Review of Turkish Airlines flight Istanbul Kayseri in Economy

Airline Turkish Airlines
Flight TK 2018
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Boeing 737-700
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 30 Oct 13, 20:55
Arrival at 30 Oct 13, 22:15
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
Chibcha
By 3433
Published on 18th February 2014
Hello everyone, welcome to the third stage of my late 2013 eurotrip: Turkey!

Other flights on the trip
BOG-FRA on LH, not covered, just like this flight which was already covered.
FRA-CDG on LH
CDG-ZRH on LX
ZRH-IST on LX
IST-ASR on TK (you're here)
NAV-IST on TK
IST-FRA on LH
FRA-BOG on LH, not covered neither…practically identical to this FR

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So here I was in Turkey! The furthest away from home I've ever been to, and so the excitement level was too damn high!

Exiting the baggage claim area meant now we had to head towards the Domestic Terminal. On maps Atatürk airport seems small and manageable, but wrong I was…it was huge! The walk between terminals seemed like forever and more after a two flight trip into IST.

Photos were not taken thoroughly as I wasn't sure if it was OK (then I discovered it was) but cope with me.

The Domestic Terminal is rather bland an there isn't much to see or do on the landside, so we ventured on to the airside. Security check was swift, cordial and tended by the hottest policewomen I've ever seen. Actually policewomen around the airport were so beautiful, we joked that one of the requirements for the job was to be good looking. We were astounded by how pretty Turkish women are.

There was a little food concourse which is on the centre of the building, and is surrounded by little convenience stores and the gates. We had our first try at Turkish food (usually airport food isn't the best) but this one was really good. I was loving Turkey.

Boarding time was near and our friend incoming from Paris hadn't shown up. We eventually went to a TK office and a very kind women took care of us and told us he was on his way, he had made it into IST and should get here in no time. I was really impressed about how nice people were.

Eventually we were called into our plane. There was an equipment change, from 737-800 to a 700, I was ok since I like 700s more than their longer siblings.

The cabin clearly stated the plane's heritage, it had come from our side of Earth, flown previously by Aeroméxico.
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While on the plane we noticed the only downside of Turkey, you can't understand Turkish at all! Thankfully they also made English anouncement in a more fluid English than AVs or IBs people.

While the cabin was filling, there was a family on the other side of the plane with a baby, they had to fix some stuff and the baby was crying. One of the crew women came and aided the family holding the baby and trying to sooth him. That thing won me over.

The seats were a bit tight, had seem some heavy use and weren't in top shape. But they did their job for the short hop into Kayseri.
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All things ok, and off we where into RWY 36R. Not without a long wait, IST has really heavy traffic. Even when using two runways for takeoffs!

Takeoff permitted a view of the immensity of the city, it was huge!
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As the aircraft crossed the Bosphorus we had the strongest turbulence I've ever experienced, at a point I really thought that was going to be it. But the pilots handled the situation and on we were across Anatolia.

After the horror show, meals (really unexpected) were distributed
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Presentation was really nice (in GF's words, very cute)…the contents were really good, I didn't have the eggplant spread as I hate eggplant but everything was top notch.

Skies were somewhat clear, mostly foggy (somehow) but I was able to spot Ankara, and even Nevsehir's airport, by then I could tell that we were about to start descending. Landing was soft and now we where in a new continent, Asia!

As soon as we got out of the plane I guessed why the air was so foggy, it smelled a lot to coal…maybe it's that?

We deplaned via stairs so I could have to more shots at our little Boeing
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We made it to the baggage claim, had our bags in no time, at the arrivals zone our transport to Göreme was waiting for us. Everyone was very kind, and the bus had WiFi, awesome!
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Verdict

Turkish Airlines

8.0/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering10.0

Istanbul - ISL

7.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access5.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness7.0

Kayseri - ASR

8.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access8.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

An awesome first impression with TK. Also a great first impression of an awesome country.

TK: service was very good, with dedicated and respectful FAs; catering was really good, considering the length of the flight and that it was a domestic flight it puts to shame many other carriers. The only downside was the shape and state of the seats, and lack of IFE.

IST: The domestic terminal looks less fancy than the international one. There isn't much to do or eat, but restaurants have delicious offerings.

ASR: Good shape, efficient baggage delivery, nothing extraordinary but it did its job OK.

Thanks for reading, saludos!

Information on the route Istanbul (ISL) Kayseri (ASR)

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4 Comments

  • Comment 100565 by
    jetsetpanda 2294 Comments

    Nice to read this continuation of your trip. Strong turbulence is always scary, no matter how much one travels. Thankfully it was short lived.

    I think you would have enjoyed this trip more if it was during daytime. Some of the sights you encounter while flying within Turkey are amazing. Enjoy your time in Cappadocia. It's an amazing and enchanting corner of the world that everyone should experience at least once in their life.

    Glad you had a nice experience on TK.

  • Comment 100619 by
    lagentsecret GOLD 12417 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    TK has a really good domestic product

  • Comment 100721 by
    KL651 TEAM 4492 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    For once a report involving IST not mentionning how overcrowded it is.
    You must have been there at the right hour.

    I didn't know TK had bought used planes from AM.

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