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 eleventh report of this series would be the last flight that had the initial purpose of doing a mileage run. This flight is my return flight to Istanbul and would also contain a short review of the Elite Plus & Business section of the Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge in Ankara.
The routing would look like this. All reports except #2 would include lounge reviews as well.
Pax for this flight
Business Class: %100
Economy Class: %95-100
There was the same issue of couldn't be able to online check-in, similar to flight #5 in this series. I was in ISL, 23 hours before this flight so I have printed my boarding pass at the check-in counter over there.
The Turkish Airlines Lounge in Ankara is located outside the terminal and does not have a direct access from the terminal. That's why passengers shouldn't enter the main building if they are going to use the lounge.
After validating my boarding pass at the counter and clearing security, I have entered the Elite Plus & Business section of the lounge. Like the lounges in IST ( domestic ) and ADB; this lounge is operated by BTA.
The offering is same as the ADB lounge. In addition to this photo, there is a small business corner, a TV zone and phone charge lockers available.
Shortly before the flight, boarding was made from the CIP gates and we were bussed to gate 109 from the lounge. This AnadoluJet 737-800 was parked to gate 110.
Today I was going to fly again with TC-JVN; fuselage shot
After being welcomed by the crew, I have headed to seat 4F as we had already swapped seats with my neighbor at the lounge. I have recognized him with his boarding pass. He was also a mileage runner at that time and arrived from the same previous flight as I did.
TK A321 next door, which would fly to Atatürk Airport
Shortly after boarding has completed, welcome drinks were offered. I have opted for a raspberry juice.
Later on, nuts and menus were distributed.
The menu was same with flight #5 which was four days ago this flight and also a TK 2125 flight.
Later on, the safety video started to play. During the safety video, the cabin crew has came to take drink orders with the meal. Even though, I swapped my seat without noticing the crew, the flight attendant who remembered my name from the previous flight asked my drink of choice my addressing my real name instead of the name of the original passenger seated there.
The domestic terminal while pushing back.
The international gates were empty at that time.
Later on, we have took off
It was beautiful to watch the snow from the air.
The IFE was active during this flight.
My selection that day, 3D maps
Shortly after the seat belt signs had turned off, the meal service has begun.
Best of Turkish Meze
Hunter's Borek with Beef
Mascarpone and Passion Fruit Tart
Later on the trays were collected and we have started our descend.
Roads leading to ISL
And we had landed before schedule
The massive IFE tower
Later on, we had parked to gate G8a. After saying "hope to see you again" to the crew I have left the aircraft.
Last view of our aircraft
This time I've followed the signs for arrivals.
Exiting the baggage claim area
And we're outside.
The mileage runs have ended at that time but I was going to continue to fly from ISL for a vacation and for a day meeting which would be the future flights of this serie. The reason to fly from ISL on these future flights was that flights departing from ISL have Business Class fares starting from €39. ( First 4 passengers on the J cabin )
This report has came to an end and hope to see you in another report.
It was a TK domestic flight that I wouldn't expect more but as I mentioned at report #5, the offerings at the domestic lounge at ESB could be improved.
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.