eco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 107 posts, RR: 4 Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11278 times:
Few months ago Pegasus announced new route ADB-SOF. Price was only 29.99 euro. Me and my friend decided to try them. Since there are only two direct flights per week we decided to fly back via Istanbul. There are six airlines operating between Izmir and Istanbul, we chose Onur air because sometimes you can see Airbus A300 on this route and price was really reasonable. Back flight to Sofia was again with Pegasus because of their unbeatable price.
Sofia airport so empty at this time:
Aerosvit to Kiev operated by Dniproavia
PC 2738 SOF-ADB
Airbus 319 TC-IZM
Kremikovtzi AD was Bulgaria's largest metalworking company:
Only 20 people on-board.
Onur air are already waiting us here.
Bye, bye IZair.
Maybe there are so many flights to Istanbul because bus and rail connections are too slow.
OHY 059 ADB-IST
Airbus 320 TC-OBM
Specally for Markus:
Load factor: 100%
Candy and wet towels:
Only 5 turkish liras:
In their in-flight magazine it says that Onur air are the largest private own airline in Turkey. Also there was article about Onur air Technic new base at IST.
The only picture of our plane:
Next day we decided to take Havash bus to SAW. I must say that it worth every lira you pay - it faster and far more comfortable than E10 line.
Not so good idea because there is always huge crowd:
Where do you want to go today:
PC 741 SAW-SOF
Airbus 319 TC-IZH
Load factor: ~ 40%
Bought carriers offer free airport check-in and give you seat number.
Pegasus - really good price and on time performance. Pre-ordered meal was very tasty. As minus- not friendly cabin crew but it's really not a big deal especially with such prices.
Onur air - free candy and wet towels are nice touch. Their FA's are friendly and helpful. As minus - very tiny leg room. Maybe because of the fact that this was my first flight on Onur air they were my personal winner, but I would happily fly on both carriers again.
All tree Turkish airports are modern and clean even domestic terminal in ADB is very clean.
Comments are welcomed.
This mini trip report is dedicated to our fb group.
Sultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1947 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11255 times:
Hi there eco,
Nice photo story with some interesting airports and carriers. Great overview pic of SOF, an airport not so much featured here. I find the IZ Air cabin resembling a bit like the Ryanair cabin: green, yellow and ads on the overhead bins.
airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4401 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 10470 times:
Really good report on too airlines we don't read often about.
I must say, the Onur Air interior looks very nice, love the dark gray cloth on the seats.
The meal on Pegasus is good too, so it seems. No problem to fly these airlines myself, they have quite some flights to AMS from various Turkish airports, especially in summertime!
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6812 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10330 times:
Thanks for a nice report on two little covered airlines ! Both carriers look good with nice meals. Good that you got to fly on two different aircraft when on Izair/Pegasus. It seems like a very nice day outing!
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....LX and LH 777s
SloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10223 times:
very nice report, I've just returned from IST and there are two great reports from you an PH to read about this very interesting destination. I agree with your thoughts about IST airport, very clean and modern, not like anything I have expected.
The service on Pegasus/IZ air is BOB - you can pre-order on their website or buy it on board
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2): Good to hear the pre-ordered meal tasted good. Was it fish?
Quoting signol (Reply 4): How on earth would they make money, only 20 people! Maybe they need to do some more advertising of this new route!
This was their second flight on that route. One hour flight is not so expensive especially when it is operated from your hub. Wizz air had started selling tickets on that route few years ago but canceled it before even start flying. Pegasus started daily flights SAW-SOF one year ago selling tickets to many cities inside Turkey, Georgia, Lebanon and other destinations so maybe a lot of their passengers ADB was final destination.
You are absolutely right that Pegasus needs more advertising after all there are 9 buses daily between Sofia - Istanbul. Even Emirates commercials in Sofia says "Fly with us from Istanbul". Also Pegasus have many advantages that most people don't know about like free check-in baggage and cheap rates for excess baggage, free parking at SAW.... Pegasus flights are the only cheap connection in the Balkan region from Sofia. Thickets to ATH and specially OTP very expensive. Belgrad, Zagreb, Skopie, Tirana and others Balkan capitals have no direct flights for years. That's way I like Pegasus so much and wish them and their new general sales agent in Sofia all the best.
A bit better than outbound but not that good either...
There were a lot of students from Georgia and few people from Kazakhstan on this flight.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5): The meal on Pegasus is good too, so it seems. No problem to fly these airlines myself, they have quite some flights to AMS from various Turkish airports, especially in summertime!
It will be great to see your trip report about this airlines.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3): Thanx, not that much seen here about Onur lately, also something missing in my log,
FlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9890 times:
A very interesting report - good to see two carriers that AFAIK have not been reported on before.
I really like that IZAir livery - I was hooked ever since the first time I saw one of their planes at TXL. Do they always operate the same routes for Pegasus or does it vary? Just thinking of any options to catch them in the near future?
The load factors on your flights didn't sound too good, hopefully they will get better and they don't withdraw the service to SOF. I flew Pegasus last year, SAW-STN with their 738, was a very nice flight even though it was completely packed and the legroom was quite horrible.
Very good to see Onur Air as well - I was looking at doing a trip Turkey this year to fly with them but ended up booking something else, and no time left this year for that option so maybe next year...
717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9720 times:
thanks for this interesting trip report.
I've many times been looking at domestic flights from IST to either AYT or ADB. Alright, I had heard of all these airlines before, but very little did I know about them. So thank you!
AtlasJet was of particular interest for me, both because I'm planning to fly on them domestic, but also because they fly charter flights AYT-HEL-AYT which you can book from a tour operator starting at 180 EUR return, one of my friends are leaving on that route in a couple of weeks.
Also, I've always wondered about the difference between Pegasus and Izair, apparently PC owns both and Izair flights are operated by them, and it also happens that Pegasus flights are operated by aircraft in Izair livery?
Quoting eco (Thread starter): There are six airlines operating between Izmir and Istanbul
Now let me see. We've got Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet, Pegasus, Izair, Sun Express, which one did I forget?
Quoting eco (Thread starter): we chose Onur air because sometimes you can see Airbus A300 on this route
Wow, I didn't know they are still operating A300s. Then it is definitely an advantage to look up flights on Atlasjet, as rare as the A300 is today.
tk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 343 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8916 times:
HI Eco, thanks for posting this report. I flew from SOF-SAW in March and the load was no more then 20% so I guess Pegasus is struggling on the route. Its a shame that you didn't get the Onur Air A300. Izmir Airport and Sabiha Gokcen look great.
eco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 107 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8496 times:
@ abrelosojos, tk747, photoshooter, LXM83
Thank you all for your kind words.
Quoting LXM83 (Reply 18):
That's an interesting new route. Is it for Bulgarians going on holiday in Turkey or is it more targeted at migrant workers? Nice price but the load seems a bit low to make this route a success.
It was target more to so call ethnic traffic. I am saying was because Pegasus are closing their flights to Sofia, not only from Izmir but from Istanbul too. Also Cimber and SWISS are closing their routes to Sofia It really bad news.