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Turkish Airlines Launches New York–Istanbul Flights

December 1, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Turkish Airlines has launched the industry's only nonstop First Class service between New York's JFK and Istanbul's Ataturk International (IST) airports. The daily nonstop Boeing 777-300ER service features 312 seats in a three-class configuration—eight in First, 30 in Business and 274 in Economy—departing JFK every day (seven days a week) at 4:15 p.m., and arriving IST at 9:25 a.m. the following morning. The return flight departs Istanbul at 10:30 a.m., arriving New York at 2:45 p.m. that day.

Exclusive airport services for first-class passengers include a dedicated private lounge and a check-in counter, and in Istanbul "meet and greet" from check-in to boarding. Travelers can kick back and enjoy the trip across the Atlantic Ocean in their own 26-square-foot suite, with a sliding door that ensures total privacy. Seats recline to a fully flat 180 degrees and 6.8-foot length with massage from eight different points. Exclusive in-flight offerings include: unlimited caviar; an assortment of authentic Turkish meze and hors d'oeuvres from international cuisines; a choice of meat, fish, and vegetable dishes as a main course; a complimentary Bvlgari amenity kit, with razor blades and shaving foam for men on request. Entertainment options abound with more than 200 hours of movies, music and games on a 23-inch flat screen in-seat monitor.

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