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GRZ-AYT-GRZ On TK B737-800

Tue Apr 02, 2002 12:40 am

Sunday, March 24th
Dep. time: 10.50am (local time, 1 hour ahead of GMT)
Arr. time: 2.30pm (local time, 2 hours ahead of GMT)
Turkish Airlines B737-800 “Diyarbakir” TC-JFC

As it was a charter flight we had to be at the airport 2 hours prior to take off. Check in and security check were done quickly, after all, Graz is a small airport. We got seats 3D and 3F which to my surprise and delight were business class seats  Wow! . Infact the first five rows had 2-2 seating, the rest was 3-3. It was my first flight on a “next generation” Boeing and I was really impressed by the the little TV monitors hanging down from the overhead compartments and the in-flight entertainment buttons in the armrest of each chair. The security demonstration video was shown in Turkish, English and German. Before it had finished we were airborne. We took off in northerly direction, turning southeast. When we reached our cruising altitude of 11800 m the FAs began serving lunch – meatballs with potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower and “Sachertorte” (chocolate cake served with cream) for dessert. It was very good (everything’s better than NW/KLM food Big grin ). By the way, the lunch box contained a note saying :”No pork meat has been used in this meal” which is, I think, typical for Muslim countries.
The flight information and tracking were on the monitors during the entire flight – we were flying over Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Sea of Marmara and some Turkish cities at 11800 m and approx. 850 km/h. After 2 hours 40 minutes we touched down in Antalya (south coast of Turkey) where the weather was cloudy and windy. We were taken to the terminal building by bus – on the way we passed a TK A310, a TK RJ 100, some Pegasos and Onur B737s and a Tu-154 (sorry, I forgot the airline).

After spending a wonderful week in an all inclusive resort we were taken to the airport at 5.30 am. We had to set our clocks forward by an hour due to daylight saving time.

Sunday, March 31st (Easter Sunday)
Dep. time: 9.30am (local time, 2 hours ahead of GMT)
Arr. time: 11.00am (local time, 1 hour ahead of GMT)
Turkish Airlines B737-800 “Diyarbakir” TC-JFC

Again we had to take the bus from the departure gate to the “parking lot” of our plane. Before boarding each passenger had to identify his/her baggages. The suitcases were lined up in front of the plane and officials were asking us to show them our suitcases. Having done that we were allowed to board the plane via the gangways. This time we got seats 24E and F in the economy class section  Big grin . We were delayed about 20 minutes due to problems with the identification of the baggage (Some pax had boarded without identifying their luggage).
Again the security video was shown in Turkish, English and German. This time we taxied long enough to finish the video.
After reaching our cruising altitude we got breakfast – a mushroom and cheese omelette, cherry jam and butter and fruits. I tried the omelette, it was good, but I didn’t finish it because I wasn’t hungry. I ate only the fruits and drank some orange juice. This time only our route was shown on the monitors (no information about speed, altitude, eta,… Big grin. After 2 hours 30 minutes we touched down at Graz where it was sunny but cold compared to Antalya.

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My overall impression of Turkish Airlines is very good.  Smile
They have friendly FAs (they speak English very well), good catering and clean and modern planes. I would certainly fly them again.

Regards from the heart of Europe,

P.S.: Does somebody know what "Diyarbakir" means in English or German?
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RE: GRZ-AYT-GRZ On TK B737-800

Tue Apr 02, 2002 1:29 am

Nice report. I'm glad you liked Turkish. My flights to Ankara last year were also great with the TK 738.

Diyarbakir is the name of a city in the eastern part of Turkey.

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