This report will be rather short in text but abundant in pictures, it is difficult to find inspiration to write after such a long and tumultuous journey comes to a crashing end with a simple intra-European flight.
Deplaning TK 71 we made our way to immigration which was a big chaos, people everywhere, there were some agents trying to form a queue but not very successfully, and adding to that, a duo of Middle Eastern women kept trying to creep past me and my wife which was kind of annoying as they were not very discreet about it.
Anyways the whole process didn't take that long and 25 minutes later we had cleared immigration and security and spat back inside the gate area via an escalator.
I did not find a good Samaritan like our beloved 007 to let me in the lounge so instead I did some spotting after noticing that our next flight would be, once again, boarded via paxbus at the basement gates of IST. I have to say it is really frustrating not to have free wifi for such a big airport…
In case you feel like practicing your language skills (or guessing skills ^^)
A TK 77W parked next to the one we just deplaned an hour or so ago
This is TC-JJJ, kind of hidden, now being prepped for a flight to LHR. Notice the 5 stars in the background ;)
AF A321 to Paris. TK sends some A330's to CDG, much better option in my opinion
TK A333 to Paris
It is getting brighter outside, TK A321, LH A321 in the background
TK Sheesh kebob
Special livery TK A333
I'll let you guess who this engine belongs to
And this nose
The sun has risen!
As I said, not too much going on. At some point I was sitting down with my wife, I had my backpack on the seat next to me and the gate area was getting full. Then these 2 German business men show up and one of them speaks to me in German and without really understanding what he said, he grabbed my backpack, placed it on the floor and sat on the seat where it was. I guess that'll teach me to be inconsiderate and rude by not offering them to sit there in the first place :-D They were also really loud and quite obnoxious.
Paxbusing it to our flight
TK has a lot of these A321's
Here's our dragon
Rather small engines in my opinion
Flight full to the brim, in front of me I have the honor of seeing these 2 German guys again (we waited for the last moment to board), who were giggling and talking while a queue was forming behind them. So I got on my high horse and asked them to move lol
The cabin. The row in front of us was the EE row, but the guy has his chair in full recline mode which was very uncomfortable for me. The FA's didn't even ask dad he fixes it despite being seated across from him on takeoff as the jump-seat is right there… -5 in comfort.
Pushback on time
Saying good bye to a few heavies
A final glimpse of my HK bird?
Moments later TC-JJJ pushes back and taxies right behind us on her way to LHR
TC-JRO is doing the honors roday
This is Bulgaria?
A really nice FA. I asked him for refills on the lemonade and he was very happy to help :) Can't get enough of that stuff, the sor cherry juice and lemonade will definitely hel me in flying TK in the future :)
Yoghurt with Muesli
Assorted cheese (and olives)
Everything is delicious, fresh, the portions are decent, this catering is a real winner and makes a big difference in flight for sure.
One passenger requested to be dropped off in Bucharest
Soon enough we were in Hungary, flying right over Budapest airport which is where we had started this journey 28 days earlier.
Various shots on the city of Budapest
Soon enough our decent began with a view on the Blue Danube
Not much more to see, my camera battery which I hadn't charged since we left our hotel in Hong-Kong 30 hours prior finally died and I had to finish the report with my phone (including the landing video)
SN Brussels A320
5 stars at the gate
This is the best I could for a pitch photo, the seat in front of me still comfortably reclined
Deplaning, modern Y cabin
And the J cabin! Or should I say Premium Economy? :)
Indeed these seats are 100% identical aside from the colors used
Getting ready for the trek back to DOH
End of the report, thank you for following me on this journey.
Istanbul - IST
Vienna - VIE
Another decent flight with TK but I found the A321 to be less comfortable than their 737... Maybe if the seat in front of me had not been reclined it would've made a difference, I don't know...
IST needs big improvements in my opinion in terms of immigration efficiency and free wifi!
VIE is an decent airport, nothing to write home about, though I've never been in the new Star Wars terminal
I'd like to finish by thanking 007 once again who helped me put this trip together, I look forward to doing more flights in the future, hopefully more in the forward cabins :-D
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