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Old 07-25-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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I'm heading to Malaysia and if I book some of the segments separately, I can save $800-1000 using Turkish Airlines (out of Boston). The reviews I see online are mixed, but this would be a 40% savings (a significant chunk for me).

Any opinions on them? The food/etc don't matter much to me, what I care about is cancellations and other things that will hinder me getting to my destination since my vacation time is limited.

One concern is that there only appears to be one Kuala Lumpur flight from Istanbul on that day, so if something happens, it may have me stuck in Istanbul a bit.

Thoughts or experiences?

Thank you.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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My daughter flew them back in Feb for a business trip to Istanbul and she absolutely raved about them, service was great, no delays or cancellations.
Of course nervous MOM here said can't your company put you on a US carrier...lol but she said they were great.

And if you do get stuck there are worse places than Istanbul to be stuck at...
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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I flew on TK about two years ago from Munich to Istanbul and back, plus two in-country segments. While I can't comment on the long haul experience, my flight segments went without incident.

The flights were on time. IST is a fairly easy airport to transit in (although the beer is expensive!). In flight service was not better or worse than any other major airline. The aircraft were modern and as comfortable as other airlines. The flight crew were friendly and professional without being overbearing.

All in all, I'd fly them again without hesitation.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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I'd use them again. Better than a US carrier, but who isn't? Ataturk airport sort of sucks. No idea about cancellations or any of the things you seem to care about though.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:42 PM
 
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Thank you all. I pulled the trigger. I saved close to a thousand going with them. Fingers crossed (as they always are with international travel).
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:45 PM
 
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Seconding the idea that being stuck in Istanbul for 24 hours does not sound too bad. Have a great trip, timberline!
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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Just flew with them a couple weeks ago. Everything was fine.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I have dreams of having a flight delayed 24 hours in Istanbul.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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I flew on Turkish Airlines in 2000 and got sick from the food they served in both directions. So I wouldn't fly with them again.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Have a nice vacation and when you come back post your experience with Turkish Airline
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