I am writing this sitting in the Prime Class lounge at istanbul which has replaced the BA lounge – there is nothing prime about it. There are no spare seats, no access to power points, it is airless, noisy and generally foul. Why on earth close a perfectly decent (save for glacial wifi) lounge and replace it with access to this overcrowded dump ?
Having just arrived on a 5 hour flight on THY from Central Asia, I concur re doubts as to THY attitude to safety. No attempt was made by cabin staff to ensure aisles were free from hand baggage, tv screens were left open on take-off. General attitude of cabin staff was reminiscent of aeroflot 15 years ago. With BA having dropped so many of the old BMED/BMI mid-haul routes it is now often a choice between Turkish or Aeroflot for heading to Central Asia, neither of which are especially appealing. But this lounge is really horribel !