After arriving in IST, I headed to the TK CIP lounge and upon scanning my boarding pass (which had "clssc" printed at the bottom) the reader gave an error msg and did not allow me in as expected. I already pulled out my TK Gold card and presented it to the gentleman in charge of the automated turnstiles. He sat in front of the computer and after typing a few commands he reissued me a new boarding pass with the correct status shown. I scanned it again and this time the turnstile opened and let me through. I thanked the agent who did not even muttered a word in response. I also noticed while I was standing in line earlier that a lady thanked him and he did not replied either. He was like an efficient robot lacking any human charm - that's not a bad thing sometimes.
Once inside I headed to the shower desk and when I heard the attendant tell the passenger in front of me that wait time was about 1 hr, I immediately went downstairs to try my luck there. The lady at the desk greeted me with a smile and advised me that there was about a half hour wait. She gave me a pager and within 15 min. I was paged back. I was escorted to the shower room and if memory serves me right I think this was the same one that I used the last time I was here.
Downstairs shower room.
For a business class lounge, the shower rooms at the TK lounge feel quite luxurious with marble setting and a robe, just like a deluxe hotel.
I remained downstairs throughout my stay by the tea garden under the stairs.
I took the opportunity to walk around and get a few bites.
I then left for one of the lower gates which meant a bus will take us to the plane.
Eventually the staff showed up and asked passengers to present the boarding pass and passport before being allowed to board the bus. The agent was very mechanical and did the job without greeting or saying a word. To be fair I don't think that they worked for TK because they had a different uniform.
We arrived at the plane and I was surprised that there was yet another airplane substitution. This flight was supposed to be operated by a 773 and instead we will be flying on the A330. So in the end I rode on this plane but not the way that I wanted. ;) I was the last one to board through the back since I was taking pics.
I boarded through the back and was greeted by the FA in the galley. When I arrived at my seat there were 2 FA's stationed by the bulkhead and one of them greeted me.
My very spacious seat. Earplugs were eventually distributed by the FA. At the beginning there was someone occupying the seat next to me but after take off he moved to the back.
View from my seat.
A quick visit to the WC which was clean.
The individual screens were out throughout the whole process and never stored during take off or landing. A safety video was shown during taxiing.
Service started quickly after take off with a cold snack. The flight was less than 1 hr and it was pretty amazing that TK managed to serve a meal to everyone on such a short flight. Well done!
We soon touched down in ATH.
Turkish Airlines Lounge
Istanbul - ISX
Athens - ATH
The TK lounge was a pleasant way to relax and wait in between flights. The downstairs area is always less crowded than upstairs and when requesting a shower it seems to be faster to get one on this floor.
A good hop to ATH made even better with the offer of a cold meal on a flight that was less than 1 hr. The snack tasted fresh and it can't get better than that in Y. FA's were efficient and did the service in a timely manner.
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