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User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 19121 times:

Welcome to my fourth trip report featuring Turkish Airlines and Singapore Airlines. Basically this trip was a good excuse to see some of Singapore, Europe and the Middle East. I was to accompany some visitors back to Macedonia, lucky me! . As I have many more interesting trip reports to write this one will mainly consist of photos.

Departure Apt: Sydney (SYD)
Arrival Apt: Singapore (SIN)
Airline: Singapore Airlines
Flight #: SQ 222
Date: January 27 2011
Aircraft: A380
Scheduled Departure Time: 16:30
Scheduled Arrival Time: 21:40

As usual, we arrived way too early to Sydney airport after a 2 hour drive from Newcastle. The check in agent was strictly enforcing the 8 kilo hand luggage allowance, even though each of our bags were just a little over 9 kilos. Consequently we had to rearrange all of our suit cases on the floor of Sydney Airport, not pleasant.


After some overpriced but delicious Turkish pide and couscous salad, we proceeded quickly through security to the gate without any problem. The flight was maybe 40-50% full, so boarding took no time at all.

The foot rest, lack of IFE box under the seat and spacious leg room made the seat very comfortable.



Pictures taken from the window.


It was windy day in Sydney so take off and climb were a little rough. The seat belt sign remained on for the first 30 minutes of the flight.


Once the seat belt sign was switched off the very friendly and cheerful crew came and distributed menus and amenity kits.


A drink service was then carried out and flying on Singapore Airlines of course I ordered a Singapore Sling which was mmmmm so good!


As I mentioned earlier each of the crew were great, particular the SQ girl serving my section of the plane. She approached us and asked us where we were travelling, where are we from, where is Macedonia lol, what language do you speak there etc and recomended many things to see and do in Sinagpore. All in all she was very open, friendly and relaxed, I wasn't really expecting that on SQ.

Dinner service was then carried out with a choice of roast chicken or fish fillet


Promote her!! lol



I chose the chicken and ordered a Coca Cola which was met with a demand for $5 haha, this humour unfortunately did not go down too well with my travel companions who coming from Europe are use to paying $5 for Coca Cola on a plane .


Prawn salad which I could not eat as the prawns had not been deveined.


The chicken looked very tasty and was a good size however it tasted terrible and I couldn't eat any of it. For me to leave food behind especially on an airplane it has to be bad. The potatoes were also a little underdone but the beans and carrots were cooked perfectly.


The fish curry which also wasn't that great.


Following the dinner I spent most of the time occupied with SQ's fantastic IFE, gazing outside the window and strolling around the A380.


Prior to arrival in Singapore, at this stage of the flight, a refreshment service was conducted with a choice of fettuccine or fried rice.


I ordered the fettuccine and was not disappointed, it was delicious.


The other option was fried rice with chicken shrimps and vegetables


Shortly after the final meal service, descent was commenced into Singapore Changi International Airport and we landed on schedule. Immigration was a breeze and we were in the taxi 20 minutes after landing. We had an amazing few days in Singapore anyone who hasn't been should plan a holiday there immediately .


Departure Apt: Singapore (SIN)
Arrival Apt: Istanbul (IST)
Airline: Turkish Airlines
Flight #: TK 67
Date: January 27 2011
Aircraft: A330-200
Scheduled Departure Time: 23:35
Scheduled Arrival Time: 05:35

Turkish Airlines uses terminal 1 at Changi, which was under renovation at the time of the flight. The flight left at a pretty uncomfortable time as if you cannot obtain a late check out you have to wait at the airport. The Turkish airlines desks finally opened at 21:00 and we were checked in a by a friendly agent who seated us together and ignored the fact that we were 7 kilos each over the luggage limit. He stated that the flight was full in all classes.

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Singapore was celebrating the year of the rabbit so the terminal was specially decorated and looked very appealing


The plane was absolutely full so once the boarding gate filled up there were no seats available. I boarded the aircraft, was not really greeted by the crew and proceeded to my seat. Overall impression was how claustrophobic the cabin felt and how narrow the aisles were. The crew stood around looking aloof.


Leg room was very very tight, this picture was taken prior to the person in the seat in front of me reclining.


The foot rest and IFE box just got in the way, overall it was a very uncomfortable experience. For the first time in my life I could not wait to get off an aircraft. The plane was also very warm which did not help.


Amenity kits and menus were then handed out. Well done to TK on the amenity kits.


Drink service was then carried out. The guy who served me seemed angry, i'm glad he didn't hit me lol.


Following the drink service the crew came around with dinner. The choice was either Salmon or beef. I chose the beef, It was sinewy and tasted horrible


Chicken breast salad which was ok


Chocolate and raspberry cake was delicious.
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Cacik (yogurt with cucumber) was watery and lacked any taste.


Folliwng the meal service my task was to endure the following 9 or so hours of the flight, this would prove difficult. The flight was a little bumpy and the seat belt sign was left on pretty much from after the meal service until we parked at the gate. I think the crew may have done one drink run and that was it. Prior to landing in Istanbul a breakfast was served, however I passed on this as it did not smell appetising at all. The crew during the service were not really professional, they seemed to be bickering with eachother and generally seemed as if they did not want to be doing what they were doing. Maybe it was because I had just flown on Singapore Airlines a few days early but TK did not impress me and I would hesitate before flying them again. The differneces between the 2 airlines are stark and SQ pretty much trumps TK in every department based on this flight.

Here are some non aviation photos of Macedonia.


Skopje on a hazy day from Kale fortress


Monument to the World War 2 resistance


Church of Sveta Sofia Ohrid


Skopje


Ruins of Heraklea


Prilep


Bay of the Bones (Zaliv na Koskite)


Church of Sveti Pantalemon


Mountains and forests outside of Ohrid


Amphitheatre in Ohrid
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Skopje


Museum of Mother Theresa


Church of Sveti Jovan Kaneo Ohrid


Traditional Architecture


Sunset in Ohrid



Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my report. Questions and comments as always appreciated.

Previous Trip Reports

EK:SYD-DXB-ZRH-BEG ZRH-DXB + TG, LX Meal Pics In C (by tk747 Aug 10 2010 in Trip Reports)
3K: BKK-SIN, AK: SIN-KUL, MH: KUL-BKK (many Pics) (by tk747 Oct 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
Returning Home Part 1: Mahan Air IST-IKA-DXB (by tk747 Mar 3 2011 in Trip Reports)

13 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 810 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 19042 times:

Nice job. Shame about TK.

User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 18839 times:

Cool report, tk747.
Looks like TK was somewhat dissapointing. Their service can be really hit and miss like they just don't care.
I'm actually flying to IST (from MEL) later on this year, but am taking SQ. Out of curiosity, why did you not take SQ all the way (they also now fly SIN-IST non-stop)?
Love the TK menu cover!
What was the pax make up on the SIN-IST leg? Indonesians, Singaporeans, Turkish, or generally all sorts going via IST?


User currently offlinemal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 18608 times:
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Nice read Jordan, Turkey looks gr8 , Shame about TK and the food on SQ looks very plain , And your right Singapore is a fantastic city, its easier ( and cheaper)for me to get there for a long weekend than down to Sydney or Melbourne


MAl 787



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User currently offlinetravelR From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 18251 times:

Nice trip report tk747. Good pics and very interesting.

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
Leg room was very very tight, this picture was taken prior to the person in the seat in front of me reclining.

TK's economy class legroom looks terrible! I couldn't imagine flying like that for 9 hours! It seemed like you had no knee room and that was before the seat was reclined. It made the SQ seat look heaps better especially since it was A380.

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
I'm actually flying to IST (from MEL) later on this year, but am taking SQ. Out of curiosity, why did you not take SQ all the way (they also now fly SIN-IST non-stop)?


Also surprised you didn't take SQ all the way to IST unless TK offered a cheaper fare than SQ for the routing you took because I guess of you knew what you were getting and if you got at same fare then I'm pretty sure you would have stuck with SQ.

The food portions seemed generous enough with SQ. It seemed nice that they gave you a decent second meal. Most airlines generally really serve a hot snack for second meal.

Cheers,

Rob



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 928 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 18186 times:

Hi Jordan. Great TR. I love the SQ 380. I was lucky to fly it in JCL from MEL-SIN and I think it was the best flight ever having flown over 1,000 times! The service was great. The food in JCL was great too but it looks like it was lacking in YCL. I am shocked to hear about the bad service on TK. I have seen so many TR's that praise them but it was obvious you had a bad experience. I loved your pictures of Macedonia. I have not visited that part of the Balkans but would love to now after seeing the great photos. Thanks for sharing! William


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User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1312 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 17127 times:

Hey tk747, excellent report.

I was surprised to read your impression about TK - most people I met who flew TK told me they were pretty good.

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
Cacik (yogurt with cucumber) was watery and lacked any taste.

This called Tziziki In greek (hope I wrote it correctly) and it's pretty popular also in Israel. Had no Idea the turks also eat it.

Thank you also for those great photos from Macedonia - is it easy to travel independently there if you don't speak the language?

LY



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 16680 times:

Wow - I had a different expectation of TK - but the pictures and the service levels on board definitely did not match up to the imagery created by their advertising department  .

SQ of course pretty much never disappoints...

Great report, thanks for posting!



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User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 15614 times:

Quoting joffie (Reply 1):

Thanks  
Quoting gardermoen (Reply 2):

Yeh I agree that TK's service is a bit inconsistent. One year prior I flew them on the exact same route and was very impressed so its a shame about this experience.

SQ all the way was too expensive but even if they were both the same price I still probably would have chosen TK as it is a bit more exotic haha.

There were all sorts of nationalities on board the flight, mostly Asians though and there did not seem to be many Turkish passengers.

Quoting mal787 (Reply 3):

Thanks for reading.  
Quoting travelR (Reply 4):

Thanks i'm glad that you enjoyed the read  . The leg room was indeed horrible, we were also seated in front of the toilets and could not recline the seat at all. The second meal service on SQ was very substantial, I was impressed,was kind of only expecting a sandwhich.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 5):

Thanks for the nice comments  . I'm glad that I inspired you to visit Macedonia, the Balkans are a very interesting part of the world you should definitely visit.

Quoting AL" class="quote" target="_blank">EL-AL (Reply 6):

Hi El-AL, I was kind of surprised by TK as well, they did not meat my expectations of them at all. That cucumber yogurt dish is also popular in Macedonia and other places in the balkans too  .

It isn't really that difficult to travel around Macedonia, almost everyone speaks English, just a few of the older people struggle. It would be helpful to learn some Cyrillic though as most signs are in the Cyrillic alphabet. I'm pretty sure that Sun D'or has a once weekly flight from Tel Aviv to Ohrid so there is your opportunity to visit  . Message me if you need any more advice.

Quoting Nimish (Reply 7):

SQ has never ever disappointed me in 20 + flights with them.

Thanks for reading.


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5099 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14981 times:

As usual, fantastic report and pictures. Though, I must admit, I was more impressed with the pictures of Macedonia. Thanks again for writing.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 14641 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 9):

Thanks for reading i'm glad that you enjoyed the photos  . Looking forward to one of your reports soon I hope.


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1268 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14449 times:
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Jordan, a great trip report and always good to see pics of Sydney airport!! Was this the first time on the A380? Edit: I just saw your previous reports and you are quite the A380 traveller!!

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
Basically this trip was a good excuse to see some of Singapore, Europe and the Middle East. I was to accompany some visitors back to Macedonia, lucky me!

Indeed, lucky you!!

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
Departure Apt: Sydney (SYD)
Arrival Apt: Singapore (SIN)
Airline: Singapore Airlines
Flight #: SQ 222

I took this very same flight back in Oct, 1988. (Were you even born then lol)

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
The check in agent was strictly enforcing the 8 kilo hand luggage allowance, even though each of our bags were just a little over 9 kilos. Consequently we had to rearrange all of our suit cases on the floor of Sydney Airport, not pleasant.

Seems like they enforce the excess baggage rule like they do here in Canada/US as well. That is a scene I usually have to endure myself before every trip, rearranging stuff between suitcases!

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
After some overpriced but delicious Turkish pide and couscous salad,

Looks like Sydney Airport caters to all kinds of food.

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
As I mentioned earlier each of the crew were great, particular the SQ girl serving my section of the plane. She approached us and asked us where we were travelling, where are we from, where is Macedonia lol, what language do you speak there etc and recomended many things to see and do in Sinagpore. All in all she was very open, friendly and relaxed, I wasn't really expecting that on SQ.

Not at all Robot-esque as most have made SQ to feel, none other than our own Ryanair!! lol. I still get to laugh when I think of his most recent SQ review!! lol

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
Promote her!! lol

She is so Snooki from Jersey Shore..(Not that I watch that show, have just seen pics and all the hype about this Snooki character)

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
I chose the chicken and ordered a Coca Cola which was met with a demand for $5 haha, this humour unfortunately did not go down too well with my travel companions who coming from Europe are use to paying $5 for Coca Cola on a plane .

Another US/Canada flight nonsense, of now having to pay for stuff on AC!!

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
The chicken looked very tasty and was a good size however it tasted terrible and I couldn't eat any of it. For me to leave food behind especially on an airplane it has to be bad. The potatoes were also a little underdone but the beans and carrots were cooked perfectly.


The fish curry which also wasn't that great.

Looks like the catering out of Sydney is not so good.

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):

The other option was fried rice with chicken shrimps and vegetables

That looks like minced chicken on rice...huh!

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
The Turkish airlines desks finally opened at 21:00 and we were checked in a by a friendly agent who seated us together and ignored the fact that we were 7 kilos each over the luggage limit.

There wasn't that nice of TK to do that for you!

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
The plane was absolutely full so once the boarding gate filled up there were no seats available. I boarded the aircraft, was not really greeted by the crew and proceeded to my seat. Overall impression was how claustrophobic the cabin felt and how narrow the aisles were. The crew stood around looking aloof.

Reminded me of the scene when I boarded the EK 773ER in AUH. The same feeling, no smiles and crew standing aloof, except for one who was the star of that flight. I even shook her hand and told her what a marvellous FA she had been, on deplaning.

Quoting tk747 (Thread starter):
Amenity kits and menus were then handed out. Well done to TK on the amenity kits.

Nice Amenity kits

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 6):
This called Tziziki In greek (hope I wrote it correctly) and it's pretty popular also in Israel. Had no Idea the turks also eat it.

You'll be surprised how many more similarities there are with Greek and Turkish cuisine, bakhlava etc.

[Edited 2011-06-26 08:47:04]

User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 13889 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 11):

Thanks for reading and the nice comments. Yes I seem to regularly get on the A380, I have been on SQ's, QF's and EK's multiple times . SQ is my favourite!


User currently offlineRJtraveller From Indonesia, joined Feb 2011, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13811 times:

Hi,

Nice trip report, flight on the SQ looks very nice, i have flown on the SQ route to SYD and back to SIN frequently and the service is always top.

TK doesnt seems to be pleasing you, even though for me it's ok based on my experience but would still pick SQ over TK definetly on the SIN -IST, anyway thanks for sharing your trip .

cheers,
reggie


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