Following the news that Turkish Airlines upgraded their Singapore to Istanbul route with a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, they are now also deploying the new aircraft to their direct route to the big apple, New York!
What are the details?
From the 10th of August in 2020, Turkish Airlines plans to adjust its popular Istanbul International to New York JFK route. Specifically, the previously A330-300 operated TK003/004 service will now be operated by the very much lauded Turkish Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
What are the route specifics?
There are actually quite a few daily and part-daily services between the two major cities, and only a few are receiving the Boeing 787 upgrade. Specifically, those highlighted in bold are Dreamliner services.
Flight Number: TK003 – Departing Istanbul 0650 AM – Arriving New York 1050 PM – 787-9 Dreamliner – Daily Service
Flight Number: TK001 – Departing Istanbul 1330 PM – Arriving New York 1725 PM – Boeing 777-300ER – Daily Service.
Flight Number: TK011 – Departing Istanbul 1835 PM – Arriving New York 2230 PM – Boeing 777-300ER – All days apart from Thursdays
Flight Number: TK011 – Departing Istanbul 1835 PM – Arriving New York 2230 PM – 787-9 Dreamliner – Only Thursdays
Flight Number: TK012 – Departing New York 0010 AM – Arriving Istanbul 1650 AM – Boeing 777-300ER – Everyday except Friday (paired serviced with TK011)
Flight Number: TK012 – Departing New York 0010 AM – Arriving Istanbul 1650 AM – 787-9 Dreamliner – Only Fridays.
Flight Number: TK004 – Departing New York 1230 PM – Arriving Istanbul next day at 0515 AM – Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Everyday
Flight Number: TK002 – Departing New York 1905 PM – Arriving Istanbul next day at 1155 AM – Boeing 777-300ER – Everyday.
As you can see there are plenty of opportunities to either fly on the new 787-9 or the original 777-300ER.
What is the difference between the 777-300ER and the 787-9?
At first, there might not seem that much of a difference in service between the two aircraft.
For economy, both aircraft have the same configuration (3-3-3) and the same pitch. The screens on the 787 are slightly bigger than the 777-300ER, and passengers might enjoy the bigger overhead bins, windows and LED mood lighting onboard. These are simply benefits of a newer aircraft.
But, as mentioned in the review, there is something a little old fashioned in the Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER business class. Specifically, the middle throne seat in the 2-3-2 configuration.
The new Boeing 787-9 business class has quite a different approach. The new cabin is in a 1-2-1 configuration, with every seat having aisle access and privacy. They are ordered in such a way that, every second row, the two seats are close enough to allow couples some intimacy if traveling together (although the divider is fixed and the single seats do not fold out into a double bed).
The 787-9 is replacing the Airbus A330-300 that is currently sharing this route with the 777-300ER. The A330-300 has the same seats as the Boeing 777-300ER, but has a better 2-2-2 configuration in the business class cabin.
What do you think? Will you fly on the new Dreamliner to New York? Let us know in the comments below!