Turkish Business IST-PVG: Really, 2-3-2?


Turkish Business IST PVG Flight Review is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.

No Time For Lounge Dr. Jones 

Between taxiing on the runway and the distance to the lounge, there was no time to go back to the new Turkish Business Lounge.

Go to gate, not the lounge.

Finally a Good Flight? 

In terms of flights, this ANA RTW has been underwhelming despite my audacious blog post titled Booked! ANA RTW: 22,000 Miles in Glorious Business. First, there was the nightmare on United. Then there was the prop plane change from Brussels to Munich. The only reprieve from disappointment was the BCN to IST flight because it had proper pods. Imagine my outrage when I came aboard Turkish Airlines IST to PVG to find the dreadful 2-3-2 configuration. It was shocking that this route didn’t have a better plane.

I lucked out because no one sat next to me, but I was a bit concerned when I initially couldn’t get the seats to lie flat.

What is this ancient instrument?
Better than sitting upright


Like all Turkish flights, I chalk up the abrupt service to the language barrier. “Breakfast yes?” may sound rude but I don’t believe the intent was to sound standoffish.

Amenities kit

There were no pajamas which was disappointing because I would’ve loved Versace ones to compliment my amenities kit.


I hate meze! I actually don’t but the meze on an airplane novelty had worn off after multiple TK flights and after a few new nights in Beirut (Searching for the Best Shawarma Beirut). Redundant food aside, the candle was a nice touch.


For a change, I went with a vegetarian pasta dish. It wasn’t bad.

Lie Flat

There were no comfy pillows or blankets. It was good enough for sleep but nothing special.

Live TV

All planes should have live TV and it should be for the duration of the flight. Background noise while sleeping helps the time drift by.


The mushroom and egg omelette was over microwaved.


I’m glad I wasn’t in peasant but as far as miles upon miles in business bliss, this trip has fallen short.

The Turkish Business IST PVG Flight Review is the latest post in the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.


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