This flight is first leg of a trip to Izmir, I usually fly TK but BA has introduced a special fare, £300 return LHR-IST, so even with an extra ticket onwards to Izmir with TK , the whole fare is better than the TK fare.
No comment on my tube ride from Kensington to T5. I am not used to T5 and, thus do not like it much.
I can't find check in area for biz class, but a charming BA staff tells me to go to H zone
So let us go to H zone, I already have my BP
And it won't take long to drop off my luggage
Then onwards to the fast track
And very fluent at security
Much busier on the non fast track line
And then comes adventure; gate is not known yet, is it north? south? from main building or remote boarding areas?
But let us first follow the Lounge sign; after walking some yards, no more sign; I must have missed something so let us go backwards.
No I did not miss anything, after some distance there are no more signs to the lounge.
Oh here are some BA information desks, but what a crowd!
So let us walk to the next one; a charming BA staff (another one) has to think a few seconds before she can explain the way to the lounge….. Amazing don't you think? eventually she asks me if I know Boots stores? Yes Madam, so she says, when you see Boots on your left, look for the escalator on your right, and get upstairs.
Very accurate information, and eventually I get to the lounge
They tell me I'll board at gate A7 which is just underneath.
A bit disappointed by this lounge, very crowded, not many electric sockets and the offer is sort of fast food like.
I've just had a huge breakfast before leaving home, so a cuppa will do, and then a second one.
After tea…the loo
Time to go
I hope to be able to use Automated boarding on my next trip
Hello! No it's not the A320 that will take me to IST
Mine stands a bit further at the end of a very long gangway
Priority boarding but then we get stuck in the gangway for long long minutes
Actually, they were in charge of a handicapped passenger and it took long; but why did they start the boarding operations then?
Nice welcome onboard
With the usual Western Europe airlines business class seat
But no other passenger on this row, so I won't have to share the central table and can get a second pillow for my nap.
Pitch is OK for my legs
No drink service before taKe off
But menu is handed over
Pushback on time
Some BA on our way And some other aircrafts
A touch of the good old days, don't you think?
SAS livery is not very attractive, I think.
Once airborne, drink service starts; I am non alcoholic so I can't tell you much about the offer; orange juice for me and cashew nuts wrapped so that you can't open it. I wish I had my scissors with me.
Nice cutlery; the starter looks nice but as often it is too cold and tasteless; but I don't care much about starters so all in all it will do.
I selected chicken, does not look very attractive on the picture, but it was hot enough, plentiful and tasty. I liked cheese I was worried about the dessert as they called it "chocolate tart" but it was a delicious bitter cocoa mousse with a very tasty coffee cream; absolutely delicious.
And a full mug of tea, I love that..
IFE on small overhead screens; I'm not interested in that so no more comment
Bad luck, the sink can't be drained
Some reading and a little nap and we are flying over Bosphorus
Bridges on Bosphorus
Then Haliç bridge over the Golden Horn
Getting closer to the airport
Parking at the terminal gate itself.
This is my way
They gave this fast track pass while on board
A first immigration area, almost empty, but every passenger is requested to go to the next one; nobody, including turkish passengers can understand why…
Next immigration area is very busy; a fast track for TK/Star Alliance pax, with 2 officers; another one for other airlines' with one officer only.
15/20 minutes wait altogether, so not that bad and much better than the long line off fast track.
And eventually, no waiting at luggage belt where my luggage and I arrive at the same time.
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