Turkish Airlines Launches Its Dreamliner on London Heathrow Route

Sep 4, 2019

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Turkish Airlines is giving passengers who fly its London (LHR) to Istanbul (IST) route a boost in terms of comfort. This week, the airline launched its recently delivered Boeing 787-9 to operate one of its daily frequencies on the route, as reported by BT.

The airline introduced the Dreamliner into service on its daily flight TK1985/TK1986 on 2 September, replacing a Boeing 777. The flight operates on the following schedule:

  • TK1985 Istanbul (IST) 1pm Departure ⇒ London (LHR) 2:50pm Arrival
  • TK1986 London (LHR) 4:30pm Departure ⇒ Istanbul (IST) 10:15pm Arrival

Turkish Airlines’ other daily frequencies between London and Istanbul will continue to be serviced by other aircraft — mostly 777s and A321s.

For the first few flights since switching TK1985/TK1986 to a Dreamliner, the airline has been using the 789 registered as TC-LLF. According to PlaneSpotters.net, the aircraft is virtually brand new, with Turkish having taken delivery of it on 29 August.

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

The airline took delivery of its first of 25 Dreamliners in July, which feature an updated hard product — especially in business class. The business-class cabin features a staggered 1-2-1 configuration with 30 Stelia Aerospace “Opal” seats — the same Singapore Airlines uses on its Dreamliners on regional mid-haul routes. You can read a full review of the business-class experience on the Dreamliner here.

Meanwhile, farther back on the aircraft, passengers can expect two large cabins of seats in the economy cabin. The 270 seats are arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration, with each offering 31 inches of pitch.

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

Aside from London, the carrier also flies the aircraft to Bali and Washington, DC, with plans to fly it to New York and Atlanta.

Featured photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy.

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