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My First Business Trip. IST-GVA-IST On TK  
User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

Background:

I started my new job over a month ago so I haven't had much time to post here but I am still following it on a regular basis.... The hotel I am now working for has it's Europe-Middle East-Africa headquarters in Lausanne.. I was asked by HR if I would mind flying there for a night to attend a meeting and dinner and of course I jumped into it  Smile It would mean spending a night in my second home, flying again after over a month and making more miles  Smile More importantly, this would be my very first business trip which I will remember for the rest of my life 

Only a day before my flight, I received my 90 day multiple entry visa from the Swiss Consulate in Istanbul. I only packed a hand luggage and I took very few stuff with me to have place for some cheese + chocolate shopping (from Manor near Cornavin  Smile )

Just a last word before I begin: As I do not have a lot of time anymore, I will not write very long but will put lots of pictures. Please do excuse me….


The flight:

IST - GVA

09 August 2007

Airline: Turkish Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (winglets)
Registration: TC-JGG
Name of the aircraft: Erzincan
Seat: 12 A (exit seat)
STD: 10:30
ATD: 11:25
STA: 12:35
ATA: 13:02
Flight Duration: 2h 40mins
Average Cruise Speed: 850 km/h
Cruise Altitude: 39000 ft
Load factor: 100 % in both classes
Weather: Sunny, blue skies, 32 C in IST and pissing rain, 11 C in GVA


I met my colleague at our hotel at 08:00 and we were soon taken to the airport by one of our company cars. We arrived at the airport just about 2 hours before scheduled departure. I had already checked us in to 12 A and B (exit) seats the night before so check in was easy and fast at the online check-in counter. After paying the departure tax of 15 Turkish liras (roughly 10 Euros and only applies to locals) we proceeded through the passport control and into the departure area. We sat down at the Starbucks, had a coffee and read some free newspapers that TK is handing out to its passengers free of charge. We proceeded to our assigned gate at around 45 minutes before departure to find out that we had a 20 minute delay. We sat down at some nearby niches which was overlooking to the runway. It gave me the opportunity to take the following awesome pictures....

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At around 10:45, we started boarding. It took quite a while to fill the plane as there were many connecting passengers whose flight arrived late I assume. As soon as boarding finished, we pushed back and started taxing towards the active runway only to become number 7 for take off. This however, gave me the opportunity to shoot the following awesome pictures  Smile



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About a minute after we turned into the active, we started our smooth take off roll which can be viewed in the video below…





The climb out was really smooth. About half an hour after take off, the crew started serving lunch. TK serves breakfast only until 10:00 so we had to eat “kofte” which was not bad at all. I was really hungry  Smile The trays have no longer the ugly green color but a nice baby pink and the food actually taste better. However, there were no more toothpicks which was rather upsetting  Sad Here is a snapshot of the food. The choices were pasta or kofte and I opted to drink water and diet Coke.

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n189/flymedmeg/istgvaist/15.jpg


The rest of the flight was quite uneventful with a lot of traffic passing us by. I managed to take some pictures of them as well as the cabin.. Here they are….

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Almost all my flight between IST and GVA previously had followed the route over Greece, Croatia, Adriatic Sea and Italy but this time we flew a northerly route over Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Germany. The return was also the same so we missed the stunning views of the Dalmatian Coast. The weather got worse as we approached GVA and it was obvious that there was some weather activity going on below us… We spent about 15 very bumpy minutes in the clouds before we could see Lake Geneva about 3 minutes before landing… The actual touchdown was pretty smooth though… Here are a few pictures from descent and landing. You can also find the brief landing video below…












































We were running late for our meeting so we rushed to the customs. Passport control was very fast and we were soon on our way to Lausanne in a luxury Mercedes with rain pissing around…..I will post our return trip as soon as I find the time.. I promise….

Comments and questions are welcome as usual… More comments would naturally mean more motivation to write the return quicker  Smile

Cheers

TurkishWings


Coffee - Tea or Me?
14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26863 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

Hi there another good TR. Nice photos inside and outside.

Looking forward to the next one

OA260


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6018 times:

I hear the food on Turkish is great and it looks delicious. I love kufta / kofte. The plane in the sky looks like an El Al 757. Thanks for the great pictures / video. I hope one day to have the opportunity to fly on Turkish.

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3174 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5854 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
The climb out was really smooth. About half an hour after take off, the crew started serving lunch. TK serves breakfast only until 10:00 so we had to eat “kofte” which was not bad at all. I was really hungry The trays have no longer the ugly green color but a nice baby pink and the food actually taste better. However, there were no more toothpicks which was rather upsetting Here is a snapshot of the food. The choices were pasta or kofte and I opted to drink water and diet Coke.

What exactly is kofte; some meat dish I guess.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I met my colleague at our hotel at 08:00 and we were soon taken to the airport by one of our company cars. We arrived at the airport just about 2 hours before scheduled departure. I had already checked us in to 12 A and B (exit) seats the night before so check in was easy and fast at the online check-in counter. After paying the departure tax of 15 Turkish liras (roughly 10 Euros and only applies to locals) we proceeded through the passport control and into the departure area.

That must be annoying; having to collect a departure tax just for locals. For such a small amount I am not sure why they make it separate and don't include it as part of the overall price of the airfare.

Thanks for the trip report.



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User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4398 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5818 times:

Wishing you many more business trips to come.

Quoting BNE (Reply 3):
That must be annoying; having to collect a departure tax just for locals. For such a small amount I am not sure why they make it separate and don't include it as part of the overall price of the airfare.

It used to be more, I think around $100, just recently reduced to a lower rate. It is not included in the ticket price, so they make sure it goes directly to "who knows where". Just imagine the amount of money collected since this tax went into effect, like 20 years ago.


User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5652 times:

nice report, you have some really great pictures. The food doesn't actually look that bad too.

User currently offlineBoeingBoy From Bouvet Island, joined Jul 2007, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5606 times:

1 more picture of the left wing and I was going to scream ! - Ahhhhhhhhh


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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2109 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

Merhaba TurkishWings,

I am expecting this one but not this soon (as the Singapore & Malaysia trip report has yet to be uploaded).  Smile

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I had already checked us in to 12 A and B (exit) seats the night before so check in was easy and fast at the online check-in counter.

The company is very lucky to have a former TK cabin staff like you as an executive.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
After paying the departure tax of 15 Turkish liras (roughly 10 Euros and only applies to locals)

May I know the rationale behind the charges? Why don't they charge foreigners too?

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
However, there were no more toothpicks which was rather upsetting

Agreed. Toothpicks are ESSENTIAL! I need it even after consuming a kebab, moreover a kofte.


Again, a nice but not as lenghty as usual trip report. Hopefully there will be more business trips to come.  wave 


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5442 times:
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Nice TR, many thanks.

Those pic's taken at IST remind me I really need to visit there for some serious spotting, such a great variaty of differnt planes, lovely!

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
Here is a snapshot of the food. The choices were pasta or kofte and I opted to drink water and diet Coke.

- Looks pretty decent.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMSYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5383 times:

Congratulations TurkishWings for both the new job and the first business trip  Smile , nice pics . The food looks great on THY , I would love to try them one day and would love to be served Lahmacun on that flight  Wink


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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5318 times:

Excellent TR! Turkish airlines looks great!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 2):
The plane in the sky looks like an El Al 757.

This is also what I noticed.



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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5283 times:

Cool TR! Kofte looked very mouthwatering.
I assume that you once lived in Switzerland since you've been talking about your secound home, am i right?

cheers: DALelite



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17057 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5257 times:

Another really good TR from you and TK. I am maybe flying to IST from ARN in January and I will probably fly with TK over SK. I think that TK have better service.

It was good pics too. Really liked that winglet.



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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Hi there another good TR. Nice photos inside and outside.

Looking forward to the next one

Thanks neighbour.. I will post it as soon as I have time.. Promise!!!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 2):
The plane in the sky looks like an El Al 757.

It sure is an ElAl 757. I saw many more planes but this one was the closest one... It's amazing to see a close by aircraft inflight.. It looks surreal....

Quoting BNE (Reply 3):
What exactly is kofte; some meat dish I guess.

Kofte is actually "meatballs". It's one of our national dishes (also common in the Middle Eastern countries and elsewhere around the world) It's usually made up of minced meat, lots of herbs and sometimes people add "wettened inner/soft part of bread to give more flavour and to make sure the meats gets the shape

Quoting TK787 (Reply 4):
It used to be more, I think around $100, just recently reduced to a lower rate.

It was more like around 50 USD for over 6 years.

Quoting BoeingBoy (Reply 6):
1 more picture of the left wing and I was going to scream ! - Ahhhhhhhhh

I know I know.. I am sorry... I am just a huge sucker for winglets...

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 7):
I am expecting this one but not this soon (as the Singapore & Malaysia trip report has yet to be uploaded). Smile

I actually have some nice photos of that rip too but as those were actually night flights, the pictures aren't perfect and that many... I ll see what I can do though  Smile

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 7):
The company is very lucky to have a former TK cabin staff like you as an executive.

Thanks  Smile It is actually very helpful... Just today a guy was flying to RUH from IST and his itinerary only said "SV" and they tried to figure out the airline and of course I was the only one who knew it  Smile The hospitality and airline industries are very well linked with each other....

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 7):
May I know the rationale behind the charges? Why don't they charge foreigners too?

They started charging this tax to help out the 1999 earthquake victims and they promised it would be vanished after a certain while but it never did....

Quoting MSYYZ (Reply 9):
The food looks great on THY , I would love to try them one day and would love to be served Lahmacun on that flight Wink

That is quite unlikely I think  Smile When I was flying for TK as a cabin crew in 2000, we had a "Turkish Month" where we served lots of kebabs and koftes and baklavas and many different delicious Turkish delicacies...

Quoting DALelite (Reply 11):
I assume that you once lived in Switzerland since you've been talking about your second home, am i right?

YESSS.. I spent 3 wonderful years in Switzerland... 6 months in lovely "Weggis", 1,5 years in Luzern and 1 year in Geneva... I am hoping to return there one day to work for at least a few more years.. I am so in love with that kleine country  Smile


And many many thanks to all you who commented on my report.... It's always nice to be appreciated !!!

Cheers

TurkishWings



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User currently offlineThereAndBack From Turkey, joined Aug 2005, 699 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5069 times:

The new catering for TK looks better than before and it was still good then I can only imagine it now. Your report has so many good pictures. I can't wait for the return part of this.
 Smile


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