Welcome to another Turkish Aviation thread;
Photo © Mark Mahu
Forgive me if I start this thread a bit cloudy, I got off TK3 about 6 hours ago and still trying to stay awake...
This was my first TK A330-300 trip, first TK 3 trip also.
Let me tell you, it is not the easiest to get up at 4:45am to catch this 7:25 leave IST-JFK flight.
Again this is my first Y experience on TK for a long time. I have been flying Comfort but this time, last minute ticket and some other budgetary issues, I had to fly Y on TK3 for work, hopefully for the last time.
TC-JNM "Samsun" had a full load today. It was a lot of firsts for me on this flight.
-I have never seen specialty meals delivered through the same door the pax were boarding, very unprofessional.
-FA asking the gate agents to check some luggage (gate check), they had no idea how to deal with it.
-I have never seen giant garbage bags piled up at the doors during the flight, no place to store it???
-I have never seen this many infants on a flight, never seen people changing diapers in the cabin???
-Never seen one of the chefs coming off from his rest in a t-shirt, carrying his uniform in his hand???
-An FA eating a piece of cheese with her hands 15 minutes before touch down and complaining that she is starving
Alll and all it was chaotic, the whole flight, constant shuttling of food, trays, bags, drinks back and forth...Slow, unattractive service. The whole plane looked like a war zone when we landed. Good luck to the cleaning crew to turn it around on time.
On the plus side, most of the front lavs were larger than what I'm used to, I even came across a handicapped lav in the Y section, very generously spaced.
Also thanks to the in flight entertainment, iphone and my noise cancelling headphones, I was happy.
The Y seats on the A333 is not comfortable for me for 10:40 hrs flight. I hope I never have to do that again.
Besides my personal blah blah, here is some questions from last month;
- From new member; Turkish777X (Welcome to a.net!!)
"In the last and days and weeks I was able to witness that the night departures to Shanghai and Peking were seriously delayed by more than 5-6 hours and waiting for the other south east asian arrivals to depart with the arriving metal. Is TK short of aircraft or what is the reason for such delays?
Does anybody have further information on the three ex-Gulfair A332? When are they arriving and is there any information on the final cabin layout?
In the past days more and more expanded bilateral rights were granted to turkey. However, there is still a huge difference compared to Emirates' rights. What are they doing better than the turkish officials? For instance, TK has desperately trying to gain further access to China and was not really that successful compared to Emirates."
"Turkey’s competition board has decided to launch an investigation into Turkish Airlines, following a previous complaint filed by rival Pegasus."
Also last month I flew 4 TK, 2 Pegasus domestic flights, all on time, all full.. IST is becoming really crowded, SAW is not that far behind either. Also this is affecting the traffic to and fro from those airports, even the HAVAS busses are having a hard time keeping up.
Welcome, and please continue here with your views, news, photos, rumors, suggestions and good old sense of humor,