Hello guys, welcome to my first Flight Report! I've been looking at yours FR for years and today I want to try to post something dedicated to all those people who worked hard for years explaining their trips.
At the end of 2016 I was invited to stay in Colombia for nearly two months. This was my first time in Latin America, so I've been travelling for years to some countries in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia, but I've never been in this part of the world. I was very excited with the Idea and one of my first questions was: which airline will I take to get there? From Barcelona, my hometown there are quite a lot of options to arrive in Bogota. The fastest one is to take the daily direct flight offered by Avianca which is about 10h and 30 minutes (correct me if i'm mistaked). Other options are going to Madrid, Paris, and Frankfurt, which have direct flights to Colombian main city. I was searching for those options but all of them were more than 1000€ and I I found it very expensive. Another option is travel from Barcelona to the United States (New York or Atlanta) and there fly to Colombia. Again, it was very expensive. Some months before that I discovered that Turkish Airlines was opening new routes to latin america. Bogota, Panama, Habana and Caracas. I decided to take a look at the webpage and surprisingly fares were much cheaper than those other airlines. I paid a little more than 700€ for all the flights. Route is quite longer than others but it wasn't my first flight with TK and I know the service is quite good so duration was not going to be the main problem. I bought the tickets at the end of 2016 and I was nearly 7 months waiting for the day.
A few days before my trip I decided to call to TK and make the reservation of my seats. In Turkish Airlines you can make the reservation 50 days before your flight. I decided to chose a window seat for the first flight (BCN-IST) and an aisle seat for the long flight (IST-BOG).
FInally the D day arrived. After a party night with my friends I woke up. My first flight wasn't until 18:55 so during the morning I finished packing my bag. After lunch I went with my mother to the metro and a 45 minutes trip with the new L9 left me at the terminal 1.
I went to the check in counters which are located at the right part of the terminal. Normally they are quite full and today it wasn't going to be different. Plane is big and it was quite full (not 100%). After a 15 minutes waiting I finally said goodbye to my bag. -See you in Bogota, hopefully! After the Check in they gave me the boarding cards. Of course, my bag was checked to my final destination.
After my mum's classical cigarrete at the terminal entrace, we said goodbye and I went to security controls and passport controls, which are located next to each other. Hopefully it wasn't ful at any of those sites and was very fast. So, two hours before my flight, I was next to my boarding gate, seated, looking at the right part of the terminal 1 which was quite full of european airlines. Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Vueling… are operating in this area. Closer to me there are those "heavy airplanes" which are going far away. One of these planes was the 787 of Avianca which was flying to Bogota. Next time maybe…
Level flight was leaving to Oakland, California.
The time was running fast and people was slowly arriving at the gate. My A330 arrived too but today it wasn't at the normal gate, so all of them were full. Oh, that means that we board our A330 by bus. So, soon it was ready and boarding was made. Turkish is normally making different queques which try to "tidy" the boarding but at all it wasn't so much. So, after saying goodbye to the ground staff we boarded a bus which left us next to our new A330 (at least the cabin was new).
So i was one of the first to board the plane. Last time I boarded a TK flight in Barcelona was in 2015 but that time I was flying on a A320 because it was the TK1852 which is operating at the morning. In 2014, when I was travelling to Addis Abeba (Ethiopia) via Istanbul I took TK 1854 which was also an A330-300. But the cabin was different today, newer. Seat pitch was quite generous even I'm not a tall person (1.70). You can also charge your phone, Ipad or whatever on the TV or under the seat. There were also pillows at every seat.
Wing view before Pushback
Well, we started our pushback on time. Safety video was played and flight time announced was about 3 hours with a very nice weather on route. Today we took off from runway 25R.
Cabin crew take your seats for take off
We took off some 45 minutes late due to traffic congestion. Bye bye Barcelona, see you at the end of august
After take off we turned right to the sea and we found some clouds which were avoided by the captain. Even that we had light turbulence while crossing some of those. After that we reached clear skies and seat belt was quickly swichted off.
Soon cabin crew started working and dinner was served. As some of you know, TK cutted the in-flight service some months ago and today no menu was provided. Choices were between chicken or pasta and I chosed the second one. I love pasta. Meal wasn't bad but also wasn't the best. Appetizer was a salad and a yoghurt for dessert which was quite good. Overall good meal.
By the time, we were flying to the east…
And it started to get dark and dark…
After the meal crew passed throught the cabin offering coffee or tea. I requested a Coffee to enjoy the views out with a drink.
After the coffee, my seatmate (who told me he was flying to Gaziantep) went to the toilet so I also took a short cabin walk. Toilets are located in different places in these new airplanes. Two at the front, two at the middle (on older version there were 4 here) and two more at the back. I went to the rear galley and I started talking with the crew. I requested those loukoums which a few years ago were served in economy class. Nowadays they are served only in business. That's a big problem because i loved them and I don't know what are they made of. They offered me a few of these turkish delights. The cabin crew was very friendly in this flight.
Back to my seat we were getting closer to Istanbul…
And a few minutes later descent started. Those who have been in Istanbul know that landing is quite long so there is a lot of queque to land. Today it wasn't going to be different but at least the weather was excellent and I could take a few pictures of the city.
Descent was veeeeery smooth
Cleared to land!
So we touched down at 23:25, after an almost 3h flight. It was a very smooth landing, well done captain.
We taxied to a remote stand. After disembarking a bus took us to the terminal and from there I took a look at the gate for my next flight, the long one to Bogota. But this is another FR….
Thank you for reading!! I'm so sorry for the possible mistakes I can make but as I said, it's my first FR and I hope to improve those mistakes on the following FR's.
I hope you enjoy it.
Barcelona - BCN
Istanbul - ISL
Very nice flight with Turkish Airlines! If you have any question or any suggestion just write a comment. Thanks!
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