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Review of Turkish Airlines flight Istanbul Antalya in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK2064
Class Economy
Seat 09F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 22 Nov 18, 08:00
Arrival at 22 Nov 18, 09:30
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ISTFlyer
By GOLD 350
Published on 23rd November 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Flight-Report members and readers,

It's an honor to present this exclusive series to the community as this series would include 2 regular domestic flights within Turkey but the other two flights would be a beginning for me as a new airport is opened in my city of origin. Due to the first two months of opening, discounted fares were offered from that airport to some destinations starting from 9€ in Economy Class and 39€ in Business Class. Unfortunately, this series would only contain Economy class flights but I have 8 ticketed Business Class journeys from that airport to 3 different destinations in December and I expect to report all of these 8 flights exclusive for the Flight-Report community.

The first part of this series would be a short domestic flight on a mid-aged Turkish Airlines 737-800 to Antalya. Due that I will report 4 flights in 24 hours, this report could be shortened than its usual draft. 

The routing for this exclusive series would look like this 


Routing


Apologizes for the delays publishing these series. Ce série des FR's va être traduire en français dans quelques jours.


Route Overview ( IST-AYT )

Three carriers operate the specific route Istanbul Atatürk to Antalya. TK is the major carrier on this route operating more than 10 daily flights. Aircraft types varies by flight. AtlasGlobal also operates this route with 3 flights a day on their A320 series aircraft. In addition, the Turkish budget carrier, Onur Air operates two daily flights between this two airports.


ONLINE CHECK-IN


I have completed the online check-in process for my first three flights for this trip at the same time. I have chosen window seats for all of the three flights. Seat maps and screenshots of the online check-in process are shared below.


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IST-AYT


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AYT-ISL


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ISL-ADB - Worst mistake ever choosing 7A


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And the conclusion page


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Also TK had sent me an email notifying that I could check-in for my flight online. This email was sent before I completed online check-in


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Boarding pass for this flight


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Our journey would start at Atatürk Airport. The journey begins with the metro ride.


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ISTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT - IST


It's a long walk from the metro station to the domestic terminal


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The entrance and the security checkpoint both took 5 minutes, there weren't many domestic flights at that time.


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Today's gate would be gate 405, which is a bus gate. Boarding had started 40 minutes before departure.


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After a bus ride at the apron, we had arrived to our bird named after the city of Bingöl.


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TK 2064 ISTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT to ANTALYA AIRPORT


After boarding the aircraft from the front door, I was welcomed by the cabin crew. Blankets were available at the overhead bins, so I grabbed one for myself.


Seat:

This aircraft was one of the oldest TK's 737-800NG aircraft in the new cabin configuration. The seat was OK for a domestic flight and each seat had a personal entertainment screen. Due to Turkish Airlines protocol, the IFE is closed on domestic flights. Also, mobile entertainment wasn't offered on this flight.


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When opening the IFE screen, there is a photo of the Maiden Tower


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Overhead panel


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We had started our pushback on time and the safety video was shown from the personal screens.


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After the safety video, a video about Istanbul Airport and the TK ad featuring Dr. Oz was monitored.



TC-JTF was parked next door, getting prepared for its flight to Geneva


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Another A321, TC-JSJ was parked at the domestic terminal, it would shortly operate TK2316 to Izmir


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And another A321, this time heading to Gaziantep


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This A320 would head to Kahramanmaraş this morning


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And this one to Sinop but ended diverting to Samsun


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TC-JJN had arrived from Singapore this morning


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TC-LNA was under maintenance


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Views of the Turkish Technic Hangar


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TC-JJZ, which had an accident in the last few months was visible, probably it would start flying after a short while


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This 737-800 was going to head to Naples this morning


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TC-JJO was under maintenance for few days but it would head to Houston that afternoon


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Onurair Hangar


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The runway


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TC-LJD, one of the B77W of the TK fleet, taking off for a short flight for Izmir


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TC-LOG was just behind us, an A330 which would depart for a flight to Kiev


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And, a Turkish Cargo A330 which will go to Johannesburg was also in front of us


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Now, it was our turn


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Views from the runway


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And, we're in the air


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Hangars


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Yenibosna area


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Güneşli district


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Mahmutbey district



The Coach station is visible


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And a gallery of beautiful views from the clouds



IFE

As I mentioned before, the IFE system was shut down for the flight. No USB ports or power sources were available on this aircraft, the seat pocket featured the safety card, the Skylife Magazine and the Shop & Miles catalogue. 


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The theme of the Skylife Magazine issued this month was Istanbul Airport


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An article about the opening of this brand new airport



TK domestic route map


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Technical information about our aircraft


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Another view over the clouds


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Meal

In all domestic flights operated by TK, a kaşar cheese sandwich is provided with a choice of drink 


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More views from over the clouds


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Lake Burdur



Kestel Mountain


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Kovanlık, Antalya


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Döşemealtı district


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Konyaaltı district


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After a maneuver over the Mediterranean Sea, we were continuing our descend


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The airport was visible


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And we had landed on time


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As it is off season at that time, Terminal 2 is closed for the winter


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Terminals 1&3


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The apron


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First aircraft to spot was TC-SNO


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And its sibling flying in the same airline, TC-SOH


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TC-SEY had arrived from Izmir just after us


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Tailwind 737-400, another AYT based airline


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TC-SEI, another XQ 738 which would head to Hannover


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TC-AEP & TC-SEO siblings in one photo


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And we had parked to remote stand 92, next to this Anadolujet 737-800 which would head to Ankara as TK7023


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At that time, this Thomas Cook A320 had arrived from London Gatwick


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ANTALYA AIRPORT - AYT


After saying goodbye to the crew, I had a chance to take a photo of our 737-800


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On the ground, the ground staff directed passengers which arrived from an International flight at IST to separate buses as they need to clear customs. Some passengers were in the wrong bus so the ground staff needed time to check if everyone is on the correct bus.


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The transfer desk at AYT was closed so I needed to exit from the baggage claim and head back to departures.


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So, the first part of this exclusive series has came to an end. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next parts. 

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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

7.5/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.0
In-flight Entertainment5.0
Meal/catering8.0

Istanbul - IST

8.2/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Antalya - AYT

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

I would skip the conclusion part for this flight to publish the next reports in the serie as soon as I can.
IST
(+) Checkpoint waiting times
TK2064
(+) Nice crew & nice meal
(-) IFE system turned off and no USB or power ( -3.0 for that in the entertainment ranking )
AYT
Nothing specific

Information on the route Istanbul (IST) Antalya (AYT)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 6 reviews of 1 airlines on the route Istanbul (IST) → Antalya (AYT).


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The airline with the best average rating is Turkish Airlines with 8.1/10.

The average flight time is 1 hours and 11 minutes.

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4 Comments

  • Comment 477120 by
    lagentsecret SILVER 9723 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    Interesting serie to come

    I hope you will have a business international flight from ISL

    I'm eager to have a look at the International Business Lounge in ISL

    Are you flying all these flights to reach a status on Miles & Smiles ?

    "Also, mobile entertainment wasn't offered on this flight."
    It's a pity !

    Nice aerials views

    No choice of sandwich ?
    I don't like cheese :(

    Uneventful flight

    See you for the next one

    • Comment 477150 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 137 Comments

      Hi & thanks for stopping by,

      "I hope you will have a business international flight from ISL"
      - I hope so, not scheduled yet.
      "I'm eager to have a look at the International Business Lounge in ISL"
      - Me too, just a quick note that there would be two separate concepts, one for Business Class & MS Elite Plus members, the other one for Star Gold and MS Elite members. If the move-in isn't delayed I would experience the lounge that BA will contract, on January.
      "Are you flying all these flights to reach a status on Miles & Smiles ?"
      - The purpose of this serie was only for experiencing Istanbul Airport. But the next 8 Business flights that I mentioned at the beginning of the report is for obtaining MS Elite but I would try my luck for MS Elite Plus.
      "It's a pity !"
      -Yes, but they don't offer mobile entertainment on all aircraft, mostly on aircraft that isn't equipped with PTV's
      "Nice aerials views"
      - Thank you
      "No choice of sandwich ? I don't like cheese"
      - Sorry but no choice since 2 years. It's always a cheese sandwich on domestic flights.
      "See you for the next one"
      - See you and thanks for your comment

      • Comment 477161 by
        lagentsecret SILVER 9723 Comments

        Thanks for your answer
        "that there would be two separate concepts, one for Business Class & MS Elite Plus members, the other one for Star Gold and MS Elite members"
        Great News ! I'm E+
        With two lounges it will be quieter and less busy.
        I hope that there will be a direct access to the lounge with dedicated immigration and security for Business pax and E+ members like now.
        "I would try my luck for MS Elite Plus."
        You will certainly have to fly long haul flights to reach E+

        • Comment 477241 by
          ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 137 Comments

          Hi again,
          "Great News ! I'm E+" "With two lounges it will be quieter and less busy."
          - That is great news for you.
          "I hope that there will be a direct access to the lounge with dedicated immigration and security for Business pax and E+ members like now."
          - It doesn't seem that a direct access to the lounge would be offered because of the location of the lounge, but it will be a short walk from the passport control and security screening area. On the other hand, priority immigration and security would probably be available.
          "You will certainly have to fly long haul flights to reach E+"
          Yes, probably I would need to, probably in spring or in the summer, but I am planning to add new flights to my ISL trips as reservations for Adana and Trabzon flights have been opened. Just a reminder Trabzon flights could be done with a same day return but the ₺250 ow promotion fares are already booked but ₺599 ow fares are still available.

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