Review of Turkish Airlines flight Paris Istanbul in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK1828
Class Economy
Seat 21G
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 03:00
Take-off 08 Jan 17, 20:10
Arrival at 09 Jan 17, 01:10
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Published on 22nd January 2017
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Bonjour everyone! This trip marks the beginning of the end of my Parisian adventure. My four weeks at the school was amazing and I got to see so much. Bonus note: I visited Disneyland Paris which was amazing. It had been more than a decade since I visited a Disneyland.

Turkish Airlines
TK 1828
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) - Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
A330-300
TC-LNF
Economy Class
Gate 54


Arrival at Charles de Gaulle via RER B. The Paris Navigo pass has been really useful for travelling but they could really improve on the flexibility.
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Looking for the check-in desk. I was thoroughly surprised when I saw the queue. Even though we arrived almost 3 hours in advance, we had to queue for about an hour and a half just to check in. Not sure if the whole process was slow or the passengers ahead of us were holding everyone back.
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A last shot before going airside.
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Interesting escalators in Terminal 1.
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Shot of the boarding pass.
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It's a long way to the gate from the immigration. Incidentally, even though the queue for the immigration was long, only 3 counters were open.
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Finally we arrived at the gate where we learnt that the flight has been delayed for an hour.
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Finally, boarding commences and it's a free for all.
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Taking my seat in the new cabin of Turkish.
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Looking down the cabin from my seat.
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The new IFE screen is stunning. Really clear and responsive to the touch. You don't even have to use the remote anymore.
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A revolutionary flight time of 0hr 0min.
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Flight map to Istanbul.
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Boarding continues as the last few passengers enter the plane. When I heard the door close, I celebrated as I had an empty seat next to me for this flight.
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Looking at the IFE, it's exactly the same as my flight from Singapore but in a newer packaging. That's the movie I'm about to watch too, The Magnificent Seven.
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Seat-back literature.
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IFE remote
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And starting on my movie.
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Empty seat!
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Safety video feat. Zach King.
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Lights are turned down for take-off.
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Drink service begins.
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I make a quick trip to the toilet to freshen up.
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Dinner service begins.
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No choice of meal. Just pasta, salad and coffee mousse.
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Approaching Istanbul.
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Final drink service. I picked a glass of ice water.
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Preparing to land.
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A shot of Istanbul. People are sitting everywhere as light snow covers the airport, delaying or cancelling many flights.
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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

7.5/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering7.5

Paris - CDG

6.4/10
Efficiency5.5
Access7.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness7.0

Istanbul - ISX

6.6/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

Good flight. Pity the meal is the poorest so far. However, it's still very good compared to many other airlines. Charles de Gaulle needs to improve its departure services especially in immigration.

Information on the route Paris (CDG) Istanbul (ISX)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 42 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Paris (CDG) → Istanbul (ISX).


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The airline with the best average rating is Turkish Airlines with 8.1/10.

The average flight time is 3 hours and 22 minutes.

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6 Comments

  • Comment 382968 by
    757Fan 563 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this report! It looks like you had a good flight with TK. I'd love to fly them sometime as I've seen lots of reports about them and I've heard good things from a few friends that have flown them. Their Economy Class product looks like it's one of the best in the sky.

    Best,

    Matthew

  • Comment 383129 by
    jetsetpanda 2296 Comments

    Hi and thank you for sharing this FR on your return.

    CDG T1 is an icon from another era and the escalators are an attraction for some.

    Another good flight with TK, although the cost cutting is starting to show with the lack of printed menus and lokum. Also, the salad for appetizer is disappointing. TK used to have some sort of beans before. However, the main dish and dessert look good and the whole ensemble is so much better than what is offered by competitors in Y.

    Nice to have an empty neighboring seat. It's something rare these days.

  • Comment 383162 by
    SKYTEAMCHC TEAM GOLD 7855 Comments

    Hi ! thanks for sharing this report.
    Bonjour ! Not a bad flight tnaks to a wide body and seats with a good legroom and IFE.
    The meal, though not bad, is disappointing for Turkish Airlines as this has been one of their major strength.
    As far as Charles de Gaulle departing from Terminal one ( the oldest) which is cramped is not the best experience you can get. it's much better in Terminal 2 altough immigration is understaffed in both terminal resulting to long lines.
    Hope you enjoyed your stay in paris !

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