This past summer, for the first time, we travelled long haul with Turkish Airlines. The buzz around the airline has been on a steady incline over the last few years and particularly this year when they had an incredibly large advertising campaign as the airline partner of the Euros. Their advertising campaigns didn’t actually play any part in our choosing the airline; we knew we wanted to travel from Europe to Bali, and with Kuala Lumpur being one of the cheapest places to fly to in Southeast Asia, we geared our search towards there because we had already flown from there to Bali the year prior.
Through Skyscanner we found a deal with Turkish Airlines from Oslo to Kuala Lumpur, with a layover in Istanbul. After flying budget last year with Ukrainian International Airlines, we knew we wanted to go for a slightly more luxurious airline, and from reviews we read online, Turkish seemed to fit the bill.
When we arrived at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, the staff at the Turkish Airlines desk were extremely pleasant and helpful. All four of our flights ran on time, and on each flight the staff were friendly, warm and accommodating. We didn’t really have any requests on any of our flights; but when people asked to be moved, and so on, the staff obliged seamlessly.
The food on the flights was surprisingly good; three courses and unlimited drinks on the long haul flights and lunch meals and drinks on the shorter ones. They accommodated people with dietary restrictions and had a pretty good selection for the rest of us as well.
The planes were spacious; something I was delighted about after feeling quite claustrophobic the previous year when journeying to Beijing. The seats were fitted with USB ports to charge phones, had tonnes of brand new movies and television shows to watch as well as single and multiplayer games. Lots of these things might sound trivial, but on 10-hour flights it’s things like this that you come to be thankful for.
The airline was a sponsor of Batman vs Superman during the time we flew, so each passenger received a themed toiletry bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, slippers, earphones and sleeping mask as well as a blanket and pillow on their seats.
In terms of cost, Turkish is one of the most economical luxury airlines. Our flights cost just over £400 return each, which, for an almost 20,000km round trip in the high season is extremely reasonable. Right now on their website, most of their trips from the UK to elsewhere come in around £300-£450, which again is very reasonable.
Overall, I was impressed with Turkish Airlines. Staff, food, hygiene, space, cost and amenities were all provided at a low cost and high standard. Would definitely use again.