Review of Turkish Airlines flight Antalya Istanbul in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK2415
Class Economy
Seat 8F
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 01:25
Take-off 14 Aug 20, 13:10
Arrival at 14 Aug 20, 14:35
TK   #17 out of 121 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 619 reviews
ISTFlyer
By GOLD 325
Published on 1st September 2020

Ladies and Gentlemen,


The domestic series would continue with this Turkish Airlines flight from Antalya to Istanbul onboard the Airbus A321-200. As the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Antalya was closed during my visit, there would be no lounge report this time.


Here is the routing for this trip


Routing


Loads for this flight

Business Class: 95-100%
Economy Class: 90-95%


ONLINE CHECK-IN


About 24 hours before departure, I have checked-in online for this trip,


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I was asked to verify my ID number and HES code ( a code required for Turkish citizens when traveling domestically )


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As I am a Miles&Smiles Elite Plus member I am able to select seats for free, otherwise, you would need to pay ₺35 ( about €4 ) to choose your seat. Despite having status or not, an exit row seat costs ₺50 ( about €5,75 ) for a domestic flight. 


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I had sticked to my pre-reserved seats onboard this flight


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Same situation for my onward flight


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The OLCI confirmation page


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ANTALYA AIRPORT - AYT


While entering AYT, two security agents were checking a confirmation of travel ( ticket, mobile boarding pass, e-mail confirmation, etc… ) for people who wish to enter the terminal. This is because that due to the new restrictions after COVID, only passengers are allowed to enter the terminal.


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The CIP Lounge and the Business Class check-in area was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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However, there was a desk allocated for Business Class & Elite Plus customers at the regular desks, the wait was only 2-3 minutes which was better compared to the normal Economy desks.


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At the desk, I have asked for an exit row window seat, however, only the 2nd emergency exit row which misses a window was available, so I decided to stick at my seat, however, due to operational reasons, my seat was changed to 08F rather than 11F.


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As you could see, AYT is not that busy, however, at this day, most international flights departed from Terminal 2, so it's acceptable that the domestic terminal ( Terminal 3 ) and the adjacent Terminal 1 is empty.


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Security was quick like a breeze, there was a wait but the wait was shorter than 3 minutes.


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After security, most merchants were open, however, a minority of them being closed.


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FIDS for the day


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At the airport, the majority of the aircraft parked were Corendon, Freebird and SunExpress aircraft.


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


About 30-35 minutes before scheduled departure time, boarding had started by a rear-to-front boarding model. Row numbers were announced and passengers whose rows were not announced were turned back. Also, a temperature check was made at the gate.


I have also noticed some Business Class passengers that tried to board early but they were asked to take a seat as Turkish Airlines does not offer priority boarding due to COVID. Also, as I was seated in the first row of Economy Class, I needed to wait until the majority of people have boarded.


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Also there was a scale to measure the weight of backpacks and handbags but the majority of bags were not weighed. As you might know, due to the Turkish Civil Aviation Directorate decision no larger carry-on's are allowed onboard; everything should fit under the seat.


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TC-JML would be the aircraft operating our flight and it would be my second time onboard this aircraft. The first time I have flown this aircraft was a flight from Istanbul to Warsaw last summer.


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TK 2415 ANTALYA AIRPORT TO ISTANBUL AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew, I have took my seat.


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The seats were the TSI Economy Class seats that are usually equipped in domestic configured TK aircraft.


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The legroom was decent.


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During boarding, a hygiene kit which contained a mask and an antiseptic wipe was provided.


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Our neighbor was this Pegasus 737-800 that would head to Istanbul-SAW.


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Before aircraft doors have been closed, there was an announcement that onboard literature would not be available so that passengers could use the PressReader app instead. I have quickly obtained my access code and downloaded some newspapers and magazines for this flight.


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After that, the safety video was monitored from the overhead monitors.


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Normally, this aircraft is equipped with the mobile Wi-Fi entertainment system, however, on this flight, it was not activated.


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And we have pushed back on time


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The apron while we were pushing back


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A Freebird A320 and a Corendon 737-800


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More Corendon 737's at remote stands.


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The first international terminal ( Terminal 1 ) is empty.


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After a 5-10 minute taxi, it was our time to take off from runway 36C.


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Just before us, this Pegasus A320neo had landed


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And it was time to take-off.


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As you might have realized, there were many aircraft at Terminal 2. There aircraft were mainly the aircrafts of Russian carriers.


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Nordwind Airlines 777-200ER and Aeroflot 777-300ER while we're departing


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Terminal 1 and Terminal 3


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And we're gaining altitude


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After the seatbelt sign had been turned off, the water service had started. Turkish Airlines have suspended anything other than water on all flights shorter than 2 hours both in Economy and Business Class.


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After reading newspapers onboard, it was time to do some spotting before landing. Starting with Lake Sapanca and Kocaeli Cengiz Topel Airport.


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The new Northern Marmara highway construction


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Intercity Istanbul Park racing track which would host Formula 1 after 9 years, this November.


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Şile area


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Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge


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Anadolu Kavağı


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Sarıyer area


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Istanbul Airport at the back


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Maslak area, Istanbul Technical University & Türk Telekom Stadium


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Levent Plazalar and Etiler areas


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Mecidiyeköy, Şişli areas


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The Golden Horn strait


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Merter and Bağcılar area


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Topkapı and Cevizlibağ area


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Veliefendi Horse Racing Track


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Marmara Forum shopping center at the bottom


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Atatürk Airport and Sinan Erdem Dome


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Ataköy Marina


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Atatürk Airport, mostly filled with cargo aircraft and grounded Turkish Airlines aircraft


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Avcılar area


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Ambarlı Port


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Again, Avcılar area


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Beylikdüzü area


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Beykent area


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Esenyurt area


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Esenyurt area


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Lake Küçükçekmece


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Atatürk Olympic Stadium which would host the 2021 UEFA Champions League final


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Başakşehir area


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Arnavutköy area


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Approaching IST


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IST is visible


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The massive terminal


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And we've touched down to runway 35R


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While taxiing, mostly Turkish Airlines aircraft was visible.


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More Turkish Airlines aircraft parked at the F concourse


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And we were going to park at gate F3a.


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Next to this Boeing 737-800


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Istanbul Airport - IST


Before arriving at our parking position, the cabin crew announced that deboarding would be made row-by-row and passengers were asked to remain seated until their row number has been announced. However, when the seatbelt sign had been turned off, people from the rear rows stood up and advanced to the forward of the cabin and didn't listen to the warnings of the cabin crew that was trying to sit people down. In the end, no row-by-row deboarding was so I was out of the aircraft before my row number had been announced.


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After a short walk to the domestic transfer boarding pass check, I was up in the domestic departures hall


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And, the journey would continue in the next report.


This report has come to an end. 


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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

5.9/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering2.5

Antalya - AYT

8.5/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

Istanbul - IST

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

The experience was an overall Turkish Airlines domestic flight experience. The inflight experience is a similar post-COVID experience with only water being served and no literature onboard. The presence of the PressReader application for free is also a nice touch. The interesting part of this journey was that nobody cared about row-to-row deboarding and most people in the rear rows rushed to the forward without giving way to those people seated in front. Otherwise, the experience in AYT was pleasant except for the fact that the lounge was closed.

AYT
(+) Reasonable wait at security and check-in
(+) Row by row boarding was enforced
(-) The Turkish Airlines Lounge was closed
TK 2415
(+) Comfortable seats and decent legroom
(+) Free PressReader access available instead of onboard literature
(-) Serving only water is unacceptable
IST
Nothing special to mention

Information on the route Antalya (AYT) Istanbul (IST)

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2 Comments

  • Comment 562370 by
    lagentsecret GOLD 12442 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this comprehensive FR

    AYT is rather pleasant except that the lounge was closed.

    On board a similar experience as for the outbound flight
    It seems that, from now on, water will only be offered on demand on all flights under two hours flighttime

    A rather good domestic flight

    See you soon

    • Comment 562373 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 261 Comments

      You're very welcome lagentsecret and welcome to this FR,

      AYT is rather pleasant except that the lounge was closed.

      - Although it's one of Europe's busiest airports, especially in the summer, I always had a pleasant experience in AYT. The PriorityPass lounge at the domestic terminal was actually open but I don't have PriorityPass.
      It seems that, from now on, water will only be offered on demand on all flights under two hours flighttime

      - Unfortunately yes, that's true. TK is planning to save money by not distributing water to the majority of passengers onboard.
      A rather good domestic flight

      - Indeed, it was an average domestic flight. Nothing special and nothing negative.
      See you soon

      - Same

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