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Review of Turkish Airlines flight Istanbul Munich in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK1629
Class Economy
Seat 12A
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 02:40
Take-off 07 Jul 18, 07:25
Arrival at 07 Jul 18, 09:05
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ISTFlyer
By GOLD 977
Published on 30th July 2018

This trip includes these flights

TK 1629 Istanbul to Munich ( Economy ) Airbus A321-200, Codeshare: UA 6907, IR 2629 ( you are here )
TK 1634 Munich to Istanbul ( Economy ) Airbus A321-200, Codeshare: IR 2634 (click here)



Route Overview

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Pax for this flight

Business Class %100
Economy Class %95-100

Most of the passengers were transfer passengers arriving elsewhere in the world.



ONLINE CHECK-IN



Online Check-in

Simple and quick online check-in. Didn’t used my mobile boarding pass which I issued.



ISTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT - IST



Entering the Airport

As my travel companion had a Miles&Smiles Elite card, I had the opportunity to use priority access. Gate E2 was crowded today and waited 10-15 minutes to pass this checkpoint. Also security process stopped at this gate for 3-4 minutes because security inspected someone elses baggage by hand.

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Check-in

There were empty booths as I arrived to the Business Class check in counter. The employee there was polite and always had a smile on his face. He also double-checked passport&visa information which I entered during online check-in because he told us that most of the passengers had issues entering passport details during online check-in.

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Passport Check:

Waited only 1 person at the Star Alliance Gold & Elite card queue. I was at the airside in 5 minutes.

Boarding Pass

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TURKISH AIRLINES LOUNGE ISTANBUL



Lounge

Welcoming took 2-3 minutes because of an angry passenger arguing with lounge staff to rebook his Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt that has been cancelled. After tranquilizing that passenger the lounge staff checked me in. Today I chose to sit downstairs which includes more stuff than upstairs. The only thing missing compared to the first level is the cinema area and a billiards table.

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Omelette bar. It’s possible to create your own omelette.

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Tea&cake bar

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Coffee selections today

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Nuts

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Fresh fruits

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The gözleme station

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PS4 & racing game

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Drinks offered today

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Alchocolic beverages

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BOARDING AND BUS JOURNEY TO THE AIRCRAFT



Boarding

Before going to the gate I collected my daily newspapers at the newspaper counter near gate 214. They don't offer newspapers at the gate from flights departing from IST.

Gate 311 was a bus gate and crowded at the time I arrived. There was a short delay of 15 minutes because the pilots arrived late from their previous flight. There was no priority boarding and everyone was rushing to the gate when boarding begun.

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A TK Boeing 777-300ER aircraft getting ready for his flight to Izmir this morning

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Sun Country Airlines 738, parked at the hangar, getting ready for his new airline

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Some aircraft at the hangar

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TC-JHU getting ready for his flight to Sofia

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Zagrosjet A321 parked at Onurair Technic for a long maintenance

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Our aircraft, TC-JTJ, one of the newest A321 in fleet

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Named after Küçükçekmece, a district in Istanbul

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TK 1629 ISTANBUL-IST to MUNICH



Seat

Was perfectly OK for a 2h30min flight. Legroom was good. Like all of the 5-row-C class A321 aircraft on the fleet this aircraft was installed with PTV’s which has Thales Entertainment System. This aircraft had USB-ports in each seat.

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Earphones were distributed by the cabin crew.

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There was no pillows & blankets left in the overhead bins but the cabin crew managed to find me one in the rear section.


Before Takeoff

Safety video was shown as usual.

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Also Star Alliance videos, Turkish Airlines ad featuring Dr. Oz, and video about zero waste project was shown.



TC-JOK, A333 service to Frankfurt today

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TC-JZE is assigned for flight TK1409 to Vilinus

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A Turkish A333, this time to Berlin-Tegel

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Kish Air A321-200, his flight to Tehran-IKA was cancelled

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TC-JGR, one of the oldest generation 738 of the Turkish fleet getting ready for his flight to Skopje

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TK1369 to Malta would be served with this A320 aircraft

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A Turkish A332 with a special livery “Invest in Turkey” , is assigned to TK1761 to Helsinki

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The only A319 for AtlasGlobal arrived from SVO this morning

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TC-JVF will fly to Chisinau today

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AtlasGlobal Ukraine A320 arrived from Baghdad this morning

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TC-JHO, a 737-800NG arrived from Hatay and getting prepared for a flight to Marseille

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A Turkish A319 that would fly to Zaporizhia, Ukraine

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TK1967 to BHX would be operated with this 737-800 aircraft

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TC-JDN, Turkish A343 which is used for Umrah flights

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Another TK A343, also used on Umrah flights

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HZ-AQH parked in IST

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Another TK 738 at waiting for takeoff

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TC-LNF, getting ready to takeoff to OSL

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Takeoff:

It’s time to depart.

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Küçükçekmece district ( This aircraft is named after this district )

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Atakent district

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Atatürk Olympic Stadium

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IFE:

The route map crashed during the flight so I could’nt take any photos. Movies were mostly recent choices around the world. Today I started a movie but I fell asleep after the first 20 minutes so I would continue the movie on my way back.

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Also some information about Munich on the IFE

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Safety card

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Shop&Miles catalogue and Skylife Magazine ( Will have more information in the next report )

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Meal:

I was sleeping when the crew served breakfast so I could’nt have it but I have seen it from another passenger. It was the same breakfast tray as my previous report TK1451. Also a flying chef was onboard but served Business Class. By the way no menu cards were distributed.

Crew

The crew was doing their job perfectly. They were absolutely nice to passengers. Also the cabin chief greeted passengers in many different languages depending their nationality. Also there was an announcement that there were cabin crews that spoke Dutch onboard.

MUNICH FRANZ JOSEF STRAUSS AIRPORT



Descending

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MUC Fire Station

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Terminal 1 from the taxiway

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A Lufthansa A321-100 getting ready for his flight to Berlin-Tegel

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Two Delta aircraft, one arrived from Detroit, the other one from Atlanta

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Norweigan 737-800 would fly to PMI today.

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Arrived at parking position 107, which meant gate B1

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Aircraft from the gate

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Welcome to Flughafen München Terminal 1B

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Passport Check & Baggage Claim:

As we arrived just after a DL flight from Atlanta, the passport queue was crowded. Only 3 police was responsible for Non-Eu citizens that made me wait for 20-25 minutes. There was no priority passport check in Terminal 1 but there is a priority lane in Terminal 2.

Baggage belts were not numbered in this terminal. There was one small and one big carousel to reclaim luggages. Our baggage arrived at the small belt as passengers arriving from Delta picked their luggage from the big carousel. In addition priority baggages didn’t arrive first. Bags were arriving in a random order but our suitcases was one of the first 50 bags which arrived.

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One last view of our aircraft from the baggage claim area

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FIDS for Terminal 1B arrivals

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Train station

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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

8.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering7.5

Turkish Airlines Lounge

10.0/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Services10.0

Istanbul - ISX

7.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Munich - MUC

7.0/10
Efficiency4.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

IST
(+) Check-in agent very professional and he was always always in a positive mood
(+) Fast security screening & passport control
(-) Gates 300-312 doesn't have enough seating area.
Lounge
(+) Wide choice of food and drinks
(+) Easy to find a table downstairs, upstairs was overcrowded
(+) Home made gözleme and home made ayran ( yoghurt drink ) was served. These are Turkish speciality dishes.
(+) Have the chance to prepare your own omelette
(+) Coffee bar has 5 types of milk to prepare your coffee. ( Regular milk, non-fat milk, less-fat milk, soya milk, lactose-free milk )
(-) Bad scenery when entering the lounge, ( the passenger arguing that I mentioned before and passengers in Y without any status trying to enter the lounge )
TK1629
(+) New aircraft
(+) Each seat has it's own PTV
(+) USB port at each seat
(+) Wide choice of movies & TV series onboard
(+) Cabin crew and the flying chef was very nice to each passenger
(-) Compared to LH, no inflight wi-fi on narrow body aircraft
(-) Route map application crashed every time I opened it
MUC
(+) S-Bahn service to the city is efficient
(-) Terminal 1 is not efficient at all.
(-) Long queues at the passport control
(-) Priority bags didn't arrive first

A more detailed conclusion would be included on the next report.

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2 Comments

  • Comment 459595 by
    A321Lufthansa 1 Comments

    Why?! Why Lufthansa kicked TK out of T2?

  • Comment 459703 by
    ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 175 Comments

    Hi there,
    I don't actually know the reason of why Lufthansa kicked TK, but they both had several issues between them and ended their codeshare agreement. Also, M&M members earn %25 of status miles compared to award miles earned on TK flights. I have found a flyertalk discussion about this topic if you want to read, https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/turkish-airlines-miles-smiles/1573761-turkish-airlines-leaves-star-alliance-terminal-munich.html.
    By the way, thank you for your comment.

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