SeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 717 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5976 times:
This is my first trip report, and i did plan to take photos to go with it but i wasn't feeling very well and decided not to.
On Monday 9th July i boarded the airport shuttle service to Hong Kong airport. Upon arrival i made my way through to the new terminal 2 "skyplaza". The time was around 7:10pm with a planned departure at 10:35pm. The emirates check-in wasn't open at that time, and ground agents were just setting up, so i took this time to look around the new shops and facilities.
I wandered around and then went to the "Aviation discovery centre" which has a number of models and images of how aviation in Hong Kong has changed since the very first flight to today. There is a good model of HKG built into the floor in one part, which uses computer images to make it look as if planes are moving around, departing and arriving. There is also a skydeck but i didn't visit it.
Check in was now open and the gate agent (who didn't speak very good english) checked me in all the way through to LGW. She gave me my boarding pass and directed me to the security area. The terminal is quite large yet was so empty as there was only EK385 leaving at this time. I walked to the security and passport control area, which was empty. Then i boarded the train which takes you to the main terminal. As i still had quite a while, i decided against going straight to my gate and chose to look around the shops airside at terminal 1. I bought two bottles of perfume for family members but as i was transiting in Dubai, the cashier helpfully notified me that they may ask me to remove the perfume from their cardboard boxes so they fit in the 100ml plastic bag.
I then made my way to gate 66 towards the end of the terminal, i walked it instead of taking the train as i wanted to burn some time. After a short wait, boarding began, and an announcement was made for those passengers in rows 35 onwards - however about 80% of the passengers in the lounge got up and rushed to the gate.
The flight was relatively full, compared to my inbound journey, with most seats full, however the seat next to me remained empty. I was felling very tired and went to sleep missing the food. I was woken by the cabin announcement that we were approaching BKK and could passengers fasten their seat belts. All of a sudden, the engines made a loud whining noise and the plane pulled up and did a sharp turn. The captain then came on and informed us that due to traffic on the runway that wouldn't move, we had to abort the landing and go-around. Second time round we landed no problem. At this point passengers continuing onto Dubai are asked to remain onboard and return to their original seats. An army of Thai cleaners then boarded the aircraft and began working along removing rubbish, changing blankets and headrest covers.
Around 30 passengers remained onboard at this time with the rest getting off in BKK, the crew then passed through the cabin asking passengers to identify their hand luggage to ensure no one had left anything on board. Passengers then began boarding.
The flight was about 95% full, and a Thai woman was seated next to me who was continuing on to Paris CDG. The flight took off on time. Dinner was served shortly after the fasten seat belt sign was turned off. I fell asleep again! This aircraft didn't have ICE but the older inflight entertainment system, the interior was much older however some features such as the larger foot rest seemed better then the new interior in travelled in recently. I watched the air map show the plane pass over India across the gulf and then zig-zag into Dubai. Upon arrival at DXB, i noticed a large number of IL-76 parked by the DNATA Cargo Centre. We then taxied for about 10 minutes, the crew then informed us, that we were taxing to a remote stand. We eventually arrived and parked between two 777-300ERs. Once down the air stairs we boarded our coaches and went around the side of the airport passing Kuwait Airways & Gulf Air A320's as well as an RJ A321 and an unmarked blue tail 727-200. The bus then stopped for us transit passengers to get off and go through security and back into the departure area.
I know its kinda short, so next time will hopefully be feeling better to take photos and pay more attention to things such as meals! Any advice would be welcome. I'll be writing a trip report on my next flights which are SU LHR-SVO-PEK and MU PEK-TYN and then the return. This is next week however you will have to wait until august as I'm in china for a month!!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38484 posts, RR: 80 Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5906 times:
Quoting SeansasLCY (Thread starter): I wandered around and then went to the "Aviation discovery centre" which has a number of models and images of how aviation in Hong Kong has changed since the very first flight to today. There is a good model of HKG built into the floor in one part, which uses computer images to make it look as if planes are moving around, departing and arriving. There is also a skydeck but i didn't visit it.
Isn't HKG awesome?
I was there back in March. It is a wonderful airport.
I still wish I could have gone to Hong Kong when Kai Tak was still open to see the final approach. Most tell me that Chap Kok is a much better airport. I also like the model aircraft store in HKG also. Most were 1:400 scale. I collect 1:500 scale and I the good ones they had, I already have.
My visit to Hong Kong was do to a missed connection and ended up getting 26 hours in Hong Kong. Went downtown and did lots of sight-seeing.
I flew on one of the last remaining Thai Airways 747-300s Royal First Class.
BKK-HKG Thai Airways 747-300
BKK-NRT United 777-200
NRT-SFO United 747-400
PerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5492 times:
Neat report - not like my rambling ones
Interesting that they asked you to stay on board at Suvarnabhumi - so that transit pax don't get lost I guess. Not that you really missed much in my view, except some exercise. I've been at Phuket and heard frantic calls for transit pax to get back to their plane asap!
Having said that, my only visit to Chap Kok was as a transit pax back in 2000 . We were enroute PER-SIN-HKG-SFO. We had one hour to do a lap of the terminal and they struck bright green stickers on us. As it was there were 2 no shows and their luggage had to be offloaded making us about 25 minutes late.
Good chance that I'll be there in December this year though to really check it out.
Quoting Christao17 (Reply 4): Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 2):
Neat report - not like my rambling ones
Hey, I like your rambling reports!
Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 5): This one by Sean is precise and to the point though - although Superfly's can be interesting too, especially what he doesn't say
Thanks. I just wish I had done a spell check before posting my trip around the world report and should have waited until I was sober when I did it. I had came in from a night of drinking and was on the computer and threw that report together. The Superfly returns from Thailand report I posted while at work, multi-tasking and looking over my shoulder so no one could see the photos (not safe for work) on my CD from that trip.
I may have a trip report later on this year from El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Then again I may just go back to Thailand.
SeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 717 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4469 times:
The shops at Terminal 2 are slightly less upmarket - Calvin Klein Jeans, Krispy Kreme, Giordiano ect.
I didn't mind not being on the O8 i was just happy going to HK as i wasn't supposed to be going with my family but managed to persuade them to let me go!
Is this the same Giordiano as the pizza place in Chicago?
If so, I didn't see that and should slap myself for not seeing that! I love there pizza!
One thing I do like about HKG is that they have a 7/11 in the terminal and you can buy booze. SFO or no other USA airport would never have anything that cool. That came in handy since I had to sleep overnight in the terminal. My friend Carlo Rossi (sold at 7/11) came in handy when it was time to sleep on those uncomfortable seats in the terminal.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38484 posts, RR: 80 Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4347 times:
Quoting SeansasLCY (Reply 10): No sorry ! i meant Giordiano the HK clothes shop! Food places within Terminal 2 include Burger King, Macauese restaurant and Beijing Dumplings restaurant. I dont recall a pizza place but there may be.
Ok now I feel relieved.
That is a Chicago exclusive pizza chain. We don't don't have anything close to it here in San Francisco. Considering the time I spend in HGK, I would have been mad at myself for not eating there.
Anyhow, my nose would have led me to Giordiano's pizza if there was one in the terminal. Very distinctive and appetizing smell.