This report is part of the following itinerary LGW-IST 26 january 2017 : link IST-ADB 26 january 2017 : you are here ADB-IST 29 january : coming soon IST-LGW 29 january : coming soon
I had left you after going thru immigration and customs at Ataturk international terminal; I am now on my way to the domestic terminal
Yes this picture is not clear; I wasn't either because I woke up just before landing of my previous flight.
I have a 2 h layover, which may be just sufficient in IST but we landed under schedule, accessed by direct gangway, immigration was rather quick thru priority line and no control at customs. So far so good.
Domestic terminal is not that far after all; but since it's my first business transfer in IST, I'm a bit worried when I see that domestic lounge is just at the entrance of the terminal, before security check; but TK staff explains that there is a special security check for biz pax before entering the lounge which then has its own gate and buses to planes. Everything's fine then.
Quick security check and I can enter the lounge; not that large and quite busy at this time.
It seems quite comfortable and new; but temperature is extremely high and I'll quickly wear my T-shirt only though it's freezing outside. Btw when I say "my T-shirt only" I mean for the upper part, because I DID kept on my jeans and shoes…!
A couple of buffets for hot and cold drinks, soups, sorts of quiches, crackers, cheese, olives, fresh fruit. Quite good I think, and enough for me who has had one breakfast at LGW, another one onboard LGW-IST flight, and after all it's only 3pm english time. I have a few things and drink a lot; cherry juice, delicious.
TK staff told me no to follow instructions on screens, as screens show information for passengers in the departure hall. So I wait for lounge announcement.
About 40 minutes before take off, an announcement and a sign at gate call pax for Izmir. I get quickly onboard a bus, a large one with leather seats; it will be full of seated and standing passengers.
A long drive to the plane as often in IST; bus is crowded so some queue to get upstairs to the aircraft; after the hot lounge, night is freezing; but I'm no longer in T shirt only! It's snowing so "welcome aboard" is really appreciated; nice and warm inside though the doors are still open.
I get quickly to my seat; this 777-300 has a 2-3-2 layout; probably also used on intercontinental routes.
My seat 2G
I am in the first cabin which is full; the second biz cabin seems also full; last time I took this flight in Y, Y cabin was full; two big cities, an adapted schedule probably explain this.
Pitch is wide, and when seated you really have the feeling of a roomy place
Cold drink is served before take off.
After take off, no cart, but a tray for each pax with a hot meal.
Starter is nice; meat is great; sweet seems a bit industrial but low sugar so…I eat it as well.
A short flight, a few turbulences. No special interest in IFE which seems to offer a wide choice.
And it works also for flight info and maps (see my previous report)
This seat seems to be comfortable in full flat with the ottoman, but I just test some recline and leg rest.
Is that star wars?
We soon get to Izmir.
Disembarkment thru jetbridge, a few "miles" of corridor made easier and quicker by travelators, no checked luggage; ATM everywhere in the huge and clean arrival hall so no queue at bureau de change, quick and easy access to public transport, so in 5 minutes I'm on the platform of "metro" and less than one hour after landing I'm in center of Izmir, 5 more minutes to walk and I can settle down in a flat.
Thanks for reading.
Turkish Airlines Domestic Lounge
Istanbul - ISL
İzmir - ADB
This was my 804th flight, so some experience; never had such standards of service on any domestic flight even with ANA
All in all excellent service for such a short flight; very good value for price too. A lower rating for the lounge because it was extremely hot and absolutely unbearable.
This flight confirms TK high standards which I had experienced on my 6 previous flights with them
Now if some of you can tell me why some of my pictures appear sometimes upside down and sometimes in the correct position, I'll appreciate their assistance to deal with that. Thanks
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