Review of Turkish Airlines flight Paris Istanbul in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK1830
Class Economy
Seat 08C
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 03:30
Take-off 17 Feb 19, 07:40
Arrival at 17 Feb 19, 13:10
TK   #13 out of 139 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 604 reviews
By GOLD 866
Published on 23rd February 2019

Report No: 2019-203E

Hi and welcome to this new series of reports which would consist 6 flights. Four of them would be on British Airways in the World/Euro Traveller Cabin and the other two would be exclusive reports that no hint would be given until the report is published. 

The third flight of this series is actually a hint for the fourth flight, which is the exclusive report. There is a hint about the fourth flight in this report and it's hidden somewhere. However, the third flight would be a regular Turkish Airlines Economy Class report on their morning flight from Paris-CDG to Istanbul Atatürk onboard their A321. Also, this review would include a visit to the Star Alliance Lounge in Paris. This time I would tell you that this is not my last flight from/to Istanbul Atatürk Airport as the movement is delayed one more time.

Just a reminder that as I have already reported the first flight and a similar one to the second, I had used the chance to video report the first part of this serie for a test of YouTube flight-reports that I would start to post soon but things didn't go as well as I expected. It's really hard to capture good quality videos on a phone camera so I won't compile them as a video and present it to you, but I would share some parts of the flights as a video as well. Because that some photos were taken from the videos, they are not in their usual quality. However, these reports are complete Flight-Reports and I apologize for the bad photo qualities in some images and give the signal that I would start video-reporting soon as I have the chance to buy a motion camera. Once again, thanks for your understanding.

The routing for this serie would look like this
First Part

Second Part


Third Part

Pax for this flight

Business Class: %50-55
Economy Class: %95-100 


I have completed my online check-in around 23 hours before the flight. As there were no better seats, I have sticked with my pre-reserved seat 10F.

The day before the flight, I was lucky to spot the incoming flight. TC-JSN would be the one taking me to Istanbul Atatürk. It would be the first time that I would board this specific A321.

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Before I left the hotel, I have checked the FIDS for my flight and it was showing on time. I needed to proceed to Terminal 1 Check-in 3 to reclaim my boarding pass.

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So, I have used the CDGVAL to go to Terminal 1, which most Star Alliance airlines' operate their flights.

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FIDS - Our flight was the first Non-Schengen flight of the day

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Check-in was really fast as I had used the Business Class lane. I was helped by the first available agent. I have asked for a window emergency exit seat but all 4 of them were occupied so I was asked if I wanted seat 8C. I accepted this offer as the flight was almost full. Later on, I was handed my boarding pass, my fast track invitation and I left the check-in area.

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Boarding pass and fast track invitation

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After the boarding pass check my automated machines I was in the airside of the terminal.

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TK ads were present at the terminal

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After clearing the passport control less than a minute, there were nobody in front of me, I have made my way to the lounge

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As Turkish Airlines is one of the members of Star Alliance, I was invited to use the Star Alliance Lounge due to my Miles&Smiles Elite status. After scanning my boarding pass, the agent welcomed me to the lounge.

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The lounge has two sections, one for Business Class & Star Gold passengers, and the other one for First Class passengers. I was able to use the Business Class lounge for that day.

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The lounge was empty when I have entered.

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The breakfast was present while I've arrived to the lounge

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Cold bar - For Muslim passengers, it was a nice touch the lounge had cold charcuteries which were Halal.

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Bread, jam, croissants, alcohol and fruits

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Hot waffles were also available. There was a bottle of maple syrup for those passengers who wish.

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The lounge also has a terrace for passengers who want to have fresh air or want to smoke.

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Later on, the lounge got crowded but there were some empty areas that no one realized.

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FIDS before leaving the lounge

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As my flight was departing from concourse 4, I have headed there.

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The walkway to the concourse

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After arriving to the concourse, it was time to clear security. 2 out of 4 lanes were open that morning and the Acces1 fast track barcode only allowed me to skip 2 passengers as there were not many people waiting. I have cleared this check within 5 to 10 minutes.

After clearing security, our aircraft was visible

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Today's gates were 45 and 46. Passengers in Economy class boarded at gate 45 and passengers who has the allowance to board in the priority lane boarded at gate 46. Boarding had started 45 minutes before departure with priority passengers at gate 46 and Group A passengers at gate 45.

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Before boarding the aircraft, newspapers were available. They were mostly in Turkish and French.

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TK 1830 PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPort to Istanbul Atatürk AIRpoRt

While boarding, I was welcomed by the crew.

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The seats in 5 row J class TK A321's are these Recaro seats. They were comfortable for a medium range flight like this. Of course the legroom in the emergency exit row was super.

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Earphones were present in each seat.

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Overhead panel

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Our route today

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Door 2L

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Before pushing back on time the safety video, Star Alliance and Istanbul Airport ads were shown. Just to remark, the old Lego safety video was played but some parts of the video were modified.

IFE - TK 1830 pARIS CHARLES DE gaulle aırport to Istanbul Atatürk AIRPORT

This aircraft was equipped with the Thales IFE system

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Today I haven't watched a movie but listened to some music

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And opened the route map

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Also, I have looked at the content in the seat pocket starting with the safety card

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Shop&Miles online shopping catalogue

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The Skylife magazine

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TK Europe route map

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Our aircraft in the fleet section

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And one of the TK ads in the magazine

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As Turkish Airlines is a full service carrier, meals are complimentary. A breakfast service was made shortly after takeoff. There were no menus distributed. As you might notice from the barcode, the food was loaded in Atatürk Airport, the previous day. This was the first sign of cost-cutting.

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When I received the tray I was shocked. The size of the tray had decreased and the offerings had also been decreased. The tray contained a hot dish, a brownie, olives, a butter, a strawberry jam and a small water. Bread was served warm.

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There were no options for the service and the only available meal was the "Cheese and Ham Toast" and "Su Böreği" ( Turkish Pastry ) which was served with mushrooms. Although the portion was small, the meal tasted good.

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Route map as the meal was distributed.

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A nice view from the route map

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While the trays were collected, a tea & coffee service was made by the cabin crew.

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Later on, I had the chance to visit one of the lavatories. There were 3 lavatories in the back of the aircraft, which are designated for Economy class passengers. They were clean during my visit.

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A last view of the route map before landing

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Later on we had arrived to Atatürk Airport 15 minutes before our scheduled departure time and we had parked to gate 201. After saying goodbye to the crew, I have left the aircraft.

Istanbul Atatürk AIRPORT - IST

The first visible aircraft was TC-JZF which was parked at gate 112 waiting for his flight to Trabzon.

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And, last shots of our aircraft alongside with its sibling TC-JTF which was going to head to Lisbon.

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Later on, I have headed to immigration and used the Turkish Airlines fast track lane. I have cleared this checkpoint within 5 minutes.

As maybe this is one of the last reports involving Atatürk Airport, I had taken photos of the arrival hall even though I didn't have checked baggage. As another company is going to operate the duty free in Istanbul Airport, there were nice offers in the duty free.

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Another view from the arrivals hall

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Later on, I have left the aircraft for my short stay in Istanbul.

This report has came to an end, thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report.

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Turkish Airlines

Cabin crew9.0

Star Alliance Lounge - 1


Paris - CDG


Istanbul - ISX



Even though this was a classic TK flight from Europe to Istanbul, it was my first international flight after the new cost cutting. The meal portions and the tray size had decreased significantly and the meals are the same for almost 10 years. Also I find loading the meal in Istanbul the day before a bit cheap as it shouldn't be considered as fresh. It is literally being heated twice. However, the Recaro seats was not comfortable as those Weber seats, they were OK and the exit row legroom was super. Also it's strange that TK doesn't offer free exit-row seating for their own Elites and they could either be purchased online or been assigned on a first come first served basis at the airport upon request. Although, the crew did their job perfectly, even though their English was not that good ( of course I contacted them in Turkish ). The airport experiences both in Paris and Istanbul were great and all the waiting times were acceptable. Also, we were lucky to arrive to a jet-bridge in Atatürk Airport as most of the time people need to deal with buses which wastes a lot of time. The Star Alliance Lounge in Paris, is also a lounge above average and contained a decent buffet for breakfast, also there are hidden parts of the lounge for those who want extra privacy and the terrace is a great place to have fresh air before the flight. For those interested, this specific flight of TK was cheaper than Pegasus from Orly and also cheaper than AtlasGlobal or Joon which operates from Charles de Gaulle.

(+) Check-in wait times
(+) Priorities respected during boarding
(-) Acces No1 only allows to skip some part of the line at the security check
Star Alliance Lounge Paris
(+) Nice breakfast options
(+) Halal options were also present those passengers who wish
(+) Quiet and enough seating areas
(+) Comfortable seating
(+) The terrace is a great place to get fresh air before your flight
(+) Exit row legroom and OK seats
(+) Tasty meals
(+) Nice to have a IFE like this with a USB port on a short flight
(+) IFE content
(+) On time departure and arrival
(+) Friendly crew
(-) Significant decrease at the quality of meal
(-) Repetitive meals
(+) Efficient passport check and waiting time
(+) Arrived to a jetbridge

Information on the route Paris (CDG) Istanbul (ISX)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 42 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Paris (CDG) → Istanbul (ISX).


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

The average flight time is 3 hours and 22 minutes.

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  • Comment 489898 by
    ThomasDutch GOLD 430 Comments

    Seems like Turkish always manages to deliver a proper product. I have yet to try them out as of today, but looks like you've had a very enjoyable flight once again. Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 489985 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 199 Comments

      Hi ThomasDutch and welcome to this report,

      "Seems like Turkish always manages to deliver a proper product. "
      - I'm glad they still do.
      "I have yet to try them out as of today, but looks like you've had a very enjoyable flight once again."
      - Of course, flying with an airline of your home country makes you feel better especially when you live abroad. However, I had better experiences on TK, but this one was also good.

      Thanks for your comment and hope to see you again.

  • Comment 489973 by
    sotto_Deactivated 83 Comments

    TK is currently highly recommended. I was always pleasantly surprised on several flights. Especially in catering TK has a postivie strategy: the entire catering is thought out, produced and controlled quasi outdoor.So far, this has been very beneficial with DO & CO. It remains to be seen if SATS the style and, above all, whether the quality can be maintained.

    • Comment 489989 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 199 Comments

      Hi Sotto and welcome to this report,

      "TK is currently highly recommended. I was always pleasantly surprised on several flights."
      - I'm glad you did. Generally, they offer really cheap prices for a full service airline, however sometimes they could be super expensive.
      "Especially in catering TK has a postivie strategy: the entire catering is thought out, produced and controlled quasi outdoor."
      - The catering in TK is mostly great but unfortunately their meals hasn't changed for 10 years and a frequent traveller in TK would be bored to eat the same meals on every of his flights.
      "So far, this has been very beneficial with DO & CO. It remains to be seen if SATS the style and, above all, whether the quality can be maintained."
      - I'm also happy as they did continue with Do&Co. SATS would be a big mistake for a 4* airline like Turkish Airlines, which does it's best to achieve 5* on SkyTrax but always fails. Do&Co is one of the points that save TK at the moment, otherwise the meal qualities would be similar to LSG Sky Chefs.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.

  • Comment 490030 by
    YGeorgeW GOLD 183 Comments

    Thanks for this report ISTFlyer!

    My first intra-European flight years ago was on Turkish and I liked them quite a bit. I've been considering whether to book a flight on them to try out their new 787 (to somewhere other than IST), we'll see whether that ends up happening.

    Thanks again!

    • Comment 490032 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 199 Comments

      Hi YGeorgeW and welcome to this report,

      "My first intra-European flight years ago was on Turkish and I liked them quite a bit."
      - I'm glad you enjoyed them even though you liked them a bit.
      "I've been considering whether to book a flight on them to try out their new 787 (to somewhere other than IST), we'll see whether that ends up happening."
      - Me too, I am planning to fly their 787s this summer, I'll probably end with one of the domestic test flights with that aircraft instead of a long haul one but who knows?

      Thanks for your comment and hope to see you again.

  • Comment 490120 by
    KL651 TEAM 4479 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    With that cost cutting it feels A3 catering is better than TK now.
    But the nice IFE and modern planes still makes flying TK nicer I guess.

    • Comment 490151 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 199 Comments

      Edit: Grammar error

      Hi and thanks for your comment KL651,
      "With that cost cutting it feels A3 catering is better than TK now."
      - Thought the same thing and agree for Economy class. Aegean had made progress since years but TK catering stays the same.
      "But the nice IFE and modern planes still makes flying TK nicer I guess."
      - Yes, at least TK has IFE on most of their short/mid haul flights.
      Thanks for your comment and hope to see you in another report.

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