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Turkish Airlines A333, B738: BKK-IST-NCE, Sep 2012  
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16936 times:

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Hello and welcome to my trip report covering four flights I recently had with Turkish Airlines from Bangkok to Nice via Istanbul and return. I report will be in two parts: the first part will cover the outbound flights: BKK-IST-NCE, and the final part will have some destination pictures as well as the return NCE-IST-BKK. I hope you enjoy reading.

Some background information about the trip, well, it all began when my mother saw an advertisement of a 6-day all inclusive package tour to the French Riviera at a rather attractive price, and the dates of this trip were perfect that all of our family members were free to go on the trip. So my parents bought the package for all five of us. Airlines and routing were picked by the travel company, and it turned out to be Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. To me, it was a great choice as this would be my first flight with Turkish Airlines. Also, two of us have a gold status with Star Alliance so we could enjoy the benefit of lounge access pre-departure and during the 3-hour transit in Istanbul. But this means that one person would be left out from accessing the lounge, so my father decided to buy himself Business class to remedy that.

Here is the detail of the first leg,
Date: 7 September 2012
Airline: Turkish Airlines
Flight: TK69
Route: BKK-IST
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Registration: TC-JNL

We arrived at the airport around 2:30 hours before the flight departure time. We headed to Turkish Airlines check-in zone and looked for our tour company representative. We found out that all other people in our group have already checked-in and proceeded through passport check. So we walked to Turkish Airlines check-in desk. But before we got to it, we were approached by two ground staff who asked us if we were flying with Turkish Airlines, and when we said yes, one of the agents put a Turkish Airlines sticker on my polo shirt while the other one put a carry-on tag to my hand luggage. I suppose the reason for putting TK logo sticker was to easily identify its passengers for when TK staff had to go and look for them when the flight was closing.

Check-in area was quite empty at the time we got there, so we went straight to an empty counter. Then we got our boarding passes directly to Nice and our baggage was checked through to Nice as well. We were told that we could use any of Thai Airways lounges at Bangkok Airport. I asked the check-in agent about the load on the flight to Istanbul, and after a few seconds checking in the system, he replied that around 10 seats were unsold in Economy.

Then we were off to Passport check, there was quite a long line for the Thai and Foreign (manual) passport check counters. But as a Thai passport holder, we could use the automatic machine which had a much smaller waiting line, so we went to use the machine was done within minutes, even though I’d prefer to go to the counter to get a stamp on my passport. Security check was done straight after passport control, and it was empty, so we got through within minutes.

Seeing that our boarding gate was in concourse G, we headed to Thai Airways lounge in concourse E which I believed was the closest TG lounge to our gate.

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The lounge was quite busy due to a number of European-bound flights departing around mid-night time. Nonetheless we managed to find five seats together in the lounge.

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Some pictures of the lounge

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Snacks I had while waiting for the flight

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At the boarding time, we left the lounge for the boarding gate in concourse G, passing the dayrooms (transit hotel)

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Due to the design of the terminal, it was impossible to see anything outside the building

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When we got to the gate, our flight was already on final call and most of the passengers have already boarded the plane

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At the aircraft door, the chef-on-board welcomed passengers, and another crew member distributed an amenity bag. As I stepped inside the cabin, the cabin temperature was uncomfortably hot. At our seats, we found a pillow, a blanket and a pair of headphones.

The cabin

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Amenity bag

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In-flight entertainment system was already switched on: the system has over 100 films and 100 music albums. For the night flight, I didn’t make much use of it

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But I did switch to the forward camera

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Push back was more or less on time

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Took off!

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Leg room

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Remote control and headphones

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When the seatbelt sign was switched off, the crew came over and distributed menu

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The two options for main course were grilled chicken breast or ‘plakapong’ with green curry. Interesting to see the word ‘plakapong’ written in the menu, this is a Thai word for sea bass.

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Map of the flight

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Very slowly, the crew served dinner together with drinks. I chose the fish with white wine.

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Gardenfresh seasonal salad

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Fried eggplants and peppers with tomato sauce

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Fish with green curry, vegetable and rice

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Sour cherry cake

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By the time the crew came to collect the dinner tray, we were almost over India

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Then the crew handed out a packet of nuts and drinks. I would have thought that this should come before the meal.

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Finally, drink bottles were given to everyone before the cabin light was turned off. I slept for most of the next 6 hours, though not comfortable. Woke up when the cabin light was turned on and went to the lavatory, and it was in a rather dirty state.

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Breakfast was served, together with coffee and orange juice. Notice the coffee was served in a plastic drinking cup, rather than a coffee cup.

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There was only one option for breakfast:

Seasonal fresh fruit

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Assorted cheese

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Scrambled eggs with tomatoes and green peppers, turkey ham and cheese toast, grill cherry tomato

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Cabin taken during breakfast

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Safety card

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Reading materials and puzzles

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Soon later, the cabin crew prepared the cabin for landing. We landed in Istanbul around 30 minutes ahead of schedule time.

The airport looks quite empty

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My seat

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Disembarked the plane

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After leaving the plane, we only had to walk a short distance to proceed to transfer, where our next-flight boarding pass was checked and had to go through security x-ray. The line for transfer was very long, but it moves very fast and we didn’t have to wait for longer than 10 minutes until we were clear.

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Next stop was the Turkish Airlines lounge. When we arrived at the lounge, there was a long line of passengers waiting to be admitting to the lounge. Those holding Business Class ticket can enter by scanning their boarding pass. Status passengers have to present our boarding pass and frequent flyer card before being allowed to enter. The lounge was very busy so I didn’t take pictures inside. I will include some pictures of the lounge in the next part on the return trip. For the lounge, there were hot breakfast available, but as I didn’t feel hungry, I only had small snacks.

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After the lounge visit, we headed directly to our boarding gate

Some pictures taken along the way

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The waiting area of our bus gate was quite packed. But after 10 minutes of waiting, our flight was called to board: by seat row number. As our seats were towards the front of the Economy Class cabin, we were one of the last groups to board the bus (on the second bus).

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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16947 times:

Here is the detail of the second flight:
Date: 8 September 2012
Airline: Turkish Airlines
Flight: TK1813
Route: IST-NCE
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Registration: TC-JFO

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Once on the bus, I took some pictures during the ride to our aircraft

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At the aircraft door we were welcomed on board by a crew member, then made our way to our row, sat down and it was right on time for departure

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Leg room

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For some reasons, the aircraft door was still not closed, and as I was quite tired from the previous flight, I had a quick sleep. Then 45 minutes later, the captain announced that we were waiting for a crew member to arrive, then we would be ready to go, and it should take another 10 minutes. The captain also apologised for the delay.

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When everybody boarded the plane, we were ready to go

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Took off

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Safety Card

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Then menu and nuts were distributed

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Headphones were handed out

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Cabin

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Breakfast was served

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White Cheese, gouda cheese, black and green olives

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Scrambled eggs, turkey ham and cheese toast, grilled tomatoes and green peppers. This main course was very more-or-less the same as the breakfast I had on the previous leg BKK-IST

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For the rest of the flight, I had a sleep for around 2 hours. Woke up when the crew prepared the cabin for landing

Descending to Nice

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Touched down

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Parked at a remote stand

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My seat

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Disembarking the aircraft

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Our aircraft

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A quick bus ride took us to the terminal, passport check counters were pretty much empty so we got clear in around 5 minutes or so. Heading to the baggage belt and after a few minutes wait, our bags arrive on the belt.

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This would conclude the first part of the trip report. The next part will cover the return trip from Nice to Istanbul on Airbus A320-200 and from Istanbul to Bangkok on Airbus A340-300. . Thank you for reading. All comments and questions are very much appreciated.

Regards,

Win


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16776 times:

Great TR; love your pictures too !

Lucky you, so you had 4 different aircraft-types on 4 flights ?
Would be interested on your dad's Business-Class flights; did he mention anything to you about these ?

Looking forward to your return part...

MH017



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2444 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 16466 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 1):
Date: 8 September 2012
Airline: Turkish Airlines
Flight: TK1813
Route: IST-NCE
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Registration: TC-JFO

WOW! Menu card, hot breakfast and IFE - unbelievable for an intra European flight! Really amazing! Hopefully the quality of the meal was as good as it looked!


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1295 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 16211 times:
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Hey Win1290!!

Awesome opening pic, and a great report too.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
To me, it was a great choice as this would be my first flight with Turkish Airlines.

And a welcome change from your usual airline Thai Airways lol

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
So my parents bought the package for all five of us
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Also, two of us have a gold status with Star Alliance so we could enjoy the benefit of lounge access pre-departure and during the 3-hour transit in Istanbul. But this means that one person would be left out from accessing the lounge, so my father decided to buy himself Business class to remedy that.

Well I'm glad it all worked out. Since you and your mum fly a lot and probably have the gold status, I guess the other two were your guests? lol

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Snacks I had while waiting for the flight

That is almost like a full Y class meal on some carriers (wink)

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
At the boarding time, we left the lounge for the boarding gate in concourse G, passing the dayrooms (transit hotel)

It would be nice to use this someday, when the connection at BKK is really long.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Interesting to see the word ‘plakapong’ written in the menu, this is a Thai word for sea bass.
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I chose the fish with white wine.

I guess they wanted to give the menu a real Thai feel with that local name addition!!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then the crew handed out a packet of nuts and drinks. I would have thought that this should come before the meal.

Yes quite bizzare!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
My seat

I think I prefer the colours on the widebodied jet!!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 15949 times:
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Great report - It looks like you had two good flights with Turkish Airlines. I'm always impressed by their high level of inflight service - food looks awesome!

Thanks for sharing,

Best, Matthew (7677747)


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 15624 times:

Hi Win,

very nice report, always good to read about TK which I really like. However, the A333 interior doesn't look as nice as the ones I had on my A332 and A343 flights last year. Here's my report:

QF A380 Grounded, Bags Lost - LHR-SIN, TK A330/340 (by PlaneHunter Jan 30 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Very slowly, the crew served dinner together with drinks. I chose the fish with white wine.
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Breakfast was served, together with coffee and orange juice. Notice the coffee was served in a plastic drinking cup, rather than a coffee cup.
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
There was only one option for breakfast:
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Scrambled eggs, turkey ham and cheese toast, grilled tomatoes and green peppers. This main course was very more-or-less the same as the breakfast I had on the previous leg BKK-IST

The meals look fine in general, but the portions seem to be a bit small. How did you like all the food? I found TK's DO&CO catering very good, but it still cannot match EK's catering. What I have heard numerous times is an alleged lack of variety on TK.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The next part will cover the return trip from Nice to Istanbul on Airbus A320-200 and from Istanbul to Bangkok on Airbus A340-300. .

Nice, it will be interesting to see how your A343 flight was.

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):

WOW! Menu card, hot breakfast and IFE - unbelievable for an intra European flight!

Well, that's TK! And you even get A330s, A340s and 777s on various European routes.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15069 times:

Hi! Thank you for reading and for all the comments  
Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
Great TR; love your pictures too !

Thanks MH017!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
Lucky you, so you had 4 different aircraft-types on 4 flights ?

Thats right! though at the time of booking, the BKK-IST-BKK sectors were scheduled on A340-300, but at some point later the BKK-IST got changed to A330, which was very nice as I got the chance to be on TK new cabin.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
Would be interested on your dad's Business-Class flights; did he mention anything to you about these ?

Well, my dad wasn't quite impressed with flying TK unfortunately. He said that toilets were very poorly maintained, the seat was too hard even though it was lie flat. In my opinion, a big factor that made us feel less comfortable was the cabin temperature, it was either too warm or way too cold. But the good thing was that TK's price was very competitive in both Economy and Business class.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
Looking forward to your return part...

Glad to hear  , I will try to finish it within the week

Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
WOW! Menu card, hot breakfast and IFE - unbelievable for an intra European flight! Really amazing! Hopefully the quality of the meal was as good as it looked!

Hi Debonair, I agree, the inflight offering was great for a European flight! The breakfast tasted good, but I'd prefer the breakfast on flight BKK-IST.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):

Hey Win1290!!

Awesome opening pic, and a great report too.

Thanks flightsimboy!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
And a welcome change from your usual airline Thai Airways lol

Haha thats true,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Well I'm glad it all worked out. Since you and your mum fly a lot and probably have the gold status, I guess the other two were your guests? lol

thanks. Actually, its me and my brother who have the gold status. We could guest in one person each, in our trip, it was our mum and another brother.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
That is almost like a full Y class meal on some carriers (wink)

I noticed some improvements in the food offering in the lounge recently. A selection of canape is a great addition to the food bar.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
It would be nice to use this someday, when the connection at BKK is really long.

took a quick look inside, I must say it looks quite nice.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
I guess they wanted to give the menu a real Thai feel with that local name addition!!

Haha may be you are right  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Yes quite bizzare!

I agree

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):

Great report - It looks like you had two good flights with Turkish Airlines. I'm always impressed by their high level of inflight service - food looks awesome!

Thanks for sharing,

Best, Matthew (7677747)

Thanks Matthew!
Turkish Airlines has very good inflight service routine and inflight products in my opinion. But as I have experienced during my first four flights with them, there were a few crew members who didn't seem to be in good mood, and this is probably the biggest let down.
I think the food offering on TK is quite good, especially one on the shorter European flight.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):

Hi Win,

very nice report, always good to read about TK which I really like. However, the A333 interior doesn't look as nice as the ones I had on my A332 and A343 flights last year. Here's my report:

Hi PH! Thank you, I am glad you liked it.
Very nice trip report of yours! Though, all in all, I'd prefer the A333 interior, the cabin feels more fresh.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
The meals look fine in general, but the portions seem to be a bit small. How did you like all the food? I found TK's DO&CO catering very good, but it still cannot match EK's catering. What I have heard numerous times is an alleged lack of variety on TK.

I think the food tasted good in all flights I had. But I'd prefer the ones from flight from Bangkok, which I believe is from Bangkok Airways catering. I didn't think there was a lack of variety in TK catering. Actually, the only thing I find lacking in terms of variety is breakfast: TK offered the same breakfast on the 3 flights I had.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Nice, it will be interesting to see how your A343 flight was.

The next report will be online within the week.

Thanks,

Win


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 15047 times:

Win,

Good report there. Looks like Turkish Airlines use the same ife that VS now use. Not sure I like the idea of the in ear earphones though unless you get to keep them?

Looking forward to the next part and seeing your pics of Nice.



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 14515 times:

Hi Win!

Nice report! Very interesting to read about the TK Economy product, as I'll be flying them in December, both long and shorthaul.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
When the seatbelt sign was switched off, the crew came over and distributed menu

Nice to see they even included a drinks list, something I find very useful.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then menu and nuts were distributed

Wow, menu card on a shorthaul flight! Very impressive, can't wait to try them out.

Martin


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 14408 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Win,

Good report there. Looks like Turkish Airlines use the same ife that VS now use. Not sure I like the idea of the in ear earphones though unless you get to keep them?

Thanks James! The screens look quite similar, but I think on VS, its only touch screen with no remote control, whereas TK still use remote controls. I don't mind the in-ear earphones actually. They are not uncomfortable at all, and yes we got to keep them.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Looking forward to the next part and seeing your pics of Nice.

Glad to know! I will try to do the next part as soon as I have free time.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
Hi Win!

Hi Martin!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
Nice report! Very interesting to read about the TK Economy product, as I'll be flying them in December, both long and shorthaul.

Thanks! Where are you heading?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
Nice to see they even included a drinks list, something I find very useful.

I agree, not many airlines have a drink list for Y.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 9):
Wow, menu card on a shorthaul flight! Very impressive, can't wait to try them out.

I was pleasantly surprised when the menu was given and the hot breakfast offered on TK European flight. I didn't expect it, it was great.

Thanks,

Win


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 14363 times:

Hi again,

Quoting win1290 (Reply 10):
Thanks! Where are you heading?

ARN-IST-MLE return over christmas, sure am looking forward to it!

Martin


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 14354 times:

Hey Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 11):
ARN-IST-MLE return over christmas, sure am looking forward to it!

Sound awesome! Hope you enjoy the flights!

Win


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 14258 times:

Hi Win

Nice report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Turkish looks to have great service on the majority of it's flights. While the BKK-IST sector is top notch I find the hard on the NCE flight to be a bit outdated. Neverthless the soft product exceeds it's competitors on both legs.

Looking forward to the next
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 14143 times:

Kon khun krub Nong Win. Thank you for all your nice and prompt pics.
Once again a fine trip report on your family trip to the south of France.

TK is very popular among Thai tourists as they offer such extensive network in Europe.
You can fly via IST and arrive in other smaller Schengen city to avoid changing plane in larger cities dealing with passport stamp and re-board the flight.
My mom and sister went to Spain and Portugal with TK arriving in Barcelona and departed from Lisbon.

I much prefer the newer 330-300 interior of TK. It's fresh and young looking, the interior of 330-200 and 340-300 are dated and boring. Also the current Weber seats on the 330-300 fleet are looking nicer.

I don't like the fact that TK serves same breakfast, you get the same breakfast from your arrival longhaul and early morning intra Europe ex-IST flights. This happened even in Business class where all the starters/smaller items are same items.

Do&Co makes food looks good and interesting, but it's just for the sake of brand name. Doesn't really stand out over the other Asian carrier.

Food ex-BKK used to be from THAI catering, not sure as of now as could be Bangkok Airways' as Win mentioned. But I much prefer THAI catering than PG's.

TK is one decent airlines. New aircrafts, Asian carriers' service standard and extensive route network, reasonable price. Not to mention being *A choice over the gulf carrier for Asia-Europe connection.

Thank you and can't wait for the second part  
P'Net



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 14107 times:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
I don't like the fact that TK serves same breakfast, you get the same breakfast from your arrival longhaul and early morning intra Europe ex-IST flights. This happened even in Business class where all the starters/smaller items are same items.

= Oh God. I can predict pretty much EXACTLY what I am to receive on TK JCL flights these days. It has really got boring.

Thanks a lot for this report. I was worried to read another horrible report, but this one seemed to have some of the magic of the TK I have loved. The food on the BKK/IST segment looks really good.

Thanks again.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 14030 times:

Hi Win.

Great report... really nice to see Turkish offering on this route. It all looked really great and it is impressive to get the second hot meal on the first sector. I will go MH IST-kUL soon and I will be interested to see how their offering stacks up....

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
So my parents bought the package for all five of us.

What kind parents! Which my mother made impromptu decisions like that.... dream on!

Rgds

Luke



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 13862 times:
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Hello there Win,

Another great report from your side with lots of great pictures!
Its nice to be able to read another TK economy class TR as I will be flying them in March next year.
TK looks quite nice, looks like you had 2 good flights with them, looking forward to your return journey!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Due to the design of the terminal, it was impossible to see anything outside the building

Its a nice looking terminal except for that part  
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):

When the seatbelt sign was switched off, the crew came over and distributed menu

From the looks of it TK flies Ho Cho Minh city to Bangkok before heading back to IST?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):

Then the crew handed out a packet of nuts and drinks. I would have thought that this should come before the meal.

hmm, indeed thats interesting

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
But after 10 minutes of waiting, our flight was called to board: by seat row number. As our seats were towards the front of the Economy Class cabin, we were one of the last groups to board the bus (on the second bus).

No priority boarding for *G ?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then 45 minutes later, the captain announced that we were waiting for a crew member to arrive, then we would be ready to go, and it should take another 10 minutes. The captain also apologised for the delay.

What? For a crew member to arrive? thats very odd

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 13603 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):

Hi Win

Nice report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Turkish looks to have great service on the majority of it's flights. While the BKK-IST sector is top notch I find the hard on the NCE flight to be a bit outdated. Neverthless the soft product exceeds it's competitors on both legs.

Looking forward to the next
Marc

Hi Marc,
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Turkish Airlines offer some great inflight service, I particularly like the amenity kit. But I must say that the crew were mixed, some were good, one or two weren't.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):

Sawatdee krub P'Net!
Many thanks for the kind words krub.
I agree, TK has an extensive network in Europe, especially in secondary airports. Connecting through IST was with ease. Even though, the transit lane in IST was very busy but it went very fast. Plus, during transit I also got to sample the Turkish ice-cream which was nice .
Very nice, I always want to visit Lisbon and Barcelona!  
I slightly prefer the new A330 cabin over the older A340 one, it feels new and fresh!
The same breakfast on the connecting flight and the long haul may be boring to TK frequent travellers. But as a TK first time flyer, I quite like the spicy breakfast. In fact, I think the one on BKK-IST flight was a lot more spicy than the IST-NCE.
Catering-wise, I food ex-BKK was much to my liking than the food offered on flights ex-IST.
Turkish Airlines offer some great inflight service with really good inflight entertainment system. Perhaps I was unlucky on the flights I had, but TK would have been an amazing airline if the crew were more friendly and service-minded.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 15):
Thanks a lot for this report. I was worried to read another horrible report, but this one seemed to have some of the magic of the TK I have loved. The food on the BKK/IST segment looks really good.

You are very welcome Alex!
I certainly didn't find Turkish Airlines unpleasant. The inflight service routine was very nice, but the crew were mixed.
I quite like the dish I chose on the BKK-IST sector too, always nice to find my native dish, which is also one of my favourite too, on board.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
Hi Win.

Great report... really nice to see Turkish offering on this route. It all looked really great and it is impressive to get the second hot meal on the first sector.

Thanks Luke! Glad you like it.
The second hot meal was sure very nice, and spicy too.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
I will go MH IST-kUL soon and I will be interested to see how their offering stacks up....

Sounds great! Definitely be interesting to see MH offering on the sector.


Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
What kind parents! Which my mother made impromptu decisions like that.... dream on!

I am very grateful with my parents. It was also our (me and my brothers) special trip to celebrate our graduations!


Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
Hello there Win,

Another great report from your side with lots of great pictures!
Its nice to be able to read another TK economy class TR as I will be flying them in March next year.
TK looks quite nice, looks like you had 2 good flights with them, looking forward to your return journey!

Hi Brendan, thanks for reading and for the nice words. I am glad you liked it. TK do offer some solid inflight service in Economy (good amenity, inflight entertainment etc,) and if you have a nice, professional, friendly crew on board, the flight would be super. Hope you have a good flight in March!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
Its a nice looking terminal except for that part

Yep, agree

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
From the looks of it TK flies Ho Cho Minh city to Bangkok before heading back to IST?

Thats right! though I didn't notice if passengers travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Istanbul were asked to remain on board in Bangkok. But on the return flight IST-BKK-SGN, passengers connecting to SGN were asked to remain in the aircraft.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
No priority boarding for *G ?

No, but it didn't really matter since it was a bus gate.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 17):
What? For a crew member to arrive? thats very odd

yes, but may be relief crew I guess.

Thanks,

Win


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 13131 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Turkish Airlines sure seem to be doing a great job. Great presentation on the food too, for Economly Class standards. I was impressed by their operation at IST, Istanbul really is located very strategically for connections, definitive potential there.


User currently offlineohsopc From Thailand, joined Jul 2006, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 13070 times:

nice trip report kub  

User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 12729 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 19):

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Turkish Airlines sure seem to be doing a great job. Great presentation on the food too, for Economly Class standards. I was impressed by their operation at IST, Istanbul really is located very strategically for connections, definitive potential there.

Thanks Robert! I am glad you like it. The food sure looks good for Y standard, I quite like the green curry on the first leg too!. You are right, IST is strategically located and TK has and extensive network to many European secondary cities, plus the transit as Istanbul was smooth.

Quoting ohsopc (Reply 20):

nice trip report kub  

Thank you very much krub ohsopc  

Regards,

Win


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 12424 times:

Hey, Win,

good to follow the first part of you´re travels to Nice.
Great pictures all the way. And good choice with the travel agent to book you on TK and a couple of different plane types.
Reading the return part soon.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 12190 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):
Hey, Win,

Hey Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):
good to follow the first part of you´re travels to Nice.
Great pictures all the way. And good choice with the travel agent to book you on TK and a couple of different plane types.

Thank you for the comment  .
Originally though, the BKK-IST-BKK flights were scheduled to be on A343, but the aircraft on the outbound got change to the A333 which was a very welcome change indeed.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 22):
Reading the return part soon.

Very nice to know! I hope you like it.

Thanks,

Win


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 11838 times:

Nice report Win! I hope you had a good time in Nice! Impressed at the quality of services on TK. I'd like to try TK agauin, but I still have unpleasant memories of missing my flight because of them in IST!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Also, two of us have a gold status with Star Alliance so we could enjoy the benefit of lounge access pre-departure and during the 3-hour transit in Istanbul. But this means that one person would be left out from accessing the lounge, so my father decided to buy himself Business class to remedy that.

Ha, shame that he was "forced" into that position!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Amenity bag

Looks like a nice/useful bag.



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25 Post contains images sultanils : Hello Win, Thanks for this interesting read. For sure a good idea to go on a holiday at the Cote d'Azur. You've clearly experienced the good side of T
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