Flying Turkish between FRA and Dalaman

Old Jan 15, 07, 3:53 am
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Hi

maybe this is not the right forum? Then please recommend a better place for my question.

Basically I am worried to fly Turkish airlines.

Could somebody help me to understand what safety reputation they have on international flights. Is the equipment up to spec, staff trained like other major carriers?

Or what shall I look for in order to grade the airline in a honest and professional way?

Thank you very much
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Old Jan 15, 07, 5:33 am
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Urm, Turkish Airlines is a world class full service airline.
If you are used to the American legacy cariers you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Old Jan 15, 07, 9:17 am
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Oh, I am happy to hear they are a full service airline.

I have verified that they are flying 737-800 on the legs I am planning to fly.

But what shall I do with the bad security reputation they have among normal travelers (people with no inside information). Is this reputation just unfounded, or originating from long time ago??

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Old Jan 15, 07, 9:37 am
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But what shall I do with the bad security reputation they have among normal travelers (people with no inside information). Is this reputation just unfounded, or originating from long time ago??

thx
It isn't exactly unfounded . . . but it is no cause for alarm. They are likely about as effective as the TSA, but without the window-dressing.

That said, I have flown on TK from IST to DLM and it was much better than any US carrier would have been, service-wise. It will be just fine.
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Old Jan 15, 07, 4:02 pm
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No safety or security concerns that would make me book away from them. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old Jan 15, 07, 9:59 pm
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I've been on them probably ten times. They are as good as the best of American carriers service-wise in coach. Planes are usually spotless.

I've also always observed professional security protocols (lack of "window-dressing" is a very good description).
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Old Jan 16, 07, 6:13 am
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OK

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Old Jun 5, 07, 7:26 am
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Hi

just wanted to update you on my findings after my first THY flight.

In short I will avoid them in the future. Note I only fown domestic.
Check-in, boarding, and FA very ruff and edgy service. I compare it with example LH, ANA, SK, but even Continental and Delta was nicer.

Not sure if it is of relevance, but during flight on passenger in a very agressive manner complained to the FA that the service was slow. Something like "hurry up you slow bas%%%d we are going to land before you serve me". Which didn't add to the experience positive side.

In the end the flight was cheap.
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