Moscow 2011: Dubai Layover
- The low-cost part of the trip: Penang to Hong Kong
- Hong Kong “forced” layover
- 1st time in first class: Hong Kong United and Thai First Lounge
- 1st time in first class: Hong Kong to Bangkok
- The Thai F experience in Bangkok
- Bangkok to Dubai
- Dubai Layover
- Dubai to Istanbul
- Istanbul Layover
- Istanbul to Moscow
- Moscow to Frankfurt
- Frankfurt Layover
- Lufthansa First Class Terminal
- More 1st Class – Frankfurt to Cairo
- Cairo Layover
- Cairo to Istanbul
- RIP THY 1st class: Istanbul to Hong Kong
The 3 hours in the lounge seem to go by pretty quick but we were made to wait slightly longer with a 1 hour delay. 2 out of 3 flights delayed already? :(
When we got to the gate, I was surprised that I saw a Turkish plane. I read on flyertalk that this flight was supposed to be a BMI leased/operated flight. Maybe a last minute plane change?
Plane to Istanbul:
It turns out that this flight was indeed a leased BMI flight for Turkish Airlines. The in-flight supervisor was from BMI with another BMI stewardess with the remaining cabin crew coming from Turkish Airlines. The flight crew probably was from BMI as well - the pilot had an English accent. I guess Turkish Airlines repainted the leased plane from BMI.
Interesting safety card showing both BMI and Turkish Airlines logo:
There was no AVOD on this flight. They were some technical difficulties with the in-flight entertainment. Apparently, some seats didn't even get any video/audio in spite of several reboots and the in-flight supervisor could only offer an apology. The audio on my seat was also "funky" where English was playing on the right earphone and Turkish on the left. I removed the left earphone and watched a movie that way.
After an hour after take-off, breakfast was served. More food and champange:
Overall the flight experience was mixed. There were no pre-departure drinks. The Turkish crew seemed less polished and rushed the meal service. The food was pretty good. The flight parked at a remote gate with buses taking us to the main terminal. The stewardess did not guard the door when we landed for business class passengers creating a rush. There was also no business class bus.