Revealed earlier this year, new Turkish Airlines’ business class seats are definitely going to be a nice upgrade over the current business class! Turkish Airlines is already my favorite business class carrier (for award flights) for many reasons but these new seats are definitely going to make it an even better product.
The First Scheduled US Flight for Turkish Airlines’ New Business Class Cabin
When and Where for Turkish Airlines New Business Class Cabin?
While the schedule could change, Turkish Airlines has loaded their first Boeing 787 aircraft with the new business class seats into their schedule. While there had been some word that the Istanbul – Atlanta route would be the first to get the new aircraft (current Turkish planes will not be receiving the new cabins but will be retrofitted with a different upgrade instead). It appears that it will not be Atlanta but Washington-Dulles that will get the first Boeing 787-9 Turkish plane.
Again, this schedule and aircraft assignment could change before the actual flight, but as of this post writing (April 28), the first Turkish Airlines’ 787 flight from Istanbul to the US will be on August 8th and will be from Istanbul to Washington-Dulles, flight TK 7.
At this time, there is zero award availability on that flight or any of the other flights after that date for the month of August. Business class award availability with Turkish is funny sometimes – there are times that there are big dumps of award seats on multiple routes and then just absolutely nothing.
The Boeing 787-9 will be replacing the Airbus A330 on the Washington route. You can see the difference in the seat maps below. The new Turkish Airlines business class will not be coming to the JFK route until 2020, which is kind of a shame.
That is the route I fly them the most so I was hoping that would come earlier. However, I may have a shot at trying the new business class cabin this year so will be doing a review if that happens!
Atlanta will be getting the new 787-9 aircraft and the new business class, starting September 10th.