Turkish Airlines have ordered 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and have been operating 6 in their fleet since July 2019. During the first week of September the Turkish B787 Dreamliner is deployed between Istanbul and Dubai; this made it easy for a flight review, since I am Dubai based.
Turkish Airlines have configured their Boeing 787-9's in a two-class layout, seating 300 passengers - 30 in Business Class and 270 in Economy. The new Turkish Airlines B787 features an all new Business Class product.
The new Turkish Airlines B787 Business Class seat layout is in a 1-2-1 configuration, featuring direct aisle access. It is a move away from the wide open Business Class layout on their A330/B777. The seat manufacturer is Stelias, the same seat can be found on Singapore Airlines B787-10.
Along with the new Business Class hard product, the crew also have a new uniform on-board which is predominantly red. What do you think of the new Turkish Airlines uniforms?
TK763 Dubai to Istanbul
The flight wasn't full, there were 7-8 free seats in the rear of Business Class. The chef (who didn't receive a change in uniform) came around offering the welcome drinks. I love the fresh juice Turkish Airlines offer (Orange, Raspberry or Lemon/Mint)
The crew also offered a packaged Turkish hazelnut before takeoff.
We took off on-time from runway 12R, initially climbing towards the West before a big 180 turn towards the NE. We flew over the Palm Jumeriah and Burj Al Arab hotel.
The seat provides excellent privacy, an improvement over the previous wide open lay out; it has a luxurious and modern feel. At the same time it did feel a bit claustrophobic, with all the shells and covers. There is also plenty of storage space. On this short 4 hours flight, I was given a Molton Brown branded leather amenity kit!
Turkish Airlines serve a breakfast on this flight, starting with the usual cold plate of cheeses and vegetables. The main course was a choice between a cheese omelette or a Turkish pastry. I particularly enjoyed the bread basket on offer from Turkish Airlines as it has many more choices than other airlines. I had a Turkish Simit and a butterfly danish.
After the meal service the flight attendants came around offering a digestive service, I opted for more Turkish tea.
IFE and Wi-Fi
The IFE is fantastic on the Turkish Airlines B787. You can pair your phone to the screen and play your choice of entertainment from the pre-downloaded Turkish Airlines App. There is free Wi-Fi internet available for all Business Class passengers; it was also lightning fast, with a 30+Mbps download speed.
The Business Class lavatory was also impressive, with Molton Brown products and nice greenery.
We arrived at New Istanbul Airport 15 minutes ahead of schedule. The flight was incredibly smooth and quiet with the usual great Turkish hospitality. The New Business Class on Turkish Airlines B787 is a move away from the old open Business class layout.
- It has great privacy and direct aisle access. There is no more hopping over someone to go out now. There is also no middle seat to be stuck in.
- It has stylish furnishings and good storage space.
- It is long enough for myself (6"0 or 185cm) to stretch out.
- The new Business Class seat is narrower and may feel more claustrophobic.
- The footwell space is limited.
After the flight, I visited the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge at Istanbul, which has lot to discover including an Art Gallery inside!