Confirmed: here is Turkish Airlines' new business class seat

By David Flynn, January 22 2019
Confirmed: here is Turkish Airlines' new business class seat

Turkish Airlines has pulled back the covers on its new business class seat, and here it is.

The airline has confirmed its choice of the Aurora seat from Stelia Aerospace – based on Singapore Airlines' new regional business class – for its forthcoming Boeing 787 and  Airbus A350 jets, with the first Dreamliners due mid-2019. (Turkish Airlines has 25 each of the Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 on order.)

Turkish Airlines' Boeing 787 will take wing in mid-2019
Turkish Airlines' Boeing 787 will take wing in mid-2019

Stelia is touting its slice of Turkish delight as "full flat, full access, full privacy”: a trio of traveller-friendly traits, delivered in a  modern 1-2-1 layout.

This includes a 44" seat pitch, an 18" HD video display, plenty of space in the 'generous footwell' cubby and a privacy screen between the paired middle seats.

"The interior trimmings of each seat have also been given a touch of luxury with Alcantara padding, a material used to fit the interiors of sports cars," Stelia says.

"This bespoke Business Class seat has been developed for Turkish Airlines as their best in class seat, in order to enhance passenger comfort for long haul" remarked Stelia Aerospace exec Thierry Kanengieser.

However, Turkish Airlines says the impressive new seats won't be refitted to its current Airbus A330, A340 or Boeing 777 jets.

"We do not have any plan on the implementation of this new design for our existing aircraft, but so far we have a different retrofit project for the existing widebodies," Turkish Airlines' Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmuştur told Australian Business Traveller.

Singapore Airlines' mostly-identical regional business class provides more detail of what business class flyers will see on Turkish Airlines' latest jets.

This will include an alternating layout in which some window seats see passengers sitting directly next to the window and away from the aisle, as shown below...

... while others will swap this around and position the passenger at the aisle, with a shelf between them and the window.

Likewise, paired middle seats will either be next to one another or further apart, in what some industry wags term a 'honeymoon and divorce' configuration.

In either case there's a screen between the middle seats which can be raised for privacy or lowered for sociability.

For more insight into the practicalities of Turkish Airlines' new Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 business class seat, read our detailed review of Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 regional business class.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2017

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That looks very, very smart!. Great schemes happening there.

22 Jan 2018

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Nice layout! Shame we won’t see it in their revenue generating 77W flights.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Aug 2014

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Qantas take note...

29 Oct 2017

Total posts 4

Thai Airlines cant be that faraway from an upgrade surely !!!!

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1201

Stelia Aerospace (a division of Airbus) seems to be having some success getting its seats fitted to newbuild Boeing 787s.

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