Turkish Airlines operates a daily triangle service Istanbul – Billund – Aalborg – Istanbul, alternating between stopping first in Billund and continuing to Aalborg, or stopping in Aalborg first and continuing to Billund.
All flights are currently operated by smaller Airbus A319. We checked out the Turkish Airlines Business Class offering on the route, departing Billund at 1300.
The dedicated Business Class check-in desk wasn't busy, and the check in assistant was friendly enough - she just didn't seem very capable. For example, she couldn't assign seats for us, and had great difficulty adding a frequent flyer number (both something you'd really expect a check in clerk to assist with).
Bags were tagged and boarding passes issued.
I received no advice regarding lounge access.
It's a vast space, full of great Danish design furniture classics.
Staff were friendly and the food and drink selection good (different pastas, salads, crisps, breads - as well as plenty of beers, soft drinks and spirits).
We didn't have time to linger for long before boarding was announced.
We made it through passport control quickly, were at the gate, (#4), some 20 minutes before scheduled departure.
However, there really is, as the legroom is vastly superior in Business Class. At 37in it's one of the biggest pitches on any intra-European flight, and so while the seat itself is a standard Economy seat, the legroom, as well as the added convenience of having a free seat in-between each occupied seat in Business Class, make the cabin feel markedly nicer than Economy.
Service throughout the flight was warm and friendly; as it should be - we were the only two passengers in the cabin. I was a little annoyed that one cabin crew kept putting his own bag on my jacket - but apart from this mishap, all crew were friendly and capable.
It *is* quite annoying that we had to make a stop in Aalborg en route - it does add over an hour to the journey.
Printed menus were distributed. As per usual, a Turkish meze selection was provided - it included grilled chicken, different salads (including eggplant), as well as a, quite exciting, beetroot hummus. For my main, I opted for a prawn stew (known in Turkish as güvec) - it was delicious.
I was full, but still finished both the cheese selection as well as the mascarpone tart.
The cabin was clean and neat on arrival.
As I was continuing onto another flight from Istanbul, I didn't have to pick up any bags here.