While Turkish Airlines has an excellent business class soft product, unfortunately their seats leave a lot to be desired.
The good news is that this year Turkish Airlines will introduce an all new business class seat, which will debut on their new 787-9 aircraft. The airline has 25 Boeing 787-9s, as well as 25 Airbus A350-900s on order, and they should receive the first of each of those in a few months.
Up until now, Turkish Airlines hasn’t officially revealed much about their new business class seats, other than to say that they’ll each feature direct aisle access, and that they’ll be private.
In October Turkish released the 787 seatmap
Before Turkish Airlines even shared any hints of what the new seats would be like, last October Turkish Airline published the seatmap for the new 787-9, which gave us a general sense of what to expect.
As I wrote about the seatmap at the time:
- There will be 30 business class seats, presumably between doors one and two, which matches the density you’ll find on airlines that have reverse herringbone seats in this space; that should give you a sense of the real estate per seat
- Seats will be in some sort of a staggered configuration; I don’t think the seatmap is completely accurate in it showing alternating rows of 2-2 and 1-2-1, but rather I think that’s just how the seatmap displays it, when in reality there will be one seat along each window and two seats staggered in the center section
In December the new business class seat was leaked
In early December I wrote about how Turkish newspaper Hürriyet had a long story about Turkish Airlines, and it also talked about the new business class seats. Interestingly it contained the below pictures, leading me (and others) to believe that this would be Turkish’s new business class.
I especially believed that given that the pictures had the Turkish Airlines logo and also had the cabin finishes that I’d expect Turkish Airlines to have.
This is officially Turkish’s new business class
As noted by AusBT, it has now officially been confirmed that the above pictures are in fact of Turkish’s new business class seats. While we don’t have further pictures or details beyond what we have now, it’s good to get that confirmation.
This staggered configuration has direct aisle access from every seat, and the seats are certainly fairly private (Turkish never said they’d introduce doors in business class, and these are much more private than their old seats).
This seat may look familiar, and that’s because it’s a modified version of Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10 business class seat. Singapore Airlines is using the 787-10 primarily for regional routes, but not surprisingly they chose a very good product for these planes. This is a seat designed by Stelia Aerospace, and it looks like it’s based on the Stelia Solstys III seat.
So yeah, now we know for sure that this will be Turkish’s new business class seat. Unfortunately the airline doesn’t have plans to install these seats on their A330s and 777s, though the airline says they have a separate retrofit project for those planes (which we don’t yet know the details of).
Turkish’s new business class seat is a huge improvement over their old one, and I can’t wait for their 787s and A350s to enter service. While this isn’t a cutting edge hard product, Turkish has an excellent soft product, so this should be an all around very nice experience.
I’m also curious to see what retrofit plans they have for their 777 and A330 aircraft, given the (mostly) underwhelming products they offer on these planes.
What do you make of Turkish’s new business class seat?