After flying Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A350 business class from Chicago to Istanbul, I visited the Turkish Airlines Lounge. While I’ve reviewed this lounge before, I was looking forward to checking out one unique amenity that was recently added, which sure indulges us avgeeks!
Turkish Airlines’ fascinating flight tracker
In May 2023, the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge Istanbul added an awesome new feature. Specifically, the lounge now has a 3D-flight tracker. No, the lounge doesn’t have a screen with Flightradar24, or something, but rather it has an interactive globe, which you can go up to and customize as you’d like.
Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, and this feature is intended to highlight that. The flight tracker shows the real-time locations of all Turkish Airlines aircraft worldwide, as well as weather conditions, and more.
If you’re in the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge Istanbul and want to find the flight tracker, just enter the lounge and turn right, and then after a short walk you’ll see it on the left.
If no one is using it, the globe will by default show how many Turkish Airlines aircraft are currently airborne.
Then once you touch the globe, you’ll see something pop up that lets you push one of several buttons. For example, you can push the “LIVE” button to see the location of all Turkish Airlines aircraft.
If you click that, you can then choose to see the location of all Turkish Airlines planes globally, or you can choose to see planes in just one region of the world.
It was fun to just select “ALL,” and then walk around the globe and see all aircraft currently airborne. It really puts into perspective just how much goes into running a global airline, when you think of the preparation required for each flight.
I love when airlines put some effort into the little details of the passenger experience. While Turkish Airlines’ flight tracker is a minor thing, it’s a lovely feature that us avgeeks will no doubt appreciate. Even when I’m not traveling, I’m constantly on Flightradar24, so it’s cool how the airline managed to add a flight tracking feature that further highlights Turkish Airlines’ biggest strength, which is its number of destinations.
Anyone else love this Turkish Airlines flight tracker feature?