I flew business class with Turkish Airlines for 16 hours and, while the gourmet food was excellent, the rest didn't live up to the hype
- Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkey, operating in over 300 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
- One of the largest airlines in the world, Turkish Airlines is consistently ranked in the top 20 airlines in the world by consumer aviation website Skytrax.
- After having been blown away by Turkish Airlines' economy class a few months ago, I was offered an upgrade to business class for my flight home from Dubai to New York.
- Turkish Airlines' business class was worlds better than economy and the food from the airline's "Flying Chef" program was excellent, but the entertainment system and planes were showing their age. If I got a bargain, I'd fly it again, but otherwise, I'd probably go for Emirates, Qatar, or another high-end airline.
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Last November, I took a chance. Despite never having flown Turkish Airlines before, I found a bargain economy class ticket to Dubai and booked it.
I figured Turkish Airlines had to be solid, as it's one of the largest airlines in the world and one of the highest-ranked by consumer aviation website Skytrax.
While the planes weren't the newest or the most high-tech, I was blown away by the quality of the service and found it to be one of the best experiences I had flying economy.
My rave review got the attention of Turkish Airlines, who offered me an upgrade to business class for my flight back to New York in February.
Read on to see what I thought of my business class flight on Turkish Airlines, departing from Dubai International Airport to Istanbul's Atatürk Airport and then onward to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, operated on an Airbus A330-300 and a Boeing 777-300ER.