I've always dreamt of flying in Suite but, until now was just building castles in the air. Then TK
’s Suite product offered me the most lovely and delightful flight I've ever experienced. I have flown in F with AF
and nonetheless preferred both the TK
soft and hard product.
I took about 200 pictures of this trip, but due to a bug on my iPhone, half of them were unfortunately deleted. So I'll try to provide a TR
with the remaining ones
has currently leased three 77W from 9W
and uses them for their IST
routes. Because the service was launched a mere four months ago, the big challenge for them was to ensure a high level of quality.
Due to heavy traffic in the center of Paris, I arrived in CDG
just five minutes before the cut-off time for check in. So I was the last passenger to board.
I was utterly amazed by the catering quality for this 3.5-hour flight. Unlike many competitors, TK
offers a hot main dish for flights over 2.5 hours.
Everything was served on china plates, and the menu was as follows:
Assorted Turkish Appetizer
Please choose from Turkish Cuisine:
• "Külbasti" Turkish style grilled beef fillet, eggplant purée, grilled tomato and green pepper / buttered rice
• Grilled Chicken Breast, sautéed mixed vegetables / potato purée
• Home made Rigatoni Pasta, creamy parmesan sauce, sautéed broccoli and zucchini / cherry tomato
Homemade chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake
Freshly brewed coffee or tea
Except the mousse cake which tasted mass-produced and less-than-stellar, the food was dazzling in its quality and variety, and definitely fitting for First Class.
The male FA
was professional but not particularly friendly, and the purser was definitely inattentive.
The seat configuration is similar to LH
; however, TK
has a great competitive advantage regarding catering.
Just before landing
When I arrived in IST
, an obliging concierge was waiting for me. I knew Turkish girls were beautiful, but I didn’t know they were so gracious and charming.
I took advantage of the fact that TK
offered connecting F passengers an opportunity to see Istanbul with a private car and driver--all in the name of promoting tourism in Turkey.
I also booked a hotel room to take a shower and get some rest before the second flight.
Some pictures of Istanbul:
At 09h30, the BMW 7-series was waiting for me at the hotel entrance. Thirty minutes later, we reached the airport where the same attentive concierge was waiting for me.
Date: 19 August 2009
Flight number: TK
Schedule: 23:35 – 13:05
Aircraft: B 77W
Seat: the whole F cabin
After clearing immigration and customs, we reached the Prime Class Lounge which was comfy and not very crowded, yet failed to offer enough privacy.
A table was set and I ordered some appetizers. I didn't want to eat more as I knew the onboard food would be great.
While I was eating, the First Class General Manager came and introduced herself. She asked if everything was satisfactory. We had a nice chat about TK
's products and future as a company.
At the end of my light meal, I noticed a man taking some pictures of the lounge and the food and had no doubt in my mind that he was a frequent traveller or a TR
So I asked him, and was proved right. I also had a pleasant chat with this friendly American, who was travelling with his brother to HKG
. We were like children talking about our toys. I lost his business card, so if he reads this...
Once aboard the aircraft, I was greeted by the Chief Purser and amazed by the stunning F cabin.
Menus, Bulgari amenity kits, pyjamas and Bose Headset were handed out.
I indulged in the superb Cristal Roederer Champagne with some warm nuts. TK
offers this marvellous Champagne until the end of September in order to celebrate the launch of their First Class Service. Subsequently, the somewhat less prestigious Louis Roederer will be served in F.
I was the only pax in F: it was rather amusing to have the FA
doing security demonstrations just for me.
Once airborne, I chose not to eat immediately and instead listened to some music. The IFE was outstanding compared to AF
, but still a far cry from the Krisworld. The selection of music and movies is quite Asian-oriented.
Around 2 am, I opted for the Sevruga Caviar, which was exquisite and tastefully presented, with another glass of Champagne. TK
doesn’t provide any Vodka.
A generous portion of Malossol.
Then I ordered the "Herbed Chicken breast / white eggplant cherry potatoes / roasted pine nut pesto" which was delicious.
After that, I requested the "Grilled sea bass, tomato and black olive salsa with zucchini and sautéed potatoes". This fish was top-notch, and the accompanying Meursault Bourgogne definitely voluptuous and well-structured, with a hint of smoked oak.
Shortly afterwards, I felt a bit tired and wore the provided silk pyjama. The best PJ
I've ever seen!
The duvet, blanket and pillows are fantastic.
There is a real feeling of privacy (Suite pitch: 90) and the ceiling with the stars is a superb touch! I listened to Sinatra’s song, “Fly me to the moon,” which was appropriate, until I fell asleep.
My thoughtful FA
woke me up an hour before landing, and I had a succulent breakfast.
Excellent croissants given with a red rose.
What would I say in conclusion?
I would never have guessed that TK
offered a great F product, and I was really pleased to fly with them. I strongly sensed that they are eager to satisfy their passengers, and I'm rather impressed by their commitment and friendliness. They aim to compete with SQ
in J and F and they are making great strides toward achieving this goal.
I am not familiar with SQ
Suites but TK
F Suites are far better than the SQ
F. However, SQ
is still my favourite carrier in J, but I really regret having previously wasted my money and time with another poor carrier that will recognize itself.
The only criticism toward TK
would be related to their lounge: they offer a fantastic onboard product (I'm only referring to 77W), and the FA
service is impeccable; but one would expect a better F lounge with more privacy and a massage or spa service.
Thanks to TK
for this lovely flight and thanks to you for reading this.