A very warm welcome to all Flight-Report members and visitors for this exclusive series of Flight-Report's which was an easy way having a Star Alliance Gold status. In addition, in this series I had the chance to experience the brand new Turkish Airlines Domestic Lounge at Istanbul Airport on the first day of its operation. This exclusive series would include 15 flights ( 14 on Turkish Airlines & 1 on SunExpress ) and 13 of these reports are flights to/from Istanbul Airport in Business Class. The other two flights are also domestic flights which are on Economy Class and they are not reports from/to Istanbul Airport. More details could be found in the routing section.
The fourth report of this serie would be the first review of the brand new Turkish Airlines Lounge Domestic at Istanbul Airport. I was one of the first ten visitors ( of course passengers ) of the lounge. Afterwards, this report would continue with a report of a Business Class journey to Ankara onboard the Turkish Airlines 737-800 aircraft
The routing would look like this. All reports except #2 would include lounge reviews as well.
After arriving from my previous flight from Izmir, I had used the transfer lane to reach the departures area and now I'm heading to the brand new Turkish Airlines Lounge Domestic.
On the way to the lounge, our aircraft ( TC-JVB ) named Sultangazi was getting ready for the flight at gate G2a
The gate area
The lounge has a separate entrance from the landside as well but today, I would use the elevators to the lounge which is located near gate G6.
Turkish Airlines LOUNGE DOMESTIC - Istanbul Airport
As the Business Class & Elite Plus section isn't opened yet, all passengers are being guested at the Classic Plus & Elite section of the lounge.
The first view of the lounge from my seat
The first buffet that contains cheeses, olives, fruits and vegetables
The second buffet that contains simit selections, cakes, croissants, breads, soups and butter from the countryside of Trabzon.
Drink selections. There is a coffee bar that the barista prepares the coffee that you wish within seconds.
The lounge also has two meeting rooms that could be used in case of an important meeting or conference.
The business corner with iMac computers
8 different TV channels are being screened at the lounge
The lounge also has a children zone and PlayStation machines for youth passengers.
Like TK lounges in Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Ankara and Izmir; boarding for priority passengers are made from the lounge and passengers are transferred to the aircraft with a private bus.
TK A320 getting ready for its flight to Trabzon
TC-JVA, which took me from Izmir to Istanbul was there, this aircraft would operate the GZT rotation that afternoon.
Later on, we were dropped to the elevator and then directly boarded the aircraft from the jet bridge.
TK 2124 Istanbul Airport TO ANKARA ESENBOĞA AIRPORT
While I boarded the aircraft, the crew and myself noticed that we had flown together in the previous flight from Izmir. They have welcomed me and I had taken my seat 2F
There was a heavy rain at Istanbul at that time
Shortly after boarding was completed, welcome drinks were offered. Today, I have chosen to have a raspberry juice
Shortly after menus and nuts were distributed by the cabin crew
After the doors were closed the safety video was being monitored from the overhead screens. Emmet is showing how to stow hand baggages to the overhead bins.
Ground Control Tower
I don't think I could see this airport this empty after a few months
Heading to the runway
And, we have took of on time
We're in the air
North Sea coast
Oops… IFE closed again.
But, the route map was available at the overhead monitors
Shortly after the seatbelt signs had been turned of the meal was served
Smoked Salmon and Celeriac Salad Grilled Chicken Brochette with roasted red pepper, grilled zucchini, sweetcorn mousseline Do&Co's Chocolate Mousse
Bread was also distributed
Today's drink: Tomato Juice
Descending to Ankara Esenboğa Airport
We have landed on time
We're heading to the terminal
AnadoluJet 737-800 being pushed back
We had parked to gate 105, next to this A321 painted in the Star Alliance livery
After saying, hope to see you soon to the cabin crew, I have left the aircraft.
ANKARA ESENBOĞA AIRPORT - ESB
Now, it's time to head to the Turkish Airlines Lounge at Ankara for the next flight back to Istanbul
ESB Arrivals level
The next report of this serie would contain another Business class report of TK's 738 aircraft, this time back to Istanbul Airport. The report would also cover the Elite Plus & Business section of the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Ankara.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report.
Istanbul - ISL
Ankara - ESB
The lounge at ISL is perfect and definitely better than the lounge at IST ( domestic ). I am expecting that the Elite Plus & Business section would be better when it's opened to service. The only annoying thing at the flight was that the IFE was turned off, the rest of the flight was a regular Business Class flight.
As I want to expedite the process of writing this serie, there would be no +'s or -'s for reports in this serie. However, there could be some exceptions.
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