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New York (JFK) to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines in Business Class

Route : JFK-IST

Airline : Turkish Airlines (TK)

Cabin Class: Business

Aircraft Type: Airbus 330-200

Flight Number: TK 04

Seat Number: 4D

Turkish Airlines Business Class cabin


Date: April 24, 2013

Departure time in New York (JFK): 12:50

Arrival time in Istanbul (IST): 5:40 (+1)

*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #17


Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel



As with all other airlines, Turkish Airlines has priority check in for their business class passengers and status members at JFK airport in Terminal 1. We were helped by a very nice lady with the check in process and received our boarding passes in no time at all.


Turkish Airlines uses Alitalia's Michelangelo Lounge in Terminal 1 which is probably not the best lounge I have been to but still okay to visit before your flight.



My boarding pass indicating that the boarding time was 12:15, which later turned out to be delayed for about 25 minutes.


The business class cabin has a 2-2-2 configuration with a total of 28 seats which were all occupied that day.

While waiting for my predeparture drink to be served, I tried to have a look at the amenity kit containing toothbrush/toothpaste, hairbrush, socks, eyeshades, earplugs, shoehorn and products from Lanvin.

The seat control which lets you turn your seat into a fully flat bed.

Turkish Airlines business class blanket and slippers

This is just what I needed for a long flight to Istanbul, a fully flat bed!


For my predeparture drink, I had a glass of lemonade.

Turkish Airlines is one of those few airlines who has a private chef on board. Lovely!

Assorted Canapes, mixed nuts and a glass of water.

Selection from our tolley


Mediterranean seafood salad

Cerkez chicken

Fried eggplants & green peppers with tomato sauce

Spinach yoghurt salad

Fried mushrooms

Marinated zucchinis

White cheese and roasted red peppers

I decided to have a little bit of everything. The champagne on board was Gossert Brut Grande Reserve.


Herbed croutons


Green peppercorn butter / grilled leeks

Roasted red peppers / rosemary potatoes

The other choices for the main course were:



Rosemary sauce / grilled asparagus

Roasted red peppers /sauteed eggplant / potato gratin



Sun-dried tomatoes

Grilled artichokes and eggplants / parmesan

From the cheese, fruit and dessert trolley, I decided to have a few sliced fruits and the APPLE WALNUT CROSTATA with Vanilla Sauce

Breakfast Menu


Homemade strawberry smoothie, black tea, strawberry sour cream yoghurt, homemade muesli, chicken breast and smoked turkey ham, seasonal fresh fruit plate, selection of cheese

Turkish style scrambled eggs with tomatoes and green peppers

White cheese and black olive toast

Grilled tomato and green pepper


The other choice was Fried free range eggs in butter


Turkish Airlines business class entertainment controls and headphones.

Turkish Airlines business class personal screen where I watched a couple of films.

Toilet and Lavatory

Unfortunately, I didn't have the chance to take a picture of the lavatory.

Transfer at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Arriving at Istanbul Airport and connecting to our Turkish Airlines business class flight to Stockholm, we had access to the fast track and I have to say it really helped since there was a long queue for economy class passengers when we came.




It was indeed a very lovely flight from New York to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. The staff were very friendly and the food tasted excellent. Not to mention that they have their own private chef. The seat that turns into a fully flat bed is just perfect for a long flight. Honestly, I didn't expect Turkish Airlines to be that good so I was really blown away with the service and the product. No wonder they have been continuosly voted as Europe's Best Airline at the Skytrax. No doubt, this airline is definitely going to be on top of my list. To all the crew on this flight, "Tesekkur Ederim"!


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