eco
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One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:26 pm

B A C K G R O U N D

I was Turkish airlines adv. in Facebook offering flights for only 99 euros from Sofia and some other Balkan cities that are visa free for Turks. This was very good chance for one day trip to this amazing city. The main goal on this trip was to visit Basilica Cistern, to try new airline and buy some Dogus black tea from airport supermarket (last one is my tradition when I visit IST)


Sunday morning - SOF is empty.
http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/1828/dsc02376km.jpg

Guest from Greece:
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/2074/dsc02377g.jpg

I expected Boing, but this also works for me:
http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/6376/dsc02378l.jpg

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/3203/dsc02380cw.jpg

25.03.2012
09:30 10:44 TK1028 SOF-IST
487 km
1:14 h
Airbus 319 TC-JLT
19F/Window

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/1554/dsc02381b.jpg

Load factor ~40% :
http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/9636/dsc02382ov.jpg

I can only say WOW after all the flight time is only 1 hour:
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/1097/dsc02383ga.jpg

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/101/dsc02384q.jpg

New addition to Bulgaria air's fleet - LZ-SOF:
http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/7943/dsc02386r.jpg

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/6003/dsc02388sm.jpg

http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/1382/dsc02390t.jpg

You don't see such catering every day:
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/6816/dsc02391mz.jpg

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/8387/dsc02393mm.jpg

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/9206/dsc02397o.jpg

http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/2183/dsc02398dv.jpg

No visas for me so directly to:
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/9583/dsc02399w.jpg

http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/2966/dsc02402o.jpg

Basilica Cistern:
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/1854/dsc02410d.jpg

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/4097/dsc02413tu.jpg

Istanbul city of contrasts:
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/2689/dsc02419b.jpg

Back to the airport:
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/7568/dsc02425qf.jpg

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5955/dsc02426ik.jpg

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6275/dsc02427q.jpg

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/3310/dsc02428q.jpg

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5931/dsc02429sg.jpg

25.03.2012
20:30 21:30 TK1029 IST-SOF
Load factor: ~95 %
487 km
1:00 h
Airbus 319 TC-JLT
19F/Window

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/254/dsc02430i.jpg

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/3219/dsc02431b.jpg

http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/7010/dsc02432ic.jpg

Same plane, same seat:
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/7609/dsc02434tc.jpg


http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8468/dsc02443xq.jpg


Specially for Markus:


Bye Bye Istanbul.
http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/2926/dsc02441f.jpg

Dinner:
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8468/dsc02443xq.jpg

C O N C L S I O N
Turkish airlines are my personal number one carrier so far. Their planes are clean, FA are very professional, Safety demo is done by Manchester United stars, there are 8 music channels and catering is more than I ever expected. The only thing that I didn't like was the legroom on A319.
 
Tomskii
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:45 pm

Haa good to see those places I've been to a few months ago!  (Like the cistern)
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Widebodyroga
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:46 pm

A great, albeit brief TR, eco. Good stuff. I'm flying this same route with TK later in the year so it was nice to see what to expect. They seem to be doing a great job, which is good to know.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Guest from Greece:

Nice to see A2 in SOF. Is SKG now connected with SOF or was this some kind of a random charter? I would love to see some regularly scheduled flights between the two cities, even though I'm not sure how viable it would be.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
New addition to Bulgaria air's fleet - LZ-SOF:

It looks awfully cute in FB's paint scheme. I'm loving it.

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
You don't see such catering every day:

That's pretty awesome. Like the good old days in other carriers. It seems like the short duration of a flight makes no difference to TK. Thumbs up.

Thanks for sharing   

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MaverickM11
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:13 pm

Nice trip report. I'll be doing the reverse in August to check out SOF!
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SloAir
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:24 pm

Nice report eco, and thanks for telling me about this promotion. If I wouldn't have just been to Istanbul I would have probably used it  
Quoting eco (Thread starter):
You don't see such catering every day:

Great job TK!

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
Basilica Cistern:

I went here during my stay last summer, it was nice to escape the heath outside.

Regards,
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:25 pm

Nice report, thanks for posting. Looks like TK is able to offer some pretty good catering on such a short flight. Nice photos from Istanbul too.
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Burj
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:59 am

I can't believe you got a meal in both direction! In the U.S. on most carriers even if you are first class you do not get a meal if the flight is under 2 hours. In fact in most cases if you are in first class on a red-eye from the west coast to east coast (around a 5 hour flight) you won't get a meal!

It concerns me that the load factor was so small....TK can't keep flying that route at 40% load factor!
 
eco
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:08 am

Quoting Tomskii (Reply 1):
Haa good to see those places I've been to a few months ago!  (Like the cistern)

Istanbul is amazing city. We are planing trip next year. I hope that TK will lunch another promotion or I will fly from SKP with Pegasus.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
It looks awfully cute in FB's paint scheme. I'm loving it.

I hope that I'll will fly on one of them in September.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 3):
Nice trip report. I'll be doing the reverse in August to check out SOF!

Hope to see trip report about Bulgaria.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 4):
Nice report eco, and thanks for telling me about this promotion. If I wouldn't have just been to Istanbul I would have probably used it

Thank you. I am glad that you like it.

Quoting burj (Reply 6):

I can't believe you got a meal in both direction!

Me too. Its not usual, the only other carriers serving such meal are A3 and OA.

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
It concerns me that the load factor was so small....TK can't keep flying that route at 40% load factor!

It hard to make any conclusions from only one flight. I am sure TK know what they are doing.
 
kazim786
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:30 pm

Great trip report mate, always love a bit of TK action  
 
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:20 pm

Hi eco,

nice little report here, thanks a lot. A trip to IST is coming up as well from my side (although not on TK, but on Austrian) so it was good to read about it. Looks like you had two very nice flights with Turkish, their service seems to be really top. Excellent meal for such a short flight.

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roberts87
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:05 pm

Nice short report, thanks for sharing. TK service never stops to amaze me, extensive catering on such a short flight!

Quoting eco (Thread starter):
offering flights for only 99 euros from Sofia and some other Balkan cities that are visa free for Turks

Great deal!
 
eco
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:33 am

Quoting kazim786 (Reply 8):
Great trip report mate, always love a bit of TK action
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):

Nice short report, thanks for sharing.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 9):
nice little report here, thanks a lot.

Thank you all for your comments.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 9):
A trip to IST is coming up as well from my side (although not on TK, but on Austrian)

Not bad choice either.
 
nethkt
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:46 am

Short haul, Long haul, super-short, ultra-long, TK really doesn't disappointed you!
I love TK, hope to fly more of them  

Many thanks for sharing this quick trip on TK!
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MSS658
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:19 pm

Hello eco

Nice mini TR! Thanks for sharing. TKs service looks good as usual.

Thanks for showing us around IST as well.

Greetings
Marc
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:22 pm

Hi Eco,

Nice and short report, thanks for sharing! TK catering looks great for such a short flight, like your picutres of istanbul too  

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter
 
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:51 am

Nice report, Eco!

TK is famous for its catering, hopefully it won't cut it anytime soon. Too bad you got the same plane twice.


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eco
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RE: One Day In Istanbul. TK SOF-IST-SOF

Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:39 pm

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
I love TK, hope to fly more of them

Me too.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Nice mini TR! Thanks for sharing.

Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Nice and short report, thanks for sharing!

I am glad you like it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):

TK is famous for its catering, hopefully it won't cut it anytime soon.

I doubt that they will do such bad thing.


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