This report is the second in this series: MEL - KUL (AirAsia X) KUL - IST (Turkish) IST - MAN (Turkish) LHR - BKK (Thai) BKK - MEL (Jetstar)
Continuing from my last report, KLIA2 is a big improvement on the old LCCT (not difficult!). I unfortunately forgot to take any pictures. I had seven hours before my next flight, so was in no rush. Eventually, I decided to head over to the KUL main terminal. The KLIA Transit between terminals is a paid service, which is really a shameless cash grab. However, for 2 MYR (0.6 USD), I really can't complain.
Turkish check-in wouldn't open until three hours before the flight.
Only MH was to be seen here.
I had a bite to eat and watched some World Cup football. The wifi was temperamental (seamless at KLIA2), and I couldn't get it working on my iPhone. My Android tablet was fine.
There was hardly any queue this early for check-in.
After a seamless journey through immigration and security, I still had to transfer terminals yet again! This automated train took me to KUL's Satellite Terminal.
Another impressive building.
Secondary security screening to access the gate is slightly annoying.
Here is the A333 taking me to Istanbul.
TK cabin is nice and bright.
Very good amount of space.
The amount of little extras on TK is impressive. Newspaper, slippers, amenity kit and headphones.
Inside the amenity kit was socks, a face mask, toothbrush, earplugs and lip balm. Impressive for economy!
Take-off was on time and uneventful. The whole flight was in pitch darkness, so no outside shots.
The entertainment screen was relatively large and high-res. I only used the screen for location tracking, but the selection of film and TV appeared to be good. USB port for charging is most welcome.
Pistachio lokums were handed out, followed by oshibori.
I chose the beef. Presentation is truly impressive. The bread was warm and handed out separately.
The shrimp salad was quite tasteless. However, I realised that I had forgotten to add the dressing packet, so only myself to blame.
Yoghurt and cucumber was very fresh tasting.
The grilled beef was perhaps a lacking a little in taste, but was still very satisfying.
The chocolate cake was light and tasty.
French red was very drinkable.
So much so that I had another! I was promptly put to sleep…
Waking up in time for yet more food. The eggs were well textured and not a solid block as I may expect on aeroplanes. Goat's cheese is a personal favourite of mine too.
Here is the flight's route. Routing to avoid Iraqi airspace? I'm not sure.
No aerobridges slightly surprised me.
Kuala Lumpur - KUL
Istanbul - ISX
TK blew me away! I've flown on many 'top' legacy carriers (QF, SQ, EK), and TK is certainly in their league, if not better. Food was top notch and the amount of little extras is impressive. Service was efficient and unobtrusive. Departure from KUL and arrival at IST were both pretty seamless, although an aerobridge at IST would have been nice.
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