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Flight Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-200 Hanoi to Istanbul

Flight Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-200 Hanoi to Istanbul

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Part 1: United First Class from SFO-NRT
Part 2: 
How to Get to Hotel from NRT Airport
Part 3: 
Andaz Hotel Tokyo
Part 4: 
Tokyo Itinerary
Part 5: 
How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto
Part 6: 
Hyatt Regency – Kyoto
Part 7: 
Kyoto Itinerary
Part 8: 
Shinkansen Kyoto to Tokyo
Part 9: 
Conrad – Tokyo Part 1
Part 10: 
Conrad – Tokyo Part 2
Part 11: 
Singapore Business Class Tokyo to Singapore
Part 12: 
Conrad – Singapore
Part 13: 
Silk Air Business Class Singapore to Danang
Part 14: 
Intercontinental Danang Part 1
Part 15:
Intercontinental Danang Part 2
Part 16:
Turkish Business Class Hanoi to Istanbul
Part 17:
Turkish Business Class Istanbul to Rome
Part 18:
United First Class Rome to Chicago

How much did this cost?

80,000 United miles x 2 tickets = 160,000 UR Points transferred to United

Using a Chase Ink Business card to accumulate UR points, this amounted to $999.51 plus $147.12 in taxes and fees for a total of $1,146.63, or $573.32 per ticket

How much would this have cost had we paid cash? 

This Turkish Airlines Business Class leg would have cost $1,948.00 x 2 = $3,896.00.

This was part of a trip from HAN > IST > ROM > ORD. In total, the flights for the entire honeymoon would have cost $10,907.00 x 2 = $21,814.00

Combined with the starting legs of our trip, ORD > SFO > NRT > HAN > SIN > DAD > HAN, we went around the world for our honeymoon!



Having heard great things about Turkish Airlines, I booked this long trip back home in order to try its business class product.  We were scheduled to leave Vietnam via Hanoi on a late night flight so had dinner with QL’s family in the city. Thus, after checking out of the Intercontinental, we caught a late morning flight to Hanoi. For dinner, we had Cha Ca La Vong, which is an iconic dish of Hanoi and a Vietnamese dish we had never tried. Cha Ca La Vong is small nuggets of white fish marinated with turmeric and galanga root, pan-fried table side with lots of fresh dill. It is served over fresh noodles with green onion, garnished with peanuts, fish sauce, and chili. It was good and definitely worth trying once. Someone else grabbed the check so I don’t know exactly how much it is, but I think it’s ~$7-8/pan, and a pan should feed two people.

Cha Ca La Vong, Hanoi
Cha Ca La Vong, Hanoi (courtesy of daytourhanoi[dot]com)
Before going to the airport, we grabbed some drinks and snacks at Highlands Coffee, floating on Truc Bach lake. One interesting thing to note about Highlands is that the Vietnamese founder started the chain with the goal of selling it to Starbucks. Highlands has since become wildly popular in Vietnam at the same time as Starbuck’s has opened ~25 locations across the country.

Highlands Coffee, Hanoi
Highlands Coffee, Hanoi

 

Highlands Coffee, Hanoi
Highlands Coffee, Hanoi

After that, the family took us to Noi Bai airport, where we bid everyone adieu and went to explore the lounge before our departure. It was much nicer than we expected.

When you enter, to the right of the check in counter are some lockers and a few massage chairs. The rest of the lounge opens up on your left.

Noi Bai Lounge, Hanoi, Lockers
Noi Bai Lounge, Hanoi, Lockers

 

Noi Bai Lounge, Hanoi, View Looking Left from Entrance
Noi Bai Lounge, Hanoi, View Looking Left from Entrance

There was a lot of seating and a business center.

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge

 

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge

 

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge

At the other end of the lounge were the food and refreshments. There were some snacks and spirits on one side of the counter.

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge



Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge

 

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge

On the other side, there were cold drinks, noodles, fried rice, and a pho station where an attendant will make you a bowl of pho.

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge

 

Noi Bai Lounge, Hanoi, View Pho
Hanoi, Noi Bai Airport Lounge, Pho

There is also a table of fruits, sweets, and other foods to pick from.

Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge
Hanoi Noi Bai Airport Lounge

We grabbed a drink and then walked over to try out the massage chairs. They were amazing and turned out to be a great idea before getting on a long flight.

Hanoi Noi Bai Lounge, Massage Chairs
Hanoi Noi Bai Lounge, Massage Chairs

Because of the awesome massages, we waited until the last-minute to leave the lounge. We got to the gate just in time and were literally the last ones to board.

Hanoi Noi Bai Lounge, View of our Gate Way in the Distance
Hanoi Noi Bai Lounge, View From the Lounge of our Gate Way in the Distance

We had seats 1D and 1E, making a point to avoid A/B or J/K because of no direct aisle access.

Turkish Airlines A330-200 Seat Map
Turkish Airlines Business Class A330-200 Seat Map

 

Turkish Airlines, Seat 1D and 1E Entertainment Systems
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Seat 1D and 1E Entertainment Systems

We boarded late so qcouldn’t take pictures of our seats. This is what seats 2J and 2K look like.

Turkish Airlines, A321 Seats J and K
Turkish Airlines Business Class, A330-200 Seats J and K

On board, we were served a welcome drink and given a menu to order our meals. The flight attendants came around and took orders before takeoff. There was one flight attendant who was visibly stressed and unhappy. We thought she would lighten up during the trip, but we were wrong, as she kept it up the entire way to Istanbul. We were further disappointed when we interacted with the head flight attendant and she was also cold and rude.

Turkish Airlines, Welcome Drink
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Welcome Drink (the guy behind QL does not look amused)



Turkish Airlines, Menu
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Menu

 

Turkish Airlines, Menu
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Menu

 

Turkish Airlines, Menu
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Menu

 

Turkish Airlines, Menu
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Menu

 

Turkish Airlines, Menu
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Menu

 

Turkish Airlines, Menu
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Menu

 

Turkish Airlines, Menu
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Menu

Shortly after takeoff, the service began. I was impressed by the amount of effort the workers put into dinner service. They started by setting the table and serving warm nuts and an apertif. I had a glass of champagne. QL had dozed off by now and she ended up sleeping through nearly the entire flight.

Turkish Airlines, Nuts and Champagne
Turkish Airlines Business Class, Nuts and Champagne

The crew then passed out battery-powered “candles” to enhance the ambiance.

Turkish Airlines, Passing out "Candles"
Turkish Airlines, Passing out “Candles”

 

Turkish Airlines, Passing out "Candles"
Turkish Airlines, Passing out “Candles”



Turkish Airlines, "Candlelight"
Turkish Airlines, “Candlelight”

They then passed out bread, oil, butter, seasoning and these tiny little salt and pepper shakers, which were magnetic and connected to the serving dish.

Turkish Airlines, Bread Service
Turkish Airlines, Bread Service

Each flight has a chef on board. It was pretty fun to see the chef dressed in style.

Turkish Airlines, Chef
Turkish Airlines, Chef

To start, I had some tuna, a beef roll, and a prawn cake. I also had a cup of the zucchini soup. The presentation all around was beautiful, especially considering we were five miles in the sky. The food tasted ok. I liked the soup a lot.

Turkish Airlines Appetizers
Turkish Airlines Appetizers

 

Turkish Airlines Appetizers
Turkish Airlines Appetizers

 

Turkish Airlines Soup
Turkish Airlines Soup

For the main, I had the grilled cod. It was good and reminded me of Portuguese Bacalau.

Turkish Airlines, Main Dinner Course, Cod
Turkish Airlines, Main Dinner Course, Cod

When dessert was served it was also beautiful. I had the ginger chocolate cake and tiramisu. Again, both were ok. I should have tried the key lime cheesecake.

Turkish Airlines, Dessert
Turkish Airlines, Dessert

 

Turkish Airlines, Dessert
Turkish Airlines, Dessert



Turkish Airlines, Dessert
Turkish Airlines, Dessert

After dinner, I asked the flight attendant to help make the bed and went to the bathroom. The bathroom wasn’t very big, but it was accented with plants. It also had Molton Brown lotion and soap, which was a nice touch.

Turkish Airlines, Business Class Bathroom
Turkish Airlines, Business Class Bathroom

 

Turkish Airlines, Business Class Bathroom
Turkish Airlines, Business Class Bathroom

 

Turkish Airlines, Business Class Bathroom
Turkish Airlines, Business Class Bathroom

The amenity kit they provided was from Bentley. It had a toothbrush, hand lotion, and lip balm, among other items.

Turkish Airlines, Amenity Kit
Turkish Airlines, Amenity Kit

 

Turkish Airlines, Amenity Kit
Turkish Airlines, Amenity Kit

When I returned to my seat, the attendant had laid out the bedding. She had brought a mattress pad, pillow and comforter. The seat was much narrower compared to Singapore’s but I was still able to sleep for a few hours before waking for breakfast.

Turkish Airlines, Business Class Seat
Turkish Airlines, Business Class Seat

Breakfast was less of a show and more efficient than dinner was. It was served in two courses. The first course was a plate of fruits, cheeses, butter, jam, and honey. We were also served yogurt and coffee.

Turkish Airlines, Breakfast
Turkish Airlines, Breakfast

Next they served fried eggs, which were well cooked at 30,000 feet. If only they had some soy sauce.

Turkish Airlines, Breakfast
Turkish Airlines, Breakfast

The plates were cleared, they continued to offer coffee and tea, and shortly after we landed in Istanbul.

Overall, Turkish Airlines Business Class product felt a little amateurish. That makes sense given it hasn’t been doing this very long and is still figuring things out. On this flight, the food service and presentation were excellent, however the comfort/space of the plane, and attitude of the flight attendants were poor. I’m glad we flew it so we could try out the product. Going forward, we’ll try to stick with other Asian carriers for long-haul flights to Asia, but we’d fly Turkish again. Hopefully its flight attendants check their attitudes at the gate next time.

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