Review of Turkish Airlines flight Istanbul Taipei in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK 24
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 11:00
Take-off 01 Aug 18, 02:15
Arrival at 01 Aug 18, 18:15
TK   #17 out of 122 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 481 reviews
myc1108
By 996
Published on 6th August 2018
The daily Turkish flight has a remarkable pax load of more than 90% all year round. This is mainly due to the popularity of Turkish tourism in recent years. This route initially started out using an A340 and is now using B777-300ER. The average flight time is blocked around 10:30 - 11:00 HRS.

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First time here at IST and wished that I will never need to visit this airport ever again. Hands down terrible. Look forward to the Istanbul New Airport (Istanbul Yeni Havalimani) opening in Oct 2018 hence replacing Ataturk.

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Boarding Gate was 302 for our flight to Taipei and the aircraft was parked at remote bay so the boarding process took very long.

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A340 was spotted during our taxi to 35R RWY for takeoff. Since China Airlines and Cathay Pacific retired their A343, it is very difficult to spot one now in Taipei.

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Taxiing to RWY 35R, it is cool how IST uses just a 2580m runway to land all aircrafts!

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First meal was served shortly after departure, choices consist of Turkish chicken breast or Cheese Pasta. I opted for the latter.

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Sunrise over Baku

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Around 2 hours before landing, shot over Guangdong Province

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Breakfast before landing. Single option of omelette and cheese sandwich. Tastes better than dinner.

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Skylife, Turkish Airlines Inflight Magazine

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Sharp looking safety card in good condition.

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Landed in Taipei with a 30 mins delay.
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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

8.3/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment8.0
Meal/catering8.0

Istanbul - IST

2.5/10
Efficiency2.0
Access5.0
Services2.0
Cleanliness1.0

Taipei - TPE

9.5/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

The economy class services by Turkish Airlines really exceeds that of China Airlines and Qatar Airways. With hot towel service and a wide variety of food and beverages to choose from. Left alone the amazing 3-3-3 abreast B777-300ER. Would highly recommend TK when travelling to Europe or East Asia, but probably after the inaugural of Istanbul New Airport, because IST is simply a nightmare.

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