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What To Expect In BKK And TG AB6?  
User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4287 times:

Hi there..
I'll be flying to Bangkok soon. I came to know that i'll be landing in Don Muang T2, and will catch another flight from T1... Guess T1 is much better right? anyhow i was surprized to know that Don Muang is still operational? I thought they moved all ops to the new lengthy named airport!! and what about the transfer? do i have to pass thru immigration? cuz i found no sign of a transer desk on their terminal map!

anyways, the fight i will catch will be onboard the TG A300. What shall i expect? frankly, i do expect to find an old fashioned airbus with no PTV's... right? Anyhow, what about the newly painted airliners, are there any changes in the interior? entertainment?

thx....
Reg'ds
OD-BWH


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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4276 times:

Quoting OD-BWH (Thread starter):
I came to know that i'll be landing in Don Muang T2, and will catch another flight from T1...

Transfer from T1 to T2 is the easiest thing going, just walk strait  Wink

T1 is the TG terminal and T2 is where most of the airlines are located!

T1 and T2 are linked together, so It's pretty easy to just walk from one to another!

Quoting OD-BWH (Thread starter):
Guess T1 is much better right?

T2 is almost the same as T1, but T2 has a modern area of it!
There is a nice area of T2, which is at the end (far right as if you are looking onto the runway), which is the most modern part of the terminals!

Quoting OD-BWH (Thread starter):
anyhow i was surprized to know that Don Muang is still operational? I thought they moved all ops to the new lengthy named airport!!

No chance, the new BKK airport has been severly delayed and should open at the end ot this year/early next year hopefuly!

Quoting OD-BWH (Thread starter):
do i have to pass thru immigration?

Nope, you will pass through immigration at your final destination!
Where are you flying to by the way?

Quoting OD-BWH (Thread starter):
anyways, the fight i will catch will be onboard the TG A300. What shall i expect?

The A300's are the workhorses of the regional network, so don't expect anything special!
The A300's are all the same inside, they look like this:

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None of the A300's will feature any type of a new cabin!
There is no PTV's, but there are a few overhead screens  Smile

Overall expect a ok aircraft with a good service  Smile

I love BKK airport, its not exactly SIN or HKG, but It is sure special!
Their is a lot of widebodies at BKK  Smile

Just out of curiosity, what airline are you flying into BKK on and where from? Where is your final destination?  Smile

Hope this helps!

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

Rob is right about T1/T2. There is hardly any difference other than the way the check-in areas are clustered in two distinct areas. But once you go through Immigration and are in the duty free shopping and gate/concourse areas, you sort of drift from T1 to T2 without realizing you've done it. Also, when they say 'arriving T1' or T2, it means that is where you'll end up... your arriving aircraft could very well park out on the remote stand area and be bussed to the terminal. I used to really hate that at midnight(!), but I've gotten used to it.

Should not have to clear immigration if you are simply connecting. There are a couple of transfer desks on the arrivals area.

Don Muang is a little old in the tooth, but they've actually kept the passenger areas fairly well updated. A lot of work on the departure lounges/gates over the last couple of years. Lots of duty-free, food stalls, etc. Some good places indoors to plane spot, etc.

Do not tell anyone... but the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport does not exist! It's all a plot!  irked  If I didn't drive by it every month or two on the way to Pattaya I might actually start believing that! As Rob says, end of the year, mid 2007, early 2008, late 2009...

Enjoy!!



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
No chance, the new BKK airport has been severly delayed and should open at the end ot this year/early next year hopefuly!



Quoting Utapao (Reply 2):
Do not tell anyone... but the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport does not exist! It's all a plot! If I didn't drive by it every month or two on the way to Pattaya I might actually start believing that! As Rob says, end of the year, mid 2007, early 2008, late 2009...

You guys are funny!  rotfl 

Okay, take this with a very large grain of salt, but last week the Ministry of Transportation announced that in June they will announce the exact opening date of Suvarnabhumi (the "i" is silent) and that they would provide "1-2 months" of advance notice for the airlines. So that might imply that the opening could be in the August-September time frame. Besides the layers of bureaucracy (announcing when they will announce?) and my eagerness to fly into the new airport, I'm just a little skeptical.

It's kind of a passive-aggressive relationship between the Thai Ministry of Transportation and the local aviation enthusiasts. Tease, tease, tease. On the surface, we're frustrated, but secretly we love it.

Back to OD-BWH's question:

TG's friendly service and decent food should make for an enjoyable flight even if you don't have the latest IFE. Here's a link to a trip report I made for a flight on TG's A300 from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City and back. It will give you a bit of an idea of what to expect.

Meanwhile, if you're spending any time in BKK itself, let me know if you have questions or need recommendations.



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User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 3):
but last week the Ministry of Transportation announced that in June they will announce the exact opening date of Suvarnabhumi (the "i" is silent) and that they would provide "1-2 months" of advance notice for the airlines. So that might imply that the opening could be in the August-September time frame.

I'm glad to hear that things haven't changed since my last home visit. There goes hoping that I will be pleasantly surprised when I next land in Bangkok then! irked 

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 3):

It's kind of a passive-aggressive relationship between the Thai Ministry of Transportation and the local aviation enthusiasts.

Ahh! So that's why they're delaying the whole thing then! And there I thought it was their total incompetency!

Quoting OD-BWH (Thread starter):
the fight i will catch will be onboard the TG A300. What shall i expect? frankly, i do expect to find an old fashioned airbus with no PTV's... right?

To be honest, from my limited experience anyway, unless you're flying on the newer Airbuses, their Y cabins are pretty much the same - good pitch and BYO IFE, and no frills amenities. Although I do like the cabin on the A300s, if only for the retro nostalgia.


User currently offlineOD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 399 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4162 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Just out of curiosity, what airline are you flying into BKK on and where from? Where is your final destination?

Thx for the info... quite informative. I'm flying KU from KWI.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 3):
Meanwhile, if you're spending any time in BKK itself, let me know if you have questions or need recommendations.

Unfortunately no... no time to get out. but thx anyways.

Quoting Utapao (Reply 2):
Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Exactly!! I've been trying to look up the name, but couldn't figure it out...



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4061 times:

Quoting Thai747 (Reply 4):
Ahh! So that's why they're delaying the whole thing then! And there I thought it was their total incompetency!

Well, yes, there is that, too.

Quoting Thai747 (Reply 4):
Although I do like the cabin on the A300s, if only for the retro nostalgia.

It is very Austin Powers, isn't it? Groovy, baby!



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

Quoting Thai747 (Reply 4):
good pitch

Actuallt the oldest have horrible pitch at least in the second cabin, the ones with newer seats are ok.



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