Turkish Airlines check-in opens three hours before the flight, which was about 12:30a. If you are connecting from another flight, be sure to read this Transit in Dar Es Salaam post first. Check-in desks on the far left side of the terminal featured retro manual scales in which passengers had to weigh checked baggage. Our hand baggage was not weighed.
The agent presented a lounge invitation with our boarding pass for the Tanzanite Lounge, which I recently reviewed. A late boarding call was made from the lounge: by the time we left the lounge, boarding was almost complete.
> REVIEW: Tanzanite Lounge
Turkish Airlines flights are extremely predictable, in a good way. The breakfast menu is identical to most worldwide flights leaving around that time, the seat on the 737-900 is comfortable (though not lie-flat), and the service is excellent.
Although it truly was the middle of the night, the crew was chipper and the chef dressed in his white outfit offering pre-departure fresh juices and hot towels. Fresh squeezed orange juice hits the spot, even at 3am!
Crew kept announcements to a minimum during this late night flight and we took off on-time at 03:25a.
While I almost instinctively orders omelets when they are on a breakfast menu, I tried the “Gözleme” flat party with cheese (served with potatoes and peppers). No regrets: very delicious. My friend Denny just slept.
Turkish always manages to offer a hearty and delicious meal — a true advantage to choosing this carrier over others.
Breakfast service concluded an hour into the flight, leaving about six hours to sleep. While I did not sleep uninterrupted, I did manage to keep my eyes shut until we began our descent into Istanbul.
Landing at an apron position, as seems to be the norm at Istanbul.
I’ll have one more Turkish flight to Hamburg in this report and it will be equally glowing. Turkish offers a consistent, comfortable product.
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