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Here is my third Flight-Report and my first one in English, my first two FRs being in French.
I am sorry I don't have a lot of photos during the flight, it was a 3 hour red-eye flight without any view and I slept during almost the whole flight. Furthermore, there was almost no service, except a glass of water/orange juice/tea/coffee.
However, I think it still makes sense to report this journey, since Joon may soon disappear and Istanbul Ataturk is no more in use. This flight has maybe the least practical departure time (4:15AM) and lack of service on board doesn't help.
I was returning from my prolonged weekend in Caucasus, which was simply amazing, with great view, great food and great people, for those who are interested, please check the bonus at the end of this FR.
For a flight departing at 4h15, I left my hotel near the airport a little bit before 2h00, I ordered a UberMax, after a very comfortable journey of 15 minutes and a little bit more than 4 euros, I arrive at Ataturk airport a little bit after 2h00.
The legroom is of course great:
Istanbul Ataturk airport looks very empty, so different from during the day, this airport is so busy during the day (and until late night, but not at 2AM!) First security check at the entrance, there was no one else, except the staff and me.
The departure hall is also very empty, let me check the FIDS, there are several departures during the night.
Same people are queuing for their flight for Kabul (!) I just realized that we were at the junction between Europe and Asia…
Here is my counter for my Air France flight for Paris, totally empty. However I just need to get my paper boarding pass from the automatic kiosk:
The immigration and security check are also empty, I can even chose the agent for immigration ;P, sorry there is no photo for this part. Here is the FIDS of the night, with Paris among all those exotic destinations: Mazar-i-Sharif then Kabul in Afghanistan, Baghdad and Basra in Iraq, Mitiga in Libya, as well as Algiers and Tehran, before the early morning departures for Europe and also a flight for New York at 6:45? Maybe the schedule is optimized for connections…
After the security we have this large duty free shopping mall and this famous store we find in almost all major airports in the world:
The flight for Kabul is delayed as people were still queuing and my flight seems to be on time:
Then I arrive at the gate after my boarding pass being checked by a smiling nice agent who asked my origin and said "Nihao" to me. The waiting area is quite full but I managed to get a seat, anyway we will be boarding soon:
The boarding process is fairly fast and quite well organized, it is just a A320, not a wide body used by TK. Here is the buy on board menu and the information about IFE, the application YouJoon should be installed in order to access the entertainment program:
The cabin with colours of Joon, the seat is quite thin and pitch not very sufficient for a little bit less than 4 hour flight (I am 193cm…) but still better than other low cost airlines:
Then I slept all the way until being woken by a stewardess to open the window shades for landing. I wa tired and slept more than 3 hours, however my night was still way too short… Here are some views of the aircraft taken after disembarking, a livery that will disappear soon and Air France has already taken back this Paris-Istanbul flight route, with the same flight schedule (arrival at IST at 3AM and return 4AM to arrive at Paris at 7…)
Some advertising of Guangdong province of China and the new maritime silk road, but Air France just stopped the route to Guangzhou in Guangdong province (from 5 flight per week to 0…):
The immigration was quite fast, I used Parafe system that worked that day, otherwise it would take much longer:
A lot of arrivals from all over the world, but on the screen in the lower right corner, there is some information about the strike of RER B with trafic disrupted from the airport, so French ;-P:
No luggage for me this time, I exit the arrival area and direction RoissyBus for the center of Paris:
Thank you for reading. Since this report is really short, let me post some bonus from my long weekend in Caucasus:
Black sea in Batumi:
Black sea near Georgia-Turkey border:
View of Batumi with some very modern buildings:
Some Georgian food, here is Khinkali, kind of similar to Chinese Xiaolongbao bit much bigger:
Khachapuri (Adjarian, with cheese):
Khachapuri with spinach:
Georgian dumplings, really close to Chinese ones:
I just spent several hours in the Georgian capital, it was too short to enjoy the city:
Yerevan, I did like the Armenian capital, some views from Cascade, with Mount Ararat behind (actually in Turkey):
It was a red-eye flight, with "de la muerte" departure time. I wasn't able to get any service and I slept instead, which turns out not to be not that bad.
Thanks to the departure time, Istanbul airport was really empty so quite fluid.
Immigration at CDG was also quite fast thanks to Parafe.
For the price I paid (65 euros), there is really nothing to complain about.