Saturday, June 8, 2013

A blog entry from 30,000 feet in the air, somewhere over Turkey on Turkish Airlines

That's our private chef onboard the flight, offering us way too many good things to eat....

Good morning from approximately 30,000 feet above sea level, on board the Turkish Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Istanbul. It's so fantastic for someone like to me to have WiFi in the sky, and this really makes me a big Turkish Airlines fan.

So few airlines still have WiFi in the sky, and it makes all the difference in the world, especially for people like me who basically work 24-7.


The food is great, entertainment system is good, and service is on-par with anywhere in the world.

My only comment -- and here's a really spoiled traveler talking, to be very honest -- is that the business class seating configuration is 2-3-2 instead of the usual 2-2-2 on newer planes of other airlines flying out of Hong Kong.


But if you're used to a 2-2-2 seat configuration, or a 1-2-1 seat configuration, you feel the difference with a 2-3-2.

Not a big deal at all as the beds are as flat as can be, and you still have all the space you could ever need. But I just thought I'd mention this as it's the only slight difference I can tell, as a very frequent business class passenger on all the airlines flying Asia to Europe.


Appetizers on Turkish Airlines Hong Kong - Istanbul tonight

If you're traveling with a companion, however, it certainly works.

My last few trips with friends have been on the more private 2-2-2- configurations, and you basically don't get much of a conversation with your travel companion.

Whereas this 2-3-2 configuration on Turkish Airlines is very conducive to traveling together and having conversations over dinner if you feel like it, and privacy if you don't.


Those are the appetizers alone...

The other big deal on Turkish is it's food.

I still think it has among the most decent meals inflight, of any airline. We had a seven-course dinner last night, after taking off from Hong Kong, and then there's a hefty breakfast before we land.

I wasn't even planning to eat last night but I just couldn't help it.


These are the three desserts I chose from that massive trolley of sweets on offer

And now it's less than four hours to landing. Talk about a nice painless flight.

Just in case you think I'm waxing rhapsodic abut Turkish Airlines because I'm on one of these invitational media trips with free tickets, that's not true at all.

I wish this was the case, as I would have more of an excuse for indulging in the great Istanbul Shopping Festival on the way back.

But, no, we have paid our dues for our ticket to Europe and we're happy.

I even got a very nice sleep. I don't really go on free media trips myself, by the way, even if we get so many invitations.

We are Travelife Magazine, the leading travel and lifestyle publication, after all. People don't read us because we write articles based on some cookie cutter freebie trip that all the other magazines have gone on.


We're real travelers with great stories. 

Although ocassionally, our Travelife team will join some of the invitational trips thrown our way as everyone likes to travel in our team and it's a great opportunity for our entire wonderful Travelife team to also live a Travelife.

Everyone who works at Travelife and who likes to travel, does live a Travelife.

But we make sure to distinguish these trips as Travelife reviews rather than 100% travel articles.

That's part of the super extensive Turkish Airlines menu for dinner...

Personally, when I do a private trip (which is basically every other week), I shortlist everywhere I want to stay and plan everything I want to do. So all of my trips are the kinds only Travelife can do.

I don't outsource the planning to anyone as I know exactly what I want and how to create the most seamless trips possible. I almost never go on trips that other people plan. 

No one travels like us. Or writes like us.

Good morning from high up in the skies, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife, as always. It'll be breakfast soon, and I've ordered a cheese omelette and a cup of hot chocolate before landing....


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