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...