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gaz1889

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gaz1889

Anyone flown with these lately?

Ive used Qatar for my previous trips but Turkish are looking the best option for my preferred dates in June.

Are they punctual?

Whats the baggage allowance?

Food passable?

Do all the flights tend to be full?

Cheers.

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ZRHuser

Turkish is on my no fly list, not a good safety record and I do not like the turkish government. Never have and never will fly with them.

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offside
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Flew to Bangkok 3 times in the last 5 years with Turkish airlines, never had a problem. Food Drink and in-flight films made to flight go quicker. 30 Kg was the baggage allowance, but check when booking as a lot of airlines have cut this to 23 Kg on their cheapest airfares. Flights were on time and full. Istanbul Airport was easy to transit and had good duty free. The flight times were also very good been able to select flights arriving in Bangkok around 12 midday and depart after 12 midnight. 

 

 

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tez4life

Flew with Turkish last may. Couldn't fault anything other than the efis lager I'm not a fan lol

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gaz1889

Thanks for the replies.

One more question....is seat selection free with the cheapest fares?

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splitpin

Few last year with them, absolutely no problems, short stop in Turkey. The cabin service and food is better than KLM, as much as you want drink wise. No charge for seat selection, website is a bit iffy

Return from Gatwick was £370

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SirL
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I went return from Europe with Turkish on my last trip.  Absolutely fine standard modern airline experience (with a slight Turkish flavour which was no problem at all).  Experience in plane (economy) standard, on time, food good (I thought slightly better than Lufthansa's food), Istanbul airport just a standard modern airport.  My seat had USB power to it which I value as I like to watch my own entertainment on a tablet.  I paid extra to choose an economy seat with lots of legroom.  I will continue to usually fly Lufthansa, but that's because I like to stopover in Frankfurt for the FKKs, nothing wrong with Turkish. If you regularly fly long distances you want to stick to one airline to accumulate points, money off etc.

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semi-retired member

I believe that the current anticipated-date for the switch to the brand-new airport is this May, there might therefore be a little disruption in-transit, during/just-after the change of their main hub ?

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Luv2Phuket
32 minutes ago, SirL said:

I went return from Europe with Turkish on my last trip.  Absolutely fine standard modern airline experience (with a slight Turkish flavour which was no problem at all).  Experience in plane (economy) standard, on time, food good (I thought slightly better than Lufthansa's food), Istanbul airport just a standard modern airport.  My seat had USB power to it which I value as I like to watch my own entertainment on a tablet.  I paid extra to choose an economy seat with lots of legroom.  I will continue to usually fly Lufthansa, but that's because I like to stopover in Frankfurt for the FKKs, nothing wrong with Turkish. If you regularly fly long distances you want to stick to one airline to accumulate points, money off etc.

I haven't flown through Istanbul, but, if the flight is after April, you will fly through the new "mega-airport" - 
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2019-03-14/istanbuls-new-mega-airport-be-fully-operational-april

Given the move in early April, I wouldn't fly them then -- it may be a clusterfuck until things get settled (maybe after late April or early May)

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Luv2Phuket
3 minutes ago, semi-retired member said:

I believe that the current anticipated-date for the switch to the brand-new airport is this May, there might therefore be a little disruption in-transit, during/just-after the change of their main hub ?

Great minds think alike - I was typing my post about the same time as you!  5555

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Bonkabit

http://www.airlinequality.com/ is a good source of info re airlines worldwide.

If you fly via Istanbul, suggest you consider a stopover in Istanbul. Weather should be good in June and there is lots to see and do.

Just do not book a hotel near a mosque; the over-amplified call to morning prayer wrecks one's beauty sleep.

 

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jpmelville

Not far behind Qatar. I liked both. Good service onboard, tasty meals and same 30kg baggage allowance.

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gaz1889

Thanks for all the replies.

 Quick update. I considered the feedback on here to be generally good so I've booked the flights. I booked via an agent & have received my PNR, & e-ticket number & I'm able to see my booking on the Turkish airlines website. As someone mentioned though, it's not a terribly user friendly site & I can't work out how to select my seat (which is free btw). Any help with this from anyone who's been through it would be appreciated?

The baggage allowance is still a generous 30k.

 Further to the talk of moving to the new airport, operations at Ataturk will apparently cease at 0200 on April 6 & from 1400 on the same day all business will operate from the new airport. (Not sure if this is just Turkish airlines or all flights?). 

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SirL
18 minutes ago, gaz1889 said:

it's not a terribly user friendly site & I can't work out how to select my seat (which is free btw). Any help with this from anyone who's been through it would be appreciated?

I booked my flights through the Turkish Airlines website itself, and the option to select seats (for cash for the better seats) came up as part of the booking process, before paying I think.  In your situation I'd telephone Turkish and try to sort it out on the phone, having an idea of the seat you want before you call.

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docbunsen

I had to e mail the airline to book seats when I booked via a booking agent.

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Hispano

Never tried with them, sorry. Right now I find good rates from Emirates, and its service is so good imho

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gaz1889
14 hours ago, docbunsen said:

I had to e mail the airline to book seats when I booked via a booking agent.

 

16 hours ago, SirL said:

I booked my flights through the Turkish Airlines website itself, and the option to select seats (for cash for the better seats) came up as part of the booking process, before paying I think.  In your situation I'd telephone Turkish and try to sort it out on the phone, having an idea of the seat you want before you call.

Ok, I've sorted this out now. I downloaded the app & was able to select my seats easily enough via that. All good again. Thanks all. 

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dontpanic

I flew business with them last year from Dublin to Bangkok, they've a fairly new fleet and are opening a new airport in Istanbul very soon. Food was very good, they have an in flight chef who handles all the food orders as well as the cooking. Flights were pretty full going out and about 50-60% full going back. Lounge in Istanbul is outstanding, check out youtube videos of it. You get a choice in BKK and I opted for Eva air which was also very good. Price was very competitive but it has gone up about 3-400 Euro since last Summer. I'd have no problem going with them again only they were using the Boeing Max 8 between Dublin and Istanbul. They also use an A380 on the Bangkok leg that doesn't have single seats in Business so you may be sharing a 2 seat setup, still plenty of room it's just you don't have easy aisle access like with the herring bone setup used by Etihad and Emirates.

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