Turkish Airlines' next-generation business class seat is now flying on its latest Boeing 787 jets, and will also take pride of place on a fleet of factory-fresh Airbus A350s from 2020.
These modern stylish seats offer direct aisle access for every passenger, along with more space and greater privacy than the Star Alliance member's conventional Boeing 777 business class seats – making them the prize pick ahead of long flights.
Turkish Airlines' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has 30 business class seats across eight rows: seven rows are in a 1-2-1 layout, while the last row comprises of just two window seats.
The staggered seating layout makes it a bit trickier to snare a seat location that's ideally suited to your preferences, but on the plus side it rewards savvy flyers (such as Executive Traveller readers) who plan ahead.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 787's best business class seats
|Your corner suite||1A, 1K|
|For couples||1E & 1F, 3E & 3F, 5E & 5F, 7E & 7F|
|Maximum room for your feet||1A, 1E, 1F, 1K|
|Window seats||2A, 2K, 4A, 4K, 6A, 6K, 8A, 8K|
In rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Turkish Airlines' Boeing 787 business class cabin, what would normally be considered 'window seats' – labelled A and K – are positioned closer to the aisle, with a shelf between the passenger and the window. The middle seats (E and F) are directly next to one another, in what the seat boffins call a 'honeymoon' configuration.
Those seat positions are flipped around in rows 2, 4, 6 and 8. The window seats (A and K) are now proper window seats, with the shelf between the passenger and the aisle. The middle seats are now closer to the aisle, putting more separation between the passengers (predictably, unlike the cosy closeness of a 'honeymoon' pair, this is called a 'divorce' configuration).
Here's how those 'honeymoon-divorce' middle seats look in real life: the seats at the aisle are D and G seats, those in the centre are E and F seats.
'Window seats' are alternatively adjacent to the window and the aisle, with the shelf and storage area switching between the passenger's left and right.
The immediate take-aways here: if you want to sit next to the window and take in the scenery, or star-gaze during an overnight flight, grab one of the window seats (A or K) in an odd-numbered row.
Note however that the extended shell of this seat design can somewhat obstruct the view, depending on the position of the individual seat.
However, there's some good news: every A and K seat on Turkish Airlines' Boeing 787 business class has a window. There are no sections of the fuselage where the presence of internal ducting means you'll be sitting next to a blank section of cream-coloured wall.
If you're travelling with a partner and want to share as much of the experience as you can, be sure you book E and F seats (not D and G seats) and then drop the partition between your seats.
If you're flying solo and all the window seats have already been chosen, opt for a D or G seat that's situated at the aisle rather in a side-by-side pair (the ones you want are 2D, 2G, 4D, 4G, 6D or 6G).
However, passengers in 1E, 1F, 2D or 2G will have no overhead luggage bins above their seats – those bins have been removed to make room for the secret crew bunks located in this hidden loft – so you'll need to stow your cabin cabins in any other nearby luggage bins.
Executive Traveller's choice
Our top pick in business class on Turkish Airlines' Boeing 787-9 would be seats 1A and 1K.
Located behind the bulkhead in the first row of the business class cabin, these seats also make provision for a bassinet – but instead of the kidlet-cradle being mounted on the bulkhead wall, it's tucked away into a spacious corner nook.
And if not booked by passengers with an infant in tow, this seat is superb for the solo business traveller because they can use the space during the flight (but not during taxi, take-off and landing) to keep a laptop bag or cabin bag handy if they need access to its contents during the flight, such as for working.
Add Turkish Airlines' offer of free inflight WiFi for business class passengers, and you can see why we consider this a 'corner office above the clouds'.
There's another bonus, which also applies to the middle seats 1E and 1F: there's noticeably more room in the 'foot nook' for these bulkhead-facing seats compared to other rows.
Of course, the perennial downside of being in the front row is that there's a bit of extra traffic to the lav and noise from the galley – but life's never perfect, is it?
David Flynn travelled as a guest of Turkish Airlines.