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IZ Air & Onur Air: SOF-ADB-IST/SAW-SOF  
User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9201 times:

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BACKGROUND
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:
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Swiss
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Aerosvit to Kiev operated by Dniproavia
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Our ride:
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20.08.2011 17:40-18:55
PC 2738 SOF-ADB
584 km
1:15 h
Airbus 319 TC-IZM

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Kremikovtzi AD was Bulgaria's largest metalworking company:
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Drinks
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Meal:
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Only 20 people on-board.
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Onur air are already waiting us here.  http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/8813/dsc01216lo.jpg

Bye, bye IZair.
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Domestic terminal:
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Nice view:
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Maybe there are so many flights to Istanbul because bus and rail connections are too slow.
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20.08.2011 22:40-23:40
OHY 059 ADB-IST
331 km
1:00 h
Airbus 320 TC-OBM


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Specally for Markus:
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Load factor: 100%
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Candy and wet towels:
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Only 5 turkish liras:
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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.

Turkish:
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The only picture of our plane:
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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.

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Not so good idea because there is always huge crowd:
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Strange bird:
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Where do you want to go today:
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21.08.2011 11:20-12:21
PC 741 SAW-SOF
529 km
1:01 h
Airbus 319 TC-IZH


Again IZair:
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Load factor: ~ 40%
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CONCLUSION
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.

P.S.
This mini trip report is dedicated to our fb group.

22 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9177 times:
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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.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Meal:
Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Drinks

Complimentary or BOB?

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Only 20 people on-board.

Ouch, that's low...

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Load factor: 100%

That's much better!

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Where do you want to go today:

Wow, a nice list of exotic destinations on the screen.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Load factor: ~ 40%

A bit better than outbound but not that good either...

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9117 times:

Hi Eco,

very nice report about these rare carriers, haven't read much about Izair and Onur Air yet.

Good to hear the pre-ordered meal tasted good. Was it fish?

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
n their in-flight magazine it says that Onur air are the largest private own airline in Turkey.

Interesting, I remember Pegasus saying the same some time ago. But Onur Air has added quite a few planes recently while Pegasus has replaced numerous older ones.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
This mini trip report is dedicated to our fb group.

  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8689 times:

Hi, A.,

well done, really nice pictures and a good idea to compare Pegasus and Onur air.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Specally for Markus:

Thanx, not that much seen here about Onur lately, also something missing in my log,

Quoting eco (Thread starter):

This mini trip report is dedicated to our fb group.

   Good idea.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8579 times:

Hi,

nice report, looks like a good little trip!

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Only 20 people on-board.

How on earth would they make money, only 20 people! Maybe they need to do some more advertising of this new route!

Thanks!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8392 times:

Hi, Eco!

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!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8252 times:

Hi eco!

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!

The777Man



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8145 times:

Hey Eco,

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.

Regards,
Blaž



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8096 times:

Interesting routing and nice TR: thanks a lot for sharing  

Catering on PGS looks fine to me...also interior on OHY looks better than expected...

Your 'strange bird' looks like an ex-Air Memphis (Egypt) A320 to me; correct me if I'm wrong though...



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8084 times:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):

Your 'strange bird' looks like an ex-Air Memphis (Egypt) A320 to me; correct me if I'm wrong though...

It seems to be Air Memphis' SU-PBH.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8064 times:

Thank you all for you kind words.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 1):
Complimentary or BOB?

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?

Chicken menu.

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.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 1):
Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Load factor: ~ 40%

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,

You are welcomed.

Eco


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7812 times:

Hi Eco,

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...


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7748 times:

Hi eco

Thanks for giving us a nice impression about 2 famous Turkish Charters! Both seem to be decent carriers.



Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 7642 times:

Hi Eco,
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.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Meal:

Looks alright, how much did the preordered meal cost you?

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Only 20 people on-board

I'm sorry to see the load factors were so low. You didn't happen to see if the arriving flight ADB-SOF was that empty?

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7577 times:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 8):
Your 'strange bird' looks like an ex-Air Memphis (Egypt) A320 to me; correct me if I'm wrong though...

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
I really like that IZAir livery

Me too.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Do they always operate the same routes for Pegasus or does it vary?

I don't know but IZ air is regular guest here in Sofia.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 12):
Thanks for giving us a nice impression about 2 famous Turkish Charters! Both seem to be decent carriers.

I am planing next year to fly same route with other carrier (Atlasjet) on ADB-IST leg,

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Now let me see. We've got Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet, Pegasus, Izair, Sun Express, which one did I forget?

AnadoluJet to SAW and maybe Sky Airlines (not sure).

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Meal:

Looks alright, how much did the preordered meal cost you?

9 euros when it is pre-order on their site.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 13):
Also, I've always wondered about the difference between Pegasus and Izair,

Differences that I found between Pegasus and IZair are:
1. Livery
2. Izair planes are equipped with blue leather seats and Pegasus planes are with black leather seats.
Thats all that I noticed.


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7158 times:

Thanks for the report - not seen much of SOF, and always good to read about newer airlines.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 6838 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.

Pozdrav


User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6606 times:
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nice trip report! And some nice pics as well!

great job.



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6580 times:

Hi eco

Nice report. Izair is quite something rare to catch. Sorry for my late comment...

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Pegasus announced new route ADB-SOF. Price was only 29.99 euro

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.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Where do you want to go today:

Nice departure screen at SAW!
I'd pick Nalchik, Chisinau or Trabzon!

Happy flying,
LXM83


User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6418 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.


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6346 times:

Quoting eco (Reply 19):
Also Cimber and SWISS are closing their routes to Sofia

Wow, I'm really surprised that Swiss will stop serving SOF. But indeed the flights are not bookable anymore.


User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Hey A. !

Very good TR and good pics too !! You took the pics with your mobile phone ?

It seems Pegasus is an airline worth of trying and now when it is getting more
cold up north, it would be nice to visit some warmer places like Istanbul.

Thanks for the TR, it went to my bookmarks.  

Markku


User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5359 times:

Hi eco ! ...nice to have something from SOF ... thanks for report ... stipica  


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