Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class A330-3, New Delhi – Istanbul
Turkish Airlines offers a consistent business class product and has an exceptionally large destination list, along with reasonably good partner reward availability, making it great for those frequent flier redemptions for members belonging to programs in the Star Alliance network. Please read on for our experience on how we would use them to get from India to North America in relative style.
This post is one chapter on our third Round the World trip via South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, the Maldives and India. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) and Hyatt Gold Passport (World of Hyatt) loyalty programs. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
Read More from This Trip
- Trip Introduction: Vietnam, Maldives and India. Round the World #3 in Star Alliance Business Class via Air Canada, Asiana, Singapore, Air India, Turkish Airlines Business Class
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Vancouver International
- Air Canada Business Class: Vancouver International – Seoul Incheon
- The Nest Hotel, A Member of Design Hotels, Seoul, Incheon
- Asiana Business Class Lounge: Seoul, Incheon
- Asiana Business Class: Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City
- The Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers, Ho Chi Minh City
- The Sights and Sounds of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Restaurant Review: Nhà Hàng Ngon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
- Trading at Ben Thanh Market and Street Life in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Travelling the Mekong River. Travelling Ho Chi Minh City to Thù Thùa, Vietnam
- Travelling the Mekong River. The Canals of Thù Thùa, Vietnam
- Ho Chi Minh City Airport Lounge – Fin Bar
- Singapore Airlines Business Class: Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore
- Westin Singapore
- Shopping at Retail Giants on Orchard Road, Singapore
- Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge: Changi Airport Terminal 2
- Singapore Airlines Business Class: Singapore – Male
- Hotel Jen Maldives Malé by Shangri La, Malé, Maldives
- Street Life in Malé. A Day Walking the Republic’s Maldivian Capital
- Maldivian Moonmia Domestic Lounge, Malé Ibrahim Nasir Domestic
- Maldivan Airlines: Malé – Koodhoo
- Park Hyatt Maldives
- Circumnavigating Hadadaa Island, Maldives
- The Guided Back of House Tour, Park Hyatt Maldives
- Snorkelling the Park Hyatt Maldives House Reef
- Sunsets on Hadahaa Island, Hudavdoo Atoll, Maldives
- The Leeli Lounge – Male International Airport
- Air India: Male Thiruvananthapuram
- Air India: Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai
- Air India Maharajah Lounge: Chennai Madras International Airport
- Air India Business Class: Chennai – New Delhi
- The Leela Palace, New Delhi, India
- Jama Masjid, New Delhi
- Stepping into Chandi Chowk, New Delhi, India
- Overland Travel: New Delhi to Agra by BMW Luxury Sedan
- The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
- The Walled City of Agra, Agra, India
- Air India Maharajah Lounge, Indira Ghandi Domestic, New Delhi
- Air India: New Delhi – Jaipur
- The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
- Walking the Old City of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace, Jaipur
- A Day in the Footsteps of Royalty, Touring Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Air India: Jaipur – New Delhi
- ITC Muraya Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, New Delhi
- The Plaza Premium Lounge, Indira Ghandi International Airport, New Delhi
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: New Delhi – Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk Business Lounge
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: Istanbul – Montreal
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Montreal Domestic
- Air Canada Business Class: Montreal – Vancouver
Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class A330-3, New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport – Istanbul Atatürk International Airport
“Turkish Airlines Business Class medium haul is highlighted by excellent DO & CO catering, along with a fully flat seat; set up perfectly for travelling with a partner”
DEL – IST (Indira Gandhi International Airport T3 – Istanbul Atatürk Airport)
TK717 – Business Class (I)
6:05 AM – 10:25 AM
April 21, 2015
Booked: Airbus 330
Flown: Airbus 330-300
At about T-50, we left The Plaza Premium Lounge New Delhi Terminal 3 and headed down to Gate 15. It was situated immediately across from the shopping concourse. A well organized boarding process was already underway, with a completely separate but unmarked area for priority boarding for business class passengers.
After an airline employee check, a military hand luggage security screening check, and a military boarding pass identity check, (all done by three separate people) we were underway down a segregated business class jet bridge. I have to appluaud the New Delhi Airport Authority for this set up as a plexi glass wall separated us from all the other economy passengers for double door jetway boarding.
On Board Turkish Airlines Business Class:
On board, we settled into Turkish Airlines comfortable and spacious Airbus 330-3 business class configuration. We had previously flown a similar equipment type on an Airbus 330-2, on a medium haul leg on Turkish Airlines Business Class Dubai – Istanbul, so you can check there if you want another review on a similar medium haul flight with Turkish Airlines Business Class.
It’s worth noting that there are 4 versions of the Airbus 330 currently in service, and only the 330-3 has the fully flat seat, whereas the other versions in a 2-2-2 business class configuration have an angle flat seat. There is also a A333-2 version with herringbone seats in a 1-1-1 business class configuration that we flew Turkish Airlines Business Class Mahe – Istanbul that does also offer a full flat seat; however this configuration is a bit of an outlier, as there are only a few of them flying around out there.
The configuration in Turkish Airlines Business Class on today’s Airbus 330-3 is 2-2-2, featuring a fully flat seat.
The cabin on this particular aircraft was showing a little bit of wear, but it is still a very comfortable experience.
Pre Departure Services:
A pre-departure beverage was offered of assorted drinks. Today it was lemon and mint. MrsWT73 pronounced it as “tasty and delicious”.
Our 6:05 AM departure from New Delhi was on time, and down a runway that was so hazy at 6:20 AM, you couldn’t see the end of it.
As we got underway, I played around with the in flight moving map that would take us on a track over Pakistan, Iraq and the Caspian Sea.
The Amenity Kit, featuring Bogner products:
The amenity kits were dropped off and and newspapers were offered. The amenity kit continued to feature Bogner products, although were not overtly branded as Bogner. The kit, for the medium haul flight, has shrunk from the larger kits that they used to previously offer.
The Meal: A Full Breakfast
While in the introductory services for the flight, once at altitude, the usual small Turkish Airlines paper menus were also dropped off. The food menu is always separate from the beverage menu and they are usually presented one inside the other.
The breakfast service started right away. The usual Turkish DO & CO catering was, as always, outstanding. The products appeared to have been double catered from Istanbul, Turkey as most of the items had Turkish language on them.
I started with the Fresh Fruits, Yoghurt with Honey, Assorted Cheese, and Jalebi.
I opted for the main of Gratinated Crepe with Scambled Eggs, Tomatoes and Peppers, Sauteed Mushrooms and Grilled Red Pepper, paired with Heidsieck Co Monopole champagne.
Overall, it was a slight relief to have some different food other than Indian food after our 7 days in India.
After breakfast, I crashed out for some sleeps. The seat goes completely flat and I sacked out somewhere over Pakistan.
I woke up with a small crink in the neck as the pillow that had been provided to us wasn’t too substantial. It was more of a back lumbar pillow that I was improvising to use as a person who is side sleeper.
The Second Service: A Light Snack
Around Baku, Azerbajain, I woke up. At about 1 hr prior to landing, the flying chef stopped by to take a snack and drink order. I had a Gin and Tonic.
A small samosa plate was dropped off for the second snack service. Catering must not approve of the Indian ice as they seem to have run out of it. Similar to Turkish Raki that I’d previously experienced in Turkey, the Gin and Tonic was served straight up.
Arrival into Istanbul Atatürk Havalimani International Airport:
We had an easy approach into Istanbul Atatürk where there were the usual interesting planes lined up on the apron. I know some may feel that Aegean isn’t that interesting, but I’m fascinated by them since I don’t think they are going to be around much longer.
We disembarked at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport, where were we able to get a great view of the Airbus A330 – 3 that flown us today.
We would end up heading on to the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge Istanbul Atatürk and then onwards to Turkish Airlines Business Class Istanbul – Montreal in order to get back home.
My thoughts about Turkish Airlines Medium Haul Business Class:
Turkish remains a comfortable way to get around. For the most part, the food is reasonable, and the execution is almost there. It certainly isn’t at the level of some of the other European or Asian carriers, but it’s surely trying to gain ground against these carriers and the Middle East three of Etihad, Qatar and Emirates. If only the connection experience in Istanbul wasn’t a bit easier. The wonderful Turkish Airlines Business Lounge makes up a little bit for that!