Is This Turkish Airlines’ New Business Class Seat?

While Turkish Airlines has an excellent business class soft product, unfortunately their seats leave a lot to be desired.

The good news is that in 2019 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 next year.

Turkish Airlines hasn’t 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.

While the seats as such haven’t been revealed, Turkish Airlines has shared the seatmap for their new 787-9s, which give 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

Anyway, Turkish newspaper Hürriyet has a long story about Turkish Airlines, and it also talks about the new business class seats. I’m using Google Translate to read it, so I can’t guarantee I’m getting the full picture, though it contains the below pictures:

Based on these pictures having the Turkish Airlines logo and also having cabin finishes that I’d expect Turkish Airlines to have, it sure seems to me like these could be the new Turkish Airlines business class seats.

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 appears to be 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, I can’t guarantee this is actually Turkish Airlines’ new seat, though if I were a betting man I’d say it’s more likely than not that it is. It’s also about what I’d expect from Turkish. I wasn’t expecting them to introduce a groundbreaking new seat, especially since they don’t plan on reconfiguring existing planes with these seats.

Rather I was expecting them to introduce something that represents a significant upgrade, which this most definitely is. When combined with Turkish’s industry leading business class food, I’d say this would make for a very nice experience.

Do you think this is Turkish’s new business class seat, and if so, what do you make of it?

(Tip of the hat to No Name)


  1. If this is really what it is, then not really impressed at all… especially with their long north and south America flights this is not the most desirable product…they could have done better ‍♂️

  2. If there is one thing that it is far from being class leading in SQ is their hard-product.
    No airline should copy that.
    I’d prefer them to go with the B/E Diamond that equips AA, AM, AC and otheir in their 780 family.

  3. I think the finishes look nice enough, though they should have gone with a reverse herringbone seat, especially if they could fit the same number of seats in the same space. Additionally, SQ uses this on regional flights, which I think says enough in terms of the quality of this hard product.

  4. @Noah
    I actually prefer SQ’s regional seat than their long-haul one in some of their planes. At least you don’t have to angle in an awful position to sleep.

    It also reminds me of TAP portugal’s new a330neo seat to a lesser extent.

  5. Not sure why so much criticism of this. It looks like an ordinary staggered configuration. It’s not Q suites, but beyond that it’s about as good as it gets in terms of all aisle access configurations. Is it materially different or worse than the El Al 787, which everyone has only great things to say about?

    Also, I think the finishes are particularly elegant. The cabin looks gorgeous.

  6. I guess it’s worse than a Vantage XL seat. The honeymoon config doesn’t make any sense with these huge privacy shields. Better to have a left-right staggered configuration.

  7. @Ric Turkish Airlines does have 3 routes for their 787, IST-DPS Starting July 17, IST-ATL Starting Sept 8? and IST-IAD Starting Sept 10.
    Also Lucky they know for certain not “They should receive each starting next year.” They will began receiving them.

  8. In the article it says TK is planning to fly to Mexico City and Cancun in 2019 and is working on opening a new route to EWR.

  9. A good home airport is vital for a hub and spoke transfer airline like Turkish. It is going to be interesting to see what the new Istanbul airport is like for transit passengers. Potentially, though, 2019 could be a very good year for Turkish.

  10. I can’t wait to fly a Turkish A350 from New York and then their 787 to Denpasar/Bali. Their fares are always so affordable & sensible, their food is reputable. Ahh I just can’t wait so I can ditch my current arrangements with stagnating Qatar!

  11. Ray i was thinking exactly the same, used to fly Paris DPS with Qatar until they destroyed any loyalty from their customers a few month ago by devaluating overnight their ffp and shutting down their ffp call centers.
    Now switching to EVAair, and awaiting TK impatiently.

  12. I actually love Turkish Airlines current business class seats over most others. The open plan allows you to stretch out and actually sleep. Unlike the cramped coffins that seem to be the norm in most “modern” business class.

  13. Looks fab! I know I’m in the minority, but I like their current product. Airy, fully flat and forward facing – combined with the best food in the air and in my experience very friendly crews. This will only improve it further.

  14. Hi there, I have a two seats for my honeymoon booked on the new 789’s on Turkish. From what I can tell, all the seats marked taken in your seat map are marked that way in every iteration of flights. That makes me think these aren’t actually seats but just place holders. Which seats would you guys recommend if we’re trying to sit together in the middle? The seat map and leaked new pictures together certainly don’t make it easy. The phone reps are pretty clueless as well.

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