Went downstairs for breakfast, our ride to the airport will be here at 10:00 AM.
Left the hotel on time and arrived at the airport ahead of schedule, glad it was during the day since much of the road runs along the Sea of Marmara.
The airport is extremely busy but smooth running, and soon we were at the gate. At the gate there were checks and more checks before were allowed to board the busses that takes us to the aircrafts.
This airport is being expanded and desperately needs it; its one of the busiest international airport that I have flown from.
Turkish Airways was voted the best European airlines 4 years in a row and it's easy to see why.
We boarded the AB 330 - 300, nice light turquoise decor is soothing and inviting.
Soon after take off we were handed the food and beverage menu, in an attractive card.
This was followed by a box with amenities. The box was attractive and printed with information from the Ottoman Empire.
This was followed by a small piece of "Turkish Delight". Then came the drink service and all the drinks offered were free. All of this in economy class of today is hard to fathom but definitely enjoyable.
Dinner was served shortly after and I took the salmon. The grilled salmon was as good as if not better than that served at restaurants. It came with grilled vegetables and many side dishes. I am pretty sure this the best food I have had on an airplane for a long time and on par with some good restaurants.
I asked for another of the same Turkish wine after taking a couple of sips realized it wasn't the same and not very good. Turns out it was a cheap French Merlot - ugh!
The flight is long, although 4 hours shorter than the flight from Delhi, it felt just as long and boring. At least there is enough legroom to stretch my legs and the seat is good, so hopefully no crick in my leg or pain in my knee like the last trip.
About a couple of hours before landing we got our second meal, yet another tasty and substantial meal.
We finally landed, the flight was very smooth so that helped.
Went through passport control quickly but luggage took forever, fortunately the airport shuttle was held up due to a traffic jam so we made it.
The traffic was bad on way back as well but we made it home without incident at around 9:30 or so.
Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.