Hi & Welcome to this 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.
This report would include a short flight from Izmir to Istanbul on one of the old Turkish Airlines 737-800 aircraft. At that time the seats weren't replaced with new ones so you would be able to explore the old design of the TK 738. In addition, the new domestic terminal was in construction at that time, so TK contracted the Comfort Lounge ( present: Primeclass Lounge ) in the international terminal and I would provide a short information about the lounge.
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As this flight was a day return, I have arrived to ADB 1 hours 15 minutes before scheduled departure time.
IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT - ADB
As I had lounge access and there wasn't a scan boarding pass and enter process to lounges in 2012 in Turkey, I headed to the Business Class check-in counter at Izmir to pickup my lounge card.
The lounge invitation looked like this
COMFORT LOUNGE INTERNATIONAL - IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT
This lounge is operated by Primeclass and it's present name is Primeclass Lounge. Turkish Airlines contracted this lounge during the construction of the new domestic terminal which their lounge would be situated. The lounge wasn't crowded when I was there.
The lounge had enough food and beverages at that time. There were hot and cold dishes, some cookies, a soup, and some salad present.
My selection was chicken with potatoes.
Boarding was made on time at gate 226.
Our aircraft before I boarded
TK 2333 IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT to ISTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT
This aircraft was equipped with the old seats which are not installed on any TK aircraft. These seats are not comfortable and the handrest doesn't lift completely. At that time these seats were installed by TK because when the handsets are removed, they used to put a table at the middle seat to offer a wider Business Class seat.
Old design of tray table
The route map was active on overhead monitors.
XQ aircrafts parked at the terminal
The domestic terminal was under construction at that time
After a short delay, we took of and just after the seatbelt sign has been switched of, the meal service begun.
The box included kidney beans, a cake and a sandwich
The overhead monitors were programmed to show the route map and the Skyline magazine was the only choice available to read inside the seat pocket.
The safety card was also present at that time.
We had landed on time; the international terminal was visible
TC-JPE had just arrived from Stockholm - This was before the aircraft had an incident
We had arrived to gate 221. As this gate was an international gate, we were transferred to the domestic terminal by buses.
The last photo of aircraft, which would fly to Kazan that evening
As I had no checked baggage, this trip had came to an end.
Primeclass Lounge - International
İzmir - ADB
Istanbul - IST
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