If you have been following along you know that Turkish Airlines is one of my favourite airlines to fly (although not recently…) Their business-class lounge in Istanbul is one of the best in my opinion and their service and hospitality in the air really set the bar. That said, as I found flying their A320 between Istanbul and Tbilisi, their older planes can use some attention.
Here’s my most recent trip experience with their A321 business-class product.Compare prices on Turkish Air flights with Skyscanner
Route: Antalya to Istanbul
Highlights: Meal service
Low lights: Seats need a refreshSeats
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As I was flying to Istanbul before connecting on I was departing Antalya from the smaller domestic terminal. As such, I wasn’t expecting much from the lounge and service.
I arrived at the check-in counter and, to my surprise, found a dedicated business class area. I was waved over by an attendant to scan my ticket then pointed me around the corner. Confused, she walked me over to the dedicated business class room which included three check-in counters and a dedicated security right there. Now that’s convenient.
Once checked in, the elevator on the other side of security takes you up to the departure level. Another flight up and you are at the Antalya SIP Turkish Air lounge.
Antalya CIP Lounge Experience
The Antalya CIP lounge is spacious but lacking in amenities compared to the flagship lounge at IST. Where’s my golf simulator?! 😂
I was travelling early AM so service was limited to packaged snacks. Stil, the coffee is great and the lounge is a comfortable space.
For a full rundown of my time at the CIP lounge, stay tuned for my full dedicated review.
Turkish Air A321 Business Class Seats
Unlike the A320 I had just flown, the Turkish Air A321-200 business class seats are in 2-2 configuration. That said, the same dated and damaged issues remain. These seats have many hours on them and it shows.
Despite the cosmetic issues, there is plenty of leg room and seats are wide and comfortable.
There is USB charging in the centre rest and old-school headphone jacks. Other than that, there isn’t much to write home about the Turkish Air A321 business class seats.
Turkish Air A321 Business Class In-Flight Entertainment
Despite having a very old remote control system in the armrest, there is no inflight entertainment on the Turkish Air A321, or at least not that I found. It’s possible it was tucked away in the other armrest but I was too fussed to find out. Turkish Air does, however, offer an entertainment app where you can stream movies and TC shows pre-flight and in-flight. This is a fantastic service. It has plenty of titles to choose from including the latest Hollywood hits and classics.
Turkish Air A321 Business Class Service and Amenities
As this was a short haul, no amenities kits were provided on this Turkish Air 321 business class flight. The service started with freshly squeezed juice and a hot towel. Like my other flights with Turkish Airlines, the flight attendants were friendly and attentive. At the time I was flying, mask restrictions were still in place. The recorded safety announcement has a nice touch of saying their staff are smiling behind their masks and believe this to be true.
Turkish Air A321 Business Class Food and Drink
Once again, like all Turkish Airlines flights, the meal service is where they shine. I was travelling early AM so got to enjoy a very fresh breakfast set of cheeses, fruit and veggies. This was much appreciated after several days of donairs in Antalya.
Turkish Air A321-200 Final Thoughts
Like Turkish Airlines’ other aged aeroplanes, the A321 is in need of an interior refresh or retirement. Seats are worn and dated compared to other options out there. That said, this certainly does not impact the service onboard. I would still choose Turkish Airlines for its inflight meal service and friendly staff. What say you?READ MORE: Turkish Air 787-9 Business Class Review