After a delightful flight from JFK-IST, and my first ever visit to the famous Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge in Istanbul, it was time for the last leg of my trip to Milan. This leg was on a Turkish 737, in an intra-Europe configuration (i.e. middle seat blocked out in business class):
On many European airlines, the “middle seat blocked out” seating arrangement literally means there are 3 seats, but only 2 are actually in use. My seat on this flight was somewhere in between that, and two distinct seats. They were certainly connected, but the seats were different than in economy, and I don’ t think anyone could have actually sat in the middle if the console were removed.
The seat itself was reasonably comfortable, but felt a little tired and dated. I’m not complaining for an intra-Europe flight, but Turkish does have a much better product to offer for these types of flights, which I got to try out on my return flight (more on that in a future post).
Food & Drink
I had high expectations of the food, and Turkish delivered yet again. Service started with a choice of fruit juices, and I went with the red berry juice (I say “red berry” because while there was a strawberry in it, I’m pretty sure the juice was raspberry).
They also handed out pieces of Turkish Delight:
I wasn’t particularly hungry, but when the menus were handed out, I knew I was going to “have to” try as much as possible
The assorted appetizers and stuffed zucchini were fantastic. I’ll say it again: you can’t go wrong with any dish that includes eggplant, zucchini, roasted red pepper, etc. on Turkish Airlines. They were brought out along with the cheese and dessert courses, and the presentation was very appetizing:
For my entree, I decided to switch it up a bit and went with the Grilled Swordfish:
The fish was just a tad on the dry side, but still very enjoyable. It had a really nice, grilled flavor – and was a good-sized portion as well. It was served with eggplant stuffed with red pepper (I’ll give you one guess as to whether that was good), and a potato puree.
Dessert (pictured above, with the appetizer and cheese) was a rice pudding. I haven’t had much rice pudding in my life, so I don’t have much to compare it to… but I really enjoyed it. It was a bit of a weird sensation to have the texture of rice with a sweet dessert – but after a bite or two, I came to really like that textural element. I think I see more rice pudding my future!
After dessert, I enjoyed a cup of tea, and then kicked back for the rest of the flight.
Overall, I enjoyed my (relatively) short flight on Turkish’s Intra-Europe Business Class product. The food was outstanding, and the seat was a small step up from the typical business class product on this type of route.
What is your favorite intra-Europe business class product? What matters most to you for these relatively short flights?