I flyquite often: at leastfourflights permonth and regularlyto the other side ofthe world.I love the memories of mylast trip to Asiaand that haspartlyto do withthe fantasticflight I had. We we’re allowed to fly business classtoKuala Lumpur and backfromNepalwithTurkish Airlines. Because of my work I didfly business classduring someshortertrips.However,I dreamed ofa long flight where Icouldsleepfine, could eat well and arrive on my destination well rested.On my many(backpack)tripsI regularly envy the businessmen whoweresippingchampagne and lying horizontalwhile I pushed myself through theaislesand seek a place in betweentwo hundredrowdypeople withlong legs andjabbingelbows.Yes, thatbusiness classseemed cool to me.
I want to fly business classforever.
NowI need to grow a money tree.
Five reasonswhy everyone should at least fly business class onceinhis life. Turkish Airlinesisdirectlylabeled asone ofmy favoriteairlines.Ever. Hencetheenthusiasm.
I can’tsleep in aplane.I’m way tooafraid I snore, don’t wake upfor food(obsession)or fall asleep with myhead against theshoulderof myunknownneighbour.Sittingisnot myfavorite activity either.I can’t put my longDutchlegs anywhere,my elbow isinvariablyarguing withthe elbow of myneighbor and I have to wake up thethe entire row about five times to be ableto go to the toilet.
Business class?None of that.The whole areais mine.I have my ownarmrests,a movableTV, largeheadphonesanda chair that has about twenty sitting and sleeping possibilities.I presseda buttonand my legs lay straight. I order achampagneand watch a good movie.The choice of entertainment is huge.
And I getslippers.SLIPPERS!
Andsleeping? Easy breezy.ILAY FLAT. HO-RI-ZEN-TALLY.I presseda button(yes, pressing buttons turns out to be mybiggesthobbyin business class) and a beautifulmadame came witha mattress,blanketandpillow.They put mychair totallyflatand I repeat: ILAY FLAT.In a bed. Earplugs, eye maskand I slept for eight hours.I’ve never arrived this awaken onadestination.
The food ofTurkish Airlinesis heavenly.I’m not kidding.It was like beingin a good restaurantat a great height. The fact that youhave your own ookwith chef’s haton board who personally brings youall kind of platesfull ofgood food helps and then, if you think you‘ve had it all,he is moving towards you with adessert trolley( A DESSERT TROLLEY!).A broad menu ofdelicious cheese,Turkish bread, olives, lamb, fresh vegetablesanda cartfull ofdessertsaccompanied by good wine,a(fake)candle,realcutlery and glassesof actual glass is just perfect.
So this is possible too.
A privateflight attendant.A private chef.Someone who makes yourbed.The big smileyoualwaysreceive.The chocolates.The kindness.Thechampagnethatkeeps coming up.The buttonis mygreatest friend.Nothingis too much.
Theserviceof Turkish Airlinesis really a worth a 10.
4. Thebusiness lounge
I really don’t like towaitat an airport.In my experience I know that being present 40minutes in advance instead of 3 hours is actually fine,but sometimes you’re just waiting a lot more (including stopovers) than being in the air.
Well, flyingbusiness classhasanotheradvantage.Thebusinesslounges atthe airports. The Turkish Airlines business lounge in the Netherlandswas good: a privatewaiting roomfull of books, food anddrinks butthebigbusinessloungeinIstanbul was just more than amazing.This lounge is almost as large as my hometown Arnhem.There are several floorsfull of lounge sofas, chairs, pool tables, movie theaters, entertainment, pianos, race tracks.Cartsfull offood and wine, freshsaladbars, real live cooking and you canorder anything thatyou want. What a treat! As it turned out, mystopover becamesomething that could even last a little bit longer. With difficultyI get upafter two hours, butwiththe thought ofmyflat chair andchampagneIhopped happily to the plane again. Off to Asia.
5. Princess Laura
I actually felt like a princess. It has never been this amazing to fly. The smile on my face stayed there for the whole flight.Sometimesevenfelta little uncomfortable.I canbe just as happyon a tripsleeping ona matinthe jungle orin a woodenhutwith locals as inaluxury resort (I’m an easy traveler) but thisflight was just more than I expected.I am absolutely noluxury girl, but could appreciatethis treat.Especially consideringthe fact that sometimes I am up in the air more than being at home.It’ssimplyreally something that you indeed just need to doat least oncein your life.
I feel like a 12 year young childinstead of a 27 year old woman with quite some experienceafter writing thisarticle.But really, Iwas in the clouds.Literally.Business classis a very beautifulexperienceonsuch a longflight. The viewhelpedwith it as well.I hope to be able to get used to economy class again (joke).
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