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NRT-BKK-NRT On TG 777 And NH 777  
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11537 times:
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This past weekend, I flew to BKK for the first time. I also wanted to try some other airlines 777 service.

15 Dec
NRT-BKK
TG 777

At NRT Terminal 1 was remodeled, and it's South wing houses all the Star Alliance airlines. It was very nicely done, and the facilities are very modern.
My flight was due to depart NRT at 9:45AM and I wanted to get to the airport plenty early as I was flying on a ZED (Zonal Employee Discount) pass. Although availability on the flight looked good, I wanted to give myself plenty of time. I arrived at NRT about 1 hour before departure and was dismayed to find there was a long line. There was nothing I could do but wait, but an agent was walking around with a sign for TG 943, the earlier flight. She took me over to another desk, and I gave them my pass. The agent told me to come back at 9:00AM, although she said the flight looked good. Then she told me she could check me in now, which she did and gave me a boarding pass with seat 56K. It was a window seat which I preferred. All Star Alliance airlines leave from Terminal 1.
TG 777's have been repainted in a new design. Here are some pics of the 777.
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi004.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi006.jpg
My seat was in the last compartment in the airplane, several rows from the last row. The cabin crew was composed of both men and women, mostly of Thai descent. There was a Japanese speaker in our cabin.
As I like to do, I asked a flight attendant if it would be possible to visit the cockpit. I showed her my AA retiree card. She said she didn't think it would be possible but she would check for me. Later, she came and informed me, along with the purser, that it would not be possible, because of security.
We pushed back on time, and took off to the north from NRT. We made a right turn and headed south toward BKK.
Because of my being on the right side of the plane, I could see NRT as well as Fuji San, shrouded in clouds. It was a bit hazy so I did not take any pics of these.

The flight took us in a southwesterly direction, where we flew east of Japan, over Taiwan, east of Hong Kong, over Vietnam, Laos, and into Thailand. I would have liked to see Hong Kong, but it was covered with clouds.

The inflight service on TG was very nice. We were give choices of either a beef or fish dish for lunch. I found the seats (they were made by Recaro) comfortable, with adequate leg room. There were sandwiches served before landing in BKK.
My only complaint was the in flight entertainment. There were no PTV's in our seats and even on the main screen, no flight map to show us our flight stats. I'm glad I had my new iPod Nano with me.

The flight was uneventful, and soon we were on our descent into Bangkok's Suvamarbhumi Airport. This airport was opened a little over a year ago and I found it very modern. We had a long walk from our gate to immigration, but I cleared it quickly and met my friend. It had been quite cold in Tokyo, but it was quite warm and humid in BKK.

Bangkok is an interesting city, with canals, temples and it is a mecca for shoppers. I noticed a lot more foreigners, particularly Americans there, than I do in Tokyo. Here are some pics from Bangkok.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi051.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi053.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi055.jpg

If you ever go to Bangkok, I highly recommend you take the Chaophraya River Cruise. You will have nice buffet dinner, and get to see several temples from the boat. It is popular because we had to try a few different lines as they were sold out.

16 Dec
BKK-NRT
NH 777
It was soon time for me to return to NRT. I flew NH this time, because I wanted to try another airline's 777's. I have flown NH 777's before on domestic flights, and they were very good.
Like NRT, BKK also has a dedicated check in areafor Star Alliance airlines. I checked in and one thing I like about NH is that they always ask me my seating preference, even though I'm just flying as a non rev. I appreciate this and I prefer NH to JL for this reason, although JL's service is also very good. I was assigned seat 20K.
Bangkok's Suvamarbhumi Airport has a lot of stores, once you clear passport control. I might add that I found it strange after clearing passport control that there was no security check. That is because you go through security before you enter the departure concourse.
In the departure I talked with the captain as the crew was waiting to board the aircraft. He told me the flying time to NRT would be 5:17. I also asked him if it would be possible to see the cockpit but he told me it was prohibited because of security. I think that cockpit visits are a thing of the past. It was always very easy before 11 September, but that changed everything. The captain was very nice about it, and I chatted with him again after landing at NRT.
This flight was a midnight departure. I noticed several other airlines, Star Alliance carriers mostly, like TG, NH, UA, OS, SK and LX, but also some OneWorld airlines like CX, QF and BA. Quite a number of flights were departing late at night for Europe.
The cabin crew on this flight, like I have noticed on other JL and NH flights was all women.
On this flights each seat had it's own PTV. We were a little late leaving and in taxiing out there were LH and KL 747-400's, and a TK Airbus 340 ahead of us.
I was hoping that the nosewheel camera would be turned on before takeoff. The Japanese carriers have this, and it is the closest you will come to sitting in the cockpit. Unfortunately it wasn't turned on. Another thing was I noticed other airplanes in line, and it looked like the cabin lights were dimmed. Not so on our flight. As a matter of fact they weren't turned off until after the flight attendants finished their beverage service.
As I mentioned, each seat had it's own PTV and this flight was my first experience with AVOD. There was a nice selection of video and movies, and the airshow map. Of course I listened to my iPod Nano.
On this flight there was no dinner (I'm glad I ate something in the terminal before!), and there was breakfast served before landing.
I was sitting on the right side of the plane, and I always enjoy looking out at the Pacific ocean and the stars, of which they were too numerous to count. I also enjoy watching sunrise and after 3 hours it started to get light. By then we were less than 2 hours before landing at NRT. My only complaint is that while it was still dark out, and I was enjoying watching sunrise, the flight attendants abruptly turned on the cabin lights full blast. It was not done gradually, or like I hear several of the newer 777's have mood lighting. That would be nice.
I will include some pics of sunrise for you.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi067.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi069.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi075.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi077.jpg

Soon we began our descent into NRT and we made our approach to the south. For the first time, in over 7 years I got to land on the longer runway, 16R. This is because, AA has to land on the other runway 16L/34R. This would mean a 20 minute taxi when we were at Terminal 1, especially when landing to the north.
We taxied to the gate, and I noticed a TG 777-300 taxiing in.

Here are some pics of my NH 777.
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi080.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o252/triple7man/Mi078.jpg

I always prefer the Asian carriers, because their service is so good; even in economy class. I really have no complaints against their service. The only negative points were the no PTV's on TG and the cabin lights being on for takeoff and abruptly turned on later on NH. Otherwise I was very pleased with the service on both carriers and would not hesitate to fly them again. If asked which one I prefer, I would choose NH. I have flown them several times domestically and there service is very good, so I'm gladI got to try them on a longer flight.

Hope you enjoyed this report and comments are welcome.


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User currently offlineAirivoireA321 From Cote d'Ivoire, joined Nov 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11515 times:

Nice report thanks for sharing with us.
i hope to visit BKK within the next 3 years ( What about the cruise altitude in both flights ?, i would like to have such information for FS9 flight ^_^).


User currently offlineOmoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11466 times:

Nice report, cool pics

User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11370 times:
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Quoting Triple7man (Thread starter):
( What about the cruise altitude in both flights ?, i would like to have such information for FS9 flight ^_^).

36000 feet NRT-BKK and 37000 feet BKK-NRT



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User currently offlineNZ99 From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11350 times:



Quote:
All Star Alliance airlines leave from Terminal 1

NZ is @ T2

Nice Report Anyway......

I'm a big fan of NRT especially T1-S


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17063 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 11256 times:

Nice TR.

The pics are really good.

Really pity that you couldn't visit the cockpit on any of your flights.



Thank you for sharing

B747forever.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10793 times:

Interesting report with some great pics. How's the meal service on both carriers in comparison?

Quoting Triple7man (Thread starter):
Otherwise I was very pleased with the service on both carriers and would not hesitate to fly them again. If asked which one I prefer, I would choose NH. I have flown them several times domestically and there service is very good, so I'm gladI got to try them on a longer flight.

Just had two ANA domestic flights and I was surprised about the high level of customer service (well, it wasn't different on JAL). I'll definitely try a Japanese carrier on a longhaul service, too.


PH



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User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 10350 times:
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Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Interesting report with some great pics. How's the meal service on both carriers in comparison?

On TG we were given a couple of choices...a fish or beef dish. We weren't given menus. Then before landing we were served sandwiches. I think they were tunafish salad sandwiches. I didn't take one.

On NH we were served drinks after takeoff. We had breakfast before landing at NRT. We weren't given a choice...everyone got the same thing. It was a Japanese meal consisting of a roll, a salad and soba noodles. Then the hot dish was sausages and bacon and some kind of potato pudding.

I thought the meals on both flights were very good. The beef dish on TG was a little spicy as Thai food is spicy.

Not sure about the meal in business class as I was in economy class



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8527 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 10163 times:
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Nice report and photo's, thanks.

Always good to see airline comparisons, especially on the same a/c type.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9543 times:

Nice pics . Shame you couldnt get into the cockpit. I guess its sign of the times !!!

Thanks

OA260


User currently offlineForeverUnited From United States of America, joined May 2006, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9519 times:

Sounds odd that the lights weren't dimmed during takeoff. The reason many carriers do this, especially on night flights, is because if there were an accident, the cabin would theoretically be plunged into darkness, and it would take a few seconds for passengers eyes to adjust to the while making their egress from the aircraft. If the lights are already out, keeps passengers more oriented immediately following. Not sure if this is a regulation, or if airlines just have this policy, but it seems to make sense...

User currently offline5YKQW From Kenya, joined Feb 2007, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9413 times:

Hi
I truly envy and admire travellers in the Far East. Their reports really inspire the urge to travel there. Asia is a widebody haven and the people, airlines and airports magnificent and interesting. Keep it up


User currently offlineFAH345 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 8220 times:

Cool report! Especially the comparison~quite smart!

Quoting Triple7man (Thread starter):
The inflight service on TG was very nice. We were give choices of either a beef or fish dish for lunch. I found the seats (they were made by Recaro) comfortable, with adequate leg room. There were sandwiches served before landing in BKK.
My only complaint was the in flight entertainment. There were no PTV's in our seats and even on the main screen, no flight map to show us our flight stats. I'm glad I had my new iPod Nano with me.

That's quite a shame...glad you had your iPod, and gotta carry iPod whenever fly with TG; cuz you never know what type of aircraft you will end up with..! I still don't understand why the PTVs are not installed on 772 economy...lack of budget perhaps? Although Silk Class comes with AVOD... TG is in process of refurbishing its 773s, 2 out of 6 are completed. New version comes with AVOD in every seat!

Quoting Triple7man (Thread starter):
Bangkok is an interesting city, with canals

Were you shocked by the "fragrance" of those canals??

Quoting Triple7man (Thread starter):
Another thing was I noticed other airplanes in line, and it looked like the cabin lights were dimmed. Not so on our flight. As a matter of fact they weren't turned off until after the flight attendants finished their beverage service.

That happened on my flight as well.

I think TG does the same for take off and landing.

Quoting Triple7man (Thread starter):
each seat had it's own PTV and this flight was my first experience with AVOD

Cool~! Too bad that it wasn't touch screen.

Thank you so much for nice TR.


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 7943 times:
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Quoting FAH345 (Reply 12):
Were you shocked by the "fragrance" of those canals??

To be honest I don't remember. I do remember in many of the outdoor markets where they cooked food there were peculiar odors. I also noticed a lot more animals out and about too. My friend said because of Thailand being primarily Buddhist, animals are considered sacred.

I'll keep my cats inside anyway!



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