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Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

Per the title. We'll be flying to Mauritius later in the year and the sensible options i.e. Avoiding CDG are to fly with Emirates via Dubai or Turkish via Istanbul.

Never flown with them Emirates before, but have flown economy long haul with Qatar and Etihad, so have an idea what to expect. For a similar price we can fly with Turkish at more favourable times and shorter total duration, although the legs are uneven length, whereas with Emirates they are about the same. They are also part of star alliance, so good for my miles balance! There may also be an option to do a mileage upgrade to business with Turkish too.

I know nothing about Turkish Airlines. Anyone have any experience/opinions/comparisons - ideally emirates economy vs Turkish economy or Turkish economy vs business. In case it matters the long haul section is on an A330.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

Our friends flew from Istanbul to Vietnam with Turkish airlines. They had no problems, said food was good, leg room was on par with other airlines.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I travel a ridiculous amount for work and have actually flown both Emirates and Turkish - in principle I find them both more comfortable (seats, meals, service...) than most other airlines (Singapore and Etihad are pretty good too of course).

I actually considered Turkish airlines one of the best companies around until one hellish trip where I got caught at Istanbul airport in the middle of an attack (yes that one). The behavior of the staff on that night put me off to the extent I haven't flown with them again.

Objectively - its a comfortable airline for a long flight and I personally like(d) transiting through Istanbul more than Dubai. I think they're also marginally more cost effective and if you can upgrade to business then I can tell you that the lounge at Istanbul is simply top of the class - never experienced a nicer one.

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Per the title. We'll be flying to Mauritius later in the year and the sensible options i.e. Avoiding CDG are to fly with Emirates via Dubai or Turkish via Istanbul.

Never flown with them Emirates before, but have flown economy long haul with Qatar and Etihad, so have an idea what to expect. For a similar price we can fly with Turkish at more favourable times and shorter total duration, although the legs are uneven length, whereas with Emirates they are about the same. They are also part of star alliance, so good for my miles balance! There may also be an option to do a mileage upgrade to business with Turkish too.

I know nothing about Turkish Airlines. Anyone have any experience/opinions/comparisons - ideally emirates economy vs Turkish economy or Turkish economy vs business. In case it matters the long haul section is on an A330.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I would avoid Istanbul airport. It is not a good one for a stopover.
Turkish Airlines used to be quite good. I flew a lot with them but they are not exactly improving.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I flew to Mauritius over Istanbul this past October, I'd probably avoid doing it again only because the airport is so packed but I was also 10 weeks pregnant, nauseous, and miserable so that might've had an impact on my overall experience.
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Old 14.01.2017, 22:14
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I've flown 3 of the 4 on long haul - Etihad, Emirates and Turkish. I think all are equally comfortable in economy and the food is similar. Etihad let us do a stopover for a few days in Dubai without extra charge, and that was nice.

In your shoes, for similar cost, I'd probably go with Turkish to get the miles on star alliance and hopefully the upgrade too.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I flew from New Delhi to Istanbul once with Turkish. It's not the longest flight ever, but it was fine. The Turkish lounge at the Istanbul airport is amazing though, that was definitely worth it. They also offered a free tour of the city if you happened to have enough time during your layover, not sure if that's still on.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I've flown Turkish short haul and Emirates long haul, and of the two, I'd go with Emirates for personal reasons.

Just checked the Emirates timetable on this route for May (for example), and all legs would be on the A380 with stopover times of roughly 4-7hrs in Dubai.

Turkish are an award winning airline, but personally, I find Ataturk airport dark and claustrophobic (low ceilings), at least in the areas where I've been. However, Turkish fly the A330-300 on that route which has lie flat beds in Business class.
http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-tw...l-flight-fleet

Both options have their advantages, so I can see your dilemna.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I have flown Etihad, Turkish and Emirates. I place Turkish third. Mostly business class work flying for me, but service on Turkish is distant third. Hard product closer than service, but still third. Also, Istanbul airport (Ataturk) is really poor for layover. Other two are generally too close to call for difference. I personally like Abu Dhabi airport best of the three (smallest and most manageable).

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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I flew Turkish to South Africa a while back and found the product more than decent. The business lounge in Istanbul has got to be one of the better Star Alliance lounges, but otherwise the airport is not great.

Turkish aircraft were comfortable and the food was really good. On the shorthaul leg from ZRH to Istanbul, although only an A320 they had nice business class seats, rather than just eco seats keeping the middle seat free.

Last time I took Emirates I had a drinks tray spilled over me at the beginning of the flight. The purser was too busy to come see me at any time during the 6 hour flight. Now, if I have to take any of the Gulf 3 airlines I stick with Qatar.
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Old 15.01.2017, 13:28
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...Just checked the Emirates timetable on this route for May (for example), and all legs would be on the A380 with stopover times of roughly 4-7hrs in Dubai...
Having flown the 380 a few times, this would really put me off as an economy passenger. Check-in, boarding, meal service, de-planing, immigration, luggage collection and customs take forEVER. It's not any more comfortable than a 330, imo.

However if flying business and you get the better treatment, faster service + lounge it might be worthwhile on the 380.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

have flown Emirates, Etihad etc..staff behavior is typical Arab towards non whites. Supercilious.

With turkish, it's worse - they are basically arabs who think they are europeans.

To sum up - if you are white, it's fine.
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have flown Emirates, Etihad etc..staff behavior is typical Arab towards non whites. Supercilious.

With turkish, it's worse - they are basically arabs who think they are europeans.

To sum up - if you are white, it's fine.
Really? My last flight with Emirates had on-board crew from 20 countries speaking 21 languages. Are you implying they train crew from all nationalities to act "Arab" toward non-whites? WTH is acting "Arab" btw?
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I fly twice a year with Emirates to Australia and the crew is always very friendly and efficient. I have just arrived back from Melbourne and I enjoyed talking to the flight attendants from about 19 to 20 different countries.

I stopped flying with Turkish airlines last year although I had never had any problems but I prefer Dubai as a stop-over.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

Hello,
I flew several times with turkish airlines as a turkish citizen from vienna to istanbul, prague to ist, zurich to istanbul, athens to istanbul and return direction..

Turkish airlines is the best airlines in Turkey (we have bunch of airlines), they really offer good services. I also flew with other airlines (the foreign ones) but i can definitely say that turkish airlines is the most. The seat is big enough, food is very delicious, stuff is always kind ( i never meet some wrong), i flew always with economic class (i was a student ) and for me was quite satisfied..

Note: An idiot (sorry for that) called the turkish people are arabic, not european. Turkish is not arabic, neither european, nor mongol. We came from the asia one thousand years ago to the anatolia, but our country location is in europe and asia (we call it 'avrasya) and if you consider also ottoman empire, our land was in 3 continents (asia-europe-africa). And you are such an idiot (sorry again), even the topic is about airlines, you talk about nationality. (I just wanted to give a short answer, i am really sorry for my rude message, i cant understand some kind of people.. )
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WTH is acting "Arab" btw?
Riding up and down the aisle on a horse, dishdasha trailing behind, waving a scimitar and ululating.

In sva's defence, if you google "etihad racism" you get an awful lot of hits, almost all of which concern passengers from India.
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Really? My last flight with Emirates had on-board crew from 20 countries speaking 21 languages. Are you implying they train crew from all nationalities to act "Arab" toward non-whites?
Exactly.

My mate and former colleague from Lancashire (born and bred) was Etihad cabin crew, and the last time I flew Emirates Business class, the crew just in that section spoke 16 languages and included a girls from Ireland and Finland.

Transiting through Dubai on the route the OP is looking at shouldn't be an issue as DXB has a dedicated A380 pier. If there's time to watch the fares before booking, I'd put a marker on Emirates Business class fares to watch for any change as the No.1 option.
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In sva's defence, if you google "etihad racism" you get an awful lot of hits, almost all of which concern passengers from India.
The first part would be awesome. They should totally incorporate that into the boring safety videos!

The second, he also said that the Turks are "basically Arabs who think they're Europeans" - so it was a bit puzzling all in all.
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The second, he also said that the Turks are "basically Arabs who think they're Europeans" - so it was a bit puzzling all in all.
It's a figure of speech. I've heard it used with reference to Cypriots before now. Not a very nice one, of course.
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Re: Anyone flown Turkish Airlines long haul?

I flew Turkish from Istanbul to Johannesburg, and whilst the service was good, the legroom was particularly limited, especially compared to Emirates. I am not sure which aircraft we flew, so it might be better on the one you'll be taking to Mauritius.

I often fly Emirates, even though the layovers can be longer, because (i) the service is excellent, the cabins tend to be spacious with good legroom, and (iii) the airport definitely makes for a better layover than Istanbul Ataturk.

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