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The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:00 pm

The Express to maybe sunny Adana

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Merhaba, dear readers,

it´s a rather long time ago, since my last non biz flight.
The last real leisure experience dated back to early November:

Three Lounges And The Classic Green MD (by FLIEGER67 Jan 29 2011 in Trip Reports)

Immediate time to restart travel 2011, isn´t it?.
Flying Blue Gold Elite and Star Alliance Frequent Traveller is done, so the main target for travel this year is, to catch a new departure airport with every trip.
Not that really easy, but makes it more interesting.
This trip is originally scheduled for early March, but the airline decided to cancel the Thursday flights, so catched the money back.
A while later I checked the weather reports and late February in south eastern Turkey sounds also not bad.
So booked it again with the following routing:

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=STR-ADA-STR&MS=wls&MR=180&MX=720x360&PM=*

Well, let´s go and catch Adana!.


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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:02 pm

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Tuesday, 22.02.2011

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Service XQ 711 operated by SunExpress
Scheduled: 05.50 // 10.25


With my true and well tradition, this is one more pretty early start. Departure 05.50 am and no OLCI possible for the international flights.
Joining the standard queue at 04.00 am in the morning?.
No way, at least this time, they offer evening check in for next days flights.
Me, usually not far from the airport, present there at 05.50 pm, Monday afternoon, one desk shows the XQ logo.
A middle aged friendly female agent shows up around 6.00 pm, checked me in succesfully, after my usual question for the window last row and a couple of minutes later I´am on the way for a short night back home.
Anyway, 03.00 am shows my cell phone alarm, no need to change, on the way at 04.00 am and in the terminal at 05.00 am. Boarding is printed for 05.05 am.
STR airport changed the parking rules and fares during the winter months, so a bit more to walk from P2.
No lounging today, there isn´t anything open this early morning time.
Booking is done via Exp.de, the fare 70.00 Euros, not bad for around 3,5 hours of flying.
Less activity in T1 this time
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We will see how comfortable it is
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Close to no time to wait at T1 security, also at passport control and at the gate 113 where my machine rests for the night. Not that much people around, I´am in good hope for a less loaded flight.
Should I try these top of the board flight sometimes?
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No sign for boarding 15 minutes later
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Boarding started, no more pax arrived.
A dark nose picture from the finger gate
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TC-SUJ will deliver me to southern skies.
It´s a 737-800W, in service with XQ since 06.03.2003, one of 25 active machines in the fleet.
Leg no. 52 on type and warm welcomed, a new registration.
Looks nice
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A young female FA welcomed me at the planes door,
I´am the last passenger to board, so it seems, the chance for a short chat till the others take their seats.
"Looks like not a really good load factor today, good for the passengers, bad for the company"
"Sure, as mostly during the non school holiday time on these routes.
You can sit, where you want."
"That´s nice, thank you."
One male, three female FA´s here.
A good number of open seats around me,
finally 33A, the second last row window due to the better recline and three for me
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The turkish captain is on the mike, there are two pax with
document issues still at passport control inside the terminal.
Ten minutes till ok or bag offloading.
Very thin and not that really clean hard leather seats
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Well, its a 737-800 indeed
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The magazine, lots of advertissements, but anyway a good read with an interesting article around the Turkish textile industry catching more and more former Chinese business
for Turkey
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The temperature is - 2 degrees with light snow, so deicing is needed before departure from runway 07.
Well commented by the captain.
Finally airborne at 06.00 am for the 3 hours 15 minutes to Turkey.
Cabin view, the load is some 60% and it seems I´am the one and only german here, more about it later.
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Well, thats my direction
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Cloudy all the way via Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Sofia, Istanbul and Ankara.
What about the legroom?. Ok for me today, but not impressive with a fully load
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I learn more and more turkish this way
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Breadroll and butter for me, the cheese cake is not my thing
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And coffee, tastes real good, more please
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The young nice female FA approached me after service.
"Is it possible to ask some questions?".
"Sure".
"It´s no vacation season in Turkey and there are always close to 100% turkish people on the plane, but mostly also some very few germans.
Is there any connection between Stuttgart and Adana?.
I´am interested to know about you´re intention to travel to Adana today".
"Well, I want to do some pictures and will write a story about these not that well know city and area with my travel impressions around".
Now she was really surprised.
"Thank you, so it is more a business like background".
"If you see it this way".
That´s maybe also the reason for the next surprise,
the FO is on the mike with detailed inflight informations in english shortly followed by anything else again in german, sounds like a german FO today.
Flightlevel is 39000 feet maximum.
The seats en detail
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The weather forecast shows no rain, but some clouds in the morning and more sun in the afternoon
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Any idea where the centre of turkish agricultural industrie is
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That looks like Tarsus
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Close to touchdown on the 2750 meters runway 05, 10.30 am, five minutes late, it´s partly cloudy and the temperature is 16 degrees
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Looks smart with a multi storey building directly behind the runway end
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A turkish government machine
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If you like an airport located downtown, that´s the fact here.
Only some 3 kilometers from the city center and surrounded by houses.
TK also here
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Apron parking, well, there are no airbridges at Adana
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New colours on this plane
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Under the wing
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Full view, looks much better than the earlier close to all white colours
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Self service to the terminal, for sure ok for me with the acceptable weather, doing some pictures.
Less than five minutes to wait at border control, till I reached another stamp in my passport.
No luggage to collect and out in the public.

Well, usually, at least as far as I know, friends and relatives going to pick the travellers up by car or something like that.
Not here, a small red tractor with trailer parked directly by the door, a good laugh for me.
People all around outside, looks like a huge travel group, all in Dishdasha´s or long cloths and veil´s, well it´s southeastern Turkey, isn´t it.
The Syrian border is just around the corner and also Lebanon is not that far away.
According to my preffered airport information site, it´s a bus service to the city operational, no sign, so I waited till a old taxista was next in line, I jumped in and running to the city, no rip off, always my way to look for an elderly taxi driver.



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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:06 pm

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A thousand of people all around, this city has close to 1.6 Mio. inhabitants, now that´s impressive.

First place to go for me was the train station, from where the famous Bagdad Bahn runs, well till Bagdad years ago.
Nowadays there is a once a week connection to Aleppo in Syria, some departures per week till Istanbul and a frequently service to Mersin at the mediterranean coast.
The very oldfashioned main train station
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Good looking with the palm trees
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That´s the way to go for me, the fare is 2.00 Euro´s
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Now that looks oriental, rolling stock and huge palm trees
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Some discussion around the taxistas at the entrance
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That´s life here, horses and unfinished buildings
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The way of transport
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And the modern looking Turkish state railways engine
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How to make the most of building train tracks when you earn money by the built kilometers?.
Well, german engineers some 100 years ago now the way to go and so there is close to no straight track here, from curve to curve to catch more distance and therefore more money!.
Mersin by the sea
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I´am once again impressed, a thousand of people all around and a huge cargo terminal with ships from everywhere docked.
How to bring freight from China to the former soviet states
as long as there is no functional train connection?.
Ship it trough the Suez channel to the nearest port, Mersin and truck or train it further to it´s final destination.
A mosque by the sea
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What about a view from above?
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It´s the Taksim International hotel. Walked up there, but the nice security staff told me, that the hotel is shut down.
It seems with the US presence lost to Iraq there is no need for this building anymore.
Some historic building
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Sure fitting with actual EU rules, no barriers, only a guy there with a small sign in hand to stop traffic when a train arrives
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Cows and another mosque
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Interesting to overtake this slow steaming heavy cargo train
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Taskent, I don´t know that this tracks running as far as Uzbekistan!
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That was the oldfashioned engine on the way back and well, so far with the sunny weather in the afternoon
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The retro steam engine
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Tracks and bufe
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People walking between the running trains and nobody cares
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I´am really impressed with the people in contrast here.
Old men in traditional long clothes beside young biz guys in smart suites.
Older women with long clothes and veils followed or lead by dressed up and don´t get me wrong, sometimes very nice looking girls and young women, now that´s different.
Time to walk around the corner for one of the major city attractions.
Well, what looks like around the corner on my city map seems a good reason to take a taxi instead, but finally reached the Sabanci Merkez Camii
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That looks like absolutely unreal
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It´s close to the Seyhan river
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And it´s the largest mosque in Adana
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Absolutely impressive
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But no people all around
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Some black clouds coming in, the perfect excuse to walk to the nearby Hotel Seyhan, looking for some oldfashioned taxi driver, running to the airport and it seems another non rip off, cheaper than the inbound drive.





Tuesday, 22.02.2011

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Service XQ 710 operated by SunExpress
Scheduled: 19.55 // 22.45


Exactly the same 70.00 Euro´s fare booked again via Exp.de.
The "terminali" with the arrivals exit
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Stutgart, they lost a "t" here, Jeddah and Ercan are the main destinations
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All passengers and bags got screened at the terminal entrance.
Now I know what the people in front of the terminal doing during my arrival, it was the queue for the terminal entrance.
No time to wait for me now and short thereafter inside.
Not really welcoming, small, less comfortable and very hard seats with the Kaya bar closed
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Not that long thereafter a guy from the handling company prepared two counters with separate laptops.
So it seems XQ´s trust with the airport technic is not that high.
More staff arrived, check-in opened and a nice middle aged male answered my usual question with exactly what I need,
34F, last row window. "No bags?", "Sure, no bags!".
Some shoving at the counters, but finally sequence no. 6 for me.
Passport control opened, a movie scenery, the older guy checked my document, stamp in hand, want to stamp, noticed my arrival date, checked me with a long and critical view, shaked his head and finally stamped it.
No time to wait at the final security and in the very small departure hall, two gates only and for sure, no lounge here
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Imagine that place with 200 Jeddah tourists around.
There is only a very small not that really welcoming looking coffee shop inside.
Duty free seems a joke.
Only a very limited offer, one of my favourite essences signed with 110,00. Asked the guy, "This quote is in turk lira, isn´t it?".
"No, sir that´s in Euro".
Now it´s me shaking my head, that´s terrible expensive.
Not that I´am going tired after my early departure today,
but when we know that scheduled arrival is 11.45 pm and the STR airport night curfew starts at 11.00 pm with only limited arrivals allowed till 12.00 pm, doesn´t feel it really welcoming to see the screen with a 50 minutes delay
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People stayed calm, no further information to notice.
Finally an XQ machine arrived and parked close to the gate, so it seems my ride.
Today´s routing is STR-ADA-DUS-ADA-STR and therefore'I´ve been mentally prepared to see the same plane again like in the morning.
Two agents arrived and soon self service boarding started from gate 5.
TK and what about the logo behind?
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Surprise, it´s TC-SUH, a new plane and a new reg for me.
In service with XQ since 22.11.2002.
Leg no. 53 on the 737-800.
Nose detail
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A nightly boarding view
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Close to the wing
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And the registration
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Onur Air beside TK
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Up the stairs now
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Same seats like on the earlier plane, 33F for me, second last row window, three for me again
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Departure from runway 5 like arrivals in the morning, at 09.00 pm, 8.00 pm in germany, more than an hour late, it´s dry and the temperature is 12 degrees.
3 hours, 30 minutes for STR.
The security card
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Two nice male FA´s and two not so nice females.
The dark cabin with a load around 50%
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Cockpit crew is turkish this time,
the captain with long and detailed informations in turkish, followed by the FO in english, but not that clear to hear and understand, therefore no route or flightlevel information.
Fresh, warm breadrolls, two for me, thanx to the nice young male FA. He served me well with coffee several times
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And a cake, ok for me
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Back at STR´s runway 07 at 11.35 pm, 50 minutes late,
shudder, the temperature is - 4 degrees, but clear sky.
During the wait for disembarking we talked about the plane change which happened in DUS.
He was really surprised that I know the original schedule and noticed the plane change.
Adana for the day, well that´s something special.
Parked at exactly the same gate like in the morning.
I dont know how, but the immigration guys asked a good number of pax to show them the boarding passes.
Not me, one of them checked my passport and waved me through, but it needs some more minutes than expected.
Lots of customs officers at the exit, so it seems they want to check a good number of passengers from the flight, again not me.
Back home at around 1.00 am, some 22 hours after stepping of my home office in the morning, well, how to make the most of it, isn´t it?.

XQ is ok, mostly nice staff and comfortable with this low loads, sure something not so welcoming with a fully loaded flight.
Adana is a place with interesting sights and people, recommendable.

As usual, if nothing goes wrong, the next story will see a new airport, Montpellier and maybe an A.net trip reports premiere on a very new plane type, at least for me.

Comments welcome,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:42 pm

Hi Markus,

very interesting report, I had been waiting for this one. Nice too get some impressions of Adana in daylight. I arrived there in the evening and departed again in the morning - and I didn't see much except for the hotel.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Breadroll and butter for me, the cheese cake is not my thing

It seems portions have become smaller. Here's the SunExpress breakfast which I got on a LEJ-AYT flight in late 2009:



I flew MUC-ADA in the afternoon and got a hot meal which tasted really good. Report to follow...the question is when.  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Surprise, it´s TC-SUH, a new plane and a new reg for me.

Nice surprise, I got that one on my MUC-ADA flight on 15 January.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Same seats like on the earlier plane, 33F for me, second last row window, three for me again

Now guess where I was seated...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
As usual, if nothing goes wrong, the next story will see a new airport, Montpellier and maybe an A.net trip reports premiere on a very new plane type, at least for me.

Sounds interesting. Brit Air CRJ1000?


PH
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:48 pm

Hi, nice TR...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
According to my preffered airport information site,



Which would be?!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
at the gate 113 where my machine rests for the night.



What about the crew?! Is XQ doing a crew change or an overnight rest at STR?
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:52 pm

Hi Markus,

thank you for another very interesting TR, the last one was already some time ago.
Adana is for sure a place, which is not covered that well, but you showed us many nice pictures pf the area.
SunExpress is an airline, that seems to do a good job in the charter runs and I think the service was not outstanding but okay.
Sadly, their last 757s left the fleet, and so the only chance to see anything bigger than A321 here in SCN went away.

Thank you a lot for sharing
Cheers
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:58 pm

Hi, nice to see some comments.


@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
very interesting report, I had been waiting for this one. Nice too get some impressions of Adana in daylight. I arrived there in the evening and departed again in the morning - and I didn't see much except for the hotel.

Thank you, we talked about it, for sure an interesting place.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
It seems portions have become smaller. Here's the SunExpress breakfast which I got on a LEJ-AYT flight in late 2009:

Definitely much larger than on my flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I flew MUC-ADA in the afternoon and got a hot meal which tasted really good. Report to follow...the question is when.

Anyway, looking forward to it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

Nice surprise, I got that one on my MUC-ADA flight on 15 January.

Thats indeed a surprise.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

Now guess where I was seated...

Good choice, PH.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):

Sounds interesting. Brit Air CRJ1000?

Well, that points in the right direction.


@Debonair:

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Hi, nice TR...

Thank you.

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):

Which would be?!
http://www.toandfromtheairport.com/

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):

What about the crew?! Is XQ doing a crew change or an overnight rest at STR?

Chatted a bit more with the guys during time for disembarking.
They spend the night in the hotel and doing the next flight Wednesday afternoon to Samsun,
the usual way for the crews with the plane on nightstop at STR.
And the incoming crew in the afternoon doing the early morning the next day.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:59 pm

Hi Markus.
Welcome back with some very interesting scenes from this report. Amazing to see these Mosques and the architecture. Also to see how differently some people live where horse power is still the norm in some of the smaller parts of town.

First time i believe i have seen anything on Sun Express. Looks an o.k set up and as you say comfort is always appreciated with low passenger loads. I think I would need to fuel up on food before I boarded though. The snack box is a bit lacking for a flight of this length.



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
As usual, if nothing goes wrong, the next story will see a new airport, Montpellier and maybe an A.net trip reports premiere on a very new plane type, at least for me.

Enjoy this trip and I look forward to reading your write up Markus.

Thanks, Lee.
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:01 pm

Hi, Johannes,

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 5):
thank you for another very interesting TR, the last one was already some time ago.
Adana is for sure a place, which is not covered that well, but you showed us many nice pictures pf the area.

Thank you.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 5):
SunExpress is an airline, that seems to do a good job in the charter runs and I think the service was not outstanding but okay.

Service was ok, nothing special, but ok.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 5):
Sadly, their last 757s left the fleet, and so the only chance to see anything bigger than A321 here in SCN went away.

Done the XQ757 in 2009, definitely interesting.

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Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:17 pm

Markus,
thanks for sharing your story which I personally was expecting very much. as you remember I was in ADA exactly one week before and now the most funny thing is not only to see the very same aircraft, but also the same seat and the same destination!!!   

I was on TC-SUJ, seat 33A (because the last row was taken), from AYT to ADA.
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:32 pm

Hi, good to see more comments.


@Lee:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 7):
Welcome back with some very interesting scenes from this report. Amazing to see these Mosques and the architecture. Also to see how differently some people live where horse power is still the norm in some of the smaller parts of town.

Thank you and for sure, it was an interesting ride for me.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 7):
First time i believe i have seen anything on Sun Express. Looks an o.k set up and as you say comfort is always appreciated with low passenger loads. I think I would need to fuel up on food before I boarded though. The snack box is a bit lacking for a flight of this length.

Definitely the case here with these kind of service, some preparations are needed.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 7):

Enjoy this trip and I look forward to reading your write up Markus.

Coming up soon, if nothing goes wrong, you know.


@Ori:

Quoting stylo777 (Reply 9):

thanks for sharing your story which I personally was expecting very much.

Thank you.

Quoting stylo777 (Reply 9):
as you remember I was in ADA exactly one week before and now the most funny thing is not only to see the very same aircraft, but also the same seat and the same destination!!!   

I was on TC-SUJ, seat 33A (because the last row was taken), from AYT to ADA.

We talked about you´re stay in ADA and really good seating choice, it seems 33A is familiar here with us A.netters.
Surprise to see you´re also on TC-SUJ, another ride for me to ESB is on schedule, hopefully a new reg then.

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:46 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 10):
another ride for me to ESB is on schedule

more details please  
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:03 pm

Thanks for the TR.

Adana is certainly not a typical Turkish tourist destination, but more a light industrial and agricultural town with nearby Mersin being a large port city.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Is there any connection between Stuttgart and Adana?.

Well frankly, virtually every German city has a connection to Turkey with the millions of ethnic Turks living in Germany.

I can recall charter flights for ethnic travel to Germany from Adana going back into the 1970s.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Any idea where the centre of turkish agricultural industrie is

Turkey is a major global producer of all types products from grains, cotton, tobacco, fruits, fishery, animals etc along its southern and central regions along with the Black Sea coast.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
If you like an airport located downtown, that´s the fact here.

Adana has another(much larger) airport also. The Incirlik Airbase located to the east of the city. There is talk about making closing the Sakirpasa airport and moving commercial operations over to Incirlik. I suspect the move will happen in the next decade.
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:54 pm

Hi Markus,

You were quick with this one! And you certainly packed a lot into your day in Turkey. Interesting to hear about the questions you were asked on the outbound, not difficult to notic you weren't the usual XQ traveller.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Should I try these top of the board flight sometimes?

You mean the one that gets cancelled a lot?!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
the cheese cake is not my thing

Definitely not at that time of the morning.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
german engineers some 100 years ago now the way to go and so there is close to no straight track here, from curve to curve to catch more distance and therefore more money!.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Sabanci Merkez Camii

Wow, it looks like something off a film set, so impressive.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
but when we know that scheduled arrival is 11.45 pm and the STR airport night curfew starts at 11.00 pm with only limited arrivals allowed till 12.00 pm, doesn´t feel it really welcoming to see the screen with a 50 minutes delay

That could have been nasty, I'd have been more than a bit worried!

Unbelievable about the high prices in duty free, although it seems to fit in with what I've heard about AYT, the prices there are seemingly higher than ZRH.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Montpellier and maybe an A.net trip reports premiere on a very new plane type, at least for me.

Sounds exciting!

Looking forward to many more TRs in 2011!
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:26 pm

Hi, good to see more comments.


@Ori:

Quoting stylo777 (Reply 11):
more details please

A good week till
STR-ESB on the el cheapo XQ winter fare
ESB-VIE by AnadoluJet
and back home to STR on OS.


@LAXintl:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 12):
Thanks for the TR.

Thank you.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 12):
Adana is certainly not a typical Turkish tourist destination, but more a light industrial and agricultural town with nearby Mersin being a large port city.

Exactly my impression.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 12):
Well frankly, virtually every German city has a connection to Turkey with the millions of ethnic Turks living in Germany.

I can recall charter flights for ethnic travel to Germany from Adana going back into the 1970s.

Sure the case with destinations like Kayseri, Samsun, Gaziantep reachable from STR actually.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 12):
Turkey is a major global producer of all types products from grains, cotton, tobacco, fruits, fishery, animals etc along its southern and central regions along with the Black Sea coast.

It looks like impressive from the plane to see all these covered fields during approach.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 12):
Adana has another(much larger) airport also. The Incirlik Airbase located to the east of the city. There is talk about making closing the Sakirpasa airport and moving commercial operations over to Incirlik. I suspect the move will happen in the next decade.

Read something about it, so it seems it was a good decision to collect ADA this time.


@Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
You were quick with this one! And you certainly packed a lot into your day in Turkey. Interesting to hear about the questions you were asked on the outbound, not difficult to notic you weren't the usual XQ traveller.

Thank you and it feels something like everyone knows that I´am not usually here!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
You mean the one that gets cancelled a lot?!

Exactly that one!.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
Definitely not at that time of the morning.

Definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):

Wow, it looks like something off a film set, so impressive.

Something unreal isn´t it?.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
That could have been nasty, I'd have been more than a bit worried!

I was also not that really amused, but no further notice at ADA.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
Unbelievable about the high prices in duty free, although it seems to fit in with what I've heard about AYT, the prices there are seemingly higher than ZRH.

I know AYT, terrible expensive and also there at ADA.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 13):
Sounds exciting!

Looking forward to many more TRs in 2011!

Some more to come and I like also to follow something more from you´re hand, you know.

Greetings,
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Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:56 pm

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 7):
First time i believe i have seen anything on Sun Express. Looks an o.k set up and as you say comfort is always appreciated with low passenger loads. I think I would need to fuel up on food before I boarded though. The snack box is a bit lacking for a flight of this length.



In my opinion still the best Turkish carrier is ATLASJET- very outstanding crew and service!
But I have to admit, that I personally like the new approach of SunExpress. I flew XQ prior to the re-branding and now, also in January 2011. The snack-box seems to be very small, but fair if you consider that nearly all other Turkish (charter) carriers are now serving only a small sandwich (PC, ZY etc.). In combination with a more and more standard fleet (same seats, same configurations and IFE), very well trained crew , own FQTV programme and high service levels XQ have come a long way in recent years. Congrats!
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:25 am

Hi Markus,

Nice to see you trip reporting again. SunExpress didn't look too bad and it's always nice to get some food though it's a shame that the portion sizes have gone down. It's nice to see Adana, definitely somewhere that's off the beaten track.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
o way, at least this time, they offer evening check in for next days flights.

Sound's like a very handy feature, definitely beats queuing at 04.00 in the morning

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 1):
but finally reached the Sabanci Merkez Camii

Amazing!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
As usual, if nothing goes wrong, the next story will see a new airport, Montpellier and maybe an A.net trip reports premiere on a very new plane type, at least for me.

Looking forward to it.

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:53 am

Great Report of a place not well traveled. Are there really that many flights to Jeddah??? Was this around the Hajj time maybe?
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:39 am

Hola Markus!

Again a great TR of yours to a first time city here and not a very common airline as well.

Sun Express seems to provide a great service, especially if the plane has a low load... that legroom would feel really tight with a full 100% load as it is the case when all Germans go looking for the sun in Turkey...
The fare was incredibly low for a more than 3h flight.

The city, Adana, is really nice; the train station is a very good-looking building and the mosque is really impressive.

Turkey has a great combination of old and modern traditions, from dressing to trains, that is becoming quite exotic these days, as here in the West everything tends to look the same.

As usual looking forward to reading the next TRs which seem to promise new excitement.

Salut!

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Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:43 am

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
A good week till
STR-ESB on the el cheapo XQ winter fare
ESB-VIE by AnadoluJet
and back home to STR on OS.

nice routing! looking forward to the ESB-VIE option with Anadolujet. on domestic flights I know them, but international?!?

Quoting hz747300 (Reply 17):
Great Report of a place not well traveled. Are there really that many flights to Jeddah??? Was this around the Hajj time maybe?

no, there are no scheduled flights to JED. these are all Hajj flights.
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 am

Hey, nice to see more comments.


@Debonair:

Quoting debonair (Reply 15):

In my opinion still the best Turkish carrier is ATLASJET-

No experience with KK here for me till now, but thanx for the idea.

Quoting debonair (Reply 15):
In combination with a more and more standard fleet (same seats, same configurations and IFE), very well trained crew , own FQTV programme and high service levels XQ have come a long way in recent years.

Also my opinion after earlier flights, seems XQ is on the right track.


@aflyingkiwi:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 16):
Nice to see you trip reporting again. SunExpress didn't look too bad and it's always nice to get some food though it's a shame that the portion sizes have gone down. It's nice to see Adana, definitely somewhere that's off the beaten track.

Thank you.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 16):

Sound's like a very handy feature, definitely beats queuing at 04.00 in the morning

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 16):
Amazing!

Sure also for me.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 16):

Looking forward to it.

Coming up soon.


@hz747300:

Quoting hz747300 (Reply 17):
Great Report of a place not well traveled. Are there really that many flights to Jeddah??? Was this around the Hajj time maybe?

Thank you and yes, it´s Hajj time, not the standard schedule.


@Roger:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 18):
Again a great TR of yours to a first time city here and not a very common airline as well.

Sun Express seems to provide a great service, especially if the plane has a low load... that legroom would feel really tight with a full 100% load as it is the case when all Germans go looking for the sun in Turkey...
The fare was incredibly low for a more than 3h flight.

Thank you and the fare was indeed real good.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 18):
The city, Adana, is really nice; the train station is a very good-looking building and the mosque is really impressive.

A nice old and new combination there.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 18):

Turkey has a great combination of old and modern traditions, from dressing to trains, that is becoming quite exotic these days, as here in the West everything tends to look the same.

Exactly my way.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 18):
As usual looking forward to reading the next TRs which seem to promise new excitement.

Just a couple of days to go.


@Ori:

Quoting stylo777 (Reply 19):
nice routing! looking forward to the ESB-VIE option with Anadolujet. on domestic flights I know them, but international?!?

First time for me with Anadolu, so I will tell you more.

Quoting stylo777 (Reply 19):

no, there are no scheduled flights to JED. these are all Hajj flights.

Thanx for the information.

Greetings,
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:37 am

Guten Morgen Markus,

Thanks a lot for sharing this TR so soon after your flights/daytrip to ADA; I think it's the 1st time for SunExpress and ADA ?
Surely, an interesting place in an area of Turkey not much travelled to...

SunExpress looks quite good to me; although catering portions are small, the contents look nice.
Also, I do like their new livery: too bad it will never be shown on their 757's  

The mosque at ADA surely looks very big; guess it's even bigger than the blue-mosque in IST ?

Good to see you made a side-trip to TAS (lol)

Thanks a lot for sharing and looking forward to your next TR !!!

Gr.,

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:51 am

Markus
thanks again for writing up! Looks like you had a nice trip, though you are right that little legroom would be tough on a longish flight if it is full.
A new airport each trip, an interesting challenge, you will have visited every airport in Europe soon!
And interesting sights in Turkey, the contrast of old and new (horse and cart, and the modern train), and the huge mosque, looks like the Blue Mosque in Istanbul!
Thanks again

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:00 am

Hi, good to see more comments.


@Pieter:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
Thanks a lot for sharing this TR so soon after your flights/daytrip to ADA; I think it's the 1st time for SunExpress and ADA ?
Surely, an interesting place in an area of Turkey not much travelled to...

Thank you, nothing read here about ADA lately but one of our colleagues here should take his time and we will see more about it!.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
SunExpress looks quite good to me; although catering portions are small, the contents look nice.
Also, I do like their new livery: too bad it will never be shown on their 757's

Also my opinion and definitely not good to see the 757 gone.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
The mosque at ADA surely looks very big; guess it's even bigger than the blue-mosque in IST ?

I read about the highest hall around every turkish mosques, but not sure if it´s actual.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):

Good to see you made a side-trip to TAS (lol)

Me, too, me, too!.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):

Thanks a lot for sharing and looking forward to your next TR !!!

Coming up soon.


@R.:

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
thanks again for writing up! Looks like you had a nice trip, though you are right that little legroom would be tough on a longish flight if it is full.

Thank you and we will see around my next leg on XQ if there is a better load.

Quoting signol (Reply 22):
A new airport each trip, an interesting challenge, you will have visited every airport in Europe soon!
And interesting sights in Turkey, the contrast of old and new (horse and cart, and the modern train), and the huge mosque, looks like the Blue Mosque in Istanbul!

Still a lot to do and the contrats are really extreme there.

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Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:39 pm

Nice trip report to start 2011 off with. Looking forward to your next trip report to MPL (my school-town starting in 2 weeks).
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:42 pm

Hi Markus,

Sorry for the late reply. Well, well, well, you impress me with this report of yours. I like the layout and the way you have incorporated the train ride and interesting visit to Adana into the day trip with XO. Really inspiring.

Nice to hear you were well taken care of by the XO crew members, especially the personal approach on the outbound leg. Congratulations with the new registrations!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Passport control opened, a movie scenery, the older guy checked my document, stamp in hand, want to stamp, noticed my arrival date, checked me with a long and critical view, shaked his head and finally stamped it.

He must have processed PH earlier.   

Thanks for sharing and the inspiration for my next TR.

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:43 pm

Hey, nice to see more comments.


@MSS658:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):
Nice trip report to start 2011 off with. Looking forward to your next trip report to MPL (my school-town starting in 2 weeks).

Thank you, so we will share some impressions from MPL soon.


@Suryo:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):
Sorry for the late reply. Well, well, well, you impress me with this report of yours. I like the layout and the way you have incorporated the train ride and interesting visit to Adana into the day trip with XO. Really inspiring.

Thank you and I know you´re on travel lately.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):

Nice to hear you were well taken care of by the XO crew members, especially the personal approach on the outbound leg. Congratulations with the new registrations!

Sure that feels really personal, you know.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):

He must have processed PH earlier.

Good point, that silly germans!.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):

Thanks for sharing and the inspiration for my next TR

Looking forward to it, you know.

Greetings,
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:19 pm

Markus,

after reading oh so many reports of you, Let me say thank you for this one in place of all the others. Always a pleasure to read about your trips!
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:35 pm

Hey Markus ,
Enjoyable read as always . I saw Sun Express at the weekend and thought of you   Id love to see more cities like that , its great to see something different and culture. Also nice when there are a few seats left to stretch out.

Look forward to the next one as always .

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:12 pm

Hi Markus
As ususal, really nice read & enjoyable trip report. Looking forward to your next report, took a little trip to Montpellier airport when holidaying in the south of France back in 2004 so it should bring back a few memories. Thanks for posting  
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:44 pm

Hey, nice to see more comments.


@OlafW:

Quoting OlafW (Reply 27):
after reading oh so many reports of you, Let me say thank you for this one in place of all the others. Always a pleasure to read about your trips!

Thank you for this warm welcomed feedback.


@Phil:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 28):
Enjoyable read as always . I saw Sun Express at the weekend and thought of you   Id love to see more cities like that , its great to see something different and culture. Also nice when there are a few seats left to stretch out.

Look forward to the next one as always .

Thank you, definitely my way with more different sights and culture.
Something more coming up soon.


@Mark:

Quoting eicvd (Reply 29):
As ususal, really nice read & enjoyable trip report. Looking forward to your next report, took a little trip to Montpellier airport when holidaying in the south of France back in 2004 so it should bring back a few memories.

Thank you, some pictures from Montpellier should be online in some two weeks.

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:10 pm

Once again great trip report!

Quote:
Taskent, I don´t know that this tracks running as far as Uzbekistan!

This must be an interesting operation because Turkey uses Standard Gage (1435mm) tracks whale Uzbekistan uses Russian Gage (1520mm).
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:20 am

Hi Markus,

Nice to have you back on the road (or the air actually), it's been a while. Good report off the beaten path, Adana definitely isn't a top destination for most people visiting Turkey! Some nice pictures of this regional city, a shame the sun didn't shine but at least it was warm enough...

Sun Express is a nice carrier, I kinda liked my flight SXF-SAW with them a year ago, although I spent most of that red eye flight deep asleep..  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
so the main target for travel this year is, to catch a new departure airport with every trip.

Oh, I didn't realize you were doing it with every trip! Well, good luck with that, will be a bit of a challenge I guess!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Me, usually not far from the airport, present there at 05.50 pm, Monday afternoon, one desk shows the XQ logo.

That's the way to do it!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The magazine, lots of advertissements, but anyway a good read with an interesting article around

Is that Ålesund in Norway in the cover?!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
and it seems I´am the one and only german here, more about it later.

I know the feeling, I was one of the very few non-Turkish pax on my flight...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Breadroll and butter for me, the cheese cake is not my thing

Thanks for showing what I missed due sleeping on my flight - doesn't look anything worth sacrificing good sleep over!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
The young nice female FA approached me after service.
"Is it possible to ask some questions?".
That´s maybe also the reason for the next surprise,
the FO is on the mike with detailed inflight informations in english shortly followed by anything else again in german, sounds like a german FO today.

That's very interesting and nice. I guess it pays to be nice to the crew, and of course it doesn't hurt that you stand out from the other pax like a sore thumb!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Not here, a small red tractor with trailer parked directly by the door, a good laugh for me.

"Is this my prebooked limo?"  .

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Stutgart, they lost a "t" here, Jeddah and Ercan are the main destinations

Hmm, is it that season again?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Passport control opened, a movie scenery, the older guy checked my document, stamp in hand, want to stamp, noticed my arrival date, checked me with a long and critical view, shaked his head and finally stamped it.

It happens every now and then. At least you didn't have to answer any questions about it like sometimes happens in US (and Canadian) immigration with short trips.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
shudder, the temperature is - 4 degrees, but clear sky.

That's not cold at all!

Quoting MH017 (Reply 21):
I think it's the 1st time for SunExpress and ADA ?

I did write a report about XQ a year ago and PH posted one last year as well. But ADA probably hasn't been covered before.
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:55 pm

Hi Markus

congrats, 2 new regs and an interesting route. Nice to see Adana. And the trainstation got my attention. For sure they operate better trains overthere then what I got in Istanbul. But it's a nice experience, totally different to ours.
I must say, XQ does not come out badly in your report. I start to wonder how some other airlines are now. Maybe I should give them a try some day. The airline hires quite a lot of Dutch cockpit crews btw, so maybe Germans also.
Looking forward to the CRK for sure a first here on a.net

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:24 pm

Hey, nice to see more comments.


@DarienRedSox:

Quoting DarienRedSox (Reply 31):
Once again great trip report!

Thank you.

Quoting DarienRedSox (Reply 31):

This must be an interesting operation because Turkey uses Standard Gage (1435mm) tracks whale Uzbekistan uses Russian Gage (1520mm).

Good point, that sounds really interesting to manage that.


@P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Nice to have you back on the road (or the air actually), it's been a while. Good report off the beaten path, Adana definitely isn't a top destination for most people visiting Turkey! Some nice pictures of this regional city, a shame the sun didn't shine but at least it was warm enough...

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Sun Express is a nice carrier, I kinda liked my flight SXF-SAW with them a year ago, although I spent most of that red eye flight deep asleep..

I remember that ride.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Oh, I didn't realize you were doing it with every trip! Well, good luck with that, will be a bit of a challenge I guess!

We need target´s, isn´t it?.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
That's the way to do it!

For sure.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):

Is that Ålesund in Norway in the cover?!

Maybe, dont know.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):

I know the feeling, I was one of the very few non-Turkish pax on my flight...

Seems standard on these routes.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
Thanks for showing what I missed due sleeping on my flight - doesn't look anything worth sacrificing good sleep over!

Ok, but nothing special at all.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
That's very interesting and nice. I guess it pays to be nice to the crew, and of course it doesn't hurt that you stand out from the other pax like a sore thumb!

Always my intention and sometimes it helps.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
"Is this my prebooked limo?"

Hey, one more good laugh.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):

Hmm, is it that season again?

So it seems.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
It happens every now and then. At least you didn't have to answer any questions about it like sometimes happens in US (and Canadian) immigration with short trips.

I was prepared, but nothing at all.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
That's not cold at all!

Not enough for the Finn´s.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 32):
I did write a report about XQ a year ago and PH posted one last year as well. But ADA probably hasn't been covered before.

PH has something more in line.


@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
congrats, 2 new regs and an interesting route. Nice to see Adana. And the trainstation got my attention. For sure they operate better trains overthere then what I got in Istanbul. But it's a nice experience, totally different to ours.

Thank you and the train thing was one of my intentions to do it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):
I must say, XQ does not come out badly in your report. I start to wonder how some other airlines are now. Maybe I should give them a try some day. The airline hires quite a lot of Dutch cockpit crews btw, so maybe Germans also.

Good to know, I was surprised with the german FO.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 33):

Looking forward to the CRK for sure a first here on a.net

Well, if nothing goes worng, you know!.

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The777Man
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:04 pm

Hi Markus!

Very nice report with nice pictures! Great that you can get as far as ADA for a day trip. City looks nice and a very impressive mosque. Good for you to get two different aircraft.

Looking forward to your next report!

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:35 pm

Hi, Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 35):
Very nice report with nice pictures! Great that you can get as far as ADA for a day trip. City looks nice and a very impressive mosque. Good for you to get two different aircraft.

Thanx for you´re feedback and for sure, ADA for the day is also for me something special.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 35):

Looking forward to your next report!

Just checked in for 26F on the CRJ!.

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parton87
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:22 pm

Hello Markus!

Nice to see you back! Thank you for a interesting report with som really good pictures. Nice to see from a airline that you don´t know much about and a city that atleast I never heard off!  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Well, thats my direction



Beautiful picture!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Breadroll and butter for me, the cheese cake is not my thing



Nice catering and snackbox

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
but finally reached the Sabanci Merkez Camii



Very impressive!

I have to say that Adana looks really exotic!!

Thanks again, hope to see a report of your latest adventures soon! 

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:55 pm

Hi, Robert.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 37):

Nice to see you back! Thank you for a interesting report with som really good pictures. Nice to see from a airline that you don´t know much about and a city that atleast I never heard off!

Thank you and it seems ADA is white place on some more routemaps around.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 37):
Beautiful picture!

It feels good to see the sun ahead.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 37):
Nice catering and snackbox

Sure ok for me.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 37):
Very impressive!

I have to say that Adana looks really exotic!!

Thanks again, hope to see a report of your latest adventures soon!

More to come, working around the next story.

Greetings,
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gardermoen
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:32 am

Great report and photos, Markus.
Adana seems like an interesting, large city to visit which is not that touristy.
I am planning to go to Turkey again in September, and want to incorporate a visit to another, new Turkish city, so am now considering Adana!

What is with all the flights to Jeddah? It's not pilgrimage season, is it? For some reason, I cannot imagine Saudi tourists picking Adana as a holiday destination.

That Turkish Govenment Airbus 320 looks fantastic in that colour scheme! Would be kind of nice if TK adopted that.
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:40 pm

Hi Marcus
Let me join the cheering crowd once more.
A very nice and entertaining report, i always love the fact that in your short hops , you have time to visit the town and give us some extremely nice pictures of the town , its pulse and irs people. Keep the good work
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:22 pm

Hi, nice to see more comments.

@J.:

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 39):
Great report and photos, Markus.
Adana seems like an interesting, large city to visit which is not that touristy.
I am planning to go to Turkey again in September, and want to incorporate a visit to another, new Turkish city, so am now considering Adana!

Thank you and these part of the country is really not that well travelled, so sounds like a good idea for you´re upcoming trip.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 39):
What is with all the flights to Jeddah? It's not pilgrimage season, is it? For some reason, I cannot imagine Saudi tourists picking Adana as a holiday destination.

Not sure here, it seems pilgrimage season going around the whole year these days.
It doesn´t look like Saudi tourists for Turkey.

Quoting gardermoen (Reply 39):
That Turkish Govenment Airbus 320 looks fantastic in that colour scheme! Would be kind of nice if TK adopted that.

Exactly my opinion, that plane looks really good.


@K.:

Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 40):
Hi Marcus
Let me join the cheering crowd once more.
A very nice and entertaining report, i always love the fact that in your short hops , you have time to visit the town and give us some extremely nice pictures of the town , its pulse and irs people. Keep the good work

Thank you for you´re kind words, more to come you know.

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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:22 am

Hey - yet another great European TR. Thanks a lot for them. Seems like Sun Express is adequate for these legs. Adana seems nice - but then again, I love Turkey!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Very thin and not that really clean hard leather seats

= If you found those thin, wait til you see the slimline Recaro on LH ...

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter):
Cabin view, the load is some 60% and it seems I´am the one and only german here, more about it later.

= Why do you think this is? I would have assumed the flight would have had a lot of Germans of Turkish ancestry and not Turks visiting Germany. Point of sale stuff?

Thanks again for writing.

Saludos,
A.
Live, and let live.
 
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RE: The Express To Maybe Sunny Adana

Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:43 pm

Hi, Alex,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 42):
Hey - yet another great European TR. Thanks a lot for them. Seems like Sun Express is adequate for these legs. Adana seems nice - but then again, I love Turkey!

Thank you and I also like these country.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 42):
= If you found those thin, wait til you see the slimline Recaro on LH ...

Coming up also soon here.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 42):
= Why do you think this is? I would have assumed the flight would have had a lot of Germans of Turkish ancestry and not Turks visiting Germany. Point of sale stuff?

Not sure, there is a large turk community here in southern germany, but there are definitely not that much german looking travellers on the way.

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