TurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1460 posts, RR: 8 Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12340 times:
While I was going through some of my old posts, I realized I promised this TR lonng time ago. However, as I have a very busy schedule, I never had time to prepare it. I woke up early this morning and it was pissing rain outside. So I thought it was the perfect opportunity.
I took this trip in March earlier this year. We had quite a few thousand TK miles in the stack and there was a very good promotion to LIS together with many other places. We opted to go to the western-most country of continental Europe. It was a short 4 day trip but fun nonetheless. The think I liked most about LIS was the food and the countryside outside the city. Unfortunately, it was not yet the swimming season so we couldn’t take advantage of Portugal’s beautiful beaches.
I have loads of pictures for you but as I took this trip almost 8 months ago, I do not remember much about the details of the flight. So I will give you the basic information and let the pictures speak. I hope you don’t mind. Here it goes:
06 March 2008
Route: IST- LIS
Airline: Turkish Airlines (TK)
Flight: TK 1759
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (TC-JGH delivered on 26.01.2006, named “Tokat”)
Seat: 03 F
Flight Length: 4 h 19 mins
This particular flight is the longest on TK’s European network. And TK has configured some of its Boeing 738 C class cabins into 2x2 seating for such long flights. Seats were very cozy and the seat pitch was acceptable. Food was great as always and the service was the standard TK service. Nice and professional cabin crew but nothing to write home about. IFE consisted of a movie and a few TV shows shown from overhead screens throughout the cabin. Flight took off and landed on time. I remember it being a very turbulent flight especially over the Balearic Islands. My camera ran out of battery while on final approach so unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of the last few minutes which was spectacular. We stayed in a nice and small hotel called “Aviz” in the city center.
09 March 2008
Route: LIS - IST
Airline: Turkish Airlines (TK)
Flight: TK 1760
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (TC-JGU delivered on 16.08.2006, named “Bodrum”)
Seat: 04 F
Flight Length: 4 hrs
3 days passed very quickly and it was time to head home. We had a good time in Lisbon. We rented a car so we could see the surrounding towns which actually were even more pleasant than Lisbon itself. Return flight was also similar to the inbound minus the violent turbulence. Towards the second half of the flight, we witnessed a beautiful sunset and left with complete darkness. So I do not have too many pictures of the flight itself but there are some rather nice shots of LIS airport.
I hope you enjoyed the photos. The quality is in fact a lot better but when I resize and upload on Photobucket, they appear to have lower quality. I have a lot of pictures of Lisbon and surroundings if anyone is interested….
Florrie From Spain, joined Nov 2008, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10532 times:
Very nice TR. I have never tried THY, look like they have a nice product, looking forward to my first flight with them in December. The configuration of C class was new information to me. Do you know if TK uses planes with this configuration to Madrid as well? Will be flying TK 737-800 MAD-IST-MAD soon and thought that C-class only would have the center seat blocked.
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30070 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10336 times:
Very nice TR. Lots of nice photos of many interesting airlines. TK is a great product IMHO. I have always loved my flight with them. I like their 2-2 config on the 737 also. Nicer than the 3-3 with middle row free.
TurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1460 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10264 times:
Thanks for all the comments guys... I wish I could write a little longer but I just don't have the time now...
Quoting Florrie (Reply 4): Do you know if TK uses planes with this configuration to Madrid as well? Will be flying TK 737-800 MAD-IST-MAD soon and thought that C-class only would have the center seat blocked.
TK mostly uses the 2x2 configured planes on longer routes like LIS-FRU-ALA-TAS-CMN and such.. So it is very unlikely that you will have one on MAD-IST. The 3x3 seating with the middle seat empty is also a very comfortable though....
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4995 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 10068 times:
Thanks for the report TurkishWings,
When you have some time it would be nice to see some country pics from Lisbon area.
Any idea how many of these 2x2 J section 738s TK has?
Also I would expect no lids on the food tray, it would be a better service standard.
CityofAthens From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9850 times:
I've experienced TK on the 738 in Y and I have to say, they definitely beat many of the European carriers in Economy - including BA. Cabin interiors much cleaner, IFE better, food of better quality and presentation, warm bread rolls (yes, even in Y - try asking for that on BA!). The crew are OK, not especially friendly but that doesn't bother me a great deal anyway.