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Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:13 pm

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Hoşgeldiniz / Καλώς ορίσατε/ Welcome


So I had ended up in Toronto , Canada as part of my months vacation. I stopped in Toronto for some shopping and to have a reunion with my Cousin from Guyana who I had not seen for 10 years ! It was to be a very special few days for me. After my short stay I needed to get to Athens to see my Family so I looked at various ways. I didnt want to go Via FRA or ZRH as I wanted to do the long flight and get sleep and be just a short hop from ATH after the longhaul. TK has been advertising quite alot in the Greek market for the USA and Canada. After checking the availability and schedule it was decision time. TK is was to be  

I have been a fan of TK for many years and I always said they were an airline to watch . It seems I was right. I have tried various products of theirs over the years. I was lucky enough to be the first ever F Class passenger on their LHR-IST product. I also was able to sample their Y and J class products on the A330/A310/B737 etc...
I have always had good flights with them. Ever since I have seen the new Business Class product advertised I had wanted to try it so this would be a good chance to see how far TK have come.

Some of my previous TK Trip Reports over the years :

Türk Hava Yollari / TK J Class A330 Vid+Pic Report (by OA260 May 7 2008 in Trip Reports)

Turkish Airlines / A321 / J Class Video+Pic Report (by OA260 May 15 2008 in Trip Reports)

New 1st Class Suites/Turkish Airlines B777-ER (by OA260 Jan 9 2009 in Trip Reports)

Turkish Airlines J Class IST-DUB/Lounge+Pics+Vids (by OA260 Jan 17 2009 in Trip Reports)

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Firstly some photos of Toronto :

My hotel Courtyard By Marriott , great location and highly recommended.

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The Eaton Center ideal for all your shopping needs :

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Always nice when there is a 50% sale !

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Another must when in the USA and Canada :

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If you have never tasted coconut shrimp you should , simply delicious .

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The famous tower :

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Serving the local Diaspora :

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My destination ! I always have been a fan of Calphalon and after 8-9 years of loyal service my
old pans need replacing .

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Time to head back to the hotel with some of my shopping. Alot more to get  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-47.jpg

Then time to check in for TK but the mobile App was not working so I headed down to the
free PC and printer in the hotels reception.

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So Im all set and get a nice SMS from TK also :



Not that nice in Toronto :



I cant wait to get to Athens  

One morning it was time to mix with the locals and head to meet my Cousin for breakfast.

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Tim Hortons is quite nice actually .

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RE: Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:14 pm

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A taste of Lebanon :

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DATE: 05/DEC/2011
AIRLINE: TURKISH AIRLINES
ROUTE: TORONTO - ISTANBUL
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT: 3A
AIRCRAFT: B77W
REG: TC - JJL DELIVERED 23/02/2011 NAMED : KARADENIZ


After a nice few days and catching up with my Cousin it was time to take the shuttle to the Airport.
Journey time is around 40 minutes and they had free wifi onboard. I arrived at the airport and made my
way to the TK check in .

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I checked in at the desk . The lady was pleasant and tagged by three cases to ATH. She then
invited me to use the Air Canada lounge the whole process took around 4-5 minutes. I then made
my way through security and to the Air Canada lounge .

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I was quite impressed with the lounge . Lots of nice areas to chill out and plenty of food and drink.

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RE: Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:16 pm

Soon it was time to head to the gate :

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It was cold on the way to the airport but I didnt realise it was snowing !  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-136.jpg

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My ride to Istanbul. We will need to get de iced first though :

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Soon it was time to board. Families/people needing extra time and J Class and *G were invited
to board first. I made my way down the air bridge and was greeted by a FA with a trolley outside the
aircraft with amenity kits and newspapers. I like that concept . The FA was smiling and it was a nice
welcome onboard.

As soon as I entered the cabin I was welcomed and shown to my seat.

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No sooner had I sat down after taking the photos an FA came and offered me a choice of
Orange juice-Water or Champagne . Only one choice for me on this important occassion.
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I love this pattern. If TK J seats ever come on the market I will buy a set  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-154.jpg

Another FA came around with headsets .

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First impressions of this cabin were very good. Nice layout and colours and very welcoming.
The B777 is my favourite aircraft compared to the A330 transatlantic. I know people argue
about the number of seats in a row but for me the spacious B777 in J is the clear winner.

The A380 is the only aircraft I rate above the B777.

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A pic of the amenity kit everyone got at the door :

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Shortly the onboard Chef came around and handed out chocolates :

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Then the crew came around and handed out J Class amenity kits and slippers:

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The safety demo commenced.

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Very nice indeed I must say :



I close the amenity kit and do not open anything . My Aunt in Athens has instructed me that she wants
the nice TK amenity kit with the Bvlgari pieces. Seeing as she will be cooking and baking all my favourite
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RE: Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:18 pm

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Soon its time to leave the gate and make our way to the runway to be de iced. This seems to
take for ages and we are around 45 mins late. Im not too worried as the flight time is to be alot
less than I thought. I had one hour and 20 mintues connection in IST so didnt want any delays
in arriving.

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Finally we made our way down the runway and time to say goodbye to Canada :

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Soon after take off the crew spring into action and hand out hot towels.

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My table is made :

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RE: Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:19 pm

And I am presented with a menu personalised with my name on it . This brings memories back
of my TK F Suites experience.

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The menu is looking good and soon the onboard Chef comes to take my order .

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The food is as expected very nice and by this time I am so full .

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Some of my fellow in mates decide to call it a day after main course but not me I want the rest  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-2424.jpg

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Oh yes the sweet trolley  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-1549.jpg

What else traditional Turkish sweets.

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The mood is set .

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Turkish Coffee and Turkish Delight what better way to end a lovely meal .

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Soon it was time to recline my bed and get some sleep.

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When I woke up we were over Ireland . It was nice to fly over my adopted home  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-312.jpg

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After a while a trip to check out the facilities.

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I have to say the design and amenities in the bathroom were very well done and really nice.

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The cabin remained darkened even though it was so bright outside. I felt quite weird I didnt know
if I should sleep or stay awake .

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RE: Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:22 pm

I decided to just recline my seat and reast a bit whilst watching the map . Soon it was time to
have breakfast and orange juice and hot towels were handed out.

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Followed by a really nice breakfast.

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The onboard Chef came to me and asked if there was anything else I wanted to which I asked for
a Cappuchino. Soon enough it was delivered and very good it was too ! Does anyone know what
device TK use to make these ? Nespresso maybe ?

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Shortly after a trip to see Comfort Class which is a very nice cabin and decent seats:

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Followed by Economy class :

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Then back to my bed for a rest  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-1389.jpg

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Soon we were nearing IST and the cabin was made ready for landing.

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Connecting flight information which is a great idea .

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The dreaded IST holding pattern !

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Finally it was our time to land with some nice views of the city below :

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Yes I can see the runway :

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We had a very smooth landing and made our way to the gate :

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We arrived on stand and it was time to disembark the aircraft with one last shot of my seat . I thanked
the crew for a wonderful flight and they appreciated the comments and said ''Your welcome anytime''.

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Another Greek visitor  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-914.jpg

Always interesting metal at IST . Now theres a TR someone needs to write !

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With one hour twenty minutes til my connecting flight I wanted to spend at least some time in the new
highly rated TK Lounge.

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And here it is :

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You scan your boarding pass and gain entry via automatic gates :

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RE: Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:29 pm

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As you can see its a very impressive lounge with lots of nice areas and amazing quality of catering.
You couldnt want anything more from a lounge.

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Always a great idea in lounges :

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Need to charge your phone ? :

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I love this wall :

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DATE: 06/DEC/2011
AIRLINE: TURKISH AIRLINES
FLIGHT: TK 1849
ROUTE: ATHENS - ISTANBUL
CLASS: BUSINESS
SEAT: 3A
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: TC - JPP DELIVERED 15/09/2008



Soon it was time to head to the gate :

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Hmm must be for him or his son/daughter maybe  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/TK77W/file-1437.jpg

I was greeted by a friendly FA and shown the way to my seat :

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Not far to go at all :

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Welcome drinks were handed out :

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Soon it was time to head to the runway to take off.

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Whilst we were making our way to take off headsets were handed out :

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After take off the crew handed out hot towels:

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Followed by a menu :

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And a very nice and ample meal :

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Cherry juice the all time favourite of mine when flying on TK:

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After a short flight it was time to land into ATH :

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We landed and pulled up on stand . I said goodbye to the crew and made my way to the arrivals.

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After a very short time my bags came off first and all were accounted for .

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I took the bus to my Family home and it was great un packing and giving them all their presents.
I had decided to buy my Aunt a set of Calphalon pans also to which she was delighted. She also
love her TK amenity kit  

So thats the end of my report. I hope you all enjoyed it. Sorry for the hundreds of photos but I wanted
to show you the full product of TK. I think you will agree they are impressive. I found the seat the most
comfortable Business Class flatbed I have experienced in a long time. The food was 10/10. The service
was perfect and I couldnt fault the crew for anything. Some people complain about lack of smiles from the
crew but to me they are friendly and do their job and never turned down a request. I prefer that than false
''Disney'' smiles and OTT service.

The B777 experience has only hardened my opinion that an A330 is second best in J across the Atlantic.
Sorry I know some will not like that but its only my opinion  

The new TK lounge at IST is one of the best in my opinion and I think the catering is the best in any of the
Star Alliance lounges.

For longhaul travel I would certainly recommend Turkish Airlines. They will give the Gulf carriers a run for their
money with a product like this. Its great to see TK picking up more passengers from the Greek market and I have noticed that the flights between IST-ATH and vv are packed even with OA A3 SQ and TK on the routes.

I look forward to your comments and replies as usual.

Many thanks for reading .

Kind regards

Philip / OA260  
 
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RE: Türk Hava Yolları-B77W New J Class +New IST Lounge

Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:01 pm

Hola Philip!

Once again I have to say that you impressed me with such a report, really great!

Let's go step by step.

Although I have been many times to Canada, three in the last year, I have never been to Toronto which seems a great city but I do not know if it has the charm of Montréal or the great scenery that Vancouver has, anyway I would like at least go through their airport at least once which seems really nice. AC lounges tend to have the same food, at least your pictures show the same things I had for lunch at YYC and YVR two weeks ago. They are usually pretty well stocked and have plenty of drinks as well.

TK deserves to become a 5 star airline... according to your report and the pictures they seem to be a great airline. Food looks delicious, very well presented and the idea of having a chef on board gives it a classy touch that not many airlines have nowadays. I think is excellent. The seat looks really comfortable and the cabin very roomy despite having three seats in the middle section.

I am surprised to see that YYZ-IST is only an 8 hours flight, I thought it would take longer.

The cabin seems to be very well kept and the bathroom is impressive with that sink... it really feels you are flying something different.

TK lounge at IST is a master piece of good and modern design... again impressed.

In your last flight, how do they mange to serve a whole meal in such a short flight? Touché again!

I have only one negative comment, why do they show Manchester U. players on their safety demo? They should go for FC Barcelona, which they sponsor as well. At least you got a couple of pics of their B777 with Barça on it. They have flown it to BCN some times when the team is playing important games across Europe and beyond.

BTW, how do you manage to take so many pictures? Do you have time for everything?  

Have a great year of flying! Thanks a lot for the report. Keep them coming!

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:19 pm

Hi Philip! What a great report! Thanks so much for sharing, I loved all the pictures. Their product looks impressive, just the toilets... And the lounge in Istanbul! Very exciting experience.
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:26 pm

Hola Roger ,

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
Once again I have to say that you impressed me with such a report, really great!

Thanks alot much appreciated .  
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
I have never been to Toronto which seems a great city

I cant make up my mind . I like more each time I go . I intend to go back again this year as my Cousin is living there now and its easy from Ireland.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
TK deserves to become a 5 star airline.

Indeed just some consistancy issues and ground handling bugs when things go wrong but apart from that I agree.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
I am surprised to see that YYZ-IST is only an 8 hours flight,

Indeed I was preparing myself for close to 10 hours which I was dreading even in J as I hate longhaul.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
TK lounge at IST is a master piece of good and modern design... again impressed.

Yes its a really impressive lounge with so much in it .

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 7):
BTW, how do you manage to take so many pictures? Do you have time for everything?  

Haha I always took loads of photos as a kid and click lots but normally with not too bad results.  
Quoting reifel (Reply 8):
Hi Philip! What a great report! Thanks so much for sharing, I loved all the pictures. Their product looks impressive, just the toilets... And the lounge in Istanbul! Very exciting experience.

Thanks alot . Yes I was impressed with the bathroom also . More like a hotel !
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:34 pm

Hey Philip, great report!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
My hotel Courtyard By Marriott , great location and highly recommended.

Hehe, you always stay at the Marriott it seems. Did they have a lounge at your hotel?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
A favourite store of mine

I bet you like some of their ads  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Tim Hortons is quite nice actually .

Interesting, never heard of them. I assume they only have them in Canada?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Seeing as she will be cooking and baking all my favourite

Oh, what a shame. We all know how much you love Bvlgari. But then again it's family, and you can't argue with that  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
And I am presented with a menu personalised with my name on it

That's a very nice and personal touch. Was the name printed on the menu, or written by hand? Suppose no other airline offer this kind of service.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Turkish Coffee and Turkish Delight what better way to end a lovely meal .

Eh I'm not much of a fan of that turkish coffee, it's too sweet. But suppose you could sleep well afterwards?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
After a while a trip to check out the facilities.

Wow, that looks Fab-u-lous! You really can't tell that it's on an airplane 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Followed by a really nice breakfast.

Breakfast looks very nice, although that linen looks awfully loose.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
You scan your boarding pass and gain entry via automatic gates :

Interesting. Did they have a manned counter? Also how to admit guests?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
And a very nice and ample meal :

Looks quite generous for such a short flight  

Thanks for sharing
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:54 pm

Wow.. Not to disrespect anyone else writing TRs but this was the best I have read (and looked at) in a loooooong time. Great shots! And by the way, the loads look really good in all three classes, seems like comfort class is picking up finally. Great service it seems, what a long way TK has come.
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:13 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Hey Philip, great report!

Thnaks Jonas  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Did they have a lounge at your hotel?

I love Marriott you always know what to expect. No lounge  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
I bet you like some of their ads  

haha not my type really just ike their clothes LOL...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Interesting, never heard of them. I assume they only have them in Canada?

Yes first I heard of them also but quite nice.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
or written by hand?

It was hand written a nice touch !

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
But suppose you could sleep well afterwards?

I love sweet things its my downfall.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 10):
Interesting. Did they have a manned counter? Also how to admit guests?

Yes to the right there are about three staff members to assist if any issues. Very well laid out .

Quoting leftyboarder (Reply 11):
Wow.. Not to disrespect anyone else writing TRs but this was the best I have read (and looked at) in a loooooong time. Great shots! And by the way,

WOW back thats an amazing compliment and thanks so much. There are increasingly some amazing trip reporters who are raising the bar each time so I must raise mine to be on their level . For me this section of the website is the most enjoyable and we have some great members here who spend hours writing their reports and sharing their experiences. I am just one of those and am proud to be a part of it  
Quoting leftyboarder (Reply 11):
the loads look really good in all three classes, seems like comfort class is picking up finally. Great service it seems, what a long way TK has come.

Yes loads were good and Comfort Class is a great product indeed.
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:14 pm

Hey Philip,

Looks like you had a good flight. The new lounge in IST is light years away from the old wreck they used to have - quite fancy checking it out sometime.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Very nice indeed I must say :

Looks like a great amenity kit

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The mood is set .

Very nice mood lights

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
And a very nice and ample meal :

Very adequate for a short hop.
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:18 pm

Wow Philip. What an amazing report!! You said TK were impressive but I didn't realise they were this good. The lounge in IST looks absolutely stunning. Well worth going back for an extended layover I reckon. I'm surprised it was only just over 8 hours from YYZ to IST. That seems very short for a flight of that distance. You must have had tail winds.

The pictures of Toronto are lovely too. I've always wanted to go there and I fancy it even more now having seen your shots. The Courtyard looks like a good hotel.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
When I woke up we were over Ireland . It was nice to fly over my adopted home

You flew right over my house by the looks of it.  

Thanks again for such an amazingly comprehensive report. You've really shown us exactly what the TK long-haul experience is all about. I was wondering who would be the first to write a report on their new J class and the new lounge in IST and I'm very glad it's you as the quality of your reports is always second to none!

Looking forward to the next TR in this series.  

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:27 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Looks like you had a good flight. The new lounge in IST is light years away from the old wreck they used to have - quite fancy checking it out sometime.

LOL... I have to say I loved the old lounge but this is much better by far I agree.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
Very nice mood lights

Yes I love the way that pic came out .

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 14):
You said TK were impressive but I didn't realise they were this good. The lounge in IST looks absolutely stunning. Well worth going back for an extended layover I reckon

Hey Gareth thanks alot . Id easily spend a day in that lounge given the chance  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 14):
The pictures of Toronto are lovely too. I've always wanted to go there

TS A310 ?   lol...

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 14):
You flew right over my house by the looks of it.  

Yes indeed I thought of you .

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 14):
You've really shown us exactly what the TK long-haul experience is all about

Thanks alot I am glad it seems I managed to convey the true TK experience.
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:33 pm

Well.. it's hard to write a TR after yours...

Well done budy ! Always a pleasure reading your famous TR..

TK is a fantastic carrier, too bad they gave up the First...

To me TK have the best J within Europe (If we consider Turkish is within the euro zone, but it's not the point, though I'd love to have them to boost the economy). They beat AF, LX, LH, BA easily.

Having a chief onboard it's a huge asset. I got the same seat on the IST-CDG in C using the 330. It was very comfy. the blanket is the very nice btw.

The lounge is outstanding !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TK you re the one !

Cheers Phil !

Personnal question (I would understand if you deny to explain me) : You have a LH SEN and a BD GOLD. How you choose the FFP to get your miles ? And why you keep crediting your BMI account since the BA takeover ?

Take care

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:44 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
TS A310 ?

I've been very tempted with that for a long time. 2012 may be the year!  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Yes indeed I thought of you

Aren't you sweet. Lol!!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
I am glad it seems I managed to convey the true TK experience.

Most definitely! Your TRs are always amazing but this one was a cut above again!  
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:49 pm

Wow, Philip,
Incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time for all the photos and the caption.
I am way jealous, the food, the seats, the lounge all seems pretty impressive. I am glad you made your connection even with deicing and Holding at IST.
Is that a Richard Serra large scale metal sculpture at YYZ? ( The pic just before your first pic of TK77W)

Thanks again,
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:09 pm

Quoting milesaddict (Reply 16):
Well.. it's hard to write a TR after yours...

Well done budy ! Always a pleasure reading your famous TR..

Thanks alot for the kind comment Thomas.

Quoting milesaddict (Reply 16):
They beat AF, LX, LH, BA easily.

I agree with AF/LH/BA but LX is still very close to my heart LOL...

Quoting milesaddict (Reply 16):
Personnal question (I would understand if you deny to explain me) : You have a LH SEN and a BD GOLD. How you choose the FFP to get your miles ? And why you keep crediting your BMI account since the BA takeover ?

No probs mate . Im juggling them around. For me Status is more important then the miles. I mean I really value lounges/priority check in /extra baggage allowance more than redemptions so I have now guranteed *G to 2013 even if the worst case scenario with BD happens. BA status I have no interest in as I rarely fly them and that wont change. I think I will go for A3 Gold in the end and maintain it as Im already Silver with them and its very easy to get/maintain. Im crediting to BD purely to get to 38K to see if I get renewed to BMI when my membership is up for renewal in June. Ironically enough after this year Im lifetime Gold ! Yeah yeah life sucks LOL... but thats the way the cookie crumbles.  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 17):
I've been very tempted with that for a long time. 2012 may be the year!  

Yeah maybe end of the year !

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 17):
Your TRs are always amazing but this one was a cut above again!  

Cheers mate  
Quoting TK787 (Reply 18):
Incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time for all the photos and the caption.

Thanks for the reply. Glad you enjoyed it . Wanted to make it a detailed one for all my friends on the Turkish thread  
Quoting TK787 (Reply 18):
Is that a Richard Serra large scale metal sculpture at YYZ? ( The pic just before your first pic of TK77W)

Not sure Im the wrong person to ask . Maybe one of our Canadian Anetters will know ?
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:13 pm

great report and great pics!

would love to fly this airline someday
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:25 pm

Well, every time I read one of your great trip reports; I feel ashamed of my laziness. But then again, I don't think I could be a match for you anyway. Thanks Philip for the time and effort   

On my last trip to Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
First impressions of this cabin were very good. Nice layout and colours and very welcoming.
The B777 is my favourite aircraft compared to the A330 transatlantic. I know people argue
about the number of seats in a row but for me the spacious B777 in J is the clear winner.

I am one of those people, shame on me   For me the only advantage of the TK 77Ws are the bigger lavatories for the J Cabin. The middle seat is a definite no no, but luckily I see that your flight wasn't full and the seat next to you was empty. Also, depending on the crew, the fewer number of J seats on the 333s (same seats as 777s) usually means better service. But then, its a matter of taste.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
A pic of the amenity kit everyone got at the door

That is the new amenity kit for Comfort Class. So you got both 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Shortly after a trip to see Comfort Class which is a very nice cabin and decent seats

The white stickers on the comfort class seats is to keep away any intruders from Y 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
As you can see its a very impressive lounge with lots of nice areas and amazing quality of catering.
You couldn't want anything more from a lounge.

Very impressive indeed. Credit to Do&Co who maintain and cater the lounge. I hope you enjoyed your time there. Did you try the Demel Cakes? Do&Co and TK certainly try hard to extend ones waistline 
Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Some people complain about lack of smiles from the
crew but to me they are friendly and do their job and never turned down a request. I prefer that than false
''Disney'' smiles and OTT service.

I come across some excellent crew as well on TK, IMHO, it is very depended on the Purser. To me TK is like Jekyll & Hyde, if I may say so. You can have excellent crew and everything going flawless; but then you also have the occasions when Hyde shows up  Especially during irregular operations. I have to admit though things are improving on the ground and in the air. BTW, How were the drink runs during the night after main service? I hope you were not left alone with the small bottle of water.

Anyway, sorry for my long comments, thank you once again for your excellent report, it is always a joy to read...

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:50 pm

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 20):
great report and great pics!

would love to fly this airline someday

Many thanks Im sure you will get the chance sometime. BTW I think you will enjoy the next reports  
Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
Well, every time I read one of your great trip reports; I feel ashamed of my laziness.

Thanks so much and its so nice of you to take the time to say so much appreciated.

Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
Thanks Philip for the time and effort   

No probs all worth it .

Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
I am one of those people, shame on me  

I guess I will have to let you off lol...

Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
The middle seat is a definite no no,

Oh I agree there I wouldnt want to be in the middle of the middle row ! Sometimes there can be exceptions though  
Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
The white stickers on the comfort class seats is to keep away any intruders from Y 

Yeah I thought that although I dont like them personally.

Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
I hope you enjoyed your time there. Did you try the Demel Cakes? Do&Co and TK certainly try hard to extend ones waistline 

I didnt eat anything to be honest as I wasnt hungry thank god otherwise I could have done some damage LOL..

Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
I come across some excellent crew as well on TK, IMHO, it is very depended on the Purser. To me TK is like Jackal & Hyde, if I may say so. You can have excellent crew and everything going flawless; but then you also have the occasions when Hyde shows up  Especially during irregular operations. I have to admit though things are improving on the ground and in the air.

You seem to sum it up perfectly. Couldnt have written it better myself  
Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
BTW, How were the drink runs during the night after main service? I hope you were not left alone with the small bottle of water.

I was sleeping for a good few hours but they did a few rounds so they did not dissapear . No complaints at all .

Quoting tcm (Reply 21):
Anyway, sorry for my long comments, thank you once again for your excellent report, it is always a joy to read...

Not at all really appreciate the time you took to reply and thanks again  
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:59 pm

Great report- a pleasure to read as always!
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:30 am

Phenomenal trip, and trip report!

The 77Ws look really comfortable, although I wish the mood lighting- nice as it is- was a bit more subtler. These are not the ones that TK was leasing from Jet Airways, are they?
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:34 am

Agree the new 77W is great. Flown it in J/W/Y.

TK just needs to fix the ground staff, fine in IST thanks to the new IST lounge in there. I go there for any problems instead of talking to awful TGS staff at transfer/gate. But try BGS in PEK and SATS HK in HKG. A complete disgrace.

Not to mention the 77W should be J42 Y28, rest Y... The current J28 W63 Yxx is ridiculous.

I love TK when at their best, I hate it at their worst... They list my status miles as 213000 as of now for the period ending 29 FEB.

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Quoting Phen (Reply 23):
Great report- a pleasure to read as always!

Thanks alot  
Quoting AT (Reply 24):
Phenomenal trip, and trip report!

Thank you for the reply.  
Quoting AT (Reply 24):
These are not the ones that TK was leasing from Jet Airways, are they?

No that one that I flew on in F Class can be seen in the link I posted at the start. This one was TKs own.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 25):
TK just needs to fix the ground staff, fine in IST thanks to the new IST lounge in there. I go there for any problems

Interesting tip and thanks for posting. Good to know in case of any issues in future.  
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:10 am

Brilliant report Philip, every time I read one of yours I end up checking fares to try the featured airline myself, first it was Swiss, then it was getting back on board Bmi and now I find myself wanting to fly Turkish!

That lounge is incredible and I love their cabins, some airlines just stick in seats with their colours on, others go over the top and boarder on tacky but the TK 777 cabin looks great, they seem to celebrate Turkish design and style. This level of service from TK came out of nowhere, at least I wasn't aware they were this good with their on board product and lounges! Surely they've earned their place as a major player in the years ahead?

Anyway, thanks for posting another great read!

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:11 am

Thanks for such a detailed report. Probably the most detailed I have ever seen on this site. With all those pics I felt like I was there.

Turkish Airlines looks like it has a very good business class product. I hope the food tasted as good as it looks.

That lounge is really cool, too.

Thanks again for taking so much time to prepare this.
 
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Problem is TGS (Turkish Ground Services) are totally de-motivated since TK spun that off to somebody with low wages. I was recently denied boarding 25 min before dep, boarding pass clearly says "BOARDING ENDS 15 MIN BEFORE DEPARTURE". Protested and they moved me to the next day, and charged change fee! Then charged a rebooking fee ex-IST too etc. And as "Best Airline in Europe" they need to fix up their ground contracts. For example in HEL, the non-Schengen lounge they use (read: CHEAP) is not acceptable.


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Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:19 am

We'll see how my HKG-IST-LAX-IST-HKG, HKG-IST-LAX go but I'm ready to jump ship the day QR/EK start HEL and match my status.

Already cancelled one of my HKG-IST with no A availability, it took 4 agents and 2 hours to explain the next day has U, and please contact your manager to open up A. Confirmed in 20 mins but that is just ridiculous.

I love TK in the air and hate them on the ground, especially the outsourced staff.

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:32 am

Hi Philip.

You did not disappoint on this trip report - a very enjoyable experience to share with you.

Particularly appropriate as I am of to YYZ in a week - though sadly on the marginally less glamorous Air Transat!- so it was good to see some scenes of the city and the airport. Hopefully it will be snowing when I am there.

Food looked great - how did the onboard chef present himself? I presume they receive the same high levels of customer service. I am not convinced that I love the OB Chef idea yet.

Lounge at IST looked beautiful. A curious old curvy theme going on but executed in a classy way.

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Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 31):
Food looked great - how did the onboard chef present himself? I presume they receive the same high levels of customer service. I am not convinced that I love the OB Chef idea yet

Not Philip here, but the TK Chefs really vary a lot. I recently only saw one to hand out the great Godiva chocolates and disappearing. Another one nicely plating the main cources and asking for comments. TK needs more consistent standards. But I think it's the usual fast growth problems.

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Nice report, OA260!

TK is fast becoming an airline I have to try. Business Class looks amazing, and the food presentation is second to none! Definitely beats any other airlines' offerings on a route like this! I love how they have menus for every flight, and address the menu with your name. How classy!

Looking forward to your next trip!

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Hi Philip!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

TK's J class looks excellent as expected! I had a great flight with them in Y last year LAX-IST and I rank it among the best I have ever had in Y.

Nice to see the lounge in IST and that the IST-ATH flight was great as well.

Looking forward to your next report!

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:49 am

Damn......Man, the pictures of Toronto, AWESOME.........

TK B777W is just magnificent....Trip well detailed and compiled, just enjoyed every bit of reading it...

The J Class of a B777, in my opinion seems much more comfortable than that of the A330. It seems more spacious unlike the one of the A330 which looks congested...

Enjoy your trip, have a blast
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:51 am

This is an excellent trip report from start to finish. Your pictures captured the essence of the trip and I feel like I was right there. You included all aspects of the trip and it was very well done. I especially liked your pictures of the airshow map in flight. I thought of the many places in Europe I have been to and it makes me want to go back.
I have never flown TK, although I have seen there 777-300ER in NRT many times. From your trip report, they sound like a truly great airline. Thank you again for an excellent trip report.
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:59 am

Great report Philip, it would be perfect if you had been on the new fixed cabin C/Class A320 on your ATH flight.
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:45 am

Great report... Hope I will try TK's F class this summer to JFK...
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:56 am

Hi Philip,

Thanks for bringing us this picturesque insight into the excellent airline that is TK. A top notch experience and indeed able of giving the Gulf State carriers a run for their money. The C class cabin looks modern and inviting, food is nicely presented and plentiful.
I think TK is definitely an excellent *A partner!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
After a while a trip to check out the facilities.

I’ve never seen such a lavatory before: definitely very modern and stylish!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
As you can see its a very impressive lounge

Wow, I’m seriously impressed, that lounge reveils it’s identity very clearly. Love the arches and everything.

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:44 am

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 27):
Brilliant report Philip, every time I read one of yours I end up checking fares to try the featured airline myself, first it was Swiss, then it was getting back on board Bmi and now I find myself wanting to fly Turkish!

Hey Kev thanks for the reply.

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 27):
This level of service from TK came out of nowhere, at least I wasn't aware they were this good with their on board product and lounges!

True among the public people dont know much about them. I say it to my colleagues and friends and they look at me with surprise. I guess its a case of getting the news out there .

Quoting klkla (Reply 28):
Thanks for such a detailed report. Probably the most detailed I have ever seen on this site. With all those pics I felt like I was there.

Many thanks for your reply much appreciated . Glad there were not too many photos.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 29):
is TGS (Turkish Ground Services) are totally de-motivated since TK spun that off to somebody with low wages. I was recently denied boarding 25 min before dep, boarding pass clearly says "BOARDING ENDS 15 MIN BEFORE DEPARTURE". Protested and they moved me to the next day, and charged change fee

Sounds like a nightmare and to charge for it . Did you take this up with customer relations ?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 31):
You did not disappoint on this trip report - a very enjoyable experience to share with you.

Particularly appropriate as I am of to YYZ in a week - though sadly on the marginally less glamorous Air Transat!

Hi Luke and thanks. Hope you enjoy Toronto and I look forward to hearing about it. Im interested to see what TS offer these days so dont forget  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 31):
I am not convinced that I love the OB Chef idea yet.

I have to say I like it but they dont do an awful lot in the cabin but behind the scenes I guess they instruct the crew?

Quoting 767747 (Reply 33):
TK is fast becoming an airline I have to try. Business Class looks amazing, and the food presentation is second to none! Definitely beats any other airlines' offerings on a route like this! I love how they have menus for every flight, and address the menu with your name. How classy!

I agree I love these little touches it really makes them shine.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 34):
TK's J class looks excellent as expected! I had a great flight with them in Y last year LAX-IST and I rank it among the best I have ever had in Y.

Thanks for the reply yes and Im glad they impressed in Y also . From my quick look at Y it looked pretty decent.

Quoting sjacob (Reply 35):
The J Class of a B777, in my opinion seems much more comfortable than that of the A330. It seems more spacious unlike the one of the A330 which looks congested...

I agree it gives a living room feel and very spacious which is very important for me .

Quoting triple7man (Reply 36):
This is an excellent trip report from start to finish. Your pictures captured the essence of the trip and I feel like I was right there. You included all aspects of the trip and it was very well done.

Hello and thanks so much for the reply. Im really glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your comments.  
Quoting emrecan (Reply 37):
Great report Philip, it would be perfect if you had been on the new fixed cabin C/Class A320 on your ATH flight.

Thanks alot. Indeed or a new B737 with the fab interior which I really want to try  
Quoting Tsveto4nik (Reply 38):
Great report... Hope I will try TK's F class this summer to JFK...

Thats great I hope you have a great trip .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 39):
I think TK is definitely an excellent *A partner!

Hey Nils yes they are and when they joined I was so excited. Really was a good decision by Star.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 39):
Wow, I’m seriously impressed, that lounge reveils it’s identity very clearly. Love the arches and everything.

Indeed the lounge is unique and Id even put it way above the BA F Class lounge in LHR.
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:35 am

Wow! As others have said what an excellent trip report!

I am super impressed with TK and that lounge is awesome! Is that lounge a Star Gold lounge, or is exclusively for TK passengers?

And if I read all the comments correctly you received a white amenity kit that is the Comfort Class kit and then they gave you onboard the Business class kit... right?

What was the difference in contents?
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:24 pm

Really nice report. The lounge in IST looks absolutely stunning! Maybe TK is a future option on my way to India, it definitely seems to be the quickest option. Does anybody know what TK's plans for the refurbishment of their short-haul fleet looks like? AFAIK, some A32X fly with a new cabin, complete with IFE et al.



Interesting hovering concept on this 77W.  
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:37 pm

Hi! Definitely one of my favourite airline. Great service, great report and great pictures, both on the ground and airborne.
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:30 pm

Thank you for the great trip report.

TK's product looks indeed great. I will fly IST to LHR in C in a few weeks time and look forward to it. Hopefully there won't be an equipment change and I should be on a B777 as well.

Is the lounge in IST the standard business lounge?
 
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:18 pm

Hi Philip!

Great tripreport as usual!
I've wanted to try TK for a long time. They seems to be a great airline.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
My ride to Istanbul.

Looking good. Those engines are for sure huge.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I know people argue
about the number of seats in a row but for me the spacious B777 in J is the clear winner.

I've never been on a 777, but indeed that cabin looks very roomy.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The mood is set .

Gotta love mood lighting.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I have to say the design and amenities in the bathroom were very well done and really nice.

Looks great for being an aircraft lavatory.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Shortly after a trip to see Comfort Class which is a very nice cabin and decent seats:

Wow, I never realized the Comfort Class cabin was that large.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
With one hour twenty minutes til my connecting flight I wanted to spend at least some time in the new
highly rated TK Lounge.

What a great looking lounge.

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Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:39 pm

Hi Philip...WOW that was an amazing trip and amazing pictures! I have not had a chance to visit Turkey nor fly TK but it is so high on my list! Great pics of my former city, YYZ too! I am so impressed with the style of service on board the TK flights and that lounge may just be the best I have ever seen (at least in pictures) and I have enjoyed many global lounges in person such as QR First and Business in DOH, TG Royal Silk in BKK, QF in SIN, KE in ICN, etc. Thanks for sharing! Very nice read. Cheers, William
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:20 pm

WOW - Trip report of the year 2012 so far!
Enjoy all the photos and story. This is one of the best TR in a while.

TK lounge in IST is amazing. What a great new product, not to mention Business class service on their own 777-300ER!

AC lounge in YYZ is spacey and airy, I like that.

Thanks very much for sharing this trip report.
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:28 pm

Nice, very nice, fully impressed all the way ... and no definitely NO, there are not too many pictures  
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Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:34 pm

I have elite status (*G) with TK, yet I have still to fly TK. I see it's clear that TK is something that I have to try soon!

The service looks incredible, especially with the onboard chef, however, the hardware (seat), although not bad, it is not the best out there, but still looks like a very good product.

However, the lounge, I'm simply amazed, that looks like the best lounge I have ever seen, with so much variety of services and catering. However, in peak times, how filled is it? Seems to be a smaller ratio of seats to area than most other lounges. Some lounges around the world are great, but at peak times seating can get a bit cramped, do you know how this lounge compares?

If I hadn't booked my summer trip to Europe already I might have considered taking TK. However, I might need to wait for next Christmas, but TK are definitely on my list of must-fly airlines.

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