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by mafaky
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 7383

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2020

Thought of sharing some updates with you. Last night my friend's brother flew ORD-IST-BEG on TK. Absolute mess and total meltdown at the checkin. It took us about 90 minutes to get to the counter, while we were standing there people were shouting and screaming because the flight was overbooked and ...

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by mafaky
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov makes first aircraft without russian components.
Replies: 33
Views: 8665

Re: Antonov makes first aircraft without russian components.

Nobody have realised that Antonov's new CEO recently visited Turkey and the sides have started some (unconfirmed) talks on a future co-operation that may go as far as a JV. Although Turkish AF doesn't immediately need a military transporter in AN-178's size and performance, there's a big and so far ...

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by mafaky
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 7383

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2020

But most pax with luggage, if they try to transfer within the metro system in Istanbul, they would not like the experience. It is not built for pax with luggage. Also, thanks for the info on the metro cars. It was clearly mentioned that the cars for this metro line will have special racks for pax l...

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by mafaky
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 7383

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2020

As I understand it, the track between Göktürk and Kağıthane is ready and is where the new cars are being used to test. First to note: The shaft where they brought down that single car is not between Göktürk & Kâğıthane. It's between Göktürk and İhsaniye, i.e. towards the Airport. It's more near...

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by mafaky
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 7383

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2020

Istanbul is a huge city, seriously. It all depends where you live/stay how this Metro might help you. GAYRETTEPE is pretty central, if you have to you can walk to Taksim Square from there. .... One last note, IIRC, these units are the first locally produced metro cars in Turkey and expected to trav...

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by mafaky
Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 7383

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2020

One of the A332 for TK TC-JIM has been returned to lessor https://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=2 is this the last ex Jet Airways frame? These 3 ex-Jet AW frames (ex TC-JIL/TC-JIM/TC-JIN) have been stored at ISL since some time, after their lease period with TK expired. They ...

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by mafaky
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 7383

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2020

It seems to be inevitable that commercial flights between Israel & UAE will eventually start, and these will be partially at the expense of THY's Israel based passenger volume particularly those traveling to the East. On the other hand, there's a very obvious fact that political clashes between ...

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by mafaky
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 7383

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2020

When will cargo operations be consolidated at IST from ISL ? The777Man Some of our Istanbul based a.netters might have a better answer but the Cargo facility at IST is not finished. IIRC, still more than a year to completion. I'm trying to follow this subject, but haven't got any fresh news/clues. ...

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by mafaky
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First TLV - UAE flight
Replies: 154
Views: 23307

Re: First TLV - UAE flight

Once COVID is under control, there should be an explosion in demand between the UAE and Israel. It will also mean Turkish Airlines would no longer be the preferred transit carrier to passengers from Tel Aviv to other destinations. For the South East Asian and Australasia and maybe for some USA West...

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by mafaky
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2020
Replies: 88
Views: 10780

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2020

Wow :( New TK guideline that goes into effect tomorrow says; "No water service for flights under 2 hours". No changes to flights over 2 hours. For the under 2 hour flights water will be served only when the passenger asks for it. The Covid-19 pandemic has become a perfect scapegoat for th...

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by mafaky
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2020
Replies: 88
Views: 10780

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2020

Not a charter flight. Air Macau A319 B-MAO headed to St Athan after take off from Antalya. It'll be scrapped there by eCube Solutions Wow, thsi makes the case even more interesting? Any idea as how many pax were aboard that flight? And how will they go back unless they will reside in Turkey for a r...

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by mafaky
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2020
Replies: 88
Views: 10780

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2020

I will not be worried about TK at all. We have been having these threads close to 15 years and I've seen so many doom and gloom predictions about TK over the years. I am making a note about this situation and will revisit this; next year today :) I am terrible with predictions? Anyone else with pre...

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by mafaky
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2020
Replies: 88
Views: 10780

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2020

Interesting news about Air Macau landing into AYT (with Mafaky’s comment under it). https://tolgaozbek.com/haberler/air-macau-ilk-defa-turkiyeye-yolcu-tasidi/ I think TK should fly both to LAS and MFM as gamblers are everywhere and these are their paradise. MFM is also a back door to China. A very ...

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by mafaky
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2020
Replies: 88
Views: 10780

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2020

How are the financial numbers for TK, PC XQ, are they making any profit at all? You must be kiddin'!!! Nobody can ver make the slightest profit in these pandemic days (for months), despite some severe economy measures are being taken esp. for in-flight amenities and catering!... It's basically a &q...

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by mafaky
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2020
Replies: 88
Views: 10780

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2020

IIRC, you are only supposed to buy Duty Free items when leaving a country, not transferring. In the USA, they even ask, is Turkey your final destination? That could be the reason. If he started his travel in Doha, there would be no issues. Arriving at IST and buying Duty Free items is a different i...

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by mafaky
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation August 2020
Replies: 88
Views: 10780

Re: Turkish Aviation August 2020

Well, something rather queer and needs a logical explanation: A close (and a seasoned aviation enthusiast) young friend of mine had been travelling IAD-DOH-IST (due to a cheapo fare) yesterday and today (31st friday). He reported while on the way: things seemed to have run pretty smooth while checki...

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by mafaky
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 13046

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2020

Will TK return back any of the following Wide Body ; 8 A330 from Latam ( 269 seat ) 7 A330 from Skymark ( 305 seat ) 3 A330 from Wow ( 337 and 345 seat ) 3 777 from Kenya Airways ( 400 seat ) The inconsistency of these WB's and with most of them stored ATM why pay the $$$ ? Would TK be better off t...

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by mafaky
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 13046

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2020

I just saw on a Routesonline update that TK will be operating Dubai with a mixture of 777s and most importantly, A350s, starting August 1st. That should mean that TK will be taking delivery of their first A350 pretty imminently? Manila will be getting A350s from August 2nd. Also, the Pakistan route...

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by mafaky
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 13046

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2020

A friend of mine in NYC returned to Turkey and he chose to fly Qatar Economy via Doha. He said both flights were full and uncomfortable. He had to wear the provided mask and the shield on board all the way. One way fare was about $600. A young friend of mine will also be traveling IST-DOH-IAD-DOH-I...

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by mafaky
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 13046

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2020

International flights are using Conrces/Piers A & B on the west side of the Terminal which is nearer to rwys 16/34 & 17/35 (currently closed) while domestic flights have to use Concourse/Pier G on the eastern side and much closer to the recently opened rwy 18/36.

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by mafaky
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation July 2020
Replies: 110
Views: 13046

Re: Turkish Aviation July 2020

Is there a timeframe for the new (3rd at IST) runway to activate its ILS? Lightsaber I don't know why, but every time I look on Flightradar I see aircraft taxiing from the eastern side of the terminal all the way around to the two western runways, so it seems that this runway isn't really in use ye...

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by mafaky
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

So they never plan on using more than 3 runways? Kind of setting the bar low. Why build 5 runways and then only use 3. Stupid, either way. The two emergency rays at IST (which actually are 3.750*45 mt. and 4.100*45 mt. respectively) are marked as runways and are 210 mt. apart from their main runway...

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by mafaky
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

[quote]...at one point there was a planning to divide the terminal and concourses into geographical areas. as far as I remember, anything going "East - South-East" would depart from concourse F which actually is closest to the new runway. they even have some A380 gates built at this concou...

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by mafaky
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

The 3rd runway was always planned to be shorther. Also 45m width is the global (ICAO) standard for large commercial jet operations. 60m only recommended for category F aircraft(A380), but even they can still operate from 45m without issues. It is publicly known that there will be 5(five) south/nort...

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by mafaky
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 314
Views: 60393

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

I came across to the below news, just today and the news itself is quite recent. https://www.aircargonews.net/airlines/freighter-operator/first-b777-makes-its-way-to-iai-for-freighter-conversion/ It seems that the very first to-be-converted 77W has just been delivbered to IAI and for the moment ther...

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by mafaky
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

The second A350 for TK has taking it's first flight https://a380.boards.net/thread/2479/a350-900-msn421-tk2?page=2 Do we know if TK will delay the deliveries of these A350's i know 5 were expected this year. Ilker Ayci said in a recent interview that they would take those who are ready (being built...

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by mafaky
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

The second A350 for TK has taking it's first flight https://a380.boards.net/thread/2479/a350-900-msn421-tk2?page=2 Do we know if TK will delay the deliveries of these A350's i know 5 were expected this year. Ilker Ayci said in a recent interview that they would take those who are ready (being built...

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by mafaky
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

As always, anything can happen in Turkey :) Just last minute, in the middle of the night, the government announced a weekend curfew in 15 cities including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and others... What is going to happen to all those flights that were scheduled for this weekend?? :( Nothing will happen...

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by mafaky
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

I am confused. TK is telling me that I have to be quarantained coming from the Netherlands but Kadri Samsunlu says in a new IGAirport video that passengers will be tested on arrival and let inside the country freely. So am I going to be tested and let free or quarantained? I am confused.. IMHO, the...

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by mafaky
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 21415

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2020

TK adding flights from secondary Turkish airports to Europe for the summer: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/291534/turkish-airlines-s20-european-network-addition-as-of-29may20/ I am surprised ADB is only getting AMS. I guess other destinations (particularly to German airports) fro...

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by mafaky
Fri May 29, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

What's the rationale behind those flights? Could it be that TK is launching them now in order to secure slots at congested AMS? That's 12 weekly flights they could use later on to further boost their presence on IST-AMS. One reason may be the one you have mentioned and the other reason may be (IMHO...

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by mafaky
Wed May 20, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

Everyday I’m reading news about airlines who are laying off employees. A couple of months ago, the TK chairman said that they were not going to lay off employees. Are they still planning to keep all their employees? I mean it would be strange to see if TK was the only airline who is not laying off ...

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by mafaky
Sun May 17, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

Few months ago someone was asking about TC-JMM and TC-JMN. According to a document dated May9th, both are still in the fleet. TC–JMN is stored in all White livery in ISL and is already alloceted for Onur Air as TC–OEG Thanks, do you have a source for this info? planspotters.net already indicates TC...

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by mafaky
Fri May 15, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

Here's TK's 13th 787-9, TC-LLM. Still, #12 and #13 might get delivered this month: http://www.paineairport.com/kpae18327b.htm According to planespotters.net, TC-LLM is the 12th Dreamliner for TK. That in-between frame, the TC-LLL, is not even mentioned as a near-future order. Any info on this issue...

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by mafaky
Thu May 14, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

OnurAir is to start daily cargo operations between IST and JFK, starting from 18th May. Currently, flight schedule is planned until 28th, but most likely continue. An Airbus 333 (TC-OCS) and 332 (TC-OCV)

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by mafaky
Mon May 04, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

Construction moving fast at ISL https://i.ibb.co/SRkP8wK/ISL.png https://i.ibb.co/SRkP8wK/ISL.png The construction deconstructing ISL. :shock: This still has me wondering, was the most suited location for an emergency hospital really on top of runways? Or is there something more to it? Do you have ...

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by mafaky
Sat May 02, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

If Planespotters is to be believed, then I can confirm that TC-JMM and JMN have been retired as I've suspected for months. plnespotters.net is a trustworthy source. Maybe the more correct status is not for these 2 birds is not "retirement". They have been removed from TK's active fleet an...

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by mafaky
Fri May 01, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation May 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 12346

Re: Turkish Aviation May 2020

A joyful (!!!) May 2020, for all! You may recall that TK had postponed the delivery of its first Airbus 359 (the TC-LGA), during late March this year due to the CoronaVirus effects. This bird was flown from Toulouse to Airbus Hamburg facilities for temporary storage. Now, a further a321neo ready for...

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by mafaky
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

TK postpones the start of all Domestic and International flights till May 28th https://www.airporthaber.com/thy-haberleri/thyden-yeni-aciklama-28-mayisa-kadar-ucuslar-iptal.html (Turkish Only) I wouldn't expect biiig improvements even after May 28th. There will be no sudden-coming and joyful summer...

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by mafaky
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

while this is true and they found a rather unbusy airport in the middle of Germany to park finished planes (Erfurt airport), I still believe TK and PC couldn't defer/delay the deliveries for other reasons (might be leasing terms as well) I'm not fully aware of the international regulations. But ano...

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by mafaky
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

Couldn't Turkish carriers delay the delivery of these brand new A321neo aircraft? I mean it's not like they are going to need them right after corona. Or will they use them as replacement for ceos? It may be that Airbus' Hamburg facilities (where most of the 320 family narrow bodies are assembled) ...

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by mafaky
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

Latest news and photos as how a could-be-totally operational airport is demolished by a "State Breed Virus" which actually is more deadly than the current Covid-19! Pls. see (sorry text is in Turkish only!): https://www.airporthaber.com/havacilik-haberleri/ataturk-havalimaninda-hastane-cal...

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by mafaky
Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

As TK management are graduates of Kartal Imam-Hatip School, I’m curious how much they follow scientific advice. As we are yet in the skirt of pandemic uprise, we can expect minimum 2 weeks but possibly 4 weeks to reach the summit of the pandemic. Summit will represent half time of the pandemic. Fro...

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by mafaky
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

A321Lufthansa wrote:
Plenty of aircrafts parked at the terminal is on storage?


Naturally!... More TK frames may be stored (parked) at AHL if TK will not start near-to-full scale operations after May1st.

Storage/parking fees at ISL (AHL) are much lower than what IGA charges at IST!

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by mafaky
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

Not sure what to make of these photos of construction started though... https://www.airporthaber.com/ahl-haberleri/ataturk-havalimanindaki-calismalar-havadan-goruntulendi.html Turks can't get rid of the CONSTRUCTION virus :) Well, you posted the "good news" :oops: :twisted: before I could...

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by mafaky
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

Thanks for the details mafaky. It says the hospital will be finished in 45 days. I hope that is fast enough. Why didn't they start much sooner? I am surprised that there are no available places to quickly be turned into hospitals. NY got its convention center "Javitts Center" turned into ...

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by mafaky
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

For those of you who are well familiar with Istanbul and can follow in Turkish, the hospital's location and some preliminary details (supposedly to be at ISL (AHL) !!!) can be seen in the following link: https://tolgaozbek.com/haberler/ataturk-havalimaninda-hastane-nereye-yapiliyor/ This site is def...

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by mafaky
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

On other COVID19 news; -ISL might be turned into a hospital if needed during this pandemic. Despite verbally announced by President Erdogan, ISL is not going to be converted in any kind of hospital or healthcare facility. Preparation (earth leveling, etc.) has started at a location totally outside ...

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by mafaky
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation April 2020
Replies: 81
Views: 10372

Re: Turkish Aviation April 2020

Now that you have to have a "Travel Permit" to be able to fly domestically in Turkey, has anyone gone through the process? I read it is done through e-government portal and somewhat and easy process. What do you have to do to qualify? Thank you. Most probably is that you need to be younge...

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by mafaky
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation March 2020
Replies: 153
Views: 17300

Re: Turkish Aviation March 2020

Well, it is changing hourly :( This morning I got up to news, TK now only flying to 14 domestic destinations. SAW is closed, Pegasus suspends all flights. Please correct me if this info is incorrect. Be safe. It's correct that SAW is closed to all flights. From IST (and if I understood it correctly...

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