It’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.There were two main course dinner options: Grilled Chicken Breast or Rigatoni. I had the Chicken: It was served on a tray with a Roast Beef Avocado Tomato Arugula and frisee Salad And a smoked Trout and Salmon plate with horseradish cream.Here is the tray as it was all presented. Certainly not what I would call economy class food, it was fresh beautifully presented and actually tasted good!
Dessert and cheese followed. The fruit was ripe and delicious, the cheese cake was, well…cheesecake and the small gesture of a cheese plate was much appreciated. Turkish 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.
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!