HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4557 posts, RR: 71
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4604 times:
TG has announced these JNB services on many an occasion. The last time, I believe, was last year when they announced daily services with B744s after the acquisition of a couple of ex-UA airframes. We all know what happened to that project, and so, although the airline seems to be more committed to actually starting the operation, I will believe it when I see it.
I hope they're planning to so something on the MD11's interior before starting this service, though, because the state of these planes' fittings is abyssmal to say the very least. It was ok for a 3-hour CGK-BKK flight a couple of months ago, but I wouldn't wanna be stuck in there for a BKK-JNB overnight longhaul. However, I don't believe there's any plans to upgrade the MD11s, and if there were such projects planned, given the way things go at TG, very little would probable come of it. The refurbishment of the B744s and B777s interiors must by now be 2 years behind schedule...
FlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 350 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4528 times:
I would love to have the opportunity to fly the MD-11. For me it's one of those birds I just gotta get on. KLM flies them to CAI (4h 30min flight) so I might do that. It's enough time to get a good feeling of the plane.
QM001 From Portugal, joined Mar 2004, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4443 times:
It still amazes me that this route used to sustain a double daily. One operation by Varig to BKK from GIG/GRU via JNB and one SA Service in codeshare with TG, and now the best TG can offer is 4x per week.
I will obviously never understand why SA dropped this route. That flight was ALWAYS full.
QM001 (167 Air Malawi)
I wish there was still a flying boat service on the African Lakes!
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4397 times:
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Quoting CXoneWorld (Reply 9): Oh, didn't Cathay threaten to cancel its codeshare with SAA if the South African carrier opt to cooperate with a Star airline, something that we are certain is happening sooner or later.
To me recollection TG codeshared with SA on the BKK route. Anyway, SA currently codeshares with CX and QF, as well as a bunch of other Star carriers like BD, LH, RG and SK.
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Persotvik From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4282 times:
Quoting Zoom1018 (Reply 12): I have been on Thai's MD11... business class seats are old and IFE is terrible.
Business Class seats are the same as on the B747-300/400. Pitch is 34" in economy class. First Class seats great. TG is not known to have a great IFE whatever aircraft you are flying.
Correct, B773 flies BKK-BNE
6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3349 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4135 times:
Quoting QM001 (Reply 6): It still amazes me that this route used to sustain a double daily. One operation by Varig to BKK from GIG/GRU via JNB and one SA Service in codeshare with TG, and now the best TG can offer is 4x per week.
Don't forget that alot has changed since RG served the sector. EK and QR have grown substantially, and now have multiple services a day from JNB-BKK via DXB/DOH
Quoting B742 (Reply 8): Can anyone confirm wether the MD-11's will feature the new cabins?
Nope/ I think te MD's will be phased out in the next 2 years, and converted to freighters. therefore no new cabins.
Quoting Zoom1018 (Reply 12): TG has changed their equipment on BKK-BNE to 777 I think.
Correct. B773 4pw, 1 terminator, and 3 that go on to AKL.