Manchester to Kuala Lumpur,
Turkish Airlines, Economy (Long Haul Flight Review)
Hi, this will be a review of my experience with Turkish Airlines. I believe, there are a lot of Turkish Airlines reviews out there on the net. However, I feel like I have to add another one as I really love this courier. It’s been my favourite for quite a long time. Maybe someday, I think that I should write this review in TripAdvisor forums as well, they are so good that deserve credits.
So, this time, I was travelling from Manchester to Kuala Lumpur. I took a bus to go to Manchester Airport, very convenient and cheap.
It was on a summer morning. Relatively sunny compared to the typical day.This time along, I grab this book to accompany me on this long-haul journey. You know, reading could be one of the fun things you do when you are bored especially to kill the time during a long flight.
The first leg of the flight was for 4 hours, then I opted for an 8 hours transit, as this was my very first time landing in Istanbul, so why not go out and check the historic old town of Istanbul.
The second leg of the flight consumed more than 9 hours. Therefore, if you are planning to fly to Kuala Lumpur from Manchester or UK, it will generally take more than 15 hours for a shorter transit but for me, it was merely 21 Hours of travelling time. Note that a direct flight from London Heathrow will only take you 13 Hours to reach Kuala Lumpur.
But…if it is what it takes to head home, my beautiful Malaysia, I’ll do it always.
So here we go!!
This time, I boarded economy. I managed to flown business class once. With Turkish Airlines as well, I will write the review later.
I boarded the plane, to my liking, the Turkish airline seat was quite comfy. The legroom was adequate. I remember the cabin was not full. I got all three seats for myself. Now..we’re talking! Oh, one more thing about Turkish Airlines, they will give you a taste of what Turkey is before taking off. The cabin crew distributed a piece of Turkish Delight to us once we settled down.
Straight after the airline cruised in a steady altitude, the cabin crew handed me the menu for our in-flight meals. I’m excited. Based on the reviews I read online about Turkish airlines, most people felt that their meal is a different league. Actually, this was one of the main reasons why I choose to fly with Turkish Airlines besides wanting to have transit in Istanbul.
The in-flight experience
So, this was my meal. The chicken was juicy enough. I was quite afraid to be served dry chicken meat. But I was lucky! The chicken was succulent with enough satay sauce to give me the teaser of heading home. The rice was fluffy, ratatouille tasted fresh, but I didn’t like the beans..never like beans. That almond cake was like definitely tasted better than it humble look. Plus I got that small cheese and cracker box. In overall, the meal was above average.
Is Turkish Airline good? – If someone ever asks me this question, I will definitely say yes! In fact, this very first experience was the starting point that made me joined their frequent fliers program. It was worth it. Value for money and very satisfying.
Transit in Istanbul
I spent few hours in the old city of Istanbul. Managed to wander around, visited one of the hammams. This country is so beautiful, I wish that one day I will have my holiday in Oludeniz; famous for it blue lagoon, but such place is available in Malaysia too.
Later, I continued my second leg of the flight, because of tiredness, I felt asleep early, only awoken after my dry throat was screaming for something to quench the thirst. To the back alley I went, I found no cabin crews, but they left us with all the drinks and basically we can just help ourselves.
More plus points!!
In overall, this was a very enjoyable flight. It made me attached to Turkish Airlines.