Review of Turkish Airlines flight Tel Aviv Istanbul in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK785
Class Economy
Seat 24F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 02:25
Take-off 09 Feb 14, 09:50
Arrival at 09 Feb 14, 12:15
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By 5846
Published on 16th February 2014
Hi everyone! This is my fourth FR, so I hope you enjoy it!

TK 785
Date: 09/02/14
Origin: Tel Aviv Yafo – Ben Gurion TLV
Destination: Istanbul – Ataturk IST
Departure: 09.50 (10.05 real)
Arrival: 12.10 (12.15 real)

That day I arrived TLV airport at 7.10 am. I arrived by train, and I think that’s the best way of getting to TLV airport. The train station in on the Ground level, near arrivals. Departures are on the third floor. So I went upstairs and searched for the TK counters. I had already checked in online the day before so I could chose my seat. The check in area is divided in three sectors B, C and D. D is almost exclusive for El Al flights. TK was on the B part. Before getting to the counter you must pass through a security clearance. They ask you some questions about your stay in Israel and especially about your luggage. Then they scan your luggage and you get to the counter.

Check in area
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The check in was really fast, though there was a lot of people

Entrance to security and immigration
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Then I went again through security, which is like in any other airport, they scan your hand luggage and you pass under a metal detector. Finally I got to migrations. In Israel they don’t stamp passports anymore. When you arrive they give you a small card that you must conserve and present it when you depart. At departure they give you another small card that they scan before you get to the airside building.

Connection between landside and airside buildings
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From there you can see some planes parked nearby. Over the gate’s windows there is like a plotting with small dots that forbids you to take good pictures of the planes?, and also the building is designed to prevent a good view of the planes. Then I got to the Duty Free Area, that in my opinion in one of the most beautiful of the airports I’ve visited.

Duty Free Area
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My boarding pass
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El Al Boeing 767
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As I had some shekels I hadn’t spent, and I hadn’t had breakfast I went to Aroma (Israeli Starbucks) to grab a cappuccino and a pastry. It was so tasty!

My breakfast
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Departures from B area
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Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 that flew me to IST, TC-JHP
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A little prayer to arrive safely
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At 9.10 boarding started. My seat was 24F so I went inside the plane in the first group. Most of passengers were connecting to other cities such as New York, Paris, Moscow, etc.

Inside TK’s Boeing 738
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When I boarded the plane I was surprised (and pleased) it had PTVs! Though I didn’t use it a lot, I could see the flight path we were taking.

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At 9.30 the captain introduced himself and the rest of the crew first in Turkish and then in an incompressible English. At the cabin, the FAs tried to locate many hand luggage pieces that didn’t fit anywhere because the flight was really full.

El Al Boeing 747-400
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Finally at 9.50 we made our way to the runway, and a few minutes later we took off. I could see some amazing views of Tel Aviv, then we headed north and I could see Haifa, Nazereth and even the Mount Hermon.

Take off
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Haifa and Mount Hermon
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Some minutes later they served the meal, if was kind of a brunch or something. There was on the plate: a slice of chicken breast, cheese, tomato, cucumber, olives, bread, marmalade and a piece of cake. It was all really tasty.

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Then the FAs came to take out the trays and the captain announced we were about to land. The only announcements I could understand were those that are pre-recorded in English. Before landing we wandered around the Bosporus and the Black Sea. We descended over the European side of Istanbul and landed at 12.15.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport
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Black Sea coast
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Golden Horn
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All TK aircraft
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As soon as I got off the airplane I cleared migrations and my luggage came to me very fast. I went down to the Metro and ran to the city!

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Cabin crew8.0

Tel Aviv - TLV


Istanbul - ISL



It was a very nice flight, and also very short.
They offer an amazing service.
Well I hope you have enjoyed reading this flight report! Any comments of critics are accepted!

Hope to see you soon!

Viajero 90

Information on the route Tel Aviv (TLV) Istanbul (ISL)


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