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1. Posted by johnny_d (Budding Member, 34 posts) 14 May '09 06:55

I've found a cheap flight to bangkok around christmas time, dublin - istanbul - bangkok - istanbul - dublin. It's 637 euro all in, i'm just curious if anyone has flown Turkish airline before???

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive, 1004 posts) 14 May '09 07:21

I can't give first hand knowledge of Turkish Airlines, as I've never used them but I know a few people that have - and from what they've told me the experience is much better than it was 2-3 years ago. They have recently bought a new fleet of aircraft and the staff have moved forward with the times.
They advertise a lot on Euronews (a TV station I subscribe to here in the UK) and it all looks pretty impressive.

3. Posted by johnny_d (Budding Member, 34 posts) 14 May '09 08:37

Cheers mate, i've seen them on euronews myself, am curious to see how reliable they are, wouldn't like to land in istanbul to be told the flight is cancelled or something

4. Posted by bgl (Full Member, 167 posts) 14 May '09 09:43

Yes, THY (Turkish Airlines) has been expanding quite a bit over the last several years, and acquired many new Airbus and Boeing aircraft in the process. I believe they are currently using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the Istanbul-Bangkok route. These 777s were recently leased in from Jet Airways of India and are all less than two years old.

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1934 posts) 14 May '09 10:19

Turkish gets better reviews than I would have thought, see:
http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/turkish.htm

I've never flown Turkish, but I can tell you that my neighbor is a native of Istanbul, and he refuses to fly them. I was also very surprised to see that they've made four star status!

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru, 768 posts) 16 May '09 04:28

I flew with them in 2004 to Bangkok from Manchester via Istanbul and it wasn't the greatest flight ever! I have steered clear of them ever since, but some people are saying they have got a lot better now so perhaps they have. I'm sure they are fine really and they are cheap.

7. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 16 May '09 10:11

I love Turkish Airlines! They have decent legroom and (important for me as a muslim) their food is always halal. They have good connections all over the Middle East. They also became a member of the Star Alliance a while a go, IIRC any air miles you acquire through them are valid on the other Star Alliance members.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Alliance#Member_airlines

What is even more important, unlike Mahan Air or Aeroflot (the other cheap alternatives to Bangkok) Turkish Airlines never had any problems with safety issues.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5537 posts) 16 May '09 11:01

Quoting t_maia

What is even more important, unlike Mahan Air or Aeroflot (the other cheap alternatives to Bangkok) Turkish Airlines never had any problems with safety issues.

I don't know if you mean on that specific route to Bangkok, but may I remind you the accident that recently happened at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just a few months ago?;)

9. Posted by bgl (Full Member, 167 posts) 16 May '09 11:23

Yes, that was on 25 Feb 2009. The 737-800 crashed short of runway 18R at AMS. 9 killed. 133 survived.
Other THY accidents over the last 15 years:
737-400 at Adana on 7 April 1999. 6 killed.
737-400 on approach to Van on 29 Dec 1994. 54 killed.
There have been other accidents, but then you have to go back to the 1970/80s.
On the plus side, today's THY (despite the accident at AMS) is probably a much safer airline than it was in the past, and with a more modern fleet.

10. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 16 May '09 11:27

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting t_maia

What is even more important, unlike Mahan Air or Aeroflot (the other cheap alternatives to Bangkok) Turkish Airlines never had any problems with safety issues.

I don't know if you mean on that specific route to Bangkok, but may I remind you the accident that recently happened at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just a few months ago?;)

I meant the Europe-Bangkok route.

To be honest, I totally forgot about the Schiphol accident. Until there is evidence to the contrary I suppose it could have been any other airline just as well. And checking online the cause of the accident was air turbulences (according to the latest theories). So it could have happeened to any other airline.