Review of Sun Express flight İzmir Istanbul in Economy

Airline Sun Express
Flight XQ9264
Class Economy
Seat 15A
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 27 Aug 15, 20:15
Arrival at 27 Aug 15, 21:20
XQ 17 reviews
eryorulmaz
By SILVER 416
Published on 6th November 2018
THIS REPORT IS A PART OF THE FLASHBACK SERIES

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 a short trip from Izmir in summer 2015 with SunExpress. SunExpress no longer operates this route and they have decided to give their slot on this route to AnadoluJet. A quick note that this report has limited photo content compared to other reports, thanks for your understanding.

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 ( click ), 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 ( arriving Nov 2018 ), 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 ( you are here ), 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.

ONLINE CHECK-IN



As XQ is a low cost carrier, passengers are asked to pay for selecting their own seats or they are auto-assigned by the system. Also, passengers in the same reservation code are assigned seats in the same row next to each other. Today 14A & 14B was assigned for us.

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IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT - ADB



A photo while entering the airport

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Check-in

The same day as our flight, another person joined our party for this flight so three of us requested to sit together at a block. We were assigned 15A-B-C which is just the row in front of the exit row and the row which seats doesn't recline. A quick note that the ground staff at the check-in desk informed us about the limited recline before changing our seats.

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After the security checkpoint which didn't take much time, we headed to to Comfort Lounge which is the only lounge in the terminal that accepts passengers pay to enter.

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COMFORT LOUNGE DOMESTIC - ADB



The present name of this lounge is Primeclass Lounge.

As one of my companions had a Vodafone Red tariff at that time, we were able to access the lounge for free. Vodafone Turkey offered 10 single lounge passes for their elite customers which is only valid in Turkish airports. Nowdays, Vodafone Red customers in Turkey has the same option but they should pay 10 TRY per person in order to enter the lounge. The third passenger in our party accessed the lounge with his Priority Pass card.

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The buffet did contain some food which I don't remember at this point.

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Some spotting from the lounge



Boarding Pass

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GATE AREA & BOARDING



Boarding had already started while we arrived to the gate. SunExpress mostly operates international flights from ADB so their aircraft is mostly parked near the international terminal. That's why we were transferred to the aircraft by buses.

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Some shots before boarding the aircraft. I was going to fly the same aircraft with my SAW-ADB flight.



XQ 9264 IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT to ISTANBUL SABIHA GÖKÇEN AIRPORT



We were welcomed by the crew while boarding.

When I sat to my seat, another XQ aircraft was visible from the window.

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After that XQ aircraft had pushed back, this Freebird A320 was visible. Also an LX A320 was visible behind the FH A320. A quick note that LX ended their Turkey operations at 2016.

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We had took of on time, some pictures after takeoff

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Safety card

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As XQ is a low cost carrier, no meal is offered for free and passengers could buy food & beverages from the BoB menu. The BoB menu could be found at my XQ 9065 report.
Some shots before landing



We had arrived to a remote stand and transferred to the terminal by bus.

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ISTANBUL SABIHA GÖKÇEN AIRPORT - SAW



Our bags were delivered at carousel 5 shortly after arrival.

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Verdict

Sun Express

5.9/10
Cabin5.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment5.0
Meal/catering5.0

Primeclass Lounge - Domestic

8.3/10
Comfort8.5
Meal/catering8.5
Entertainment7.5
Services8.5

İzmir - ADB

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Istanbul - SAW

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.5
Services9.5
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

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