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EZE-IST VIA GRU With Turkish Airlines!  
User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13830 times:

Hello everyone! And welcome to my 3rd trip report.-

This report will cover our flights from Buenos Aires to Tel Aviv with Turkish Airlines.- I know they are widely known in the forum but I think this one is the first TR covering EZE-GRU-IST route, which TK started last december.- We were suposed to fly economy all the way to Israel, but when we changed dates, no economy seats were available.- Instead we had to pay 200U$D per person and upgraded us to Comfort Class.- So on March the 26th we were flying the following route:



We got to the airport at 21:40 for the 23:55 departure but the flight was delayed.- We crossed security and Inmigration and we were at the duty free.- Photos are not permitted here, when I took the pic a security man told me not to.- It was already taken haha.-

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0574_zps4d488811.jpg

Gate 3 was staring tonight.-
http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0572_zps1ae5e287.jpg
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The flight was delayed 3hs, so the new departure time was at 3am.- This wasn't good because our 3hs layover in IST was now reduced to 1 and I wouldn't be able to try the CIP lounge.- While waiting TK staff handled water, sodas and sanwichs.- Well done TK.-

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0576_zpse00a91bc.jpg
Flights schedule.- There was also a Boliviana flight delayed until 3am but at the end it was diverted to MVD.- I was curious about the flight being mentioned twice, as Sao Paulo and Istambul.-

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Gate area.-

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Boardings.-

Once we were onboard, flight crew delivered Menus and we were off to Sao Paulo!
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I went for the Beef wraps! It was so tasty.- Fruit and salad were good too.-

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0584_zpse049deab.jpg

Soon we were one hour away from GRU.-

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0585_zps8f7e0a7c.jpg
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Well, this is a funny story... 30 minutes before landing in Sao Paulo I had to take a pill for allergies, but somehow I took an sleeping pill! First, I was scared, then I thought "Well, sleep isn't that bad". I expected to sleep for the hour we had in Sao Paulo because we weren't able to deplane.- The problem was that when I woke up, we were in the middle of Africa!!!! I didn't even wake up for take off!
http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0588_zps9b787723.jpg

I find very useful the usb port

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0591_zps77e5c215.jpg

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Economy class, while we were flying over africa:

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Africa !

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0595_zps83fecc37.jpg

Cabin while flying:

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0598_zpsdb65e472.jpg

Two hours before arriving to Istambul, dinner was served.- No option this time.-

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0603_zps96d336c0.jpg

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0604_zpse6fdfb68.jpg

It was good, penne rigatti with egg plant pieces.- And next, dessert.-

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0606_zpsdafc6845.jpg

Cabin while descending:
http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0607_zps063f9d71.jpg

Here we go!

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0608_zps5e93373d.jpg

Istambul!!!!!!!!

http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/Turkish/IMG_0610_zps5f8e6fb8.jpg

Hope you enjoy it! Next part will cover IST-TLV and TLV-MOW staring TK and SU!

Greetings, Joaquin

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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1918 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12719 times:

Comfort Class is very nice, and the meals look pretty good.
Definitely one of the best Premium Economy class products out there.

Thanks,
Carfield


User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3473 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 12305 times:

Turkish Airlines is gaining the appreciation of travellers more and more. I was expecting a photo when overflying Tunisia :-P as this flight goes through on both westbound and eastbound  

Are the standard lamb and chicken menus on TK hold the mention "Halal" or "Kosher" or not ?


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3258 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 12286 times:

Nice report. The food looks good. Shame about the long delay though.

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
pay 200U$D per person and upgraded us to Comfort Class

Sounds like a great deal! Did you get any photos of the cabin in daylight?



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User currently offlinethegivenone From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 12147 times:

Thanks for the great report! I am a big TK fan and had been planning on flying the GRU-IST segment at the beginning of the year; this unfortunately didn't work out. $200 extra for Economy Comfort sounds like a steal; congratulations!

User currently offlinedcajet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11625 times:

The departures area at Terminal A in EZE looks horribly shabby, especially when compared to the newly opened Terminals B and C. I know the area will be given a new look in the coming months - sorely needed!


"Unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten"
User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10984 times:

Wow! First of all great report!

Now turkish airlines has always impressed me but there comfort class looks so good.
I mean a cheese platter and a proper 3 course meal on premium economy just speaks of the class of the airline.
I hopefully will be flying turkish airlines this summer...probably from DEL to IST...

Hope my experience is good...

Thanks for the report and keep writing

Cheers

Pradat



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User currently offlinedcajet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 431 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 10691 times:

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 2):
Are the standard lamb and chicken menus on TK hold the mention "Halal" or "Kosher" or not ?

This is what THY advises about their catering:

Quote:
All meals served on our flights do not contain any pork products. Also please note that all meals served on Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul are Halal. However, from some other destinations even though no pork products are used, the meat served may not fit to Halal standards.



"Unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten"
User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10636 times:

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 2):
Are the standard lamb and chicken menus on TK hold the mention "Halal" or "Kosher" or not ?

No they didn't.- I guess like dcajet said it was Halal and that's why they do not write it down?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Sounds like a great deal! Did you get any photos of the cabin in daylight?

Yes it was! Now I'm in the waiting list in my MAD-IST-GRU-EZE trip.- If I get the upgrade it will be 250U$D,. Now, about a pic of the cabin in daylight I didn't, (Don't know why haha) But i have this pic http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/388484_10200180716653839_232626025_n_zps113dc94b.jpg src="http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/388484_10200180716653839_232626025_n_zpse3c1db54.jpg" width="650" height="488" alt="http://i1324.photobucket.com/albums/u602/joacocifuentes/388484_10200180716653839_232626025_n_zpse3c1db54.jpg" border="0"/>

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 4):
Thanks for the great report! I am a big TK fan and had been planning on flying the GRU-IST segment at the beginning of the year; this unfortunately didn't work out. $200 extra for Economy Comfort sounds like a steal; congratulations!

Thank you! I guess you will have a good experience with them

Quoting dcajet (Reply 5):
The departures area at Terminal A in EZE looks horribly shabby, especially when compared to the newly opened Terminals B and C. I know the area will be given a new look in the coming months - sorely needed!

Yes, you are right, anyway I don't like Terminal C.- You don't have stand for declare (Unless there is one now) and the duty free is not good.-

Quoting planiac787 (Reply 6):
I mean a cheese platter and a proper 3 course meal on premium economy just speaks of the class of the airline.

Yes! I was Impressed !


User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10632 times:

Oh! And I forgot to say that there was Wifi available in the flight and it worked amazingly!

User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1263 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 10160 times:
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Hi Joaquin,

Always love to read TK trip reports. It's sad but I believe they are doing away with Comfort Class..or did I misunderstand news about it from other details on a.net.

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
We were suposed to fly economy all the way to Israel, but when we changed dates, no economy seats were available.- Instead we had to pay 200U$D per person and upgraded us to Comfort Class.- So on March the 26th we were flying the following route:

$200 to be upgraded to Comfort Class...amazing!!

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
While waiting TK staff handled water, sodas and sanwichs.- Well done TK.-

Nice of them to do that.

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
I was curious about the flight being mentioned twice, as Sao Paulo and Istambul.-

Perhaps to inidicate the flight went via Sao Paulo

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):

I went for the Beef wraps! It was so tasty.- Fruit and salad were good too.-

This looks like a great offering for a short flight from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
Well, this is a funny story... 30 minutes before landing in Sao Paulo I had to take a pill for allergies, but somehow I took an sleeping pill! First, I was scared, then I thought "Well, sleep isn't that bad". I expected to sleep for the hour we had in Sao Paulo because we weren't able to deplane.- The problem was that when I woke up, we were in the middle of Africa!!!! I didn't even wake up for take off!

Did you miss the main meal served out of Sao Paulo? I mean they would have served something the passengers boarding at Sao Paulo?

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
Two hours before arriving to Istambul, dinner was served.- No option this time.-
Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):

It was good, penne rigatti with egg plant pieces.- And next, dessert.-

This was the breakfast?


User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 9990 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Did you miss the main meal served out of Sao Paulo? I mean they would have served something the passengers boarding at Sao Paulo?

I think I did! I guess I missed breakfast. The flight leaves Sao Paulo at 4.30am so i think yes.-

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
This was the breakfast?

Nono, this was dinner before arriving.- We landed at 23.25 if I'm not wrong


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1263 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 9919 times:
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Sorry I misread that...you said "dinner was served" before arriving lol...Still a great meal by Turkish Airlines

User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5089 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9252 times:

Thanks for the report. I remember taking the GRU-IST flight when it was first launched via DKR. How times have changed  . I am glad you wrote to us on the EZE leg as it is a first for A.Net. TK does pretty good business on TLV connections which the other Gulf carriers cannot touch.

Thanks again for reporting.

Saludos,
Alex



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1357 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9039 times:

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
We were suposed to fly economy all the way to Israel, but when we changed dates, no economy seats were available.- Instead we had to pay 200U$D per person and upgraded us to Comfort Class.

Wow that was a pretty good deal, usually it would rather be 200 USD + price difference  
Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
I went for the Beef wraps! It was so tasty.- Fruit and salad were good too.-

Looks really good...


User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8967 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
Thanks for the report. I remember taking the GRU-IST flight when it was first launched via DKR. How times have changed

Thanks for reading. I didn't know that, was it profitable?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 13):
TK does pretty good business on TLV connections which the other Gulf carriers cannot touch.

True, from TK16, me, my father and 15 other people were heading to TLV.-

Quoting reifel (Reply 14):
Wow that was a pretty good deal, usually it would rather be 200 USD + price difference  

Yes it was!


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1081 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8482 times:

Wow, a nice way to fly all the way from Argentina to Israel.

The USD200 upgrade is totally worth it for this long flight.

Meals look promising as always on TK.

My only wish is they served sparkling wine or perhaps champagne for Comfort class pax!!

Thank you very much for sharing!!
NET-HKT



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8380 times:

Thanks you for reading!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 16):
My only wish is they served sparkling wine or perhaps champagne for Comfort class pax!!

Actually I can't tell if there was sparkling wine or champagne because I don't drink haha


User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4428 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8193 times:

Thanks for the TR.
Just to let you know TK will be discontinuing the Comfort Class.
TK has this class only on its 12 strong 77W fleet. I think the new batch of 20 ordered won't have this class and that might be the time to switch to a 2-class LH fleet, still couple of years away. Unless they decide to do it earlier.


User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7575 posts, RR: 43
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7834 times:

Joaquín, great report man! Thanks a lot for sharing your pictures and for taking the time to write the report; I enjoyed it a lot and cannot help but feel a little jealous. Congrats and keep reporting!

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
we had to pay 200U$D per person and upgraded us to Comfort Class

As many others have told you, this is amazing value. I bet you are happy that you had to change the dates of your trip.

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
While waiting TK staff handled water, sodas and sanwichs.- Well done TK.-

This is unusually thoughtful. Last time I got something when facing a delay was back in 2009 at GYE by CM; they issued food vouchers. In that case things had gone horribly wrong; check-in had been a mess due to the need to help stranded passengers from a previous cancelled flight, and the flight to PTY was delayed a few hours.

Quoting joacocifuentes (Thread starter):
I expected to sleep for the hour we had in Sao Paulo because we weren't able to deplane.- The problem was that when I woke up, we were in the middle of Africa!!!! I didn't even wake up for take off!

Oh no! I would have hated that! Less time to enjoy (and critique) the flight, the AVOD and the meals. On the other hand, you had an incredibly long sleep, so I bet you were not tired when you finally arrived in Israel.

Quoting TK787 (Reply 18):
Just to let you know TK will be discontinuing the Comfort Class.

I know and I think it is terrible news. I wonder why some carriers (like, allegedly, NZ or QF) count W-class as one of their most profitable, and TK is having trouble doing so. Is it maybe a pricing issue? These days more and more carriers like CX, LH, SU, etc. are implementing W-class in long-haul, so it seems counterintuitive to drop it. I dunno, but it saddens me because I really want to sample TK's premium economy offering. I suppose I should hurry up and book flights to IST from the U.S. or something!



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7444 times:

Quoting TK787 (Reply 18):
Just to let you know TK will be discontinuing the Comfort Class.

Oh this is bad. Such a nice product for this price, maybe thats why its not profitable.

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 19):
Joaquín, great report man! Thanks a lot for sharing your pictures and for taking the time to write the report; I enjoyed it a lot and cannot help but feel a little jealous. Congrats and keep reporting!

Muchisimas Gracias! I will do it so! I still have to write, TK and SU report.
Yes it was very cheap, and as I was not paying, even better!

Oh I love CM, they have such a good service, good for them.

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 19):
Oh no! I would have hated that! Less time to enjoy (and critique) the flight, the AVOD and the meals. On the other hand, you had an incredibly long sleep, so I bet you were not tired when you finally arrived in Israel.

You said it all.

Thanks you for reading and commenting!


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