GEsubsea From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 183 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 13652 times:
Quoting gokmengs (Reply 3): I am sure the IAH route will go daily very soon. Is it aircraft availability issue or TK being cautious for a new route? I think the traffic that TK is going after here would need a daily frequency...
Quoting stylo777 (Reply 4): I expect this route to be daily in a very short time.
It's confirmed to be going 6X per week (according to Trade Arabia) starting in July....wish this was known sooner though as I am having to travel on this same flight in August but choosing from the current 4X per week schedule....preferred the Wed. flight option coming this summer.
Anyone know when you can get seat assignments? Is it still 90 - 100 days from departure or has that changed?
"Beginning in July, flights between the two cities will be increased to six times weekly with the addition of Wednesday and Sunday flights."
MeCe From Turkey, joined Oct 2009, 140 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 13612 times:
Yes TK33 will be 6x weekly from July 2013. After delivery of leased 777's some frames will be available for these increments. However this summer will be very chaotic in IST; daily departures hit over 900 from day one of summer schedule. Lets wait and see how TK will handle this situation.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23473 posts, RR: 50 Reply 8, posted (8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 13596 times:
Here is insight to another TK route - the Thailand regional manager gave an interview.
The Bangkok market which TK has now served for 25-years is very strong. In 2012 monthly load factors reached a peak of 91%. They expect to average more than 88% LF for 2013.
BKK routes premium traffic demand in 2012 was up 24% while revenue increased by 36%. Economy traffic demand grew 14% with revenue was up 15% in 2012.
Interesting that while in the past traffic was primarily inbound to Thailand due to its popularity as a tourism destination, now TK is concentrating on selling growing number outbound seats from Thailand as well by pushing the benefits of its wide European network. It mentioned that Spain in particular is a popular beyond market due to TKs service to 5 Spanish cities there.
This year BKK will operate 11x weekly nonstops from IST with mix of A330/A340 equipment.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23473 posts, RR: 50 Reply 11, posted (8 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13255 times:
Back in the day TK served Bursa along with other nearby cities like Yalova, Tekirdag, Bandirma.
With some 2 million people Bursa is certainly not a small market, however its geography (being so close to Istanbul) and location of the Yenisehir airport has hampered service. Many people simply opt to take the fast boat ferry across to Istanbul.
Be interesting how Seabird Airlines does. However I do have doubts as they seem to come up with route ideas to only quietly drop them a but later.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
TK105 From Turkey, joined Mar 2013, 97 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 13227 times:
Here is a short info about my experience today for ESB-IST-IAH flight.
I took TK2109 from ESB to IST on a A343 (TC-JDK Diyarbakir). I see that A343/332 are regular visitors to ESB for morning and evening connections to/from US & Far East flights. In the summer even 777 is used time to time for these connections. Also today TK2109 was totally packed. I also observed that interior of plane is in very good shape in comparison to its age.
A few weeks back, some one claimed that ESB-IST-XXX flights may be cheaper than IST-XXX flights: No it is NOT! As a regular purchaser of such tickets, I can say that at least 50 Euro have to be paid on top of IST-XXX ticket price unless there is a special promotion. However since IST-ESB flights are also packed, normally you have to pay more than that.
I went to TK Lounge at IST. Again it was crowded, not a single place to sit. Looks like TK Lounge is crowded 7/24. I think TK needs to extend it ASAP before it becomes to late (OK it is brand new, but TK is growing at 20%).
At the gate, there was a small welcome cocktail (of course no liqueurs!) which was also a nice touch.
Once we were airborne, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Hamdi Topcu went through all the plane and welcomed everybody on board one by one.
Food was excellent as always. With Planet AVOD System TK has come a long way and it is OK for movies but for music/podcast/documentary content, it is still ages back in comparison to ICE of EK.
Apart from slow passport process, IAH was also a nice experience.
Welcome to a.net and thanks for the short trip report.
I lived for a short time in Houston almost 20 years back and never thought about a TK nonstop flight from IST to IAH. I even played soccer for the awesome IstanbulSpor there, we had great uniforms.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26028 posts, RR: 58 Reply 18, posted (8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 12738 times:
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 17): I think its actually quite interesting how regional Greek authorities have been heavily lobbying TK and other Turkish companies the last year or so.
Well after the Pasok era in Greece in the 80s Greece looked more West and less towards the East which I always said was not maybe the right idea. Greece always had decent relations with the East but did not take full advantage of these historical ties. Obviously the relationship between Greece and Turkey has had its rocky road but since 1999 things have changed. They realise now that you dont put all your eggs in one basket and you need to explore markets that were often there but never actively gone after.
On my trips to IST especially the ones from ATH-IST it is heartening to see flights full of Greek and Turkish businessmen and school exchange students. Who would have thought that such a route as Izmir, historically known as Smyrna would have direct flights ADB-ATH.
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 17): Someone even suggested with the mess in Cyprus, there could be mutual benefits in encouraging new economic links between the sides also.
We are a long way from a jointly run NIC But it will certainly force people on both sides into considering things that were not before. The casinos in the North have seen the decline from money taken in from ''Southern'' tourists so this affects the whole Island. A strong economy on both sides is good for all.
I would love to see the transit figures for TK connecting from ATH. TK last year had a large advertising campaign and offered some amazing fares to the USA and Far East. When my Family were over in March they would have booked TK ATH-IST-DUB but they wanted to visit the UK too so BA was the only option. TK were the best value though.
Another issue of course is the visa problem. This is hampering the potential cross border tourism between Turkey and Greece and something needs to be done about it. Im sure a scheme could be arranged to ease the red tape.
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LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23473 posts, RR: 50 Reply 24, posted (8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 12475 times:
As usual lots of random commentary from senior executives.
I'd rather hear news it from Kotil the CEO whom is actually involved in day to day operations. Topcu as chairman is more involved in mega fleet orders, politics and PR events.
In more serious news - Lufthansa subsidiary will train 100 pilots cadets for THY with type rating on the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737NG.