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On board chef offers passengers pre-flight drinks

On board chef offers passengers pre-flight drinks

Flair and style seem to have made a come back in the skies, especially in Business Class, we thought with a sybaritic sigh as we pressed a button to push our airline seat into slumber bed mode. In recent recessionary times, airlines have tended to whittle down or axe extravagant frills in an effort to be economically viable.

Not so with Turkish Airlines!

First Class cabin

First Class cabin

We flew Turkish from Madrid to Istanbul and were served a gourmet meal by petite Chef Merve Tumbasalon, with the flourish of a celebrity Cordon Bleu chef. Clad in crisp white and a chef’s cap, she bore trays of assorted Turkish appetisers and shepherd salad which she set down on gleaming napery with the practised ease of an airline stewardess. A choice of main courses of Turkish-style grilled beef fillet, herbed chicken breast and rigatoni followed, leaving us utterly satiated. A homemade chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake had a moist and fresh mouth-feel. We washed it all down with freshly squeezed orange juice rather than wine or beer. Tea and coffee were served from silver teapots and poured into elegant porcelain mugs.

This is only for starters

This is only for starters

 

 

From Istanbul to Mumbai, we got “upgraded” on Turkish Airlines to First Class (call it the luck of the devil because Swiss airlines too had upgraded us recently to First Class).

 

Entertain a guest in your First Class cabin

Entertain a guest in your First Class cabin

This space had doors that slid shut on the aisle side when one wanted privacy, and a partition that could be raised if you did not wish to be disturbed by the passenger occupying the neighbouring seat. So we were virtually ensconced in a cabin of our own.

On board tea service

On board tea service

This space had doors that slid shut on the aisle side when one wanted privacy, and a partition that could be raised if you did not wish to be disturbed by the passenger occupying the neighbouring seat. So we were virtually ensconced in a cabin of our own.

Big screens and flat beds

Big screens and flat beds

Entertain a guest in your First Class cabin

Entertain a guest in your First Class cabin

 

If you want to socialize, invite a less fortunate friend, seated in Economy. A convivial drinking session could then get underway across an expansive folding table! All very classy!

Turkish Airlines' Istanbul Airport Lounce

Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul Airport Lounce

Ultimately, they say, the acid test of an airline is its service in economy class. Hrrmph! We will get to that when our luck runs out!

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This entry was posted on February 8, 2015 by in Airlines, Travel, Turkey and tagged , , , , , , , .
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