Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A321 to Istanbul

Turkish Airlines Business Class in der Airbus A321

Until now, I only knew Turkish Airlines in Economy Class and Premium Economy, which has since been discontinued. On our trip to Kuala Lumpur this year, we were finally able to try out Turkish Airlines Business Class in the Airbus A321. In this review, you can find out what makes Turkish Airlines so much better than other European airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France or SWISS.

How did we book our flight?

Unser Urlaubsziel im Oktober 2023 war Malaysia und Thailand. Nachdem wir uns für eine Region entschieden hatten, machte ich mich auf die Suche nach günstigen Flugmöglichkeiten in die malaysische Hauptstadt Kuala Lumpur. Über Miles & More fand ich schließlich einen Prämienflug mit Turkish Airlines in der Business Class über Istanbul. Für diesen Flug mussten wir pro Person 71.000 Meilen investieren. Insgesamt also 213.000 Meilen und 1.100 EUR Steuern und Gebühren.

Miles & More Prämienflug mit Turkish Airlines
Miles & More Prämienflug mit Turkish Airlines

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What is the cabin and seat like in Turkish Airlines Business Class on Airbus A321?

The Turkish Airlines Business Class on the Airbus A321 has a separate cabin and not just a flexible curtain to Economy Class, as is common on short-haul routes in Europe. The cabin of our aircraft was equipped with a total of 16 seats in four rows. Turkish Airlines also uses Airbus A321s with five rows of business class. There were two seats per aisle side and row.

Turkish Airlines Business Class in der Airbus A321
Turkish Airlines Business Class in der Airbus A321

The seats in Turkish Airlines Business Class on the Airbus A321 are significantly different from those in Economy Class. They are large armchairs with dark blue leather upholstery. The seat shape reminded me of Turkish Airlines' previous Premium Economy (Review from back then). The headrest was infinitely adjustable and tilted to the side. The seat is also equipped with a personal reading lamp. Footrest and backrest are adjustable. However, the adjustment angle of the footrest is very small and I hardly noticed any effect. The legroom is very generous, so that the passenger can stand up at the window without the person sitting next to him also having to stand up.

Each seat is equipped with a sturdy table. This can be pushed forwards and backwards and folded away to the side to stand up. There is a small pull-out table between the seats for drinks. There is a universal socket per seat. The entertainment electronics can be folded out of the center armrest. There was a cushion with a brown fabric cover on our seat when we boarded. There is no amenity kit on short-haul flights.

Was gibt es in der Turkish Airlines Business Class in der Airbus A321 zu essen & trinken?

After boarding we were served the welcome drink. Traditionally, Turkish Airlines does not serve alcohol before departure. Instead there was a selection of different lemonades. Shortly afterwards, the menus for the flight to Istanbul were distributed.

Begrüßungsgetränk - Himbeerlimonade
Welcome drink – raspberry lemonade

Since our Turkish Airlines Business Class flight was early in the morning, breakfast was served. The menu included a ham and cheese omelette, gözleme, a traditional dish made from puff pastry and spinach, or porridge with dried fruits. There were also almond tarts, croissants and pastries. I chose the Turkish specialty and found it very tasty. Food requests are requested personally and then served directly from the galley. Warm towels were also served before and after the meal.

Frühstück in der Turkish Airlines Business Class
Breakfast in Turkish Airlines Business Class

The selection of drinks ranged from various juices and lemonade to ayran and other non-alcoholic drinks. Hot drinks included tea, Turkish coffee and hot chocolate. In addition to sparkling wine, alcoholic drinks included various wines and spirits.

Speisekarte mit Getränkeauswahl
Menu with selection of drinks

How is the in-flight entertainment in Turkish Airlines Business Class on the Airbus A321?

The aircraft was equipped with overhead monitors that displayed the flight route. Each business class passenger had a personal monitor in the center armrests. This worked, but unfortunately didn't offer any films to choose from. So we only had the games to try out. This meant that the headphones, which did not have active noise cancellation, were also unnecessary. There was another remote control with a small display in the seat for further operation of the entertainment system and also for switching on the lighting.


According to the display on the plane, it should be equipped with WiFi. But unfortunately that didn't work either or was switched off. The 2:30 hours of flight time were over quickly, even without WiFi.

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Review of Turkish Airlines Business Class on the Airbus A321
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Insgesamt haben wir den kurzen Flug von Berlin nach Istanbul in der A321 Business Class der Turkish Airlines sehr genossen. Der Sitz war großartig und viel besser als jeder andere Business-Class-Sitz auf einem Flug in Kontinentaleuropa. Der Service war durchgehend gut und das Catering von Do&Co war wie immer hervorragend. Die Turkish Airlines Business Class ist eine klare Empfehlung!


My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2021, I live with my wife Christin and our son in Merseburg and work in Leipzig as a product manager. What I love about travelling is flying, discovering delicious food and drink, and staying in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always on the lookout for the next adventure. I have been posting about my experiences on the road since 2007.