Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Trip Report-Leg 1: LAX to Berlin (TXL) via Istanbul (IST) on Turkish Airlines Comfort and "Business" Class

Leg 1 of the Northern European trip: LAX-IST(Istanbul)-TXL(Berlin Tegel) on TK (Turkish Airlines)

This was the first leg of a 3-country tour of Northern Europe. The other legs were:

I booked one-way tickets to Berlin via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines because they had a really good deal on the premium economy class seats, called Comfort Class. Even though flying through Istanbul would add several hours to the flight time and overall trip, I knew it would be comfortable. The leg from Istanbul to Berlin was booked in a full Y class fare and so I was able to use my United miles to upgrade those legs to Business class for 10,000 miles each. The Turkish flight from LAX leaves in the early evening and arrives in the early evening the next day. We went to the Istanbul Lounge during the layover and it was a zoo. It is nice with lots of food and drinks, but it was difficult to find a seat. 

This is a shot of the Comfort Class cabin

A shot of the mighty 777-300ER wing, engine, and the Swiss A340 next to us.

 This is the view of row 12. There is tons of space. Every single seat on this plane was filled. 

This is the very large personal TV. I watched Identity Thief and Life of Pi.

Legroom shot. They gave out slippers and an amenity kit with some goodies.

Dinner was served soon after take-off.

This is the dessert course.

 Just about 1.5 hours out of IST and breakfast is served. Our location is visible on the screen.

Breakfast somewhere over Poland.

I've been in other airlines' business class that had smaller TVs than this one.

A TK 737-900ER parked next to us in IST. I love red tail planes.

This is our A320 from IST to TXL.

Decal next to the door of our A320 to TXL.

Pre-departure drink in Business Class on the way to TXL.

Taxiing to the runway and I spotted our exact 77W that brought us to IST.

This is a shot of the empty business class seats. They block the middle economy seat and pull down a table. It's not really fancy business class because your seat is just a coach seat with slightly more width. Out of 16 seats in the business cabin, there were only 4 passengers. The service was attentive.  

 Dinner was served soon after take-off. This is the first course.

 View of the wing somewhere over Europe.


Berlin right before landing.

At TXL we parked at a remote gate and had to get a bus to the terminal.

Last shot of our A320 in the last bit of daylight.

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