Made it! The great Middle East odyssey has begun I suppose.
The flight with First Choice was completely non-eventful, they played Indiana Jones 4, had a very good duty-free selection, and in-flight scratch cards. Most of the passengers were on package holidays and it showed haha. The plane itself was perfectly fine, but the seat were a sickly teal, and the poor flight attendants got to wear ill fitting polyester skirt suits in a very garish shade of pink. Arrived in at Dalaman airport at midnight, and paid a princely 40£ or 80$ for my visa, ugh. Very jealous of the British who got off with a 10£ visa.