seats, free Wi-Fi, pleasant service, and an incredible meals & beverage choice.

Turkish continues to be certainly one of my favourite airways on the planet, and I’m thrilled to see how good the provider’s quick haul product is on new A321neo and 737 MAX plane.

In the event you’ve flown Turkish Airways’ Boeing 737 MAX enterprise class, what was your expertise like?

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