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Spent $2,260 on Turkish Airlines Business Class, Worth It

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I flew 10 hours in Turkish Airlines’ business class.
Tiffany Leigh

  • I spent $2,260 on a Turkish Airlines business-class ticket from Toronto to Istanbul.
  • The 10-hour flight included a very hearty dinner and a delicious breakfast.
  • I’d definitely fly business class again, but only for a flight that’s at least 10 hours long.

I recently decided to take a solo vacation to Istanbul and fly in Turkish Airlines’ business class to celebrate a few career milestones.

In total, I spent about $2,260 on a ticket from Toronto to Istanbul.

I’m usually an economy traveler, so I wasn’t sure what to expect on the 10-hour flight.

Here’s what flying business class on Turkish Airlines was like.

Thanks to my priority status, I made it through check-in and security pretty quickly.

I arrived for my flight three hours early.
Tiffany Leigh

Check-in at the airport in Toronto was seamless, and I could understand why people would pay more for efficiency and front-of-the-line access.

In hindsight, I didn’t need to arrive the recommended three hours before my flight.

I think I could’ve managed with one-and-a-half to two hours because I was given priority status for check-in, luggage handling, and security clearance.

Next, I explored the lounge.

The lounge was filled with people.
Tiffany Leigh

Once I was all set, the Turkish Airlines staff informed me I had access to an Air Canada sister lounge.

The dimly lit area was spacious and had plenty of seating, but it was very busy.

I snacked on mini burgers and guacamole while I waited for my boarding time.

Business-class passengers had a separate plane entrance.

Passengers lined up to board once business class was called.
Tiffany Leigh

When it was time to board, the process was seamless.

Once business class was called, we were quickly ushered into three lines and corralled into a specific business-class plane entrance.

My seat looked and felt spacious.

There was a decent amount of legroom.
Tiffany Leigh

The business-class seats had reclining and lie-flat capabilities and were quite spacious.

There was also a handy sliding partition for additional privacy between the seats.

I could even control my seat and maneuver it to my comfort level using a small panel in front of the armrest.

I had plenty of storage space.

I could stow my belongings in a box-shaped storage device.
Tiffany Leigh

A large flat-screen entertainment monitor was in front of the seat, with more storage space to stow items like my jacket and shoes underneath.

The box-shaped storage space, which doubled as a footrest as part of the seat’s lie-flat bed, was also cushioned.

The amenities around my seat allowed for optimal comfort.

I had a remote control so I could play games, listen to music, and watch TV.
Tiffany Leigh

To my top left was a small reading light and a smart control that looked like a gaming device.

This served as a remote for watching movies or live TV, playing games, and listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks.

I also received a blanket and an amenities kit.

The Ferragamo amenities kit was filled with lots of goodies.
Tiffany Leigh

Business-class passengers received two blankets (one for casual use and one for a nighttime comforter), slippers, sanitized Denon over-ear noise-canceling headphones, and a Ferragamo amenities kit.

The kit was filled with a mist spray, hand and body lotion, earplugs, an eye mask, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and lip balm.

The items came inside a beautiful pink Ferragamo clutch, which I may reuse as a purse or makeup bag.

I had tons of dinner options.

The menu was printed in different languages.
Tiffany Leigh

Before I tucked into my meal, I was given a warm towelette, silverware, and a flameless candle to emulate the feeling of dining by candlelight in the skies.

I sipped on the refreshing welcome drink I was offered when I sat down as a “flying chef” presented me with dinner and drink menus.

From the outset, I was impressed by the sheer variety of menu items. I could see why Turkish Airlines won Skytrax’s award for best business-class on-board catering for 2023.

Each dish seemed to stay true to its Turkish roots, though I noticed a range of familiar North American fare, like a Caesar salad and an apple-crumble tart.

The Turkish mezze was a great, flavorful starter.

The mezze came with some spices, but I didn’t use them much.
Tiffany Leigh

I thought the portion sizes were generous, and the flavors were on point.

My appetizer included a tabbouleh salad, hummus, and baba ghanoush.

I loved smearing these spreads onto the hot bread and finishing it with a drizzle of the supplied Turkish olive oil.

The filet of beef was perfectly cooked.

The beef filet came with potatoes and zucchini.
Tiffany Leigh

As for my beef filet, I was particularly impressed that the chef was able to pull off a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak.

I paired the filet with the Suvla Sur 2020 red wine, a cabernet-sauvignon blend with robust qualities that complemented the rich meat.

For dessert, I chose a selection of pastries.

I loved that the pastries weren’t overly sweet.
Tiffany Leigh

My dessert included a pistachio kadayif (a cigar-shaped pastry), traditional baklava (a layered dessert with filo sheets and nuts), and şekerpare (a fritter-shaped cake doused in syrup).

I appreciated that none of the dessert items were too sweet because I don’t usually like foods with too much sugar.

Even the restroom had a luxurious touch.

I saw Molton Brown products in the bathroom.
Tiffany Leigh

When I was ready for bed, I brushed my teeth in the business class-specific restroom.

I noticed Molton Brown beauty products in the bathroom and tried the hand cream and facial mist from my Ferragamo amenities kit for a nice pick-me-up before bedtime.

My seat and the surrounding area transformed for bedtime.

The lighting dimmed when it was time for bed.
Tiffany Leigh

When I returned, my seat was flattened into a bed with a sheet, pillow, and comforter.

The plane’s ambiance and lighting also dimmed, relaxing our senses and preparing us for sleep.

I used the eye mask from the amenities kit and fell asleep.

The next morning, I ordered a filling breakfast.

My breakfast came with plenty of fruit slices.
Tiffany Leigh

I was awakened by the clinking of silverware and an announcement that we were an hour from landing.

I don’t think I’d ever slept so well on a plane before — I was out for almost 90% of the flight.

For breakfast, I had a lavish spread, including muesli, a selection of fruit, chicken breast and roast beef, Turkish cheese, and French toast.

My favorite part of the dish was the muesli because the oat-based dish was hearty, not too sweet, and full of interesting textures.

Before I knew it, I had to clear off my tray table and stow everything away because we were landing.

I enjoyed the flight, but not just because of all the bells and whistles.

I had fun on my 10-hour business-class flight.
Tiffany Leigh

From the moment I set foot in the airport, everything about my Turkish Airlines business-class experience was easy and worry-free.

I felt like I was actually able to embrace the journey rather than tolerate a long plane ride as a means to get to the destination.

I’d absolutely fly business class on Turkish Airlines again, but I’d only do so for fights that are 10 hours or longer.

Otherwise, I don’t think I could justify the splurge.

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