Review of Turkish Airlines flight İzmir Istanbul in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK2337
Class Economy
Seat 24K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 03 Jan 19, 22:00
Arrival at 03 Jan 19, 23:20
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By GOLD 493
Published on 26th January 2019

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 last report of this series would be a report to Atatürk Airport instead of Istanbul Airport. As I needed to book a late-evening flight and my only options were to fly to SAW and IST which were at the same price. I have decided to fly Turkish Airlines to Atatürk Airport which only had a ₺5 difference ( less than a euro ) than Pegasus, and I had chosen this flight to fly with one of the TK 777-300ER aircraft that I have last flown 7 years ago. Also I haven't flown on a 777 in the last 3 years so it would be a difference for me. This report would also include a review of the Classic Plus & Elite section of the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Izmir.


The routing would look like this. All reports except #2 would include lounge reviews as well.



Pax for this flight

Business Class: No idea
Economy Class: %85-90


ONLINE CHECK-IN


At the first point, I have forgotten to check-in online for the flight 24 hours ago, I had started the OLCI process an hour later and the bulkhead rows were already taken, so I have chosen seat 26K. But then at the counter before my same day flight from Istanbul, I have asked the check-in employee to have an exit seat and had seat 24K which was an exit seat.



Before arriving to the airport, I have spotted the incoming aircraft. Today we were going to fly with TC-JJT named Çukurova.


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IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT


As I mentioned in the previous reports in this series, the lounge at ADB has a private entrance from the outside that permits passengers to park in front of the lounge and enter the building at a separate entrance.


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Turkish Airlines Lounge IZMIr - IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT


After validating my boarding pass and clearing security within 5 minutes


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I headed to the Classic Plus & Elite section of the lounge.


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This section has less to offer than the Elite Plus & Business section. There isn't a hot dish in this section and has packaged sandwiches instead. But, there was a soup available for people wanting something hot.

For those visited the Millennium Lounge in Istanbul, this lounge has the same offerings. Unfortunately, most non *A carriers including BA contracts that lounge in Istanbul which offers these products as a premium international lounge


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Cookies were also available


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However, the furniture is the same with the other section.


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Few minutes before our scheduled departure time, boarding was announced from the CIP gate and we were transferred to our aircraft by buses directly from the lounge.


Today's aircraft


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It would be my first time on TC-JJT


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Which is named after the region Çukurova


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Fuselage shot


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TK 2337 IZMIR ADNAN MENDERES AIRPORT TO Istanbul Atatürk AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew and the boarding pass check, I have headed to my seat 24K which had enormous legroom. Pillows were present at each seat.


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While boarding was being continued, I have visited the lavatory which was larger than other aircraft and had better toiletries.


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Shortly after I took my seat, the safety video had been monitored


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Our aircraft was equipped with Live-TV, onboard Wi-Fi and Data-SMS services.


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But, it was not good to have a closed IFE today


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And a non working Wi-Fi even though the login screen worked


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The Mobile IFE app didn't work either.


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The only thing to do on this 777-300ER was to read one of the magazines in the seat pocket.


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Or, watch the route map from the common screens


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Like all TK domestic flights, a kaşar-cheese sandwich was served with a choice of drink. Just be aware that sour cherry juice and ice-tea with peach are exclusive drinks for Economy Class passengers and not available at the Business Class menu.


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We had landed on time and it was nice to see the forward camera while landing which was monitored on the common screens.


Istanbul Atatürk AIRPORT - IST


After arriving to Atatürk Airport, as there is no gate at the domestic terminal that could handle a 777-300ER, we were parked to a remote stand.


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777-300ER is a massive aircraft that I can't take a photo in whole in one shot.


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After a short bus ride, we were in the domestic arrivals hall. I won't guarantee, but this could be my last flight arriving to Atatürk Airport.


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After exiting the arrivals hall, I have proceeded to the metro station and return back to my place.


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Once again, thanks for reading the whole series at it's the end of it.
I wish that we would meet in another report or serie.

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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

7.1/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi3.0
Meal/catering8.0

Turkish Airlines Lounge

7.4/10
Comfort8.5
Meal/catering5.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Services8.0

İzmir - ADB

9.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Istanbul - ISX

8.2/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

It was a regular economy flight on Turkish Airlines with a wide-body aircraft. But, the closure of IFE and all advertised services annoys me and that's the thing that I hate the most while flying TK on domestic flights. Otherwise, it was an average 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.

Information on the route İzmir (ADB) Istanbul (ISX)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 8 reviews of 3 airlines on the route İzmir (ADB) → Istanbul (ISX).


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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 15 minutes.

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