Winning ‘Best Airline in Europe’ in 2012 as voted for by Skytrax, Turkish Airlines began life in a much smaller scale. With a budget of just 180,000 Turkish Lira, one of Turkey’s first aviators Mr Fesa Evrensev, launched Turkish Airlines with just 24 staff. In 2006, the airline’s one hundredth aircraft joined their fleet, whisking passengers all over the globe in comfort and style.
How to Check in
Turkish Airlines offer an online check-in service, available from 24 hours and up to 90 minutes before take-off. This enables you to print your boarding pass before travelling and a speedier airport experience. You can also print your boarding pass free of charge at one of the airline’s airport Kiosks. Simply go to the Manage My Booking section of the website to check-in online. If you prefer things a little more ‘old school’ you can check-in at any Turkish Airline counter at the airport two hours before departure of your flight.
Baggage Allowances and Fees
Happily, all passengers are entitled to free hold baggage with Turkish Airlines - 20kg for Economy and Comfort Class and 30kg for Business Class. Carry-on luggage is a fairly generous 8kg for all passengers. Unlike many other airlines this does not include laptops, baby bags and coats. If you have excess baggage this will be charged at up to £15 per kg depending on your destination.
Seating – Leg Room and Choosing a Seat
Seating on Turkish Airlines planes is also quite generous. Standard Economy seats let you have 32 inches in which to stretch your pins. If you are lucky enough to travel Premier class you can indulge in some yoga at 5,000 feet in the whopping 46 inches of legroom. In First Class, you get an ‘almost horizontal’ 90 inches of legroom for a blissful flying experience, with the fabled fully reclining flat-beds available to all travellers in Business Class. When checking-in with Turkish Airlines, online or at the airport, you can select a seat of your choice for no additional charge.
Onboard Turkish Airlines
On most flights Turkish Airlines provide either a snack or a full meal, depending on the length of the flight. There is inflight entertainment in the shape of TV programmes, films and music channels as well as video games to play. You also get an in-flight magazine, free drink and a very friendly crew!