Flight-Reporters, good day! This report covers my trip to Beirut from Istanbul New Airport, the direct competition of my previous day's flight (below).
Please note that this flight is the first flight covering Lebanon and Turkey with Turkish Airlines on Flight-Report.
As soon as I made it to Istanbul Airport, I entered the dedicated Gold Member check in area, in departure section 5, which was a very quick transition from checkin to airside!
As soon as I made it airside, I rushed through Duty-Free to buy a few Turkish delights.
To my surprise, I found some Lebanese products in the Duty-Free, in particular Lebanese nuts, which I am finding in many duty-frees worldwide these days! I recommend you to try them! (AL-RIFAI)
Looking at the FIDS, my aircraft was parked on gate A03, which was a 5 mins walk only.
Then boarding immediately started, respecting the Star Alliance boarding priorities. The aircraft for the day was an Airbus A330-343RR, registered as TC-LOB.
The cabin was spacious, and had good legroom, and was only on the second row in economy.
This aircraft being equipped with wifi, it costs 9.99$ to use WiFi for 1 hour, and 17.99$ for 24h Wifi. The data is unlimited, that is great Turkish! A winning point.
This aircraft was equipped with WiFi, which is the first winning point on the competition with MEA.
We then started pushback toward the runway, and departed after 15 mins of taxiing!
As soon as we reached 20000 feet, the crew started the service.
The meal consisted of a tasty turkey sandwich, and a mozzarella salad, with a dry vanilla chocolate cake. 9/10 for Turkish.
And we got free live TV!
I had a quick visit to the WC, you don't usually find cologne and hand lotion in economy. Well done TK, it always comes handy.
We then started approaching to Beirut, as the flight time was only about 1h15mins.
Nothing much can be seen.
We then landed and taxied to gate 3. The immigration process was quick and took me 8 minutes from deboarding to leaving the airport.
Good bye TC-LOB! Hope to fly you soon to Bangkok!
This flight was compared with the competition route from Beirut to Istanbul with MEA.
For IFE/WiFi, Turkish is the winner, as well as the meal's richness.
The cabin was quite comfortable and had a USB port, whereas MEA didn't, Turkish wins.
The cabin on TK was professional but had quite an attitude with some passengers, MEA definitely wins.
Overall winner, Turkish Airlines on this particular route.