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Turkish Vacation LHR-IST (pics)  
User currently offlineTwoLz2Rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 452 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7147 times:

These are the two TR’s that precede this:

A Very Long Day… CVG-OUA (some Pics) (by TwoLz2Rn Jul 29 2007 in Trip Reports)

Getting Out Of Africa OUA-CDG (pics) (by TwoLz2Rn Jul 30 2007 in Trip Reports)

When I was planning my summer, I knew that I wanted to take a little vacation after studying in Ouagadougou. I originally had planned on several different places but I narrowed down my choices to either Istanbul or Cairo. When I was looking up airfares to both, Cairo was about twice the price so I decided on Istanbul. I also decided to fly out of LHR because I hadn’t been to London for a long time and I figured why not.

I took the Eurostar right after arriving from OUA in CDG. Luckily my flight was a little early and I had enough time (I gave myself about 3 hours which was perfect) to get from CDG to Gare du Nord. I spent two full days in London which was just enough time to recuperate from the African heat and do my laundry. On the third day I started my trip to Istanbul, Turkey.

This was my first time to LHR so I was pretty excited. I woke up early to make sure I had everything packed up from my hostel and left to catch the Heathrow Express from Paddington (which was very nice). Once I arrived at the first stop for T1, 2 and 3, I found out that I was at the wrong end of the train so I had to walk farther to get to T1. Once I made it to the departure level, I found a BA check-in line to get my boarding passes and then drop off my luggage.

Passed security no problem then I just wondered around the terminal for a while. When the time arrived I headed to my gate.

I wasn’t originally going to take many photos because there was someone in the window seat (as I had requested the aisle) but even before the aircraft doors were shut he moved somewhere else…so I got two seats and decided to take some pictures for a report!

July 17, 2007
LHR-IST
BA 676
Aircraft: B767 (G-BZHA)
Depart: 10:30am 11:20am
Arrive: 4:15pm 4:30pm

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Boarding started on time but we didn’t back away from the gate till around 11:20.

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We had a quick taxi to the runway but were third or fourth for take off.

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When it was finally our turn to take-off we didn’t wait. As we were turning on to the strip the pilot began to throttle up and we were then on our way to Istanbul!

The AI flight behind us (it is hard to take good pictures during take off!)
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T5 will be really nice when it’s done!
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Drinks were served about 20 minutes after take-off
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One movie was shown (Blades of Glory)

Dinner was served about half way though the flight...baked pasta with chicken, a gross salad, bread and this amazing chocolate cake/brownie.
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I noticed that a lot of people were taking their trays to the back of the plane when they were finished but I didn’t know why and the F/A’s were not thrilled about that either! I didn’t think they waited too long to come back around to collect the trays!

I think this is when the F/A’s were serving tea and coffee… I do remember noticing was the difference in Euro Traveller seats. The front section was leather and the back half (where I sat) was cloth. Why??
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I hate not knowing where we were!
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Decent into IST
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Vladivostok Air (RA-85685)
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Ariana Afghan Airlines (don’t know reg. #)
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After we parked, I heading to get my visa and luggage then I was on vacation!

Istanbul is an amazing city!

A week after I arrived I had to leave again

There wasn’t anything interesting on my return flight to Paris (IST-LHR-CDG). The highlight for me was my hotel room in Paris…the Hilton CDG! It was a surprise from my parents so I didn’t have to sleep in the airport!

I flew home the next day on DL…nothing interesting…

Questions? Comments?

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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2728 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7108 times:

Very good trip report. I thought BA 767s had PTVs, but I see that I am wrong...


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User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7097 times:

Quoting LY777 (Reply 1):
I thought BA 767s had PTVs, but I see that I am wrong...

Thats only on the 767s that are used on long-haul routes from LHR & MAN to the USA and Caribbean. The rest are used for high-density routes within the EU (apart from IST).


User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1642 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7085 times:

Hey, must say that you've been rolling out some great reports! How was the service and crew on your BA flights? How would you compare them to AF? Though I do understand that your experiences on BA were essentially intra-Europe while inter-continental with AF, how would rate the two, especially in terms of cabin service and crew?


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User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4464 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6850 times:

Thanks for the report,
It is nice to see, after all these years, 767 seems to be full on this route. BA used to use 757s also if I am not mistaken. I was surprised to find out that CAI flights were twice as expensive as IST flights.


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17126 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6642 times:

Really nice TR. Good pics.

Quoting TK787 (Reply 4):
BA used to use 757s

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User currently offlineEmrecan From Turkey, joined Feb 2000, 944 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6406 times:

Great report!!!!

It is good you liked my hometown


User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1452 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

Great report !! Thnx for sharing with us... I am glad you enjoyed my lovely city  Wink

Quoting TK787 (Reply 4):
BA used to use 757s also if I am not mistaken.

BA used to fly a daily 757 and a 767 before 9/11. They then changed to twice daily A 320s and they currently fly 2 daily 320s and a daily 767. IST-LON is a very high demand route hence the wide bodies on the route (330 and 340 of TK too) and the flights are almost always full...



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6151 times:
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Good TR, nice set of pictures too.

What was so bad with your salad?

Re the delay, was any reason given?

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineBAW217 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5793 times:

Good Report, IST is on my to do list.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Re the delay, was any reason given?

The delay was due to an ATC Slot looking at the archives.

Cheers


User currently offlineTwoLz2Rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5526 times:

Thanks for the comments! I am still pretty new to these trip reports but they are definatly better than my first ones to DXB!

Quoting SQ_EK_freak (Reply 3):
How was the service and crew on your BA flights?

The service was pretty good. All the F/A's were very friendly and professional. Although I have taken intra-european flights with AF and I think they just present themselves better. Don't get me wrong BA was great but I thought AF had a little more in terms of service.

Quoting TK787 (Reply 4):
I was surprised to find out that CAI flights were twice as expensive as IST flights

Yeah me too! I really wanted to go but they were all expensive!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
What was so bad with your salad?

It tasted like fresh lawn clippings!


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4952 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

Interesting! You stayed a night in the Paris Hilton? Must've been fun!  Wink


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