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 my return flight from my Lebanon trip in 2016. The inbound sector was already posted 2 years ago and now it's time to share the BEY-IST flight experience. This flight is a short flight which dures 1 hours 30 minutes with an Airbus A320 aircraft.
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I have completed my online check-in 24 hours before scheduled departure time. Seats were already pre-reserved and I hadn't changed them.
4 hours before takeoff, our aircraft was assigned and it would be T7-MRD, which is in the Skyteam livery, was arriving from Malpensa before our flight.
BEIRUT REFIQ HARIRI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - BEY
There is a security check to enter the check-in area as officers check passports before scanning baggages. This checkpoint took 20 minutes to pass.
MEA had plenty of desks so I haven't had a wait for handing my checked baggages and receiving my boarding pass.
The passport check, which is just after the check-in area, was crowded and I have cleared this checkpoint in 15 minutes in the "Other Nationality" lane.
After the passport check, this FD 738 was visible
ME aircraft at the terminal
Then it was time for the security check. This checkpoint was cleared in 5-10 minutes. Just a quick note that one of the security guards was very rude to passengers while inspection.
After the security check, this LH A320 appeared.
As well as this AZ A320
And, here comes our aircraft
The aircraft which took me from Istanbul to Beirut ( OD-MRO ) was there too.
Boarding was on time and priorities were respected.
The aircraft was partially visible from the gate.
ME267 BEIRUT to ISTANBUL-IST
The seat was comfortable and the legroom was OK. Each seat was equipped with PTV's but the entertainment system wasn't activated for this flight.
Passing by another ME A320
While pushing back, the safety video was shown to passengers
As we took of,
And the seatbelt signs had been turned off, the meal service begun. The tray had mini sandwiches, a chocolate yoghurt, orange juice and water. The meal was good for a flight with a short distance.
Like the previous flight, the entertainment system opened for 1 minute and then automatically closed.
As the entertainment system wasn't active, there was the Cedar Wings magazine and the Duty Free Catalogue available at the seat pocket.
Also, the safety card was present.
Photos as we started to descend
Bursa YEI airport
Istanbul Anatolian side
IST is visible
And landed, EK122 to DXB was taxiing to the runway
KE A330 getting ready for his flight to Seoul
And we arrived to gate 216, next to this TK A321 which was preparing for his flight to Khartoum
ISTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT - IST
I was lucky today, because the checkpoint wasn't that crowded and I have cleared this checkpoint in 5 minutes.
Our baggages arrived safely at carousel 9, 10 minutes after we arrived to the belt.
So, this trip has also came to an end.
Middle East Airlines
Beirut - BEY
Istanbul - ISX
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