So the long awaited A330 rework finally arrived, not my favourite aircraft whatsoever but you can find some very nice, enjoyable flights to do in it, especially in the Turkish Airlines colours which is one of my favourite airlines to fly in IF.
Therefore I’ve decided to take it for a spin to Ulaanbaatar, I have flew to it once before from Seoul with @Charlieab29 and I really enjoyed flying to it so I wanted to fly there again as the airport itself doesn’t really serve many airlines in the first place.
Flight Number: TK4908
Departure Airport: Istanbul Airport 🇹🇷
Arrival Airport: Ulaanbaatar Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport 🇲🇳
Aircraft: Turkish Airlines A330-300
Flight Time: 6 hours & 49 minutes
Pushback completed while @Ecoops123 is taking off from runway 35L heading for Liège.
2 hours into the flight the sun already rose and currently cruising over the Caucasus mountains in southern Russia.
One of my favourite places in the world to fly over - the beautiful Kazakh Caspian Sea coastline 🥵
Another shot :)
Currently cruising in the small Altai Republic located right in between Kazakhstan and Mongolia providing some decent looking mountains.
A picture of the scenery without the plen
While flying over Mongolia I have encountered @AlphaSeven who was flying on the same airway just 1,000 feet below me in the Hainan Airlines A330 heading for Belgrade!
Descending into Ulaanbaatar and surprisingly the sun is already starting to set only at 2.45pm local time.
Pulling up to my gate with the big hills in the background just behind runway 32 which makes taking off from this airport slightly challenging as you have to perform a steep climb to avoid the terrain. I really recommend trying it, it’s very fun!
So that’s all for today.
Mongolia is a very obscure country that is barely visited both in IF and in real life so I’ve decided to showcase it here in this topic because it really provides beautiful landscape and scenery; hopefully convincing some fellow IFC members to fly this route rather than the basic Istanbul - Heathrow, Amsterdam, Zurich etc. that I’ve seen many others fly.