Original title: Turkish Airlines – flying high in Istanbul
This spring, the biggest move in civil aviation history took place within a matter of hours. The goal of this complicated choreography was to transfer all passenger air traffic to the new Istanbul airport and, at the same time, take the first step towards realizing its aim to become the largest in the world. What can one expect from this emblem of modern Turkey?
FROM YUL TO IST
Flying Business Class on Turkish Airlines non-stop from Montreal gave us a chance to enjoy the carrier’s latest innovations. For starters, we jetted through the clouds from the comfort of their new Flow Sleeping Set, a state-of-the- art collection designed by Zorlu Textiles; we particularly liked the contemporary, minimalist design of this set, which includes a sleeping pad with an orthopaedic surface, a blanket and pillow. When it came to dining, the onboard chefs whipped up delicious meals inspired by Turkish—and international—cuisine, served on china.
ISTANBUL AIRPORT: BRIGHT AND BRAND NEW
The iconic air traffic control tower of this new ultramodern airport stands out against the skyline. Shaped like a tulip, the historic symbol of this incredible city, it has already received several prestigious international design awards.
The interior of the terminal is a marvel. Upon entering the hall, one is struck by the amount of light and the Eastern touches in design. Turkey’s highly anticipated architectural landmark is a treat for the senses.
LOUNGING AT IST
Istanbul distinguishes itself from other major cities with its incredibly diverse attractions, both day and night, and a fantastic history spanning both sides of the Bosporus, the channel separating the European continent from Asia.
The new lounges at IST perfectly symbolize the splendour and breadth of the city, and the energy of its 15 million inhabitants. The Business Lounge, Miles & Smiles Lounge and the Domestic Lounge are among the superb offerings from Turkish Airlines that reflect the striking main terminal by combining comfort and relaxation with forward-thinking product design and refreshing amenities. The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge can seat up to 765 people and features 13 private suites with showers, and a 130-square-metre museum space displaying works from the Istanbul Modern Art Museum collection. The Miles & Smiles Lounge, which can also accommodate 765 travellers, offers comfortable seating, Turkish sweets, international cuisine, massages, video gaming, 3D entertainment and a children’s play area. There are also conference rooms, a library and a prayer room.
Whether you are flying to Moscow, Bangkok, Shanghai, Cairo, Algiers, Montreal, Toronto or any other international destination, the service offered by Turkish Airlines is second to none, both on the ground and in the air. There is also every positive indication that the Istanbul Airport’s ambition to become the world’s largest will soon be realized.
Turkish Airlines passengers can access the lounges by presenting their same-day Business Class tickets, or through their Miles & Smiles Elite and Elite Plus, Star Alliance Gold or Corporate Club membership.