FLIGHT TK 1997
CLASS OF SERVICE Business
SEAT NUMBER 2F
AIRCRAFT Boeing 737-800
TAKEOFF 17-01-29 2:35 p.m.
VIEWS 654
LANDING AT 3:50 p.m.
LTQLGW
The 11th February 2017

Photo review of Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to London in Business

Hello Flight reporters and readers


This report will bring the following itinerary to a close:
LGW-IST 26 jan 2017 : http://flight-report.com/fr/report/22019/Turkish-Airlines-TK1982-London-LGW-Istanbul-IST
IST-ADB 26 jan 2017 : http://flight-report.com/fr/report/22029/Turkish-Airlines-TK2336-Istanbul-IST-zmir-ADB
ADB-IST 29 janr 2017 : http://flight-report.com/fr/report/22060/Turkish-Airlines-TK2313-zmir-ADB-Istanbul-IST
IST-LGW 29 jan : you got it here!

Last episode was my arrival at Domestic terminal, flying from Izmir

I just think I did not use the same way from D to I terminals, last time I connected in IST; it seems shorter today ; I'll check this next time

I got my BP the day before, checking on line
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I must now check the gate, but not on board yet, and picture is blurred
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Istanbul International terminal is very busy, as usual? I try Passport control 1 but it is really crowded, so I walk on to PC 2, and find easily priority line.
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Just one emigration officer for this line, but it gets rather quick and in 10 minutes I've cleared emigration and security
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Still a blurred picture, but gate is actually 205
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So now, let's find some landmarks; lounge is signed left and gate on the right; it says 15mn from the former to the latter; OK I've got it.
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And I get close to "wonderland", which I have seen in so many FR
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Very impatient to be inside, I won't notice the luggage lockers close to entrance, but my small carry on can go along with me everywhere.
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I'm impressed by the size, and discover there is a lower level; upper level is very busy and I expect lower one to be quieter. It is! so I take a comfy seat in a quiet area.

Going round the buffets, I'm not impressed, but wide choice and amazing german style pastries… Pide are not available yet but being baked. I'll wait
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It's very tasty and the apricot tart is even better

Let us finish with turkish pastries.
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This lounge is overheated like domestic lounge, too much really
Here comes departure time, I'm soon on my way thru the "shopping arcade"
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Actually it takes me just 5/6 minutes to walk to gate 205
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…where boarding is nearly completed
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Jetway to plane; good because it's very windy and freezing
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New security check at gate, but not for me; good!

Onboard it's same layout as on inbound flight, 2-2
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FA Chef accepts a picture, and will pose, so I can't think to blurr his face
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After picture, he serves this delicious fruity lemonade
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Safety instructions come down from heaven
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Push back on time while I have my drink and bye bye Istanbul
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Getting up quickly above western suburbs and their massive urban structures
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I pull my screen out of seat armrest to follow flight information; they are also available on main screen
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A look at the menu
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We are above Thrace and the eastern coast of Black Sea
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Crossing over bulgarian border, we can make out the port of Burgas
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But first things first; lunchtime!
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Served on a tray, but hot dishes will come on a trolley
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I'm always suspicious concerning beef cooking, but this is perfect to me
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Starter, main course, cheese and desert are all nice; this must be my 5th meal since I got up; no dinner tonite!
A glance outside; getting close to Carpathian mountains, somewhere south east of Timisoara, Romania
Snow is all over eastern Europe and we'll see it as far as Germany
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High peaks
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Tea refill has been offered…and accepted
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I start reading, and we land at LGW 30 minutes under schedule (of course the latter is not a consequence of the former)
Some "miles", up and down in corridors; no doubt we landed at LGW
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The arrival hall is almost empty
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Automatic control and I clear immigration and customs in one minute
And there I am on the railway platform
A picture, personal memory, as LGW and this station were my first approach to UK, first time I went there some 50 years ago.
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Btw, same weather as 50 years ago; so some people will say "of course it's always raining in UK "; but we all know it's not true!
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And this will be the end of my LGW-IST-ADB return trip

Thanks for reading

Till next time

Verdict

Turkish Airlines 

Cabin 10.0
Cabin crew 9.5
Entertainment 9.0
meal/catering 9.0
TOTAL 9.4/10

Turkish Airlines Lounge 

Comfort 10.0
meal/catering 8.0
Services 9.0
Entertainment 9.0
TOTAL 9.0/10

Istanbul - IST 

Efficiency 10.0
Access 10.0
Services 9.0
Cleanliness 10.0
TOTAL 9.8/10

London - LGW 

Efficiency 10.0
Access 8.0
Services 9.0
Cleanliness 9.0
TOTAL 9.0/10

Conclusion

Once again top notch with TK; excellent value for price;
IST TK lounge is amazing but I was not flabbergasted as in Doha; I reduce the rating for food because had to wait for Pide
I also underrate LGW access, not about connexion with central Ln which are quite good, but because of the long corridors, the up and downs etc... within the terminal

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