I am Israeli and jew youth. According to Judaism, every jew teenager that celebrates his 13th birthday must to passing a religious ceremony that call Bar-Mitzvah. The ceremony is very happy because it indicates the maturing of the teenager. The ceremony happens in a synagogue, the teenager must to read from a Bible book, and after that there is a party for the child and the other guests. The teenager gets money from the gets and a trip abroad probaly from his parents.
I had flounder between travelling to Japan or South and North America, but I chose to fly to America because I have a big family that I never met in Buenos Aires and Toronto, My father and his family came from Argentina as well.
We (My dad and I) bought tickets from TLV to EZE and from EZE to YYZ and after that a direct flight to TLV.
We used with the MileagePlus miles of United (We have done the route TLV-EWR a lot) and from the leg TLV-EZE we bought tickets via VIE and FRA with OS and LH (VIE-FRA with lufthansa). The tickets were bought at August 2012 when I were in Greece. The plane on VIE-FRA changed from A320 to B737-300, but we canceled the tickets because we had other reasons to cancel TLV-VIE-EZE tickets:
The departure time from Tel Aviv, IL to Vienna, AU is 6:20AM, as a result we won't sleep at the previous night because we will need to take taxi to the Airport (20 min of driving) at 3:00AM and wake up at 2:30AM. I didn't want to seat 14 hours on Y class onboard the LH 744, It didn't hear comfort for me and for my Dad as well.
After a month and half, on October 2012 we decided to change the tickets for a noon depart from TLV and sitting in C class on all the way from Tel Aviv to Buenos Aires. We searched for a comfortable flight on United mileage plus website and we find a comfort flight with TK&LH that stops in IST and FRA (IST-FRA with LH) on a Business Class.
OK, I was talikng enough, so let's start!
When we bought the ticket, TLV-IST flight with TK meaned to operate with B738. After a few times I saw that A321 will operate the flight and than the B738 again.
The day of the flight:
I woke up at 8:00AM, I ate something and check that all the suitcase and me are ready for 3 week of crazy trip!!! We took a taxi at 9:10AM and said goodbye to Israel. After 20 min of driving we arrived to Terminal 3 (Intl Terminal of Israel) at TLV. We entered into the Terminal hall and went for a security questions and check-in at zone B (The zone of TK at TLV). After the security checks, check-in and passports control (prob 15 min) we were at the big Duty-Free area of TLV airport. The terminal was quite empty (4 flights and our flight befroe we left, after our depart, more flights arrived to Israel).
Spotting from the Terminal:
El Al Boeing 767-300ER
Ural Airlines Airbus A320
DHL Boeing 757-200 from Lipezig:
More EL-AL Boeing 767-300ER and his tail:
Dan lounge (The worst lounge in the world!)
I have more photos but my computer have a promblem right now, sorry for that but I will upload the photos lately. :)
The IFE that didn't work on my seat on the best A321 !(IT'S BAD TURKISH AIRLINES!)
SU A333 just landed from Moscow-SVO and UA 772 departs on a big delay (2 hours) for a long flight to Newark.
ROSSIYA A320 landed before us on runway 26 from LED and Arkia Boeing 757-300.
I have photos from the flight but as a said I can't upload them right now and I will try lately, and again, sorry about that.
After 25 min of a delay (Regular thing on TK flight to TLV because the planes park only 1 hour at TLV we taxied for a depart from runway 26 (longest and the main runway at TLV).
We did a turn right after we crossed the Israeli coastline. We fly over Cyprus, Antalya area, center of turkey, SAW airport and after that we made a turn for Approch to IST Airport (I have a lot of photos).
After a 15 min we got a lunch for this short flight.
For entree, we got a big plate that includs Salmon, shrimps and vegteables. We got a cake and drinks as well. For main we had a choices
*Beef with cooked vegteables (I want it but I was in the toilet and when I return all the dishes gived to passengers. *Pasta with pesto sauce *Pullet with puree and cooked vegteables (My final choice).
The meal was very tasty, and I drank coke.
We landed in Istanbul-Ataturk at 14:50 pm Turkemisitan Airlines Boeing 737-700:
Istanbul Biz city center prior to landing:
Uzbekistan Airways Boeing 767-300ER landed from Tashkent, UZ.
Klm Boeing 737-700 before flight to Amsterdam (I very like Amsterdam and the Aviation Megastore, I visit in Holland in 2012)
From the CIP lounge:
I will visit you more few hours :D :) :D
End of the report, I'll upload more pictures.
And will fly with TK to South Africa on Dec-14 on board Airbus A332/3!!! :)
Independent Dan Lounge
Tel Aviv - TLV
Istanbul - IST
Turkish Airlines is the Best Airline that I have flew (I flew with LY, LX, LH, TG, UA, CO, AR, AC and more), The comfortable seat, the IFE (I had watched the movie with the near seat of me, the meal, the nicely and the great service from the crew, the new planes (10 months old plane!) and cheapest prices become TK for a great airline, In your comfort and also in your pocket :) :) I really enjoyed the flight, and I still waiting for my next trip with TK (To South Africa). Note: Turkish has 8 daily flight from Istanbul (7 from IST and 1 from SAW) to Tel Aviv, they are in the second position in the number of the passangers that the airline carrying after EL AL, and the first on the Intl Airlines list (Second- Easyjet, third- Lufthasna!).
Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoyed the FR (I will upload more photo lately)! Yonatan Paz.
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