eco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4 Posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6547 times:
B A C K G R O U N D
I was Turkish airlines adv. in Facebook offering flights for only 99 euros from Sofia and some other Balkan cities that are visa free for Turks. This was very good chance for one day trip to this amazing city. The main goal on this trip was to visit Basilica Cistern, to try new airline and buy some Dogus black tea from airport supermarket (last one is my tradition when I visit IST)
Sunday morning - SOF is empty.
Guest from Greece:
I expected Boing, but this also works for me:
09:30 10:44 TK1028 SOF-IST
Airbus 319 TC-JLT
Load factor ~40% :
I can only say WOW after all the flight time is only 1 hour:
New addition to Bulgaria air's fleet - LZ-SOF:
You don't see such catering every day:
No visas for me so directly to:
Istanbul city of contrasts:
Back to the airport:
20:30 21:30 TK1029 IST-SOF
Load factor: ~95 %
Airbus 319 TC-JLT
Same plane, same seat:
Specially for Markus:
Bye Bye Istanbul.
C O N C L S I O N
Turkish airlines are my personal number one carrier so far. Their planes are clean, FA are very professional, Safety demo is done by Manchester United stars, there are 8 music channels and catering is more than I ever expected. The only thing that I didn't like was the legroom on A319.
Nice to see A2 in SOF. Is SKG now connected with SOF or was this some kind of a random charter? I would love to see some regularly scheduled flights between the two cities, even though I'm not sure how viable it would be.
burj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5521 times:
I can't believe you got a meal in both direction! In the U.S. on most carriers even if you are first class you do not get a meal if the flight is under 2 hours. In fact in most cases if you are in first class on a red-eye from the west coast to east coast (around a 5 hour flight) you won't get a meal!
It concerns me that the load factor was so small....TK can't keep flying that route at 40% load factor!
CaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5167 times:
nice little report here, thanks a lot. A trip to IST is coming up as well from my side (although not on TK, but on Austrian) so it was good to read about it. Looks like you had two very nice flights with Turkish, their service seems to be really top. Excellent meal for such a short flight.