Review of Turkish Airlines flight Istanbul Singapore in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK54
Class Economy
Seat 26K
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 09:45
Take-off 09 Jan 17, 06:35
Arrival at 09 Jan 17, 21:20
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Published on 31st January 2017
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The final leg of this journey. The light snow which was reported was now much heavier. Owing to the fact my flight from Paris was delayed for an hour and my connection time was listed as 75min, I was fearful I would miss my connecting flight. However, upon landing and inspecting the FIDS, I found out that my next flight would be delayed for 2 hours, giving me ample time to connect.

Turkish Airlines
TK 54
Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) - Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN)
A330-300
TC-JNK
Economy Class
Gate 304


Making my way to the next gate. Passengers are stranded as flights are delayed or cancelled.
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People swamped around the gate areas. We took up any seat we could get.
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The entire terminal is crowded.
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One of the food outlets in Ataturk.
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Shot of the boarding pass for this flight.
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Finally, boarding is called for the flight after the 2 hour delay. No aerobridge, the aircraft is parked at a remote stand. It was absolutely freezing out there. Luckily, I didn't pack my coat into my check-in.
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Boarding the bus for the plane. Some passengers didn't manage to board the bus and they couldn't re-enter the terminal so they were stuck out in the snow.
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The snow was starting to get heavy now. The plane was blanketed in a layer of snow. You couldn't barely even see the Turkish Airline logo.
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Climbing up the steps. Maybe it was a mistake to rush onto the plane instead of waiting in the bus.
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It was quite a beautiful sight though.
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From the top of the steps.
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And I'm almost in!
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TK's previous generation cabin. Not the latest one but still very comfortable.
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My seat for today. In fact, both seats were mine. I got a sky bed!
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A view outside from the seat. Vintage TK livery!
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Let's have a look at the IFE.
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And my POV from the seat.
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Looking across at the empty seat beside me (Happily, I must admit).
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View of the front of the cabin from my seat.
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And the view of the back of the cabin.
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Information of the flight in Turkish.
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Flight map.
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Safety card of the plane.
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Seat-back literature. In a Turkish Airline folder.
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Zach King safety video.
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At this point, I must admit the we pretty much sat on the tarmac for another hour or so as the de-icing of planes delayed everyone. Evidently, Ataturk was not prepared for this flurry of snow.
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Oshibori-service by Turkish. No lokum on any of the flights, I was mildly disappointed.
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Finally, we took off for Singapore. After a grand total of four hours of delays.
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Menu for this flight. You can refer to this for any of the meals below.
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By this time, the sun was rising.
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And the first meal was served. I picked the beef option with beer and Sprite. Amazing meal from Turkish, everything was tasty.
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Obligatory toilet visit. Clean and dry.
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More flight information. I watched a movie till I fell into a deep sleep.
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When I finally roused, breakfast was served. It was delicious and filling.
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And the sun is setting. So I had supper in the morning and breakfast in the evening. Also I spent an entire day in the sky.
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Looking down at somewhere in Malaysia.
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And now we are preparing to land.
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ETA, 10 minutes.
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Landed! Time to disembark. I'm finally home although I may not be too pleased about it.
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Changi Airport. Home sweet home.
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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

8.6/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering9.0

Istanbul - ISX

6.8/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.5
Services6.5
Cleanliness6.5

Singapore - SIN

8.4/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

Turkish Airlines has been a wonderful carrier. I'm glad I managed to snag this flight at half the price of what Singapore Airlines was offering. The service and food were excellent. The cabin and entertainment were above expectations. The bonus free seat was certainly the icing on the cake. I had a wonderful flight and I can't want to fly with them again.

Information on the route Istanbul (ISX) Singapore (SIN)

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