Almaty745
Topic Author
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue May 22, 2007 8:19 am

ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:47 am

Big version: Width: 195 Height: 86 File size: 7kb


Hi once again, well I embarked on another journey to Almaty, Kazakhstan, this time from Athens. The cheapest option was Turkish, although Lufthansa, KLM and British were offering a good connection. So the departure was in the morning, and of course like usual I get to the check-in 20 minutes before departure if not less. I don’t know why, but I have this habit. But the really nice guy at the check-in said “no problem” checked me in and I was on my way to the gate, had a smoke before as well. The first leg of my trip was Athens – Istanbul, on board Airbus 321, scheduled duration of the flight 1:15, but the flight was only 50 minutes. It was so fast, yet the crew served breakfast, coffee, tea, everything… loved the flight, well here are some pix and comments…

Journey Details

Route: ATHENS --> ISTANBUL
Departs: 13.JUL 10:50
Departure Actual : 10:55
Arrives: 13.JUL 12:05
Arrival Actual : 11:45
Flight Number: TK1846
Operated By: Turkish Airlines
Aircraft: Airbus 321
Duration: 00:50

Delta getting ready for it's flight to Atlanta
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 31kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 21kb

Cool seat
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 31kb

Three American beauties, DL to ATL and JFK, CO to EWR
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 28kb

Olympic getting ready for it's flight to LHR
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 27kb

Another Olympic 340 to JFK as OA411
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 30kb

US 767-200 getting ready for a flight to Philadelphia, it was certainly an American invasion at ATH
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 30kb

Yasou Athina
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 29kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 22kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 31kb

Very good food!!! I was very happy about that
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 35kb

Istanbul had some cloud cover and rain as we were descending, well see for yourself
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 18kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 17kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 15kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 17kb

Approaching Ataturk International
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 17kb

City beach
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 35kb

One of the best landings i have ever experienced
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 25kb

Turkish 320 was taking off parallel to us
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 29kb

On blocks
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 25kb


Once again, the landing was great, it was a turbulent approach, but the actual touchdown…smooth as silk. So now that I got to Istanbul…I had a 4 hour layover before my flight to Almaty. I went had a beer, took some pix, surfed on the net and then found out my flight was delayed about an hour. So this is my layover …

Aeroflot for Moscow
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 34kb

Terminal Building
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 42kb

KLM for Amsterdam
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 46kb

I though this was going to be my plane, since my itinerary said A310 (the only one i saw standing there)
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 31kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 34kb

Then i found out the delay was for tech. reasons, and they gave us this beauty the new A330
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 39kb


After about 5 hours in Istanbul…they started to board us for Almaty. There was a plane change from A310 to A330, which made my day. First of all it’s new, flies smoother and has the screens  I got too happy too quickly, the flight was ehh…the food wasn’t so great, a bit dry and well just not good. It was turbulent to the point where we had to keep our seat belts on for the entire flight, and the crew started feeding us only 2 ½ hours into the flight, that usually makes me very mad. But it wasn't sooo bad…I had worse. So here’s some info and pix about the flight…

Route: ISTANBUL --> ALMATY
Departs: 13.JUL 16:55
Departure Actual : 17:40
Arrives: 14.JUL 01:00
Arrival Actual : 02:10
Flight Number: TK1352
Operated By: Turkish Airlines
Aircraft: Airbus 330
Duration: 05:25


Boarding
Big version: Width: 461 Height: 615 File size: 25kb

Love the 330 wing
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 20kb

Push back
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 25kb

Turkish 321 was in front for takeoff
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 23kb

Turkish 1352 cleared for takeoff!
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 24kb

Where the turbulance started
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 15kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 32kb

Inflight entertainment, movies were awful
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 24kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 17kb

Dusk as we enter Kazakhstan
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 16kb

Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 32kb

Arrival, an Air Asatna 320 (sorry for the quality i can't figure out my camera for night shots)
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 40kb

We parked next to Air Astana 320 from Aktau and Lufthansa 300 from Frankfurt
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 37kb

An Air Astana 757 for Frankfurt just started her taxi
Big version: Width: 615 Height: 461 File size: 38kb


Well I hope you enjoyed, I’m not a great photographer…but hope u got a glimpse of my trip. I’ll keep you guys posted on my return flight, route ALA  JFK, I’ll be going home for a while. Most likely I will fly British Airways…let you know soon…
 
MSYYZ
Posts: 665
Joined: Sat Oct 22, 2005 11:16 pm

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:08 am

Very interesting T/R , thanks for sharing .
How was the load factor on the ISB-ALA leg ? It is interesting to see that THY has PTV's in Y class , can't wait for them to come to YYZ .
A346,A343,A342,A332,A333,A310,A300,AB6,A319,A320,A321,B741,B744,B777,B767,B732,B735,B727,B707,B757,MD80,F-70,E-170,B738
 
semsem
Posts: 1621
Joined: Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:06 am

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:24 am

Heard a lot of positive comments from acquaintances about Turkish Airlines. Thanks for the pictures.
 
Contact Air
Posts: 1143
Joined: Sat Apr 14, 2001 4:13 am

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:08 am

Hi Almaty745,

nice report and pictures - I enjoyed reading and watching.

Quoting Almaty745 (Thread starter):
US 767-200 getting ready for a flight to Philadelphia, it was certainly an American invasion at ATH

There was really a lot of traffic from the USA. When I visited ATH last year, I only saw a single DL aircraft. But this might also be a question of the day-time - I departed a bit earlier in the morning.

Regards
Christoph
 
User avatar
OA260
Posts: 21137
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:50 pm

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:11 pm

Hi brilliant TR I really enjoyed it , TK are very good to fly with. OA and TK being in my favourite category. The food offerings are alot better on Balkan/Asian carriers. Thanks for the 2 photos of the OA A340's , I love them. Next time I go to ATH and when TK are fully in Star Alliance I want to fly TK DUB-IST-ATH. I have also heard lots of good reports about the TK long haul routes.

Thanks again

OA260
 
buck3y3nut
Posts: 824
Joined: Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:38 am

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:48 pm

great trip report. although I don't like the color of the seats of the TK 330 Big grin
The screens look good and the camera is awesome.
thanks for sharing this report...
 
TurkishWings
Posts: 1243
Joined: Fri May 12, 2006 5:57 pm

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:36 am

Great TR.. Thanks for sharing with us.... The TK 330 is a gorgeous aircraft ... And the seats look good when you are actually "in" the plane  Wink The PTVs are great but options are poor but it's AVOD which is also great. When I flew IST-BKK last year, the movie choices were much better as opposed to my more recent IST-SIN-IST flight. When you fly TK, try to check in online exactly 24 hours before the flight. It's likely that you will get the exit seat  Smile Just a hint from a very frequent TK flier...

I flew to ALA once when I was a cabin crew with TK in winter of 2000. Back then it was a 737-800 flight. Too long for a 737 if you ask me... Boring as hell even for the crew.... The city looked nice (much nicer and more developed than TAS which I also had stayed previously). I think we stayed at the Regent Ankara Hotel but it has changed since I have been told... We arrived in the middle of a snow storm and left when it was pissing rain so I don't have great memories with the city  Smile

There is a possibility I might move to Almaty in the next 2 years... Alternatives will be Bishkek and Baku... Let's wait and see....
Coffee - Tea or Me?
 
User avatar
TK787
Posts: 3102
Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2006 3:43 am

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:23 am

Thanks for a great report and very nice pics.
 
LH648
Posts: 499
Joined: Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:06 pm

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:46 am

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 6):
think we stayed at the Regent Ankara Hotel but it has changed since I have been told...

Now it's Interconti Almaty.

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 6):
There is a possibility I might move to Almaty in the next 2 years... Alternatives will be Bishkek and Baku... Let's wait and see....

Bishkek - no way. Very unstable and quite poor.
I
was in Baku 3 times last year - I liked it. Unfortunately I haven't seen a lot except hotel, office and the customer  Sad
But Baku looks almost like Turkey, it's closer to Istambul than Almaty or Bishkek and Azeri language is almost like Turkish language.

Almaty - it's my native city, I cannot comment objectively  Smile
 
B747forever
Posts: 12855
Joined: Mon May 21, 2007 9:50 pm

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:22 am

Really good pics. A short TR but it was good. Nice to see some US carrier in ATH. What a luck you had to get ride on a A330 instead of the A310. Does the A310 have PTVs in y too.???
Work Hard, Fly Right
 
PlaneHunter
Posts: 6512
Joined: Tue Mar 14, 2006 3:17 am

RE: ATH --> IST --> ALA | Turkish Airlines

Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:24 am

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
Does the A310 have PTVs in y too.???

Definitely not.


PH
Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Feedfetcher and 24 guests