Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 300 seat review by Patrick Wahle #38454

4 of 5
FromIstanbul - Ataturk (IST)
ToBangkok - Suvarnabhumi International (BKK)
Detailed ratings
Legroom4 of 5
Seat width3 of 5
Seat recline3 of 5
Entertainment3 of 5
Food & drink5 of 5
Service5 of 5
Turkish does not use the pods in their business class layout but a lay flat seat with an ottoman on the back of the passenger’s seat located ahead of your row.
Pros: When seats are in the upright position you can walk from starboard to port aisles without having to walk through the galleys or head areas. It must make the cabin cleaning operation much easier. It’s also easier to stand up and walk out of your seat area if needed.
Cons: Total lack of “privacy”. When seat is in upright position some passengers use your seating area to transit between aisle. No space for storage your personal belongings close to you. The armrest, shared with your neighbor is very narrow and has space for a couple of glasses only.
The only storage available is inside the ottoman which means the only access is by putting your seat in the seating position, standing up and lean forward to lift the lid of the ottoman.
The video screen is attached to the back of the passenger’s seat in front of you and it’s quite a distance from you especially when in reclining position.
As I say previously there is no space to put your headphones or other items close to your seat so it’s either on your lap or on the floor.
The power and headphones outlets are located behind the armrest, difficult to reach and select. The video remote fits into its storage close to your headrest. Once you use it you need to store it back having no place to keep it handy.
Turkish staff “makes” your bed with a seat cover an supplies pillows and bed covers as well as a gift bag with some toiletries. All needs to go inside rage ottoman other your seating area becomes very cluttered and you spend your time retrieving your items which have slipped between the armrest and the seat or on the aisle floor.
In conclusion ones needs to do frequent space decluttering.
The table comes out of the armrest so once in position there is no way out of your seat unless your store it back.
There is one small reading light close to your headrest if needed.
Turkish is above the rest of the occidental airlines in terms of service and food. Food service is done by a chef assisted by flight attendants and choices of appetizers and desserts are displayed on a trolley as it used to be the norm in the 20th century.
I hope Turkish will retrofit their business class with more convenient pod layouts.
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