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Thai Air Asia BKK-SIN Part 2: +Airport Review  
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 12532 times:

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi - Singapore Changi
Thai Air Asia FD 3505
Boeing 737-300 (HS-AAP)
ETD: 1645H
ETA: 1945H

17 June 2007

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Leisure travels to Bangkok is always good. No matter how polluted the city is, somehow the grime and the grit gives us Singaporeans a form of escape from the structured and often staid environment that many seems to think we have grown up in.

My usual haunts of Mabunkrong Mall, Chatuchak weekend market and the endless stream of street vendors all fell victims to my partner’s bargaining prey. I do the translation; he goes for the kill...

And the food.... Oh food, glorious food... It was Thai food for breakfast, Thai food for lunch, Thai food for dinner, Thai food for supper... Thai food is simply one of the best cuisines in the world and it is no secret I am a big fan. Lash on the chilies, I say! But alas, I fell victim to food poisoning on the last day and was promptly very humbled by the stomach cramps that followed. So much for side street pork satay!

Departure day – Let’s all say it together... Soo-wa-na-poom (Suvarnabhumi)

Note: You can go straight to read about the flight if you do not want to hear my rant about the new airport.

From my friend’s condo in Phaya Thai, a 20 min taxi ride and 170 baht later, we arrived at the imposing glassy facade of Bangkok’s pride and joy (open to argument though), Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

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Ground level where the public taxis are located. Trust me, take a cab into the city as opposed to the 1000baht limo fare which is a total rip off.

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Departure level drop off.

Departure level drop off looks rather similar to any recently built airport of the same glassy design concept like KLIA, Pudong and HKIA. I have to admit that it looks awesome.

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Entering the check in area, you immediately realize that people-moving management is a concept that is very foreign in Bangkok. It is a crowded and disorganized area that people cannot help but to be walking into each other. I put this down to the lack of signage, which seems to be very scarce. Alright, putting the mess aside, we needed to be looking for Air Asia’s check in counters. The international and domestic check in for FD utilizes the same island.
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The line for FD 3505 for Singapore was long, very long at Island E. Other international flights being checked in were the ones to Macau and Kuala Lumpur. Domestic check ins were for flights heading to Udon Thani and Chiang Mai.

I was dreading this part; our luggage was obviously very overweight from all the shopping we did so much so that a fine of 670 baht was slapped on us.

After being rid of our bags, it was time to explore more of this controversial airport. Another thing that struck me was how STUFFY the entire environment was! The air-conditioning was acutely inadequate and the glass ceiling was not helping, despite it being a cloudy day. I shudder to imagine what would happen on a cloudless sunny day!

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As with every other airport, a trip to the observation deck is always a must. However on this day, the deck on the upper level decided it didn’t want to entertain me and quickly asked Mr. Whiteboard to block my access immediately. Not that there was much of a view. This has to be one of the worse viewing decks I have ever seen. I mean honestly, unless by viewing, they mean staring at the metal support beams!

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The observation deck (closed) is immediately above food counters.

Still, a trip to the Sky Loft Cafe below the obs deck was the order of the day as my partner wanted his last sweep at green curry. By this time, my stomach was still cramping and the last thing I wanted was more of the food that made me sick in the first place. I opted for a more sensible choice of a thin slice of pizza. Once again at this level, the stuffiness of the inadequate air conditioning reared its ugly head again.

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This café utilizes a cash top-up card for your purchases within. A very troublesome process as you had to go back to the counter at the entrance to top it up if the cash ran out and was insufficient for use. For God’s sake just use cash, please!?

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The view from the café, which is similar to the observation deck. As you can see, there is much obstruction to have a clear view of the aircraft below.

Another note was that the acoustics of the building was very bad. There is so much echo in all the announcements that you can forget about hearing your name should they be paging for you because your mother died of a heart attack at home.

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Our delightfully gracious host, our dear, dear friend Damien.

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After the hugs and kisses goodbye, we headed for immigration and the lines were so long everywhere, except the ones that said “THAI PASSPORT”. Still, the officers on patrol had no sense in them to send some of us there. And again, I have to point out the air conditioning problem. It was now hotter than ever and people starting fanning themselves with whatever they could get their hands on. Most of us just flapped our passports or boarding passes like Karl Lagerfeld.

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A very posh mall-like concourse greeted us after passport control and you would be forgiven thinking that you weren’t at an airport at all! Kudos to the planners for this and the sudden blast of cold air was also a welcome retreat after the furnace before. Hmm... were the pre-passport areas not worthy of good air conditioning? Your guess is as good as mine.

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The lighting for the concourse was only there because of the shops. Once you look above into the ceiling, a dark and ominous sky looms and once you come to the end of the mall, you start to realize just how dark your surroundings are.

If you are a fan of photography, you should keep your camera and not waste your time. The design of the structure is definitely not meant for photography at all. Because of the grid design, there isn’t a way to get a shot of an aircraft without being blocked by a part of the cement grid that criss-crosses. And even if you manage to squeeze past the grids, the dirty windows would create another barrier.

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In conclusion, do I like the new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi? Aesthetically, it is a fine looker compared to the old Don Muang. However, like a lot of things in Thailand, the grandiose facade doesn’t necessarily translate to functionality. For all that hype, I just wished that the government spent a lot more time making sure that all was fine before rushing to open. Now, what they have is a gigantic reminder of the country’s failure with a closed down concourse and seemingly hastily put together unfinished interiors. Ok maybe the bare concrete industrial Zen looks is in, but if you want to copy, make sure you know how to paste correctly.

Let’s gather at Gate 1A now, shall we?

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Departure holding room. Yes it was so stuffy again that those standing air condition outlets were our only solace from the heat. However, not all of them were on.

This was the designated departure gate for my flight. Rightfully so as this led down to the buses that would bring us to our plane later.

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If you are lucky, you might just get a clear photograph of a plane outside these dirty windows.

1650H: For a flight that was leaving at 1645H, it was obviously late when they announced boarding for X-press Boarding passengers only. WOAH! The crowd simply pushed forward like worshippers reaching for the statue of Virgin Mary! The gate agents in their limited English tried to hold people back by shouting “X-press Boarding only naaaaa...”

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SIMON!!!! PAULAAAAAA!!! RANDEEEEEEE….!!!!! I love yooooouu!!!!

Finally, after the families with children had passed, the lines were open and RUSH like how the American Idol wannabes behaved after they were allowed into the stadium waiting area. It was an every man for himself pandemonium. Come to think of it, I was actually having fun pushing and shoving!

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2 busloads worth of us trundled along towards HS-AAP, the same plane that brought me to BKK and at the same remote stand of 108 too!

Up the stairs and I was again greeted very warmly by Senior FA Busabong, “Hah-low sir *wai* Welcome on board...”

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Passengers welcomed by Porn. Err… that doesn’t sound right.

Smiles all around as we were ushered further down the cabin by Thanthitha and Porn (no kidding). The other 2 female FAs were equally enthusiastic and friendly. I noted that this flight operated with only 3 cabin crew members, as opposed to 4.

It didn’t take long for all to be settled despite a 100% load for this sector. By 1705H, the doors were closed and push back happened almost immediately. Welcome address was done by Busabong and she must have been very tired because her voice was cracking. Even during the safety demo, she took several long pauses that Thanthitha and Porn held their seat belts in mid air, suspended in time waiting for Busabong to continue... During which they didn’t forget to smile.

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Thanthitha and Porn with the seatbelts in the air…. And it remains there for a while.

1710H: Taxi for Runway 19L

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As we taxi for Runway 19L, I took the time to marvel and soak in the amazing architecture that makes up the façade of this airport.

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The end of 19R is clearly visible.

Traffic was light for that afternoon and take off was immediate as soon as we entered the active.

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Coasting out…

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…into the Gulf of Thailand.

The southerly endeavor of our flight path remained rather constant as we headed towards the coast of Thailand and out into the Gulf. Sad... say goodbye, until the next time as the seatbelt sign pinged off.

1727H: The meal cart appeared manned by Porn and Busabong. Once again, these 3 ladies worked well together and since Thanthitha was assigned to prepare hot food from the aft galley, she would be signaled by the crew call button by the former 2.

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A flick of an ear lobe meant cup instant noodles, or a gentle salute over the eyebrow meant instant porridge... And it was with these signals that Thanthitha got from the ladies at the cart that had her walking back and forth from the galley. Interesting observation, don’t you think?

120 baht got me a sandwich and a bottle of green tea, reasonable price for LCC catering. Plus, I had some extra baht to get rid off so this was a perfect opportunity to do it.

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The exchange of money and change meant that the cart moved very slowly towards the front of the plane so I assume that on shorter fights, it would be rather challenging for the crew to be doing this. The cart took a total of 35 mins to complete the aisle. I have seen MAS girls dish out meals and collect the trays again in 40 mins or less on a 1 hr 10 min flight from Phuket to KL in a 737-400.

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Does it look cramped to you? No one seemed to mind as we slumbered off one by one after dinner.

1805H: Porn and Busabong back step the cart towards the aft galley while taking the time to stop for some passengers who wanted to buy some more food or drinks. No one bought any merchandise on this flight though.

1847H: Descend

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Right up to this point, the flight became pretty mundane as we cruised southwards in the rapidly darkening skies. The 3 ladies all took turns to come around with open plastic bags urging passengers to throw their trash in there.

“Rubbish?” ... smile
“Sir, your rubbish in here?”... smile

Once again, perfect English.

The arrival announcement came on the PA and that got people all up from their slumber to prepare for landing. As we were approaching from the North, there was nothing but a large expanse of darkness beneath us that was Johor in Malaysia. Thus, there was nothing of interest outside the window.

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Cabin is darkened for landing.

1856H: Seatbelt PING!

Landing announcements soon followed in Thai and English and even after that, the cabin crew all disappeared and strapped themselves into their jumpseats, but not before darkening the cabin for a night landing.

The approach tonight was for Runway 20R.

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My night photography isn’t all that. So this is an attempt at a shot of the vortex that was trailing off the flaps just before touchdown.

1907H: Touchdown!

Holiday’s over. Not surprisingly, this entire plane load of Singaporean holiday makers weren’t clapping after landing. Seriously, who wants to go to work tomorrow on a Monday morning? Urgh... Not me.

1917H: Aircraft finally inched into Gate D46 at 2017H local time. And that concludes another wonderful flight on Thai Air Asia.

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Check-in: 9/10…
Although the line was long, check in agent was doing a fast job best he could. As much as I didn’t like the overweight fine, I didn’t have a choice so it was no fault of his.

Boarding: 4/10…
Gate agents were not very effective in crowd control, unlike their Singapore counterparts. If only the line was organized before the boarding process began, the madness would not have happened. An old lady actually pushed my partner to the side!

In-flight service: 9/10…
Once again, I have nothing but praise for this batch of crew. They were very obviously tired from their killer turn-arounds for the day but still managed to provide stellar service. Busabong had her voice cracked throughout the flight but that didn’t stop her from manning the meal cart and very vocally bantering cheerily with the passengers. Crew call buttons were responded to in quick time. US carriers, take note!

Arrival: 10/10…
This is Changi. Can any arrival process ever be faulted here?

Overall: 80%...
This return flight proved that Thai Air Asia was consistent in delivering an excellent product that was value for money. At no time was I neither disappointed by a lapse in customer service nor was there much for me to complain about, maybe except for that messy boarding in Bangkok. My solution to that problem was to stand at the entrance of the gate right from the beginning.

Otherwise, I would not hesitate to fly them again on my next shopping trip up there.

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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 12395 times:

With the conclusion of this trip report, I have written a total of 60 trip reports. Some of my earlier ones were posted on behalf of SQ772 (a warm thank you from me), the one who introduced me to this wonderful webbie.

Thank you to airliners.net for making our lives a little more special...

1. Thai Air Asia Singapore - Bangkok: Part 1
2. Jetstar / Valuair Singapore - Jakarta - Singapore
3. Singapore Airlines Ho Chi Minh - Singapore: Not 35K again!
4. Singapore Airlines Singapore - Ho Chi Minh: Oh no... 35K!
5. Tiger Airways Phuket - Singapore: The Return
6. Tiger Airways Phuket - Singapore: A Tiger's Growl
7. Singapore Airlines Jakarta - Singapore: No More Protests Please!
8. Singapore Airlines Singapore - Jakarta: Part 1
9. Singapore Airlines Bangkok - Singapore: Megatopless
10. Singapore Airlines Singapore - Bangkok: Jubileeless
11. QANTAS Perth - Singapore: The Return
12. QANTAS Singapore - Perth: Perth Calling!
13. Malaysia Airlines KL - Singapore: First Class
14. Malaysia Airlines Johor Bahru - KL
15. Sydney Airport, Spotter's Delight!
16. Gulf Air Sydney - Singapore: The Return Flight
17. Gulf Air Singapore - Sydney: Golden Falcon
18. Valuair Bangkok - Singapore: The Fun Continues!
19. Valuair Singapore - Bangkok: Budget Flight, Singapore Style
20. Singapore Airlines Jakarta - Singapore: Part 5
21. Lion Air Bali - Jakarta: Part 4 DELAY!
22. Lion Air Jakarta - Bali: Part 3
23. Merpati Bandung - Jakarta: Part 2
24. Singapore Airlines Singapore - Jakarta: Part 1
25. KLM Jakarta - Singapore: World Business Class
26. Merpati Bandung - Jakarta / Halim
27. KLM Singapore - Jakarta: World Business Class
28. Malaysia Airlines KL - Singapore: First Class
29. Malaysia Airlines Singapore - KL: First Class
30. Malaysia Airlines: KL - Johor Bahru
31. Malaysia Airlines: Johor Bahru - KL
32. British Airways Sydney - Singapore
33. British Airways Singapore - Sydney: An OZ Odyssey
34. QANTAS Singapore - Sydney: A Blast From the Past
35. Malaysia Airlines KL - Singapore: First Class
36. Malaysia Airlines Singapore - KL: First Class
37. Malaysia Airlines KL - Johor Bahru
38. Swiss International Air Lines Bangkok - Singapore: Business Class
39. Swiss International Air Lines Singapore - Bangkok: Business Class
40. Malaysia Airlines Phuket - KL - Singapore
41. Malaysia Airlines Singapore - KL - Phuket
42. Malaysia Airlines Singapore - KL - Sydney: First Time In YCL
43. Malaysia Airlines Langkawi - KL - Singapore
44. Thai Airways Bangkok - Singapore: First Time on a 777
45. Singapore Airlines Rockhampton - Singapore
46. Singapore Airlines Singapore - Rockhampton
47. Malaysia Airlines Bangkok - KL - Singapore: First / Golden Club Class
48. Malaysia Airlines Singapore - KL - Bangkok: First/Golden Club Class
49. Malysia Airlines Sydney - Melbourne - KL, Subang - Langkawi
50. Northwest Airlines Chicago - Detroit - Narita - Singapore
51. Northwest Airlines San Francisco - Mineapolis/St Paul - Chicago
52. Northwest Airlines Singapore - Narita - San Francisco
53. Singapore Airlines Singapore - KL: First Class
54. Malaysia Airlines Singapore - KL - Bangkok
55. Malaysia Airlines Bangkok - KL - Singapore
56. Malaysia Airlines Brisbane - KL - Singapore: First/Golden Club Class
57. Malaysia Airlines Penang - KL: Golden Club Class
58. Malaysia Airlines KL - Penang: Golden Club Class
59. Singapore Airlines Singapore - KL: First Class



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User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 12315 times:

WOW!!!  eyepopping  60 trip reports! I am 1/6 of yours. ThaiA345 must be very jealous upon seeing this.

User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 12235 times:

Another great report Ryan. Good to see LCC's are still able to hold some charm and sophistication much like the larger competition.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Ok maybe the bare concrete industrial Zen looks is in, but if you want to copy, make sure you know how to paste correctly.

Wasn't BKK a "paste" of CDG in a way? I must say, after traveling through the likes of ICN, HKG, KUL, FRA(T2) etc... BKK looks like a big disappointment.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Thread starter):
Crew call buttons were responded to in quick time. US carriers, take note!

Oh please let them be. Last thing I need is a diversion cause grannie fell and hurt her hip while rushing to a call button! As long as they answer it, which they do on my regular NW/CO flights; it is all good!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
With the conclusion of this trip report, I have written a total of 60 trip reports.

Congratulations, thats quite a large number of excellent reports that I could only hope to match one day!

SR 103


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12101 times:

Thanks for the acknowledgement...I think it should have read "Some of my earlier ones were posted by SQ772 on my behalf (a warm thank you from me)"... I don't want to take any credit away from you  

I certainly enjoyed reading both reports...and am amazed by your ability to inject humour into almost everything! Yes, Porn was all over the place! haha Well done!

I'm curious, who designed Soowanapom? I cannot help but compare Changi with every other airport that I've been to. Frankly, nothing comes close! How is it that others have not managed to copy/paste Changi's template despite the latter being around for more than 2 decades?!

[Edited 2007-06-21 17:17:48]


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User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12018 times:

excellent trip report...
now i have to take some time and read other reports of yours  Smile


User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 11991 times:

Good reports,

One question, why does Air Aisa not leave from the Budget terminal? like Tigers international flights etc?



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 11821 times:

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 6):
One question, why does Air Aisa not leave from the Budget terminal? like Tigers international flights etc?

There are several assumptions I can think of. The Budget Terminal at Changi doesn't offer as many facilities as the main 2 (soon to be 3) terminals. Air Asia (Malaysia), probably in protest of the prevention to start ops in Singapore, declined the offer to move Thai Air Asia to the Budget Terminal. As for Jetstar, they would prefer to stay put in Terminal One also probably for connectivity purposes since QF also ops out of the same terminal.

Tiger, being the 100% Singapore LCC, only makes sense for them to move there as they do not have an axe to grind with CAAS (like Air Asia) nor any connectivity issues (ala Jetstar). I have flown out of the Budget Terminal and if you are not too fussy, it is actually not that bad a choice!

Cebu Pacific recently joined Tiger at the same terminal in their 2nd attempt at the SIN-MNL market.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 11798 times:

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 2):
WOW!!! 60 trip reports! I am 1/6 of yours. ThaiA345 must be very jealous upon seeing this.

But we cannot match his number of models! Hahahaha... By the way, I just bought 3 more in Bangkok Mabunkrong Mall. 2 Aeromexico 777-200s (one silver jet, and the other normal livery), and a United 727 in the old colours.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 3):
BKK looks like a big disappointment.

It is indeed. But we have to admit that it looks much better than Don Muang, it just doesn't functiion very well!

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 4):
How is it that others have not managed to copy/paste Changi's template despite the latter being around for more than 2 decades?!

I might have an answer to that. Changi's first 2 terminals aren't exaclty artistic masterpieces. Therefore the first instinct for airport designers in the late 80s was to go for "grandeur" to reflect the boom time in travels. Natural lighting was all the rage ever since which might explain why recent airports that were built all seem to carry this concept to carying degrees and design. I believe even Terminal 3 is going for that. Therefore it is safe to say that Changi Terminal ONE and TWO's design is rather passe already.

Actually someone DID copy Changi. Remember Bangkok's Don Muang when they refurbished Terminal 2? The check in area was almost an exact replica of Changi's T2 before the present renos.



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User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11700 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 7):
There are several assumptions I can think of. The Budget Terminal at Changi doesn't offer as many facilities as the main 2 (soon to be 3) terminals. Air Asia (Malaysia), probably in protest of the prevention to start ops in Singapore, declined the offer to move Thai Air Asia to the Budget Terminal. As for Jetstar, they would prefer to stay put in Terminal One also probably for connectivity purposes since QF also ops out of the same terminal.

Tiger, being the 100% Singapore LCC, only makes sense for them to move there as they do not have an axe to grind with CAAS (like Air Asia) nor any connectivity issues (ala Jetstar). I have flown out of the Budget Terminal and if you are not too fussy, it is actually not that bad a choice!

Cebu Pacific recently joined Tiger at the same terminal in their 2nd attempt at the SIN-MNL market.

Thanks, it doesnt sound so bad after all!  Smile Flying with Tiger to SIN from PER in September.



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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11677 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
I might have an answer to that. Changi's first 2 terminals aren't exaclty artistic masterpieces. Therefore the first instinct for airport designers in the late 80s was to go for "grandeur" to reflect the boom time in travels. Natural lighting was all the rage ever since which might explain why recent airports that were built all seem to carry this concept to carying degrees and design. I believe even Terminal 3 is going for that. Therefore it is safe to say that Changi Terminal ONE and TWO's design is rather passe already.

Actually someone DID copy Changi. Remember Bangkok's Don Muang when they refurbished Terminal 2? The check in area was almost an exact replica of Changi's T2 before the present renos.

Thanks Ryan. But I was really referring to the airport layout and retail layout that has been so carefully planned that traveling through Changi becomes such a painless affair. Aesthetically, Changi T1 and T2 are no masterpieces for sure, but look what they have done with T2 with the recent renovations... comparable to any of those newer airports out there.



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User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11484 times:

Awesome report Ryanair. I have been on this website for a few years and have only joined in. Anyways, have always enjoyed your photos and reports through the few years. You have inspired me to take the camera onboard the flight and just snap. I use to be very conscious of myself taking photos inflight. However, airliners.net show that there are so many airline buffs around. Got the courage from all of you.

User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11444 times:

Just like your 59 other superb trip reports, this one is no exception! I think you're definitely one of the best TR writers that we have here on A.net.

I agree that the new BKK is a disappointment, although I think it slightly redeems itself with its architectural beauty and the mall-like airside (which looks really, really nice IMHO). I do hope that the authorities will resolve BKK's initial hiccups soon, improve, and start living up to expectations.

Looking forward to reading your next trip reports!



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 11425 times:

Nice report and pics although I'm not a fan of Air Asia/Thai Air Asia.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
But we have to admit that it looks much better than Don Muang, it just doesn't functiion very well!

Well said. I couldn't care less what it looks like, but after having flown OG today from Don Muang, all my future domestic flights will be from there. Two minutes from check-in to gate and no crowds. Arrival was just as smooth.

I really miss the times when It was 2 min taxi to check-in and 5 more to the lounge (assuming no passport control lines).



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11371 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):
I have written a total of 60 trip reports

What a feat....like they say in Singapore, Mr Soh is a 'Lao Ciao' !!!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 8):
2 Aeromexico 777-200s (one silver jet, and the other normal livery), and a United 727 in the old colours.

Did u get in from Toy Studio ?

Got the Aeromexico and got the UA 727 in Old colours, plus it came in a pack of the 721 and 722 bought from toycity in Pondok INdah Mall, dragon wings brand..and wait for it...for Rp80,000 !!! ahahahahah they really don't know the prices of those models here in Indoland! The best place to buy is actually www.aviationmegastore.com I just got my order of around 60 planes arrive 2 weeks ago heheeheh ...very cheap especially for Herpa and Phoenix wings ..managed to bag myself all the NOK air planes ...and also SQ B787. My wife is getting a bit pissed at me ...running out of places to put the aircraft...believe it or not, both the wife at home and my personal assistant at my office stopped me from buying new models  Sad they probably gangged up on me huh!

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 2):
ThaiA345 must be very jealous upon seeing this.

Very jealous indeed  Sad I am only at 7 or 8 I think  Sad


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11298 times:

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 11):
I use to be very conscious of myself taking photos inflight. However, airliners.net show that there are so many airline buffs around. Got the courage from all of you.

Well, glad we could help in our way to make people feel more comfortable in flight. I myself got a lot of inspiration from a myriad of trip report writers here too before I embarked on my photo-report madness a few years ago. But how time flies... it had been 5 years already. Give me a buzz someday and we can go spotting by Nicoll Drive, assuming the police doesn't chase us away first!

Quoting SIA fan (Reply 12):
Looking forward to reading your next trip reports!

I have a Hanoi-Saigon soiree coming up in a few months time. I am going to be adventurous this trip and fly Pacific Airlines for the domestic sector!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 13):
Well said. I couldn't care less what it looks like, but after having flown OG today from Don Muang, all my future domestic flights will be from there. Two minutes from check-in to gate and no crowds. Arrival was just as smooth.

I assume that DMK is now just an empty shell without any shops within, other than the bare essential airport workers. What's OG, by the way? It states GO United Kingdom... I doubt it though.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 14):
What a feat....like they say in Singapore, Mr Soh is a 'Lao Ciao' !!!

Oi... Lao ciao ah? There are more lao ciaos here than me man. By the way, "Lao Ciao" in the Hokkien dialect simple means an old bird, normally a reference to someone who has been on the job for a long long time.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 14):
Did u get in from Toy Studio ?

Yes I did! It is an amazing shop and my partner always comments that I look like a child in a candy shop. My eyes are WIDE open staring into the bright glass cases and unknowingly, my mouth is also open. Something which I have been made very aware of... Hehehehe

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 14):
Got the Aeromexico and got the UA 727 in Old colours, plus it came in a pack of the 721 and 722 bought from toycity in Pondok INdah Mall, dragon wings brand..and wait for it...for Rp80,000 !!!

80k rups?! That is like S$14.00 or US$9!!! You know sometimes I wonder if these shop owners know the real value of these models that they sell? PIM... Hmmm I have yet to venture in there although I am always in Pondok Indah. Somehow that mall seems a little difficult to get to with so many barricades here and there.

By the way, I stumbled across this guy operating out of a van in Bandung. He sells all things aviation related from these dragon wing models, to aircraft cabin items (cups, trays, utensils, pillows, headrests covers and even amenity packs from SO MANY AIRLINES!). Mind you those items that I mentioned are not used. He hangs around Dago and I will ask my JKT friends for more details about his location is you are interested.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 14):
I just got my order of around 60 planes arrive 2 weeks ago heheeheh

My god... if I were your wife, I would be a very happy spouse staring at all these models all the time. I would even create an airport diorama for you complete with terminal buldings, aerobridges and ground vehicles. Speaking of which, did you see that at Toy Studio in MBK?? Amazing isn't it? Pity the scale was 1:500...



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 11241 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
have a Hanoi-Saigon soiree coming up in a few months time. I am going to be adventurous this trip and fly Pacific Airlines for the domestic sector!

Hey I always wanted to go to vietnam....care to tkae me and 9MMAR along with u ?

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
Yes I did! It is an amazing shop and my partner always comments that I look like a child in a candy shop

I only saw it from the website...actually this is a website which I learn from http://www2k.biglobe.ne.jp/~t_muto/model/shoplinke.htm it has links for all the model shops in our region, even links to their website, the toy studio site is great!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
I have yet to venture in there although I am always in Pondok Indah. Somehow that mall seems a little difficult to get to with so many barricades here and there.

Its not too far from my office. Next time you are here, give me a ring and I will meet u for a quick meal and then show you this toyshops where they sell dragon wings for like an average of only Rp100,000

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
He hangs around Dago and I will ask my JKT friends for more details about his location is you are interested.

Even better if I can get his handphone number !! Does he sell models too? Btw, during my childhood days, I always 'took' all the safety cards of all the airlines I flew in.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
Speaking of which, did you see that at Toy Studio in MBK?? Amazing isn't it? Pity the scale was 1:500...

I only have been to their website so far from the link I gave you above, but, thats the problem, most of the airport models and Herpa models are in the 1:500 scale while I colelct the 1:400 ones

SO whens your next Indo trip huh ?


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 11234 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 15):
I assume that DMK is now just an empty shell without any shops within, other than the bare essential airport workers. What's OG, by the way? It states GO United Kingdom... I doubt it though.

Nothing after security, but the usual restaurants pre-security were there in the domestic terminal. Sort of like CGK T1...

OG=One Two GO. They decided to get it a separate code from Orient Thai (OX).



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 11164 times:

Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 16):
Even better if I can get his handphone number !! Does he sell models too? Btw, during my childhood days, I always 'took' all the safety cards of all the airlines I flew in.

Baktaugor (Bakso Tahu Goreng) Kingsley near the maternity hospital is where he is. He is normally there in the morning. And yes he has some Dragon Wings but do not expect an endless selection as he only ops out of a van.



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User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10010 times:
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I recently flew out of BKK Suvarnabhumi but I did not see the observation deck. There was a lounge on the top floor where you could see the airport, but a lot of your view was blocked by the terminals. I will say that the JAL staff was great about getting us onto that flight at the last minute. They all coordinated with walkie talkies to make sure we got on.


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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9909 times:

Seriously, do not even bother with the observation deck. Your view is obscured with so much of the airport's structure you start to wonder if the "observation" is for the steel structure or the aircraft outside.


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User currently offlinePKflyer From Pakistan, joined Apr 2008, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9666 times:

Amazing! Simply amazing. 60 Trip Reports is a superb achievement.
Regarding this Trip Report, it was fantastic.
Hope to see more Trip Reports from you in the nearby future

Kind Regards
Arslaan



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User currently offlineThatplaneguy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 82 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9585 times:

"looks much better than Don Muang, it just doesn't" have.... the same photo opportunities, and spotting facilities are not so good either!!

Nice TR, makes me miss BKK and Thailand, and my own adventures on AirAsia. I like their service and crews are friendly. I took up the x-press boarding once and I got an amazing minivan tour / ramp ride around the airport.

MBK is the only place I found which sells models. Do you know of any others?

Congrats on your TRs. I enjoy reading them very much.

Best regards.

Gio



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9572 times:



Quoting PKflyer (Reply 21):
Amazing! Simply amazing. 60 Trip Reports is a superb achievement.
Regarding this Trip Report, it was fantastic.
Hope to see more Trip Reports from you in the nearby future

Thank you PKFlyer. If you noticed, this report was written in June 2007 and I have since flown and written more reports after that.

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SQ New JCL HKG-SIN
TR SIN-HAN
BL HAN-SGN
TR SGN-SIN

Quoting Thatplaneguy (Reply 22):
MBK is the only place I found which sells models. Do you know of any others?

There used to be a shop at Erawan Plaza beside Hyatt. They have since closed and I saw a written notice of where they moved to. Unfortunately, as much as I can speak Thai, I cannot READ Thai. But I stumbled across Toy Studio on subsequent trips so I am happy now.  Smile



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9284 times:

Nice 60th TR

The pics are great.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 1):

Really amazing. 60 TRs!! Will write my first (  ashamed  ) in late august.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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