boun From Turkey, joined Nov 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11999 times:
I had to got to Samsun for business the other day, flew SZF-ESB-IST last night. The first leg, operated by Anadolu Jet, was spectacular in terms of cabin crew. The crew was wonderful, all of them were smiling and were extremely kind during the 40 min flight. One of the attendants constantly threw jokes all over the place. This is only one example to draw a conclusion but maybe the crews are starting to break the "cold, unsmiling, unkind" image that they've created over the years.
ESB-IST was the last flight of the day. This time the crew were average. Still, better than many times before. The only bad side of the journey was the congestion in IST. Our trip was one and a half hour long, which is way longer than last time I took the same flight (45 mins?) We had to circle many times during our approach.
One thing that caught my attention was the welcome announcement. As you know it has been executed by the cockpit crew for some time. They now include "children" in their announcements, which is very sweet I think. Overall, kudos to TK this time. I was very satisfied.
Thanks for a new thread. TK have a dedicated FB page for Ireland now and at the recent holiday show they teamed up with a local radio station to broadcast live. TK also qualified for a rebate from the Dublin Airport due to a scheme in place where airlines that grow their business get rewarded for it. A big advertising campaign is also on with full branding of the Airport express buses.
With fares from EUR179 its often cheaper to get to IST than to the UK ! With the increase of flights from DUB lets hope its a good 2013 for TK here.
umit From Turkey, joined May 2009, 132 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11782 times:
For the winter break of my doughter , i used my hard earned miles to take her to london on j class.now i am at the airport for tk1985 and plane switched from 330-300 to 738 .. Lets see if they are going to make another last minute change
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27687 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11761 times:
Quoting umit (Reply 12): i used my hard earned miles to take her to london on j class.now i am at the airport for tk1985 and plane switched from 330-300 to 738 .. Lets see if they are going to make another last minute change
I can understand how dissapointing that would be especially in terms of seat product but that has always been an issue on the route.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4547 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 11621 times:
Quoting umit (Reply 12): tk1985 and plane switched from 330-300 to 738 .
That is just terrible, especially you wanted to make this a special trip.
Personally this only happened to me once in the US. I had a first class ticket on a 757 with DL and after boarding the plane they had a technical problem and we had to wait for another 757, which came with a different seat config, with less F seats. I don't know how it happened but I was assigned a F seat. But not all original F pax got F seats.
I would be bummed.
I would be so upset over this, since the product difference is day and night. I am all for TK utilizing its fleet to the max, but I also think certain routes you don't wat to mess with, especially if you have your eyes set on top level in everything. LHR route certainly would be one of those routes.
SCQ83 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 1341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 11555 times:
Quoting leftyboarder (Reply 17): AFAIK TK never served this route. I expect it to be wildly popular with rich Arabs, a la NCE. PC serves SAW-MRS.
The kind of Arabs going to MRS and NCE are substantially different. NCE is the gateway to Monaco and Cote d'Azur, a must-do for any Gulf national (and in this case, TK/IST is a great connection point with the number of places they serve in the region).
MRS has a large community of Moroccans and Algerians who are not necessarily splurging, even if some people from the Gulf might end in St Cyr or Bandol... I guess the numbers are not really that significant. And I can't see how those heading to Algeria would connect in IST.
Though it doesn't mean that TK cannot make MRS work... since they serve so many other destinations in France and Europe, at the end of the day Marseille is France's 3rd or 4th largest city.
boun From Turkey, joined Nov 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 11470 times:
Quoting bahadir (Reply 18): I bet it was operated by SunExpress. Did you pay attention who the operator was?
Turkish Airlines is a mad house when it comes to the corporate backstabbing and taking themselves too serious.
The plane was TC-JKR, that's all I can say. It is still registered to Anadolu Jet , so no change in ownership and lease back ,maybe that can help.
Apart from that just got curious about the difference seatings in the 737 fleet. TC-JGZ operated my trip to Samsun and the seats were interesting. The color of the seats were navy blue (just like the old ones) but the seats themselves were like the turquoise-colored seats with headrests. So we have the old navy blue SICMA ones, newer turquoise ones, regular J seated ones plus others? Sorry if is complicated.