TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3315 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4731 times:
After having spent a monotonious week from my 21 days holidays, i decided to make it and to fly, thing that i didn't make since 1996 when i went to Paris.
I hadn't enough patience to wait for a visa and all the requirements of the CEE countries, so i chose Turkey. In only few hours a booked a flight, prepared my luggage, informed my parents, and went to the airport. My father drove me although i didn't want him to do it. I bought a travelling stamp, because Tunisians have to pay about 35 Dollars every time they cross the borders, except if they travel to one of five countries forming the Maghreb Union, and then went to the check-in desk. The queue wasn't too long as i was three hours ahead of check-in deadline. I passed the police control and found my self following the instructions to reach gate 54, passing by duty-free shops and having a marvellous sight of all the traffic. There was three Airbuses from Air France, one to CDG, one to MRS and one to LYS, an AB6 of Qatar Airways being prepared for returning home, an MD-82 of Alitalia being handled for its flight to FCO,and a Lybian 727 stuck in a bussed position delaying its flight to Benghazi by 2 or 3 hours. I saw my Turkish aircraft approaching Rwy 29. I was expecting an A310,A320,A321 or at least a B738, but i fastly realized that it was a 4Y0, TC-JEY. It taxied to its gate and started being prepared for the flight back to home. It was midday hour and the scene become even more exciting. Landing traffic on 29 versus departing traffic from 01. BA A320 took off to LGW, followed by AZ,QR,AF...whereas tens of TUs landed as well as AT,AH,UG...
The agent informed me of a slight delay of almost 30 minutes. I understood that it was due to cargo and also traffic regulations. In the boarding queue there were passengers departing to Lyon !!! Imagine if they found themselves in IST ?!!! Ok, i boarded the cramped 734 and went to my seat under the advices of a handsome steward. There were 3 air hostesses too. Boarding was fast although load was at 90%. We've been pushed back eastward passing by 2 Tunisair AB6s that have just arrived from Europe and by the Lybian 727 still waiting for i don't know what Aircraft started taxing with own power southward then waited a while at Rwy01 holding point. I thought then that we will make a rolled take-off but we waited again at runways end after having lined-up. There probably were landing traffics on 29. TC-JEY started the run with full take-off power and a few seconds later it lifted off. Departures to IST generally turn right just after airborne Rwy 01, but this time it continued on runway heading. I understood then that we will be routing via Malta. Reaching TS NDB, by 3000ft, we started a left turn back to Tunis/TUC VOR, then set course direct to DIDON waypoint, SONAK then direct to Gozo VOR. We didn't overfly the Islands of Malta because we have obtained a short-cut, avoiding Gozo VOR, and proceeding direct to the entry point to Rome or Brindisi FIR. We procceded thendirect to Kerkyra, then Ionnina, Saloniki, Alexandrioupolis, Tekirdag then STAR to Ataturk.
TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3315 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4612 times:
We landed Rwy 36R (I request info on STARs and SIDs at IST by the way) with 3 A300B4 of BEA Bosphorus standing in a separate ramp. Istanbul Airport looked big to me with more exotic airlines. Just after having left the runway and started taxing to our gate, an EK A332 landed followed by several TKs, an Onur AB6 departed...many AtlasJet were on the apron together Onur's and TK RJ85. My 734
stopped in front of a finger, between a 738 (TC-JFO) and an A310, but we were bussed, and i wonder why they did this ? I was astonished with the crowded terminal and the long queue on the police control desk. I hadn't checked luggages, so i saved a lot of time !!! There were desks for Turks and desks for internationals, and then personnel decided to stop this disctinction and to open all the desks for all passengers. I took then the metro to downtown Istanbul.
TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3315 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4549 times:
As far as the in-flight service is concerned, i have to say that i've been disappointed by the lack of screens at least showing the flight path. The seats were old and comfortable to the minimum. F/A were friendly but their English wasn't so good. The lunch we get, prepared by Eurest Tunis, was good and i was surprised by the fact that we had to choose between a lamb or a chicken dish !!! I thought that on Y there was no choice !!! The in-flight shop wasn't original and it only consisted of cigarettes and alcohol.
The flight back to Tunis was in an even older B734, TC-JDY.
TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3315 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4060 times:
The route back to Tunis was as follows :
Departure Rwy 36L - SID to Tekirdag (EKI) - Alexandrioupolis (ALX) - Thessaloniki (TSL) - Kastoria (KAS) - Brindisi (BRD) - Sorrento (SOR) - INDOR - STAR to Rwy 29.
Although flying outside ATS routes is strictly prohibited within the Greek air space, i had the impression as if our routing obtained a short cut from GOLDO to PINDO avoiding then the overflying of TSL and KAS.
It was TC-JDY and i have to say that during the line-up for take off,and by 36R holding point, i felt that if the aircraft loosing thrust,then i said to myself that it is possible that PF thought to be departing via the R runway,he put full thrust,then reduced after having realized that the L is in use
In-flight service was similar to the outbound flight,but i once again wondered why we were bussed and did not use a finger. Load was 100%,several buses shuttled, and we put an eternity to drive from the terminal, Gate 312 if i remember well, to the parking position on the opposite side. The aircraft was parked alone near some aircrafts which were out of use. Refuelling has just finished so the good smell of kerozene was present remembering me of the good old days...
AIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2411 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3952 times:
Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 9): Come on Mourad...i've already red your trip to TBJ and i didn't write any post because i simply found it perfect !!! A typical Tunisian answer you know
Ah ok then, thanks!!! You could also tested that service. It is only 40 dinars and worth it... I will do it next year for sure! Actually I would like to fly from every airport in Tunisia. I have already TUN, SFA, MIR and TBJ. Next on DJE, I have never been to Djerba (the island).
Illusion From Turkey, joined Jun 2005, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3853 times:
I've also flown to Tunisia with Turkish airlines in 2004 and both the service of Turkish Airlines and my holiday was great. We stayed in Sousse in a very nice spa hotel and we were lucky because we have Tunisian friends who made our stay even more enjoyable because we were invited to their house for dinner, we saw a traditional wedding... So we were not only tourists but also we had a chance to see the daily life and culture...
I hope we will soon have a chance to go there soon...
Did you enjoy Istanbul?
just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there...