Review of Turkish Airlines flight Istanbul İzmir in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK2312
Class Economy
Seat 08K
Aircraft Airbus A340-300
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 08 Dec 12, 08:00
Arrival at 08 Dec 12, 09:05
TK   #13 out of 72 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 625 reviews
By GOLD 1126
Published on 21st September 2018

Hi & Welcome to my first report on my FLASHBACK SERIES. In this series of flights, I would share reports from flights that I've flown before registering this website. Just a quick reminder that I am the same human being with "turkishflyer1" on flyertalk so the reports posted can be the same as posted there.

My first report in the flashback series would be a short domestic flight to Izmir from 2012 with Turkish Airlines A340 aircraft. I wasn't lucky to fly the TK A343 on longhaul but I had the chance to experience this aircraft on this 1h flight.

Regular up to date reports would be continued to be shared shortly after the flight date.

Flights that I plan to share:

TK 9 Istanbul to Los Angeles ( Business ), Boeing 777-300ER / May 2012 ( click ), Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
TK 10 Los Angeles to Istanbul ( Business ), Boeing 777-300ER / May 2012 ( arriving Dec 2019 ), Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles ( old TBIT )
TK 2312 Istanbul to Izmir ( Economy) , Airbus A340-300 / December 2012 ( this report ), Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Domestic
TK 2333 Izmir to Istanbul ( Economy ), Boeing 737-800 / December 2012 ( click ), Comfort Lounge International
LH 1305 Istanbul to Frankfurt ( Economy ), Airbus A319-100 / February 2013 ( click ), Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
LH 456 Frankfurt to Los Angeles ( Economy ), Boeing 747-8I / February 2013 ( click ), Lufthansa Senator Lounge Z Frankfurt
LH 457 Los Angeles to Frankfurt ( Business ), Boeing 747-8I / February 2013 ( arriving Dec 2018 ), Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles ( old TBIT )
LH 1300 Frankfurt to Istanbul ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / February 2013 ( arriving Dec 2018 ), Lufthansa Senator Lounge B Frankfurt
XQ 9065 Istanbul-SAW to Izmir ( Economy ), Boeing 737-800 / August 2015 ( click )
XQ 9264 Izmir to Istanbul-SAW ( Economy ), Boeing 737-800 / August 2015 ( click ), Comfort Lounge Domestic
LH 403 Newark-EWR to Frankfurt ( Economy ), Boeing 747-8I / August 2016 ( arriving Jan 2019 ), Lufthansa Business Lounge Newark
LH 1298 Frankfurt to Istanbul ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / August 2016 ( arriving Jan 2019 ), Lufthansa Business Lounge B20-28
ME 266 Istanbul to Beirut ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / September 2016 ( click )
ME 267 Beirut to Istanbul ( Economy ), Airbus A320-200 / September 2016 ( click )

List subject to change due to photo availability, dates are estimated and changes can occur.
As these flights are reported you would be able to click on the sector to see the FR. Not reported flights would be written in italic.

As this is a flashback report no route&trip overview wouldn't be provided as some exceptions can occur.

But, I would share
Boarding passes for my previous IST-ADB flights
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I was able to check-in for my return flight as well, as I had a same day return. The mobile boarding card technology wasn't applicable for TK at that time.

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On my way to IST - No New Airport signs at that time
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Entering IST

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TK offers a direct lounge entry for domestic Business Class & Star Gold passengers. At that time I had a LH SEN status so I was eligible for the lounge. In addition, passengers have the option to drop their car to the valet park agents in front of the lounge.

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Check-in was quickly done at the entrance of the lounge as there was no checked luggage and all I need was my boarding pass and my lounge card. At that time a separate lounge card was issued for passengers.

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Lounge Card

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As it was a day trip for me, the boarding pass of my return flight was also handed.

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As my travel companion holder a TK Elite Plus status, I headed to the Elite Plus & Business Class section of the lounge. The lounge was renovated in 2012 so it would be my first time at this lounge.
Security is cleared when entering the lounge

This lounge isn't similar to the international one and there wasn't many selections.

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FIDS - The gates on the display screens doesn't apply for passengers in the lounge. There is a special lounge gate for eligible customers and the gate is announced by voice announcements.

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Boarding was made from gate 3 today, the boarding area is visible on the photo

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TK handles a special bus from the lounge to the aircraft which had seats for everyone.

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Onur Air was celebrating it's 20th year.

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MH 772 at the apron - MH used to fly to IST

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TC-JDN, which was named after the city of Adana, was our aircraft today, which is now used for Umrah flights.

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The aircraft arrived from Guangzhou this morning and now it's his turn to fly to Izmir.

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The seat was comfortable but the legroom wasn't that good.

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Overhead panel

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There was PTV's onboard this aircraft but TK doesn't open the system on domestic flights

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Old Panasonic Remote

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Shortly after the doors closed, the safety video was played

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TC-JRT to Rome as TK1861

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Onur Air A321

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The aircraft that would operate my evening return flight is now getting ready for his flight to Baku

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AtlasGlobal didn't exist at that time, they were called AtlasJet

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Another 8Q A321

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This time a 8Q A320 which would operate 8Q 222 to AYT

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TC-JSD which was newly delivered at that time would also fly to AYT

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TC-JGN would operate the daily morning OSL flight

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Another TK A343, TC-JDJ to Ankara

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The safety video froze so the crew restarted it

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The front camera was opened on all IFE screens for takeoff

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We have departed 30 minutes after our scheduled departure time.


Shortly after the seatbelt signs turned off, meal was served.

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The picnic basket contained, a white cheese sandwich, a strawberry yoghurt and some olives,tomatos and cucumber. By the way, apple juice is not anymore served on domestic flights.

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Flying over Edremit Koca Seyid airport

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As the PTV's wasn't activated there was magazines to entertain customers

Skylife Magazine
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IFE Guide
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Safety Card
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We had arrived to gate 226 in ADB which is the only widebody gate in the International Terminal. A quick note that the new domestic terminal was under construction so all flights were operated from the International Terminal

TC-AAN was getting ready for his flight to SAW

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Aircraft camera was also opened during landing

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A final view of our aircraft

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Some nature at the terminal

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Transfer desks at ADB, only XQ had desks

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After picking up the rental car, this journey had came to an end. Pegasus ads at the carpark

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Thanks for reading.
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