On our recent Eid Al Adha holiday trip to Oman, we had the opportunity to fly via Turkish Airlines, currently ranking 7th among the World’s Top Airlines as per Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012.
Choosing to fly via Turkish Airlines to and fro Muscat was basically due to same reasons we chose British Airways during our recent Eid Al Fitr holiday trip in Qatar – lowest rate, flight times and siempre, the airline experience. 🙂
Turkish Airlines (Turkish: Türk Hava Yolları) (İMKB: THYAO) is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, headquartered in the Turkish Airlines General Management Building on the grounds of Atatürk Airport in Yeşilköy, Bakırköy, Istanbul.
It operates scheduled services to 163 international and 41 domestic cities (38 domestic airports), serving a total of 204 airports, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. With an increase to 91 destination countries, the carrier’s destination network from one hub is the world’s largest.
The airline’s main base is at Atatürk International Airport, with secondary hubs at Esenboğa International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, and Adnan Menderes Airport. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 THY carried 17 million, 19.7 million, 22.5 million, 25.1 million and 29 million passengers with total revenues of US$2.23, $3.0, $4.5, $4 and $5.6 billion, respectively.
The airline has 18,188 employees (30 June 2011) and has been a member of the Star Alliance network since 1 April 2008.
Other airline companies that are/were owned or co-owned by Turkish Airlines include AnadoluJet, SunExpress, Cyprus Turkish Airlines, North Cyprus Airlines and B&H Airlines. (Source: Wikipedia)
Our flight BAH-MCT was an early morning flight (equals 1 night savings on hotel accommodation).
Actually, this is a transit flight for IST – MCT, so we boarded as soon as passengers to BAH have disembarked.
We noticed immediately the “roominess” of the coach seats. Parang premium coach category na ng iba kung tutuusin, hehehe.
Just noted some isles / seat areas as “messy” with food wrappers, used blankets, tissues, et al. Maybe because it’s transit. Or we boarded so early so the crew haven’t had the chance to clean it all up. I dunno.
But our BA flight to DOH was also transit from LHR, and the plane then was spotless clean!
Anyhow, we departed on time, had light sandwich snack that was served by pretty (Turkish, i presume, from all the Turkish drama series on local TV) air hostesses, then slept through the hour long journey (no crying babies yay!) and arrived fresh at Seeb Airport. 🙂
Three days later, we’re back at Seeb Airport for our morning flight returning to Bahrain, again a transit flight to Istanbul.
Now a fresh, origin flight, the plane noticeably appears squeaky clean. 🙂
Announcements were in Turkish and English. Quite new to my ears as I’m used to Arabic + English (with Emirates, Etihad & Gulf Air hehehe).
Ah yes, i took this picture to remind me the type of aircraft we flew. And to show the passable legroom available on a non-exit row seat.
Btw, online check in (within 24 hours from flight time) was not available on BAH-MCT but OK on return MCT-BAH. Also you may choose your preferred seats except exit rows.
Anyhow can’t complain as our “non-exit row coach seats” were with satisfactory width and legroom already. 🙂
Actually right in front of us is the premium coach class seats, with even wider seats & spaces.
Imagine mo nlang ang higher seat classes, therefore. No wonder they got various recognitions for these,well deserved TK! 🙂
We boarded the plane and departed MCT on time,
I chose a window seat to see outside view (I normally choose aisle seats for evening / long flights),
The air hostesses promptly served morning tea / coffee/ light snacks,
The “homemade” cherry cake was quite tasteful, but the cotton candy clouds outside looked more yummy! 🙂
Buboy slept throughout the flight while I stayed awake to take pictures and just stared at the clouds outside. 🙂
We arrived BAH on time, called our pick up transport, went thru immigration for re-entry stamps, bought duty free alcohol, picked up our trolley at the carousel and headed to the flat and slept whole day to recharge. Back to the jungle next day lah, hehe.
Overall, flying with TK was satisfactory and won’t hesitate to fly with them again next time, whether to or through Istanbul, and see the Bhosphorus once again, Tesekkur ederim! 🙂