Turkish Airlines: Comfort Class Food

IMG_0038It’s probably no surprise to anyone that I hate flying coach for any more than a few hours. So when I was planning this trip to Greece with Neil I was totally psyched to find out that Turkish Airlines not only had a great price and the best connections to Thessaloniki via Istanbul, but they offered a well reviewed premium economy class (Comfort Class they call it) from JFK to Istanbul for just a few hundred bucks more.

The service began with the flight attendant handing out menus.  Soon afterwards  amuse bouche were offered: a bowl of hazelnuts and two small Hors d’oeuvre shrimp, olive on white toast and a boursin cheese on pumpernickel.IMG_0024There were two main course dinner options: Grilled Chicken Breast or Rigatoni. I had the Chicken:IMG_0028 It was served on a tray with a Roast Beef Avocado Tomato Arugula and frisee Salad IMG_0029And a smoked Trout and Salmon plate with horseradish cream.IMG_0027Here is the tray as it was all presented. IMG_0026Certainly not what I would call economy class food, it was fresh beautifully presented and actually tasted good!

Dessert and cheese followed. IMG_0031The fruit was ripe and delicious, the cheese cake was, well…cheesecake and the small gesture of a cheese plate was much appreciated.  IMG_0030Turkish Airlines has DO & CO do their catering – I have heard very good things about them before and this experience confirms that they aren’t your average airline catering company.

The seats in Comfort class are in a 2-3-2 configuration (same as business). The seats are wide, with lots of legroom a decent amount of recline and a leg rest, kind of reminded me of my Grandfathers lazy boy.

There is a coat hookIMG_0018An amenity kit which had a shoe horn in it which I loved because I always take my shoes off and then can never get them back on after the flight!IMG_0022

IMG_0023The cabinIMG_0019IMG_0021Neil waiting for the nicer than average bathroom.

The price from NYC to Greece via Istanbul was around $1800 in Comfort Class and it  was worth every penny.  I had heard rumours that even though it was a relatively new cabin for Turkish that they had already announced they were getting rid of it.  When I mentioned this to the check in agent at the gate he seemed surprised and couldn’t believe they would be getting rid of it.  I can’t either as it was by far the best premium economy cabin experience I’ve ever had and it was pretty much full – I counted 4 empty seats. Turkish also has lots of good connections to Europe and Asia via their Istanbul hub so if you are planning a trip and like me can’t afford business class but would like something less tortuous than coach Comfort Class is the way to go!


* Oops a little jet lagged and sleep deprived here the original post said Turkish Airways and it is Turkish Airlines – sorry about that!

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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6 Responses to Turkish Airlines: Comfort Class Food

  1. Freepass says:

    Very delicious food. Other hand not turkish airways. Correct turkish airlines

  2. cbcreates says:

    I love it when you post travel reports, especially random meals. I plan to be entirely envious the next few days of posts.

  3. Hmm, think we need to have a look at flying Turkish Airlines next time instead of the budget airlines we use, and thus avoiding the meal entirely! 🙂

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