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 seventh flight of this report would be another Business Class review on another Turkish Airlines domestic flight. This report would also include a review of the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Trabzon which is operated by Turkish Do&Co.
The routing would look like this. All reports except #2 would include lounge reviews as well.
Pax for this flight
Business Class: %85-90 [Business Class until row 3]
Economy Class: %85-90
After arriving from my previous flight, I have proceeded to the departures level, clear security and head to the lounge
Our aircraft from the terminal
The lounge in Trabzon isn't that big and still has the old design. The offering is mainly based on nuts, pastries, olives and a soup.
My selection for the day
The lounge also has a Nespresso machine with different options of coffees.
Few minutes before the flight boarding had started from the CIP gate and alongside with other passenger I had walked to the aircraft
AnadoluJet 737-800 which would head to Kocaeli.
Our aircraft. TC-JUE which is named Akhisar
The crew was different from the previous flight. They have welcomed myself and then I have headed to my seat
Shortly after the closure of the doors, the safety video was monitored. Emmet is trying to put Wildstyle to one of the overhead lockers.
As a welcome drink I have opted for an orange juice. By the way seat 3D was empty throughout the flight
We have started our push back on time
Nuts and menus were distributed just after the pushback process
Hayri Gür Sport Complex
And we have took off
Over the clouds
Just after takeoff, I have visited the front lavatory. It was clean during my visit.
After arriving from the lavatory, the meals were being served.
Best of Turkish Meze
Grilled Herb Chicken Fillet
Mango Panna Cotta
After my meal, I have asked for a green tea.
The route map was available throughout the flight
Now let's have a detailed look to the seat pocket. Starting with the safety card
Shop&Miles catalogue, Turkish Perspective magazine, Invest in Turkey brochure
Skylife & Skylife Business magazines
Our aircraft in the fleet
TK route map
A shot before our descend
Over the Büyükçekmece area
Center of Büyükçekmece
Guess the airport
Halkalı train station
Halkalı Train Station & Atatürk Airport at the same shot
Atatürk Olympic Stadium
Approaching to ISL
ISL is visible
We are still descending
And we have landed
Service vehicle facility
New Turkish Technic hangar
And we are arriving to gate G8a
A view of the concourse
Final shots of our aircraft from the gate
And it's time to head to the exit
Baggage claim area
And, it's time to leave the terminal
And the İETT ( municipality ) bus that I used that day.
This report has came to an end.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report.
Simple domestic flight and nothing special to mention. Everything on the flight went normally. I could just tell that the lounge in TZX has better offering than the lounge in ESB and ADB.
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.