TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1431 posts, RR: 9 Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5435 times:
This is my first trip report. More importantly my very first post on A.net. A former Turkish Airlines cabin crew and a frequent flyer here...I have been visiting A.net for many years and I finally decided to sign up. My very first post will be my most recent flight from Bodrum to Istanbul on Atlasjet. This trip was my first on a Turkish low-cost airline. I have had many domestic flights in Turkey but they were all on TK. On this particular day, I took Atlasjet (KK) because the schedule was perfect, I wanted to try their new A 319 (which was originally scheduled for this flight) and it was quite cheaper than TK. Here it goes...
Date: 10 May 2006
Airline: Atlasjet (KK)
Flight #: KK 41
Aircraft: CRJ 900
Weather: Sunny in BJV, en route and in IST
Price: 79 YTL (44 Euros)
I arrived at the Domestic terminal of BJV using the airport shuttle bus called "Havas" which operates in many cities in Turkey linking the airports with city centers (ex: IST,ADB,BJV,AYT,ADA,ESB etc) The cost of a one way ticket is roughly 7 Euros and it takes about 40 minutes. The domestic terminal is relatively small with one coffee shop and a few check in counters. The check in que was relatively short so I was able to get my boarding pass in about 5 minutes. I asked for a left window seat at the emergency exit. I got the window seat but not an exit I also asked the aircraft type and the agent said it was the small CRJ. Of course I got very excited and started thinking if it was one of the 700s or the brand new 900.
I sat at the smoking room and watched a Transavia 738 and a TK 734 landing. Soon after, our little plane landed in the distance. Looking at the registration, I could tell it was one of the two new CRJ 900...
The Transavia Boeing 738 was next to our little CRJ
And the B 734 of TK.
We boarded about 10 minutes before scheduled take off though as there were some late pax, we took off 20 minutes late... We took a bus and soon we were in our plane. I managed to get a few not-so-good close up pictures of the plane.
After a short taxi we lined up for take off. At this time of the year, there is not much traffic at BJV so we were number 1 for take off.
Here is a shot of the domestic terminal of BJV
Seconds before take off, turning on to the active.
After a short take off roll, we were up in the air. It was one of the most amazing take offs I ever experienced. It felt like a rocket.Very fast and steep climb. I was pushed back to my seat like never before.
We had an amazing view of the Bodrum peninsula as the weather was quite sunny.. Here are a few shots of our lovely Aegean coast...
After a minute or so we made a sharp right bank towards Izmir and eventually IST.
The next picture shows how close the Greek islands are. You can actually swim to most of them. In this shot, the island on the right is the famous Samos Island. The runway is also visible.
About 10-15 minutes later, we were flying over Izmir. The 3rd largest city in Turkey.
I spotted a runway here (or two) but I don't think its ADB. Any ideas?
In the meanwhile, the service began. We were offered a cheese sandwich and a choice of coffee- tea or sodas. All free of charge. Pretty good for a low cost I thought.
Here is a cabin shot and the seat pitch on this plane. I found it to be quite comfortable. Yet I am only 1m 76
This is a picture of the safety card which you are not supposed to remove from the aircraft.. Guess where it is now?
Soon we reached the Marmara sea. In this shot, the Dardanelles strait is visible to the left.
And some islands in the Marmara sea. I am not quite sure which one this is
At this time, I decided to visit the front galley to have a chat with the crew. 2 very friendly ladies greeted me . I told them I was an ex TK F/A and we started talking about general stuff until I spotted IST in the distance. At that moment, I knew we were circling around the town to land on the short runway (I don't know how the runway is called sorry ). This approach brings you right over the town with magnificent views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Istabul that is
This is my favourite shot of all. Although I take the whole country as Europe many still believes the Bosporus separates two continents. In this shot you can see both. The bottom one being the European side.
And in this shot, I could spot my apartment. The green roofed building on the top left is the Ciragan Kempinski Hotel. The construction site to the right is a Four Seasons to be. My apartment is right behind this hotel. And the other large building at the bottom of the picture is the Conrad Hotel.
The famous Taksim square, the entertainment and shopping center of IST is visible in this shot.
In the next picture, you can see the historic peninsula. The Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace are all located in this peninsula. And the water below the 2 bridges is the Golden Horn.
At this point, the gears were retracted. And we were about a minute away from the airport. Last few shots of the town prior to landing.
And touch down. At this point, my memory card was full so I could not take any more pictures. I have plenty of pictures of IST which I will post later.
Overall it was a great flight. The aircraft was amazing and it still smelt new. The service and the crew were also great. I would definitely take Atlasjet again as long as it is cheaper than TK I am a Miles&Smiles member and I have a Shop&Miles credit card so my primary choice is always the good old TK.
I hope the report will come out OK and you enjoyed it. Any feedback or questions on my very first post is very welcome...
FLIEGER67 From Ukraine, joined Sep 2003, 4817 posts, RR: 56 Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5203 times:
also a welcome to the crowd from me.
Thanx for your time to write this report. A good read and interesting pix.
I´ve neither been in Istanbul nor on Atlasjet, but both seems not bad.
GCDEG From Greece, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5190 times:
Also welcome to airliners from myself. Hope you enjoy your stay! Your report is excellent and your pics are great too. Atlas Jet seems a great airline to fly and the CRJ 900 looks real nice to fly on. Couple of questions - How was your flight in comparison to TK? And does the CRJ900 have 2 cabin crew or 3?
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1431 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4964 times:
Ca2oHP and Flieger67: IST is a wonderful city. It really is a perfect harmony of the east and west. Though it is mostly west now. It is a vast city with a population around 13-15 million and a city that does not sleep. There is plenty to see and do here. If you decide to visit, you can PM me any questions you want
Quote: merhaba turkish wings, great report, great pics. are there many low cost carrier in turkey?
Merhaba DALelite. Currently we have 5 low cost airlines in Turkey. Atlasjet, Onur Air and Fly Air operate from IST and Pegasus operates from SAW (the secondary airport in Istanbul) and SunExpress, a joint venture between TK and DE/LH opened a base in ADB . Some good, some not so good And as you might know TK will start its own low cost airline in a year or so. And I think it will be called "Turkish Jet".
Quote: Couple of questions - How was your flight in comparison to TK? And does the CRJ900 have 2 cabin crew or 3?
Hi GCDEG. Thanks for your comments. As I also mentioned in the report, the difference between KK and TK is minimal. The service was also almost the same. TK now offers you a choice of salad or a sandwich with free soft drinks. KK only gives you a sandwich with free soft drinks. Both airlines tend to be good in punctuality and they both operate a modern fleet. By the way KK also has a Business class which they call "Club Class". And they have also an FF program called "Jet Mil". So not much difference as you see. To your second question: There were 2 cabin crew on board and their only duty for the day was only IST-BJV-IST surprisingly
Bahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1733 posts, RR: 11 Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4646 times:
welcome on board (this time as a pax).
I really like AtlasJet as they have established themselves as an alternative to THY. I did IST-ADA-IST yesterday with AtlasJet on the way to ADA and Onur Air on the way back home. Atlas looks like higher scale "low cost" airline among all 3 major players.
By the way, Atlas doesn't have a uniform "Club Class" across the fleet. I think part of the problem is having aircraft from different sources with different configurations.