David is currently traveling through Turkey. From the hand of Turkish Airlines he moved to my favorite city to get lost in Europe, Istanbul. Previously, with that same company I had the pleasure of enjoying a very particular experience. The objective was to know the services of this airline flying from Barcelona to Istanbul on a round trip lightning trip the same day. When I received the invitation I was surprised and tried to extend the stay a few more days and the company did not make any repairs.
As I said before, Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. This city of more than 10 million inhabitants offers contrasts that are difficult to find in other parts of the continent. The Turkish capital embraces Asia, Europe and the Middle East and thanks to it exhibits an overwhelming historical legacy. In fact, Istanbul was already defined by Emperor Napoleon in his time and his words could be perfectly current:
If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital
Walking through any neighborhood in Istanbul is a healthy exercise and fun. Any corner surprises with some detail and every few minutes you find yourself smiling.
The alarm jumped at 3:45 in the morning and we headed to the airport of Prat with the only means available late in the morning: by taxi.
Turkish Airlines catering service
Upon arriving in Istanbul we headed to Turkish Airlines catering factory (Turkish Do & Co) that manages all meals for the company's flights worldwide. I had a total ignorance of how the food we eat during the flights is managed and the experience really surprised me.
He had always thought that it was pre-manufactured food where the human being barely appeared in the process of elaboration. At least on the part of Turkish he was very wrong.
We made a tour of the factory where an average of 120,000 menus are prepared per day.
I was surprised to see how many employees make the food - About 2,000 people work in the center - and the high manual process that takes place until the products are arranged in the boxes that serve us on airplanes. Chefs making their tortillas, grills to cook meat and fish, production chains to cut vegetables manually, desserts with fruits and melted chocolate.