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The Austrian Way To Istanbul: STR-VIE-IST  
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 11040 times:

Merhaba, dear readers!

Introduction and Planning

As has become a small tradition already once in a year my dad and I head out together for a city break somewhere in Europe. We have already been to Helsinki and to Lisbon, this year we decided to visit a city in a country both new to us, Istanbul.

Of course it was my turn to look for the flights. The cheapest option would have been a red-eye flight with germanwings from STR to SAW, but somehow an arrival at 3 in the morning didn't appeal very much to us. After some more searching I found an interesting offer with Austrian via Vienna and the return flight with Swiss via Zurich. However I hesitated a bit too long and by the time I wanted to book the price of the flight went up way above our limit. So in the end we had to accept to fly the same way back, again with OS via VIE. The flights from and to Stuttgart would be operated by Tyrolean, the flights to IST by Austrian, so two new airlines for me, at least that's what I thought by the time of booking. The fare was really acceptable with about 160 Euro for the return flight per person.

This is the resulting route map:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/map.gif
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Shortly after booking it was announced that all Austrian flights would be operated by Tyrolean Airways beginning in July 2012, of course as a cost-reducing measure. They ensured that this move will not affect the passengers at all, so let's see.

Flight 1 (06.10.2012)
STR-VIE (OS 178, operated by Tyrolean Airways)
Fokker 70 (OE-LFH)
Seat 7A
scheduled 10:30 – 11:50
actual 10:28 – 11:39
flight-time: 10:39 – 11:34 (55 minutes)

Alright, back on the road only one week after my return from Poland and the Isle of Man. Again a departure at around 10 o'clock, and again after an hour in the car (this time my dad did the driving) we arrived at STR. Everything looks good on the FIDS for our flight to Vienna:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_001.jpg

Still some time to wander around in the terminal building. The view from the upstairs gallery at terminal 1:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_000.jpg

Outside our plane was already parked at the apron, and I was delighted to see it was indeed the scheduled Fokker 70, a new plane type for me:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_002.jpg

Through security then and we went directly to our gate, bus boarding as usual on these short routes from here. Alright then, boarding on time, and by bus to the waiting plane, it was OE-LFH, flying for Austrian Arrows/Tyrolean since 1995, one of 9 planes of this type in the fleet. This bird was involved in an incident earlier this year with some unusual noises from the landing gear, wonder what that might have been.

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_003.jpg

A close-up of the engine in the back. While I do like the Austrian livery in general, I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:



Yes, we know it is operated by Tyrolean:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_005.jpg

Hmm, Salzburg will take us to Vienna today:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_006.jpg

No under-the-wing shot on the Fokker, but this is also a nice angle:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_007.jpg

Once on board a bit of a reluctant greeting by the flight attendant and we settled down on the thick old-fashioned, but rather comfortable green fabric seats. Pitch was also more than adequate for a flight of this length:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_008.jpg

The classic Fokker cabin, the flight was completely full:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_014.jpg

A nice welcome from the Captain, though not many information about the flight. Departure on time and during the long taxiing towards runway 25 we saw a few interesting planes. You can't have a STR report from me without the Delta 767, here blasting off towards Atlanta:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_011.jpg

belleair from Albania was here as well, known for their exceptional service (   http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_012.jpg

Or a former Contact Air F-100 in OLT Express colors. This is the one that did the belly landing here a few years ago:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_013.jpg

Take-off towards the west:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_015.jpg

And a nice overview of STR airport after our turn towards the east:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_016.jpg

A few minutes later the power-plant (coal, not nuclear, btw) of Altbach came into view. The two chimneys of this one are actually exactly on the extended centerline of the runway in STR.

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_017.jpg

Manching airport near Inglostadt North of Munich, it is mainly a military field, but also has some civil flights (mostly shuttle flights for the automobile industry):

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_018.jpg

Ok, now let's have a look in the seat pocket, the Austrian skylines magazine was there:



...and a safety card of course:



The crew (two young females, mostly friendly) distributed a snack then, no choice today, but this Nussini chocolate bar together with some coffee hit the spot nicely on this morning flight:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_019.jpg

Visibility was outstanding this day and we had some very nice views over the countryside. And on another power-plant, this time a nuclear one (Kernkraftwerk Isar):

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_020.jpg

The city of Passau, the first time (but not the last time) we saw the Danube river on this day:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_021.jpg

Getting closer to Vienna, already on descent:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_022.jpg

And crossing the Danube again on short final to runway 16:

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Touchdown after a flight time of 55 minutes. On the way to the gate we had a good view over the other runway (RW29) with a departing Aer Lingus airbus:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_024.jpg

And on position next to this 767 with some sexy red winglets:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_025.jpg

Vienna airport

It was my first time in the new terminal at Vienna airport, so let's see what it has to offer. We went directly to the transfer, but had a view into the arrival hall on the way (although through some glass):



Through passport control then into the Non-Schengen area (there was a very long line, but just as we arrived they opened more booths, and we quickly went there and were through within minutes). Your usual shops and bars there:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_026.jpg

Black and white are the dominant colors in this terminal. It was fine in the shopping area, but further out in the gate area this color scheme looked somewhat cold and sterile. Yet the terminal seemed to be functional and efficient. We had a chicken sandwich with an Austrian beer then for lunch:



There are also good views on the apron. Aeroflot on the way to departure:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_028.jpg

While Transaero was just arriving:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_029.jpg

Flight 2 (06.10.2012)
VIE-IST (OS 821, operated by Tyrolean Airways)
Airbus A320 (OE-LBN)
Seat 24A
scheduled 13:25 – 16:45
actual 13:33 – 16:46
flight-time: 13:45 – 16:34 (1 hour 49 minutes)

The Istanbul flight would depart from gate D61, so let's go there:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_030.jpg

And our plane was already parked at the gate, it was OE-LBN, the scheduled A320, flying for Austrian since 1997:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_031.jpg

Next to us a 777 was just being pushed back:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_032.jpg

Judging from the crowd in the waiting area it would be a full flight today. Mostly Turkish families, but also a couple of weekend tourists there. An announcement was made that boarding would start some 10 minutes later, but no reason was given. Anyway the delay wasn't long at all and we entered the airbus through the airbridge:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_033.jpg

Pitch was generous here and the slim grey leather seats were actually quite comfortable:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_034.jpg

Cabin view during boarding:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_036.jpg

A nice welcome and a few words by Captain Mayerhofer, estimated flight time would be 1:50 today. Despite the load (cabin was 100% full) boarding was orderly and quick and we started pushback only a few minutes late. Take-off from runway one-six:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_037.jpg

Shortly thereafter the city of Bratislava and its airport came into view:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_038.jpg

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Once on cruise level I took this pictures of the red wingtip with some other traffic passing us some distance away:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_040.jpg

Time for service now, the crew sprung into action and distributed a hot meal service for everyone. It was some green pasta with chicken in a tomato sauce, together with a warm and crisp bread roll and some chocolate mousse as dessert. Well presented and the taste was good as well. Maybe a bit bland, but with some added pepper it was certainly ok:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_041.jpg

And views like this together with your meal makes it even more enjoyable:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_042.jpg

It took a while before the drink cart reached our row, by the time I got something to drink I was already pretty much finished with the meal. Anyway a cold can of Ottakringer was very welcome now:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_043.jpg

All in all the crew (3 females, one male) were quite friendly, always with a smile towards the passengers, so no complaints here. In the meantime we were cruising over Romania, this is the town of Craiova:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_044.jpg

There was one thing I really didn't like on this flight, and it was the fact that there was no airshow at all. Instead they were showing some commercials and some cartoons on the monitors the whole time (well, I do like Tom&Jerry, but still, the airshow would have been more interesting):

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_045.jpg

Our Captain was once more on the speakers shortly before the descent and informed us about the nice weather in Istanbul, with some 25 degrees and clear skies. Already on approach to the airport over the Marmara Sea:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_046.jpg

Getting closer:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_047.jpg

And smoothly touching down on runway 05. Still on the runway I spotted this Turkish Boeing in the 'Globally Yours' livery:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_048.jpg

We had to wait a minute to give way to this nice 777 taxiing for departure:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_049.jpg

And finally we arrived at our gate next to the Pegasus:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_050.jpg

A nice goodbye to the crew and I set foot into my 100th airport! It was very crowded and also at passport control there was a very long and slow moving line. It completely blocked even the corridor behind. But my dad then discovered a sign leading to a passport control nr2 and so we went there. And indeed, the line was much shorter there. It still took a while but eventually we got through and I got the first stamp in my new passport.

Istanbul

To get into the city we took the Metro from the airport, then changed into a tram until we arrived at Sultanahmet, the center of the old town. Only a short walk to our hotel, the small but cozy Hotel Novano:



A good choice it was, the room was a bit on the small side, but comfortable and the owners were very friendly. And at an excellent location, only 5 minutes by foot and we were standing in front of the two most famous Istanbul landmarks, the Blue Mosque:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_051.jpg

And the Hagia Sophia:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_053.jpg

Turkish food for dinner tonight, a lamb kebap with aubergine, together with a cold Efes beer, nicely presented and equally yummy:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_052.jpg

The next one and a half days we explored the city and tried to see as much as possible. First stop was the Blue Mosque again, one of its six Minarets:



Some details:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_055.jpg

Since this was a Sunday the whole area there was quite crowded by tourists from all over the world. Of course also a lot of tourist traps around, advertised by a huge horde of touts trying to lure you into that restaurant or into that shop, or taking part in the best and cheapest tour around the city. However a firm “No, thank you” usually kept them at bay. The Hagia Sophia in daylight:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_056.jpg

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_066.jpg

There recently was a report here by fellow user 'eco' with some impressive pictures of the Basilica Cistern, so we decided to go there as well. And it was definitely worth it, a huge underground cistern, with more than 300 pillars holding the ceiling:

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The lighting of the pillars made for a real serene and special atmosphere there. A truly amazing building, especially given the fact that is was already built in the 6th century.

Now as Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents, we of course wanted to visit the Asian side as well. So we took a ferry boat over to Üsküdar, an intercontinental cruise for just around 1 Euro, how about that?



An AIDA ship was visiting the city as well:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_059.jpg

The Asian side of Istanbul feels much more quiet and relaxed:



This is a nice place to enjoy a sweet Turkish tea in the sunlight and look across the Bosporus towards Europe:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_062.jpg

Back in the bustling European part we visited some more mosques:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_069.jpg

Inside the Suleymaniye Mosque:

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At one of the many street markets:

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An old aqueduct, with a Turkish 777 on approach to IST:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_070.jpg

Some colorful houses in the old town:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_065.jpg

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[Edited 2012-11-17 10:21:24]

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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 11059 times:

Flight 3 (08.10.2012)
IST-VIE (OS 822, operated by Tyrolean Airways)
Airbus A320 (OE-LBS)
Seat 23F
scheduled 17:35 – 19:05
actual 17:31 – 18:51
flight-time: 17:40 – 18:45 (2 hours 5 minutes)

To get back to the airport this time we took a shuttle arranged by the hotel. It was of course a bit more expensive than public transport, but still reasonable, and much faster and certainly more convenient. At the airport there were a lot of security people around, so I was a bit discreet with taking pictures. I managed to get this one of the landside drop-off area:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_071.jpg

There was one first security check-point right at the entrance of the terminal. I had done check-in with my phone the night before, but I couldn't print out the boarding passes. The Austrian check-in was still closed and there were no Austrian self-checkin kiosks. But we tried our luck with the LH machine, and it was working without any problem. So we got our boarding passes on LH paper:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_073.jpg

Then through the regular security and into the gate area, or rather the shopping area:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_072.jpg

Hmm, I really disagree with this. Maybe I should write a letter to have them change this sign to something like 'Everybody except CaptainRed loves duty free'   . We invested our last Turkish Lira into something to eat and since we still had a lot of time to spare we took a seat at a quiet place and watched the traffic outside. Highlight was this Saudi Arabian A330:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_074.jpg

Followed closely by its smaller brother:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_075.jpg

Onur air, celebrating its 20th birthday:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_076.jpg

Now time to check the gate for our flight, 205 for Vienna today:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_077.jpg

On the long way there we had a nice view over the domestic apron, count the tails:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_078.jpg

And our ride has also just arrived, it was OE-LBS this time, first flight in the year 2000, a new registration for me:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_079.jpg

Waiting at our gate:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_080.jpg

Boarding started on time. Right ahead of us was a guy who was booked at the Turkish flight to Vienna, which departed 15 minutes earlier than our flight. The agent directed him to the other gate and told him to run, as his flight might still be open. Oh well, I have no idea if he made it or not. During boarding, the flight was again completely full:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_081.jpg

They were playing some Austrian waltz music, a nice touch. After a short welcome by Captain Hauser push back begun and engines were started:

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An LH cargo MD-11 was right behind us:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_083.jpg

Crossing runway 35R

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_084.jpg

and lining up on runway 35L:

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After take-off we had a great view over the airport terminal building:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_086.jpg

And over the gigantic urban sprawl that is Istanbul:

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Cloudy skies as we got further north:

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To my delight this time they turned on the airshow:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_090.jpg

It was interrupted by some commercials however. The crew on this leg (3 females, one male) was again very friendly, smiling and even joking around with the passengers:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_091.jpg

The snack this time was vegetarian, some penne with vegetables, was quite tasty with some added pepper:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_092.jpg

Two drink runs, I had an Ottakringer together with the meal, followed by a coffee later:



Moody dusk lighting outside:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_094.jpg

And some nice views over the city of Vienna during approach:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_095.jpg

Landing on runway 16 and at the gate some minutes earlier than scheduled.

Flight 4 (08.10.2012)
VIE-STR (OS 179, operated by Tyrolean Airways)
Fokker 100 (OE-LVO)
Seat 8A
scheduled 20:20 – 21:35
actual 20:20 – 21:25
flight-time: 20:25 – 21:21 (56 minutes)

And once again at VIE airport. Through passport and another security control and a quick look at the FIDS to check the gate for our last flight of the trip back to STR:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_096.jpg

Bus boarding this time, and a full load on the plane meant a very crowded bus that brought us to the waiting Fokker 100:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_097.jpg

This flight turned out to be quite uneventful. Departure on time, again a rather friendly crew, although not as cheery as the crew on the IST-VIE leg. Actually this was the only time during this trip that the crew mentioned that the flight was operated by Tyrolean. Service was a small snack together with some drinks:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_098.jpg

The crackers were in the form of little airplanes, cute:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/ist/tr1207_099.jpg

Touch-down on runway 25 after a flying time of less than one hour. Only a short taxi to our parking position, and again an arrival earlier than scheduled. Here in STR they dispatched two buses to get us to the terminal, so the bus ride here was a lot less crowded than in VIE. We then quickly headed outside, got to the car and after another hour on the autobahn we arrived back at home.

Conclusion

A cool and successful trip it was. The flights with Austrian, or rather Tyrolean, were really enjoyable. The crews were friendly, good service with even a warm snack on the longer legs and some lovely details like the Waltz music during boarding or the airplane shaped crackers. Only minor things to complain about like the non-functioning of the airshow on the VIE-IST leg. All in all one of the better airlines in Europe and I would fly with them again without any doubt. The transfer in Vienna also was hassle free, the new terminal seems to be efficient, though it feels a bit cold.

Istanbul is for sure a great city to visit. A lot to do and see, we had a great time there. There are of course some very impressive major sights, but I also liked the somehow exotic atmosphere in the city and the interesting contrasts. You often just walk one block and it seems that suddenly you are in completely different place..

And something for my personal statistic, I managed to achieve a nice milestone, Istanbul was my 100th airport !!!

That's all for now folks, thanks for reading as always, and of course I would really appreciate a small comment here   ...


CaptainRed


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 11046 times:

Hey, Captain,
well done.
Sure interesting to see some more pictures from Istanbul.
Never been to the city myself.
And also good to follow something about OS after the transition into all VO.
Going from STR is sure nice to follow with me exactly on the go one day thereafter!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1702 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 11040 times:
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Halo CptR,

Nice one again. Istanbul is such an amazing city, I paid it a visit some 5 years ago but I definitely want to go back and explore some more.
Nice flights with Austrian or should I say Tyrolean? Good to see that you got a (decent enough) hot meal and 2 drinks services. And you were lucky with the weather as well, it makes so much difference in the pictures.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
This bird was involved in an incident earlier this year with some unusual noises from the landing gear, wonder what that might have been.

You didn't hear anything 

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:

That makes 2 of us. And I find the rest of the livery blah as well to be honest.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
This is the one that did the belly landing here a few years ago

Apparently it was not written off? That must've been quite a repair.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Pitch was generous here

Wow, I'm impressed!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
this is the town of Craiova

It apparently has it's own airport?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Highlight was this Saudi Arabian A330:

I thought that SV only had 747's and 777' for widebodies but this proves me wrong.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
To my delight this time they turned on the airshow

  

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11040 times:

Pretty impressive meal for a short flight. Maybe because they compete with Turkish.

I remember Schwechat in 1957. The outside viewing area was on the ground on the right side of the terminal. There were never more than about 3 planes at a time.

We picked up my father who arrived on Swissair. AUA had not been founded until 1958 I believe. Alsoremember still when my grandmother left on an El Al Constellation.

And in 1958 when I left on a BEA Vickers Viscount to London. There was one AUA Vickers Viscount parked next to us.

When I returned to Vienna in 1972 there could not have been more than about 6 aircraft at a time on the tarmac.

It's amazing to me how Schwechat has grown.


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 11040 times:

what a great report!

really interesting to see STR - well the last time I flew ex STR was 1991 - and I was only 8 years old - so some years ago   btw my flight was on a BA 737-200 STR-LHR

IST is on my to do list - well in fact I already requested my travel agent quotes for CCS-IST-CCS for end of march - but as he was to slow and decided better for some days SXM - but for sure IST will follow latest 2014 if not 2013 anymore.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
As has become a small tradition already once in a year my dad and I head out together for a city break somewhere in Europe. We have already been to Helsinki and to Lisbon, this year we decided to visit a city in a country both new to us, Istanbul.

thats more than great - well a tradition I had also with my dad - unfortunately since I left Europe a little bit more complicate to realize it - we did for example trips to LIS but also to YVR using the fliegenpreise for 199 EUR return years ago.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Fokker 70, a new plane type for me:

great airplane had the chance to fly it once years ago on CDG-MUC if I remember well by Air Littoral operatef for AF. some weeks ago I had finally the chance to fly his big brother the F100 on a DAE flights CCS-CUR-CCS.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Manching airport near Inglostadt North of Munich, it is mainly a military field, but also has some civil flights (mostly shuttle flights for the automobile industry):

if I remember well it was even in discussion to be the "new" MUC airport but they finally deciced to buidl a new one in the Erdinger Moos. Btw I think Manching would be a perfect airport for some LCC - with the new ICE connection to Ingolstadt it is reachable quite fast from NUE and MUC and also the aerea around Ingolstadt is not so bad populated.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Nussini chocolate

a nice light chocolate bar! love it - aso it must be some years ago I had it the last time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Time for service now, the crew sprung into action and distributed a hot meal service for everyone. It was some green pasta with chicken in a tomato sauce, together with a warm and crisp bread roll and some chocolate mousse as dessert. Well presented and the taste was good as well. Maybe a bit bland, but with some added pepper it was certainly ok:

looks good also quite small - I am wondering if LH is serving again salt and pepper with the meals or if you have to ask for it -- as in my last flights with them.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Anyway a cold can of Ottakringer was very welcome now:

well I think nothing better than a cold beer on an aircraft. I am already starfing for an cold Warsteiner on my upcoming LH flight in some weeks - well not that Warsteiner is a too good german beer but for sure better than the stuff you get here!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
100th airport!

congratulations! I have so far 91 and with the upcoming booked flights it should be 101

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Turkish food for dinner tonight, a lamb kebap with aubergine, together with a cold Efes beer, nicely presented and equally yummy:

I love turkish food, looks really yummyl.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
On the long way there we had a nice view over the domestic apron, count the tails:

also to be seen the cargo aproon, really impressive ops in IST

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
The snack this time was vegetarian, some penne with vegetables, was quite tasty with some added pepper:

you named it - a snack, looks like you had around 6 noodles.


thansk for the great report!
Cheers
Avianca



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1454 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Hi Captain,

Good to read your latest installment and what a nice idea you have there to somewhere with your father every year. Did you get your aviation interest from him?

LX have had quite a few good offers to IST in recent weeks. Sadly I’ve not been able to take advantage of them but I hope it will work out before long. Therefore I enjoyed your sightseeing tips, especially the Basilica Cistern & the intercontinental cruise!

You got a good deal with Austrian and what a nice bonus to log the F70 & F100. Your photos of VIE seem to mirror what I’ve seen on here so far – not to my taste at all.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
However I hesitated a bit too long and by the time I wanted to book the price of the flight went up way above our limit.

I know that feeling all too well……

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
While I do like the Austrian livery in general, I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:

Or the green seats!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Or a former Contact Air F-100 in OLT Express colors.

I still can’t quite used to that. Had a flight myself on D-AFKA last month, but it’s so strange seeing the OLT Express brand.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was some green pasta with chicken in a tomato sauce, together with a warm and crisp bread roll and some chocolate mousse as dessert. Well presented and the taste was good as well. Maybe a bit bland, but with some added pepper it was certainly ok:

Not bad for the length of the flight.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
nice goodbye to the crew and I set foot into my 100th airport! It

Congratulations! I have a long way to go until I reach that target.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
So we got our boarding passes on LH paper:

Have you noticed how LH don’t print the STD on the boarding passes anymore? It only confuses people, we have so many questions at ZRH from connecting passengers who are worried because they can’t find their flight on the board.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
On the long way there we had a nice view over the domestic apron, count the tails:

Great photo!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The crackers were in the form of little airplanes, cute:

Super idea for a snack.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

great report once more, it was a pleasure to read. Some great pictures of your flights and of Istanbul, one of the more interesting cities in Europe.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Time for service now, the crew sprung into action and distributed a hot meal service for everyone. It was some green pasta with chicken in a tomato sauce, together with a warm and crisp bread roll and some chocolate mousse as dessert. Well presented and the taste was good as well. Maybe a bit bland, but with some added pepper it was certainly ok:

Looks great. I was quite impressed with my meal on the same route, a Mediterranean Pasta in the same triangle presentation along with a desert and some bread. Quite a good meal for such a flight.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
There was one thing I really didn't like on this flight, and it was the fact that there was no airshow at all. Instead they were showing some commercials and some cartoons on the monitors the whole time (well, I do like Tom&Jerry, but still, the airshow would have been more interesting):

My OS IST-VIE flight also showed a lot of commercials and cartoons, but we did get to see the Airshow for the last 20 minutes of the flight or so.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
A nice goodbye to the crew and I set foot into my 100th airport!

Congratulations, quite a nice number  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
There recently was a report here by fellow user 'eco' with some impressive pictures of the Basilica Cistern, so we decided to go there as well. And it was definitely worth it, a huge underground cistern, with more than 300 pillars holding the ceiling:

I went there as well, a really interesting place and a nice way to escape the heath outside for a while (my visit was in August, it was quite hot but not unbarable).

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Highlight was this Saudi Arabian A330:

Stunning livery. One of the best I have seen on the A330.

Blaž



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User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 508 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Hi Captain,

Nice report about your journey to Istanbul.
The flights with Austrian, or better said Tyrolean looked very enjoyable.
While the food didnt look as good as on TK, it was nice to see to still get a hot meal on OS.

Thanks a lot for sharing
Cheers,
Johannes


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Hello everybody, thanks a lot for all these comments, greatly appreciated   ...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Hey, Captain,
well done.
Sure interesting to see some more pictures from Istanbul.
Never been to the city myself.

Hi Markus, thanks, and indeed, Istanbul is a great city, you should definitely consider to visit.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
And also good to follow something about OS after the transition into all VO.

There was almost no mentioning at all about this transition, so from a passengers point of view it was everything Austrian.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):

Nice one again. Istanbul is such an amazing city, I paid it a visit some 5 years ago but I definitely want to go back and explore some more.

Hi Nils, thank you, and agree with you on Istanbul.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Nice flights with Austrian or should I say Tyrolean? Good to see that you got a (decent enough) hot meal and 2 drinks services. And you were lucky with the weather as well, it makes so much difference in the pictures.

Yeah, service was really great on these flights. And for sure true with the weather, we had one rain shower at the last day, when we have already been at the airport, but besides it was great.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
You didn't hear anything

Not at all, no suspicious noises at all   ...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
That makes 2 of us. And I find the rest of the livery blah as well to be honest.

Actually I find that red arrow thing quite nice. It is quite simple, but it looks somehow stylish.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Apparently it was not written off? That must've been quite a repair.

No, it was back in service some 2 or 3 months after the incident. These Fokkers for sure are robust birds.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
It apparently has it's own airport?

Yes, CRA, they have a couple of scheduled flights with Carpatair to Timisoara. That would be something for Markus to try   ...

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
Pretty impressive meal for a short flight.

Hi lychesma, thanks for stopping by. And true, that meal was more than adequate for a flight like this. Don't think though that it had anything to do with the competition with Turkish on this route. I think they serve meals like this an all flights of this length.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 4):
I remember Schwechat in 1957. The outside viewing area was on the ground on the right side of the terminal. There were never more than about 3 planes at a time.

Hey, thanks for this info, that was a time when flying certainly was something special and prestigious. With certainly some interesting planes. Indeed amazing how everything has developed the last 30 or 40 years.



Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
what a great report!

Hi Avianca, thanks a lot.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
IST is on my to do list - well in fact I already requested my travel agent quotes for CCS-IST-CCS for end of march - but as he was to slow and decided better for some days SXM - but for sure IST will follow latest 2014 if not 2013 anymore.

Oh, that's quite a long flight, but for sure worth to visit Istanbul. But then SXM is definitely interesting as well.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
thats more than great - well a tradition I had also with my dad - unfortunately since I left Europe a little bit more complicate to realize it - we did for example trips to LIS but also to YVR using the fliegenpreise for 199 EUR return years ago.

It is really nice to do such trips together, however true with the distance it gets difficult. Maybe we might also head outside Europe next year, as it gets more and more difficult to find destinations that are new to both of us. Maybe we also get such a great offer like these "fliegenpreis".

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
if I remember well it was even in discussion to be the "new" MUC airport but they finally deciced to buidl a new one in the Erdinger Moos. Btw I think Manching would be a perfect airport for some LCC - with the new ICE connection to Ingolstadt it is reachable quite fast from NUE and MUC and also the aerea around Ingolstadt is not so bad populated.

For the main airport at MUC this would have been really far out. But as a LCC airport, why not, MUC could definitely need some competition from some LCCs. Now let's see how FR will be doing in NUE.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
looks good also quite small - I am wondering if LH is serving again salt and pepper with the meals or if you have to ask for it -- as in my last flights with them.

It was ok from the size, and there was salt and pepper in small packs available. That's indeed bad if LH does not serve it normally, especially on these bland LH meals some pepper is really necessary.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
well I think nothing better than a cold beer on an aircraft.

  

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
congratulations! I have so far 91 and with the upcoming booked flights it should be 101

Cool, actually in the meantime I am also at 101

Quoting Avianca (Reply 5):
you named it - a snack, looks like you had around 6 noodles.

Hey, count again, there were 8 noodles   ...

Quoting infodesk (Reply 6):
Good to read your latest installment and what a nice idea you have there to somewhere with your father every year. Did you get your aviation interest from him?

Hi Hannah, thank you. And well, my dad likes to travel a lot, so I certainly got my interest in traveling from him, he is not so much into aviation though.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 6):
You got a good deal with Austrian and what a nice bonus to log the F70 & F100.

That was indeed a reasonable offer. And especially the F70 was a most welcome added benefit, since this type was still missing in my log.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 6):
LX have had quite a few good offers to IST in recent weeks. Sadly I’ve not been able to take advantage of them but I hope it will work out before long.

If you have the opportunity, than do so, Istanbul is great place to visit.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 6):
I still can’t quite used to that. Had a flight myself on D-AFKA last month, but it’s so strange seeing the OLT Express brand.

Yeah, it is quite sad to see Contact Air gone. Let's see how OLT Express will be doing. Well, they have taken over some former AB flights out of FKB, so I might try them as well someday.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 6):
Have you noticed how LH don’t print the STD on the boarding passes anymore?

Actually I didn't notice it, but you are right, this might indeed confuse some passengers. Not really understandable.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 7):
great report once more, it was a pleasure to read. Some great pictures of your flights and of Istanbul, one of the more interesting cities in Europe.

Hi Blaž, thank you. And fully agree with you on Istanbul.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 7):
Looks great. I was quite impressed with my meal on the same route, a Mediterranean Pasta in the same triangle presentation along with a desert and some bread. Quite a good meal for such a flight.

Yes, that was indeed nice, for sure good to get a warm (and also tasty) snack on such a flight.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 7):
My OS IST-VIE flight also showed a lot of commercials and cartoons, but we did get to see the Airshow for the last 20 minutes of the flight or so.

At least something. On our VIE-IST leg it wasn't on at all, on the return leg however most of the time. Don't know it this is just random or if they have some reasoning behind it.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 7):
Congratulations, quite a nice number

Thank you

Quoting SloAir (Reply 7):
Stunning livery. One of the best I have seen on the A330.

Indeed, looks very nice on this plane.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 8):
Nice report about your journey to Istanbul.
The flights with Austrian, or better said Tyrolean looked very enjoyable.

Hi Johannes, thanks a lot, and indeed, the flights were very nice.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 8):
While the food didnt look as good as on TK, it was nice to see to still get a hot meal on OS.

Have yet to try TK, but that meal on OS was for sure more than ok.


CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Hello Captain

Nice story about your IST trip, it was an interesting read.
OS seems to look ok, not bad but not good. However the NEK in the red colors look great!
I really need to try them out soon or later!
IST pics look great as well

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6760 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

very nice report with many good pictures! Good to see OS still offers a decent product despite all the cost cutting measures. Istanbul is certainly a great city, always worth a visit.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Shortly after booking it was announced that all Austrian flights would be operated by Tyrolean Airways beginning in July 2012, of course as a cost-reducing measure. They ensured that this move will not affect the passengers at all, so let's see.

I was very annoyed when I heard that because I lost the chance to fly Austrian, only made it on a Tyrolean flight some years ago.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
While I do like the Austrian livery in general, I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:

Better than white engines...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was some green pasta with chicken in a tomato sauce, together with a warm and crisp bread roll and some chocolate mousse as dessert. Well presented and the taste was good as well. Maybe a bit bland, but with some added pepper it was certainly ok:

That looks good. Hopefully they will keep the DO&CO catering.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The snack this time was vegetarian, some penne with vegetables, was quite tasty with some added pepper:

What kind of dessert did you get?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Nice story about your IST trip, it was an interesting read.
OS seems to look ok, not bad but not good.

Hi Marc, thanks a lot for your reply. And well, the good points definitely outweigh the bad points at OS.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
I really need to try them out soon or later!

Yeah, you should try them out, I am sure you will enjoy the flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
very nice report with many good pictures! Good to see OS still offers a decent product despite all the cost cutting measures.

Hello PH, thank you. And indeed, OS really offered nice service on our flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Istanbul is certainly a great city, always worth a visit.

  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
I was very annoyed when I heard that because I lost the chance to fly Austrian, only made it on a Tyrolean flight some years ago.

I was quite annoyed as well, by the time of booking I thought I would get two new airlines for me. But well. On the other hand isn't there still a 777 left flying under Austrian Airlines? So in that case you would still have the chance to fly them, though probably difficult to catch that plane.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
Better than white engines...

Well, white engine covers in general look boring and bland, but I think still better than this blue color.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):
What kind of dessert did you get?

It was vanilla cream, not too sweet and actually quite tasty.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11039 times:

Nice report! Austrian, sorry, I mean Tryolean, are quite a nice carrier. I used to fly with them quite a bit, but it's been a while now. I'd like to go and check out their new pier, although I hear it's not all that great.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Well presented and the taste was good as well

I love the Do&Co catering in those triangular trays!



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10811 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Nice report! Austrian, sorry, I mean Tryolean, are quite a nice carrier.

Hi Gabriel, thanks a lot for stopping by. And fully agree with you on this airline.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
I'd like to go and check out their new pier, although I hear it's not all that great.

Well, the new pier is overall ok, nothing special though. A lot better than the old terminal area, but well, that doesn't mean very much.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
I love the Do&Co catering in those triangular trays!

Yeah, that looks quite good, nice presentation of the food.


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10752 times:
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Hi there Captain!

Another great report with many nice picture, you sure got some very nice views on your way to IST with the mostly clear skies, well done  
Looks like you had a bunch of great flights with OS, they look pretty good here IMHO. Always nice to get a hot meal too!
Love your pictures of Istanbul, I city I definetely want to visit soon  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
A nice goodbye to the crew and I set foot into my 100th airport!

Congrats!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Hmm, I really disagree with this. Maybe I should write a letter to have them change this sign to something like 'Everybody except CaptainRed loves duty free'

and adamspotter   hehe

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 10599 times:

Hey Captain! What an interesting report! I just came back from Istanbul so a good deal of your photos looked really familiar (I shot some very similar ones  ). Istanbul is a very interesting place indeed! You seem to have had a great time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
As has become a small tradition already once in a year my dad and I head out together for a city break somewhere in Europe.

That's so nice. I love it when families do that. I hope you keep this tradition for many years to come.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Outside our plane was already parked at the apron, and I was delighted to see it was indeed the scheduled Fokker 70, a new plane type for me:

The F70 looks really nice in the OS colors. I wish I could fly this type again but that's pretty much impossible over in the US.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
A close-up of the engine in the back. While I do like the Austrian livery in general, I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:

I agree. I always found this choice rather weird. Perhaps OS wanted to differentiate themselves from all the other red-n-white liveries out there. In any case, it's a very unique combo indeed.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was some green pasta with chicken in a tomato sauce, together with a warm and crisp bread roll and some chocolate mousse as dessert.

That's actually really nice considering the duration of the flight. Much better than the little 2-bite sandwiches most other legacy carriers offer in Europe for flights of similar duration (I won't even talk about the US).

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
To get into the city we took the Metro from the airport, then changed into a tram until we arrived at Sultanahmet, the center of the old town.

It's a shame that getting to downtown Istanbul from IST involves such a long commute. Especially the tram trip from Zeytinburnu to Sultanahmet felt like an eternity to me.

Thanks for a very nice read Captain! I've never flown with OS (for some reason they always seem to be way to expensive) so it was nice to see what they offer.

WideBodyroga



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 10409 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Istanbul sure is great city, good choice!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
While I do like the Austrian livery in general, I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:

Really, I think those blue engines are kinda cute.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Manching airport near Inglostadt North of Munich, it is mainly a military field, but also has some civil flights (mostly shuttle flights for the automobile industry):

It looks like MUC without the terminals!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was my first time in the new terminal at Vienna airport,

Looks okay. Great view!


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10292 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Another great report with many nice picture, you sure got some very nice views on your way to IST with the mostly clear skies, well done

Hey Brendan, thanks a lot, and yes, we were quite lucky with the visibility on our flights this time.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Love your pictures of Istanbul, I city I definetely want to visit soon

Go there, for sure worth a visit.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Congrats!

Thanks again   ...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Love your pictures of Istanbul, I city I definetely want to visit soon
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
Hey Captain! What an interesting report! I just came back from Istanbul so a good deal of your photos looked really familiar (I shot some very similar ones ). Istanbul is a very interesting place indeed! You seem to have had a great time.

Hi Widebodyroga, thank you, glad you liked my report. And good to know that you enjoyed Istanbul as well, indeed a very interesting city.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
That's so nice. I love it when families do that. I hope you keep this tradition for many years to come.

We plan to do it again next year of course. Though we don't have any idea of what to do this time, but I'm sure we will come up with something interesting again.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
The F70 looks really nice in the OS colors. I wish I could fly this type again but that's pretty much impossible over in the US.

It gets rare here as well, with I think KLM and Tyrolean the only operators left here in Europe. So I am quite happy that I finally got to log a F70 this time.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
That's actually really nice considering the duration of the flight. Much better than the little 2-bite sandwiches most other legacy carriers offer in Europe for flights of similar duration (I won't even talk about the US).

Definitely, that was quite a nice snack for this flight.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 16):
It's a shame that getting to downtown Istanbul from IST involves such a long commute. Especially the tram trip from Zeytinburnu to Sultanahmet felt like an eternity to me.

You are right, that tram ride is indeed quite long, though also interesting, since you see quite a few things on the way.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 17):
Great report, thanks for sharing!
Istanbul sure is great city, good choice!

Hi Robert, thank you, and have to agree with you on Istanbul.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 17):
Really, I think those blue engines are kinda cute.

Well, looks like you are the only one who likes it   ...

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 17):
It looks like MUC without the terminals!

True, the layout is quite similar.


CaptainRed


User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9869 times:

Hello Captain

Thanks for the nice story with good pictures. I haven´t flew with OS (or VO) for a while now but always enjoyed their service and it´s good to see that they still offer a good service despite having some hard times.

Istanbul looks great. Lovely pictures!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I wanted to book the price of the flight went up way above our limit. So in the

Oh bad luck. I´ve experienced this too many times  But still 160 euro is good for four good flights

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
it was indeed the scheduled Fokker 70, a new plane type for me:

Lucky you! I´ve tried to catch the F70 but never succeed. Maybe I should give it a try with OS
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
rian livery in general, I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:

You don´t? I think OS livery is one of the best in Europe!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
An old aqueduct, with a Turkish 777 on approach to IST:

Great!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Onur air, celebrating its 20th birthday

Interesting. I didn´t know that they were so old!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
On the long way there we had a nice view over the domestic apron, count the tails:

Impressive!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
They were playing some Austrian waltz music

I like it too. Didn´t they to it on your other flights? I thought it was standard?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And over the gigantic urban sprawl that is Istanbul:

Great picture. You can really see how big Istanbul in this picture!

Thanks again for the great story!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9733 times:

Quoting parton87 (Reply 19):

Thanks for the nice story with good pictures. I haven´t flew with OS (or VO) for a while now but always enjoyed their service and it´s good to see that they still offer a good service despite having some hard times.

Hi Robert, thanks a lot for your reply, glad you liked my report. And true, the service with Austrian was certainly quite good, much better than expected.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 19):
But still 160 euro is good for four good flights

Yeah, no complaints here from my side, to fly back with Swiss and add another airline would have been nice as well though.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 19):
Lucky you! I´ve tried to catch the F70 but never succeed. Maybe I should give it a try with OS?

Yeah, definitely try to get one. Not sure how long they will still be around.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 19):
You don´t? I think OS livery is one of the best in Europe!

The livery in general looks nice with that red arrow symbol. But that blue engine, no way   ...

Quoting parton87 (Reply 19):
I like it too. Didn´t they to it on your other flights? I thought it was standard?

They didn't play it on the two Fokker flights. And I am really not sure on the VIE-IST leg, maybe I just didn't pay attention to it.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 19):
Great picture. You can really see how big Istanbul in this picture!

And that's only the European part that you see here...

CaptainRed


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9026 times:

Merhaba Captain,

What a perfect place you and your father had chosen for your annual city break. The pictures of Blue Mosque and Agia Sophia just bring back the nice memories of my own long weekend trip during springtime in 2010 together with Herman, his mother and sister. Too bad, we missed the Basilica Cistern.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Of course it was my turn to look for the flights.

As a good A.netter became.  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
back on the road only one week after my return from Poland and the Isle of Man.

Not jet lagged? 


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I really don't agree with the baby blue engine covers:

I have to disagree with you on this. I love the baby blue color.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
but this is also a nice angle:

Perfect! Only for T-tails!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Pitch was also more than adequate for a flight of this length:

31 inch like QantasLink 717.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
This is the one that did the belly landing here a few years ago:

And still going strong!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
this Nussini chocolate bar

Just from curiosity, were you offered any opportunity to book DOCO meals?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
chicken sandwich

Richly filled!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Pitch was generous here

While the seatpitch was just 30 inch! How a slimline design can make difference!  Wow!


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
It was some green pasta with chicken in a tomato sauce,

Could the green pasta be tortellini by chance?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
(well, I do like Tom&Jerry, but still, the airshow would have been more interesting):

I am with you here.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
with some 25 degrees and clear skies.

Gimme those now, please!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
100th airport!

Congratulation! How did you feel to reach the milestone in your dad’s presence.

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It still took a while but eventually we got through and I got the first stamp in my new passport.

Easy as German citizens do not require visa to enter Turkey.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Turkish food for dinner tonight, a lamb kebap with aubergine, together with a cold Efes beer, nicely presented and equally yummy:

Did you get served freshly baked Turkish bread as well? The whole combination makes me craving for scrumptious Turkish kebap dinner!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
However a firm “No, thank you” usually kept them at bay.

I did not consider them aggressive compared to the merchants in Cairo.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
an intercontinental cruise for just around 1 Euro, how about that?

That is for real and not fuel dump price!  Wow!


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This is a nice place to enjoy a sweet Turkish tea in the sunlight and look across the Bosporus towards Europe:

Very romantic.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
But we tried our luck with the LH machine, and it was working without any problem. So we got our boarding passes on LH paper:

Long live Miles & More!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
rather the shopping area:

The façade is a must see at IST!

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Highlight was this Saudi Arabian A330:
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
Followed closely by its smaller brother:

Seriously? Istanbul must be very popular destination among Saudi Arabians.

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The agent directed him to the other gate and told him to run, as his flight might still be open.

How did he end up at the wrong gate while each gate has separate security check?


Tessekurler. Thank you for sharing.

Suryo  



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8749 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
What a perfect place you and your father had chosen for your annual city break. The pictures of Blue Mosque and Agia Sophia just bring back the nice memories of my own long weekend trip during springtime in 2010 together with Herman, his mother and sister.

Hi Suryo, thanks a lot for your reply. And you are right, Istanbul is truly a wonderful place, good to read that you enjoyed it as well.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Too bad, we missed the Basilica Cistern.

That's indeed a shame, you have to do that next time   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
I have to disagree with you on this. I love the baby blue color.

Well, seems like everybody either loves it or hates it. So in the end it might have been a good idea by OS to use this color. We wouldn't be talking a lot here about a plain white engine cover.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
And still going strong!

Sure, as said, these Fokkers are really robust planes, a simple belly landing is nothing to be worried about   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Just from curiosity, were you offered any opportunity to book DOCO meals?

No, actually not, at least I wasn't aware of it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
While the seatpitch was just 30 inch! How a slimline design can make difference!

Indeed, the seat can make such a big difference. I wasn't even aware of it that on the airbus the pitch was actually less than on the Fokker (at least measuring the inches).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Could the green pasta be tortellini by chance?

No, it was more like thick 'Spätzle', a pasta dish quite popular in Southern Germany. However Spätzle are usually yellow and not green.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Congratulation! How did you feel to reach the milestone in your dad’s presence.

Thank you. It felt good, however the first impression of IST wasn't that nice, since it was quite crowded. However we celebrated it with a Raki later in the city.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Did you get served freshly baked Turkish bread as well?

Yes indeed, together with oil and olives and things like that it was a perfect starter for this meal.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
How did he end up at the wrong gate while each gate has separate security check?

Actually there is a central security checkpoint in that terminal. Maybe they had this changed since you were there. Anyway still hard to understand how that can happen.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Thank you for sharing.

My pleasure  

CaptainRed


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7939 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
you have to do that next time    

There is always a next time indeed. 


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
However Spätzle are usually yellow and not green.

Well, there are green ones

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 22):
However we celebrated it with a Raki later in the city.

Cheers!



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User currently offlinefidelidade From Brazil, joined Dec 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7661 times:

Wow. Very nice. I love Istanbul. It is like a nice place with nice people. Everytime I visit there I have nice memories. Good trip reports.

User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 25, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7382 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 23):
Well, there are green ones

Hi again, Suryo, you are right of course, there are indeed green Spätzle, however they are not that popular than the regular ones made from eggs   ...

Quoting fidelidade (Reply 24):
Wow. Very nice. I love Istanbul. It is like a nice place with nice people. Everytime I visit there I have nice memories. Good trip reports.

Hi fidelidade, thanks a lot for your reply and welcome to the forum. Glad you liked my report, and I can only agree with you on Istanbul, indeed a wonderful place.

CaptainRed


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 26, posted (1 year 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 7079 times:

Hello Captain!

Nice report as usual! Glad to see that Austrian impressed, hot meals are getting rarer and rarer within Europe.
I recently visited IST for the first time myself, sure is a crowded airport. I'd love to visit the city one day too, I just stayed at the airport.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Outside our plane was already parked at the apron, and I was delighted to see it was indeed the scheduled Fokker 70, a new plane type for me:

Cute plane! I should try to fly a F70 or F100 before they are gone from European skies.

Martin


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6930 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 26):
Nice report as usual! Glad to see that Austrian impressed, hot meals are getting rarer and rarer within Europe.

Hi Martin, thanks a lot for your reply, glad that you liked my report. And for sure nice to get a hot meal on a rather short flight like this.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 26):
I'd love to visit the city one day too, I just stayed at the airport.

Yeah, you should definitely visit the city as well one day, certainly worth a visit.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 26):
Cute plane! I should try to fly a F70 or F100 before they are gone from European skies.

Well, you shouldn't have a problem to get a F100, there are still plenty of them, but the F70 is indeed getting a bit rare. But both are very interesting plane types, always good for a fun flight.

CaptainRed


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