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Turkish Delight In Istanbul: LHR-IST  
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 18072 times:

Turkish Delight in Istanbul: LHR-IST

Background
Back in April myself and friend and fellow a.nutter, Tom, were discussing another ‘jaunt’ away somewhere for a day trip. Now we always like to try flying a new airline/aircraft/country/airport. We were pretty stumped first of all where to go, I fancied going to Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich or Oslo. We were still pretty undecided then after Tom read a report from Istanbul, flying a PIA A310 from Amsterdam. He became pretty set on this idea but also making a few days of it.

After much debating the idea I agreed. I had visited Turkey, to Bodrum, back in 1998 as a child so I was looking forward to returning to the country.

After checking the flights on PIA, the prices were pretty good, although moving on to the next stage adding on the taxes really bumped the price up. However, Tom had a ‘Plan B’ up his sleeve, fly the Turkish Airlines 77W from LHR. Prices were about £50 cheaper so we booked this up straight away, the return leg would be flown on BA on one of their short haul 767 aircraft. Look out for Tom’s trip report covering that leg of the journey.

The Trip
The night before we were due to fly out to IST, the dreaded ash cloud was approaching the UK once again, forcing the closure of airports in Ireland. We were hopeful this wouldn’t affect our plans and luckily, it didn’t.

Tom arrived at my house not long after 9AM and left his car on my drive. My Dad drove us both the short 6 mile journey over to LHR, coupled with the morning traffic, this was near on half an hour instead of the usual 15 minutes. We arrived at Terminal 3 not long before 10AM and made our way over to the Turkish Airlines check in at Zone C, which is handled by Scandinavian Airlines staff. The last time I was at T3 and not using the Virgin Zone A, the place was very dark and dingy, now BAA has given the check in areas a makeover and now looks very T5-esque.

There was one person in front of us queuing and we waited no longer than one minute to be called forward to a desk. I had checked us both in online the day before and had selected our seats, 55A and 55K. After handing over our passports we were delivered news I didn’t want to hear. “I see you have checked in online and chosen your seats, now the aircraft has been changed in Istanbul so you have different seats, in row 32”. Tom and I both looked at each other, me with a face of disgust that was apparently “a picture”. After some more tapping away on her keyboard, we asked what aircraft we would be flying on and was informed it was an “Airbus”. We asked “A321?” and she responded with “A340”. We then joked this was the main reason for the trip and she said that a lot of people often do fly especially for the 777 and she commented on how nice the aircraft was.

After our bags disappeared into the abyss of T3 our passports and boarding passes were handed back to us. We had been reassigned in seats 32A and B, unfortunately for Tom; he now didn’t have a window seat. I was pretty gutted not to be flying the 777, as this would have been my first flight on the type, however, Tom didn’t mind as he had never flown an A340-300 before.

Next port of call was security. It took about 10 minutes to clear and was pretty busy at this time of the morning; staff were very good at sending passengers along the line to manage the queues. The staff were also quite pleasant, for a change. Once we cleared security we had a check of the information screens and our flight was showing a delay of 30 minutes.

After grabbing something to eat, we had wander around the ‘holding pen’, otherwise known as the departure lounge, then headed to some of the gate areas to try get some photos, whilst we were up near the gate 36 we watched out aircraft land on 09L.

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Our aircraft arriving on 09R
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Tom took this one.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Toronto
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We thought it best to head back to the holding pen then to see what gate we would be leaving from. Screens were showing “Go to Gate 16” so we then headed over to the opposite side of the terminal, to gate 16. I was at this gate 3 month previously when I flew out of LHR to LAX.

Date: 04/05/2010
Route: LHR-IST
Flight: TK1980
Aircraft: Airbus A340-300 (3rd flight on A340-300 and 1st flight on this aircraft)
Reg: TC-JDL ‘Ankara’
Seat: 32A
Scheduled Departure Time: 11:25
Actual Departure Time: 12:24
Scheduled Arrival Time: 17:15
Actual Arrival Time: 17:51


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TC-JDL is one of 9 Airbus A340-300 aircraft in the Turkish Airlines fleet and was delivered brand new to the airline in July 1994. The aircraft is named ‘Ankara’, after the Turkish capital city and wears the Star Alliance colour scheme, promoting the airline as a member of this global airline alliance.

When we arrived at the gate, Tom asked if there were any window seats left and he was in luck. He was re-assigned 7A, the first row of economy, in a bulkhead seat.

Parked on stand 316
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Boarding was announced at 11:40 and was done by the group that was printed on the boarding pass. We both had Group A but as the announcements were practically inaudible, all we heard was Star Alliance gold, business and something about Group A, so we just decided to chance it and go ahead for boarding and moments later we were walking down the jet bridge to our aircraft.

Once onboard I was greeted by a smiling member of crew, probably the only experience of a smile for the duration of the flight. They directed me down the aisle to my seat. In the overhead lockers were pillows and blankets for passengers to use. I didn’t see many passengers make use of these.

Definitely Virgin territory
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Despite the aircraft being nearly 16 years old, it looked in surprisingly in good condition inside; the cabin was bright, seats were finished in a nice turquoise colour and had a nice feel to them, large PTV’s and what surprised me the most was the amount of leg room offered. According to the TK website, seat pitch on A340 aircraft is 33”. I found the seats to be comfortable; they had footrests and also lumbar support.
However the size of the IFE box was pretty hefty, but fortunately the seat next to me remained free, so I put my bag under that seat once the doors had closed. On a short flight, such as today, this wasn’t really a problem, but on longer flights I might find this sort of thing irritating.

Obligatory legroom shot
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Comparison of BA 767 legroom on the return flight
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Once all boarding was completed, we finally pushed back at 12:05 and there was a safety demonstration being performed on the IFE screens, however, I didn’t hear any announcement of a safety demonstration taking place. I couldn’t really hear the sound from the video over the speakers and the crew did not perform any actions of the safety demo that I am used to seeing, like pointing out the location of the nearest emergency exits.


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It was a relatively short distance to taxi down to 09R but did take about 15 minutes before we were actually turning on to the active. Just before we entered the active, ATC instructions to the AA 777 ahead of us could be heard over the speakers for a few moments.

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Once lined up, engines were powered up and we slowly gained speed before rotating just before the now redundant and mostly demolished Terminal 2 at 12:24, 59 minutes late.

Remains of T2
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After take off we headed out over South West London, passing over Richmond, Wimbledon and Clapham before the sprawling suburbs of South London disappeared under cloud cover.

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We maintained the same altitude for quite some time, before finally making our way to cruising altitude as we passed over Kent. Not long after, the crew were released to start performing their duties. Another odd observation was that the seat belt sign remained on and it did so for the whole three and a half hour duration of the flight. I don’t know if perhaps this was an oversight but the crew did not seem to be bothered by anyone heading off to the toilet or moving around the cabin.

First the crew passed through the cabin with a selection of Turkish newspapers, then shortly afterwards, headsets were distributed for the IFE along with Menu’s which was a shock to myself. I wasn’t aware of the service we would be getting on the flight today but the menu showed a full meal service. I was given my menu and headset by one of the male members of crew who just looks so uninterested.

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Our meal was served roughly one hour into the flight. On offer today was: Fried Eggplant in Tomato sauce with Cheese for starters, for main, a choice of either Turkish Style minced Beef and Chicken with Rice or Mushroom Ravioli and for afters was Chocolate cake. Warm bread rolls that smelt lovely and tasted good were also served with the meal. I decided on the Beef and Chicken and it was really nice. It was served with Rice, Red Peppers and some green coloured vegetable, I think it might have possibly been Courgette, but I didn’t eat it. I chose a Beer to accompany my meal, a can of Efes or Tuborg was on offer, I went for the Efes and I quite liked it. The male member of crew who served me was the same Mr Uninterested as before and didn’t show any smiles.

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Perhaps the biggest surprise with the meal service was the use of actual metal cutlery and the food being served in a china dish. Wow TK, I really wasn’t expecting this.

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A tea and coffee run was done about 15 minutes after I had been served my meal, I went for Tea. The female member of crew doing this was nice and smiley, a rare thing for this flight it would seem.

Music and Beer
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A short while later the crew returned the aisles and started to clear away the meal trays, again, not much smiling going on here.

The IFE on TK was on demand and after a while I found it fairly easy to navigate, by no means is it the best in the business but it is nowhere near the worst. Available was a selection of films, not the greatest, but still, there was quite a bit that would probably suit everyone’s taste. There was a fairly substantial collection of music as well as Games, Fleet and Company information and destination guides. I didn’t make use of any of these as I had my iPod. I only used the map function as well as the belly and forward facing cameras, which I found rather cool.

Flight Map
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Back to the announcements now, most, if not all of the announcements were pre-recorded. I could barely hear any of these being broadcast over the speakers, I’m not sure if this is true for the whole aircraft, but defiantly from where I was sitting.

When the aisles were clear I decided to take a walk up to see Tom in row 7, he had moved from 7A to 7K and we had a chat for a while. I then headed back to my seat and Tom came with me, he sat in my window seat and took some photos. By now it was an hour until arrival time and the crew came round offering water. I declined as I had a bottle of my own in my bag.

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Photo uploaded to the database by Tom of the cabin on our flight.


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By now I could feel us descending and was now getting pretty excited to be nearing Istanbul.

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From looking on the map I knew we were very close now. Soon a pre-recorded announcement was made (that I actually managed to hear) that we were to prepare for landing. I put my iPod away and tray table away and enjoyed the view on descent. At this time I was flicking between the map screen and forward facing camera on the IFE.

Istanbul
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Ten minutes before touch down, we made a right hand turn and the city of Istanbul became visible, along with Ataturk airport and aircraft downwind of us on approach to the airport. Soon we were banking over the Sea of Marmara turning back towards the airport. Meanwhile I had noticed that all of the IFE screens had been set to the forward facing camera view, a nice touch by TK.

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A photo Tom has uploaded of our landing into IST


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Watching the view on the screen, in the distance I could see the land approaching and within no time we made a smooth touch down on the tarmac of runway 36R, 36 minutes late, to a beautiful and warm evening in Istanbul. We taxied past the Turkish Technic maintenance area and parking stands, before finally parking on the corner of the main terminal building.

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On leaving the aircraft, it dawned on me; the nicer members of crew must have been working either the forward or business cabin as I received a few thankyous and smiles as I was leaving the aircraft.

After leaving the aircraft we made our stop at the visa desk to pay our £10 for our visa sticker to enter the country. Once we made our way through the stuff and hot immigration hall we were greeted by a very open, long and cool baggage hall and a fairly large duty free store.

Once we had exited the airport we made our way down to the Metro to take us into the city centre to where we were staying in Sultanahmet, not far from the Blue Mosque and Ayia Sophia.

Overall, despite the fact I was a bit gutted I didn’t get to fly a 777, this was still a good flight, the service offered onboard was way more than I expected and I can see TK are a good airline. The only criticism of this flight would be the crew, most, not all didn’t really seem very interested in their job and rarely showed a smile, however the ones that did smile and were friendly were very nice. Just seems we were a little bit unlucky.

I had an absolutely fantastic few days in Istanbul enjoying the Sun, Culture, Food, Beer, Photography and made some new friends from. I would love to return again one day.

Thank you for taking the time to read my latest trip report. I hope you enjoyed reading.

Matt  

Here are some pictures from around Istanbul.

View from our Hostel Bar
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Dinner
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View from our room by night
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View by day
Inside a Mausoleum
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Blue Mosque
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Tom outside the Blue Mosque
Street Life
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Looking towards Asia
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Fishermen
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View from the Galata Tower
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The Grand Bazaar
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Spice Bazaar
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Once again, thanks for reading and look out for Tom’s report of the return leg of this trip.

Matt  

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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 17842 times:
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Great report! Thanks for sharing your trip to Turkey with us! Wow, your photos from Istanbul are fantastic; i like the picture from the spice bazaar a lot!

TK offers a pretty impressive product on the LHR-IST flight ... cutlery, nice food, menu, etc ... Oh, how we miss good things on USA flights ...  

Looking forward to more reports!

767747


User currently offlinemodesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17175 times:

Great report - I especially loved the photos of Istanbul. It's one of my favorite cities! Visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Spice Market, Grand Bazaar, and Bosphorus Strait were amazing. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

User currently offlinercaq From Austria, joined Aug 2009, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 16737 times:

Based on some reviews on airlinequality.com, I've expected TK Y products to be sub-standard - This TR, however, proves otherwise.

Looking ff. to your return flight TR - Much to my surprise, the Turkish way of having a grilled meal - Izgarali Köfte - looked like the portions you'd get on the ground - edible, spicy & tasty ^^

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26855 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 16730 times:

Great report , I love TK and Istanbul , amazing city and have some good friends there. Also great food.

Thanks for the report

OA260


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 16210 times:

Hi Matt.

I've been looking forward to this TR after seeing your signature for a while. Very nicely set out and written. Turkish Airlines I find quite appealing really but as another commenter said - they're reviews are often neither quite here nor there. However after reading this I think I would be alot happier flying with them. The ultimate test though is how they match up to Tom's BA number...

Quoting DunaA320 (Thread starter):
now BAA has given the check in areas a makeover and now looks very T5-esque.

It seems the glory of T5 is slowly seeping into the rest of LHR...!

Quoting DunaA320 (Thread starter):
I was pretty gutted not to be flying the 777, as this would have been my first flight on the type

Don't fret Matt - your not the only one. I have still not managed to fly this jet. Its not even that illusive! I missed out on a chance between DOH-DXB when we were transferred to an earlier flight and otherwise it has just been carriers who don't fly 777's. However - I do have an almost guaranteed 777 on 25th August!

Quoting DunaA320 (Thread starter):
Perhaps the biggest surprise with the meal service was the use of actual metal cutlery and the food being served in a china dish. Wow TK, I really wasn’t expecting this.

This is really good catering - particularly so that the cuisine is quite traditional to the heritage of Turkish. I like this. Food looks lovely though not vastly filling.

Quoting DunaA320 (Thread starter):
After leaving the aircraft we made our stop at the visa desk to pay our £10 for our visa sticker to enter the country.

Aaah so you do still need a visa. Hmph. I guess you like the sticker in your passport!

So. LHR-IST is quite a flagship route for this airline and it seems they provided a good quality product indeed. Grumpy crew? What can we do except just to ignore them... they happen!

I am taking EZY into SAW and QR out of IST in August and can't wait - for the flying and also to see the wonderful city.

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15488 times:

Hi Matt,

very enjoyable report with great pictures! TK's product looks quite good as usual - nice to see they even had menu cards on a European flight. Just too bad you missed the 77W which is an awesome aircraft. Anyway, I'm sure you'll get another chance soon.

Quoting DunaA320 (Thread starter):
Despite the aircraft being nearly 16 years old, it looked in surprisingly in good condition inside; the cabin was bright, seats were finished in a nice turquoise colour and had a nice feel to them, large PTV’s and what surprised me the most was the amount of leg room offered. According to the TK website, seat pitch on A340 aircraft is 33”. I found the seats to be comfortable; they had footrests and also lumbar support.

It seems these aircraft have been refurbished recently.

Quoting DunaA320 (Thread starter):
However the size of the IFE box was pretty hefty, but fortunately the seat next to me remained free, so I put my bag under that seat once the doors had closed. On a short flight, such as today, this wasn’t really a problem, but on longer flights I might find this sort of thing irritating.

That's a "monster box" indeed, they should have searched for a better solution.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 15150 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 1):
Looking forward to more reports!

Thanks, I need to book another trip yet!

Quoting rcaq (Reply 3):
Much to my surprise, the Turkish way of having a grilled meal - Izgarali Köfte - looked like the portions you'd get on the ground - edible, spicy & tasty ^^

Thanks for sharing!

No worries. I didn't know that was the traditional way of grilling, but it tasted good enough for me.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 4):
Great report , I love TK and Istanbul , amazing city and have some good friends there. Also great food.

Thanks for the report

Thanks very much   Istanbul is a great city and would not hesitate to return again, but hopefully for catching the 77W.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I've been looking forward to this TR after seeing your signature for a while. Very nicely set out and written. Turkish Airlines I find quite appealing really but as another commenter said - they're reviews are often neither quite here nor there. However after reading this I think I would be alot happier flying with them. The ultimate test though is how they match up to Tom's BA number...

Luke, Luke, Luke! Glad you've been waiting for this and thanks for your comments. Obviously compared to BA, the service levels offered by both airlines differ greatly.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
However - I do have an almost guaranteed 777 on 25th August!

Oh lucky you, where are you off to?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
This is really good catering - particularly so that the cuisine is quite traditional to the heritage of Turkish. I like this. Food looks lovely though not vastly filling.

It was nice and filled a hole.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Aaah so you do still need a visa. Hmph. I guess you like the sticker in your passport!

So. LHR-IST is quite a flagship route for this airline and it seems they provided a good quality product indeed. Grumpy crew? What can we do except just to ignore them... they happen!

I am taking EZY into SAW and QR out of IST in August and can't wait - for the flying and also to see the wonderful city.

Yes, you need the visa still. IST is alot more organised than when I flew to Bodrum, but I guess that would be expected, I remember the crew on that flight exchanging monies for crisp £10 notes as they wouldn't accept anything else. Yes, you get a sticker in your passport and a stamp on entry and exit.

Yes, unfortunatly, I guess I was unlucky with the crew.

Oh sounds cool. Enjoy IST! Seems an odd way of flying to DOH (presuming thats your destination flying QR) If you want any tips, places to see/go ect... on the city, drop me a line buddy!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Hi Matt,

very enjoyable report with great pictures! TK's product looks quite good as usual - nice to see they even had menu cards on a European flight.

Thanks PH.

Yes, the menu cards came as a surprise, I've never even got them on a long haul flight.

Matt  


User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 943 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14890 times:

Hi Matt

Thanks for this great insight into TK. The offering on the LHR-IST route looks good in economy and almost on par with the best on long haul - considering some other airlines may rate this as intra-Europe, this is really impressive. There were some fantastic photos too, particularly of Istanbul. Thanks again for sharing your experience.

Cheers,
airpearl


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13843 times:

Hey Matt, excellent report! The pics from Istanbul were great! It looks like a nice city, perhaps I should go there too some day  

A bit of a pity that your aircraft was changed from the 77W to A343, but at least they had a pretty similar Y product so I'm guessing it wasn't that much of an issue?

The food provided on TK looks great, I love how they still provide that Do&Co catering even for Y. IIRC they're the only airline that still serve Do&Co, now when OS recently dropped out.

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 13774 times:

Hi, Matt!

Great report. I was indeed expecting the B77W from you, but the A340 is a nice sub also. The 777 will be around probably longer and you'll fly on one some other day. How about SQ's service to MUC?
I'm pleasantly surprised by TK's catering for Y-class. Is this a standard on European services (I mean, also on the narrowbodies?), or just something for the widebodies and UK services. I'm asking, since I'm due to fly TK on B738 and A320 in July.
The citypics from Istanbul look good. Your hostel seems to be around the corner of the hotel we stayed in last November. It's very close to the Sultanahmet Cami, or the Blue Mosque so to say. Did you make use of the Akbil to travel by public transport and the ferries?

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 12920 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Hey Matt, excellent report! The pics from Istanbul were great! It looks like a nice city,

Thanks Jonas   It is a nice place, just a shame we didn't get to see more, but thats always the way anywhere you visit.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
A bit of a pity that your aircraft was changed from the 77W to A343, but at least they had a pretty similar Y product so I'm guessing it wasn't that much of an issue?

Yeah it was dissapointing, but still better than the A321 that does the other LHR flights. I think the Y product is better on the 77W, its Jet Airways product, as the 77W's are leased from them and they still retain the same interiors I believe.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Great report. I was indeed expecting the B77W from you, but the A340 is a nice sub also. The 777 will be around probably longer and you'll fly on one some other day. How about SQ's service to MUC?

Hi Eric, thanks for reading. Yeh, my 3rd A340 fligh this year! I've already thought about the MAN-MUC service on SQ, I wish MAN was a bit closer to London for my liking. Perhaps something for my week off next month or in July?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
I'm pleasantly surprised by TK's catering for Y-class. Is this a standard on European services (I mean, also on the narrowbodies?), or just something for the widebodies and UK services. I'm asking, since I'm due to fly TK on B738 and A320 in July.

I think it is standard, well, from looking at other TK trip reports. I guess the other LHR flights on the A321 have the same service, just to keep consistency of service.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
The citypics from Istanbul look good. Your hostel seems to be around the corner of the hotel we stayed in last November. It's very close to the Sultanahmet Cami, or the Blue Mosque so to say. Did you make use of the Akbil to travel by public transport and the ferries?

Yes, we were between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia but a bit nearer to the waterside. We used the public transport quite a lot. Using the Metro/Subway from the airport, then connecting onto the frequent and reliable Tram service. Whilst exploring the city we made good use of the Trams but not the ferries.

Enjoy Istanbul, looking forward to reading a report from your trip in due course.

Thanks for reading/commenting.

Matt


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12828 times:

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
Oh lucky you, where are you off to?

Africa! The dark star... on Qatar.... one way to CPT. No going back.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 7):
Enjoy IST! Seems an odd way of flying to DOH (presuming thats your destination flying QR) If you want any tips, places to see/go ect

It is odd! But there is method in that madness... I really wanted to visit Istanbul and it was just as cheap for me to Ezy it to SAW and then catch a gulf carrier from IST. The only good deals from the Uk were Ek and Etihad and to be fair I much prefer QR so this was the sensible option for me. I am quite excited about this routing... starting from somewhere foreign...

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 11):
I've already thought about the MAN-MUC service on SQ, I wish MAN was a bit closer to London for my liking.

Come on Matt! This is not like an Airliner.net member to have 'Next flights- ???' !
£11 advance fare on Virgin Trains. 2 hours. Or try first class for £34... Poor old muggings here is considering a 12 hour megabus down to LHR for the AF A380 flight... you've got it easy!



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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 12191 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
It is odd! But there is method in that madness... I really wanted to visit Istanbul and it was just as cheap for me to Ezy it to SAW and then catch a gulf carrier from IST. The only good deals from the Uk were Ek and Etihad and to be fair I much prefer QR so this was the sensible option for me. I am quite excited about this routing... starting from somewhere foreign...

Yeh does sound pretty cool, 1 city, 1 asian airport, 1 european airport. Nice thinking. I want to go back, like now!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 12):
Come on Matt! This is not like an Airliner.net member to have 'Next flights- ???' !
£11 advance fare on Virgin Trains. 2 hours. Or try first class for £34... Poor old muggings here is considering a 12 hour megabus down to LHR for the AF A380 flight... you've got it easy!

Yeh, its just effort for me to get to MAN and I'm lazy, which doesn't help matters! I wish the flights were £11 quid, with LHR being on my doorstep!

I will be doing the AF run, just need my mate to come home from Berlin to discuss where we're going to do it, we arranged it on a VERY drunken night out in London the other weekend and not surprisingly, I can't remember when we decided. Dares you to ride the megabus down. If you do indeed make it down, let me know when you're doing it.

Matt


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1846 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11967 times:
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Hey Matt, nice report! Sorry you didn't get to fly the 777. How many days were you there? I recently booked to IST on PK myself, and I loved your pictures of the city!

Regards,

Martijn



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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11648 times:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 14):
How many days were you there? I recently booked to IST on PK myself, and I loved your pictures of the city!

Hi Martijn

We were there for 2 days and left very early on the 3rd day, I'm sure I'll get on a 777 soon. Looking forward to reading a report from your trip. As for the pictures, thanks very much.

Matt


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 11455 times:

Sweet report! Looks like I'll have to get my arse into gear with the return portion. Thanks for plugging my shots too  


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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 11448 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 16):
Sweet report! Looks like I'll have to get my arse into gear with the return portion. Thanks for plugging my shots too

Cheers brother, you certainly will! No problem, they're sweet shots and deserve a bit of plugging.  

[Edited 2010-05-25 16:23:55]

User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 11132 times:

Hi Matt,

Nice report! I especially like the city sceneries of Istanbul. They bring back the memories of my own visit to the city couple months earlier.

TK Y offering never looks disappointing. Where else will you get offered a menu in Y on European flights?

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 10640 times:

Damned nice report - loved the pictures!

Would never have expected a menu and china and proper cutlery in Economy Class on such a short flight! Shame the crew were a bunch of no-hopers down the back. Quite like the cabin ambiance, though the IFE box looks like something from 15 years ago (and could well be!)

Good stuff, mate!



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User currently offlinepawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 10268 times:

Heyyy dude!

Awesome report, as per usual. Love the writing style, although I think you need to book an easyJet flight soon and get another report done on that  

Loved the photos too, I can say that Istanbul looks amazing from the air, having flown over on final into SAW a couple of weeks ago  

Keep 'em coming

JG  



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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 9628 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 19):
Damned nice report - loved the pictures!

Cheers Trent!

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 19):
Quite like the cabin ambiance, though the IFE box looks like something from 15 years ago (and could well be!)

It was a nice ambiance, colours went well. Well, I understand the IFE system is fairly new!

Quoting pawsleykat (Reply 20):
Awesome report, as per usual. Love the writing style, although I think you need to book an easyJet flight soon and get another report done on that

Thanks Jordan! Well I wonder why that is? You doing any AMS flights soon? I'll be booking one of them shortly.


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