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Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 16816 times:

Reason for trip:

Basically with another year’s of hard work almost behind me, its time again for me to embark on my X’mas and New Year’s holiday to the USA. This time it will be another ultra long haul run on TG’s LA Express in Royal Silk Class. I will split this TR to 2 parts with the outbound and inbound legs separate.


21 December 2007

Jakarta (CGK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines MH720
Aircraft: B737-400
Registration: 9M-MMW
1st Flight: 21 June 1993
ETD: 1545
ATD: 1540
ETA: 1845
ATA: 1835
Flight time: 2 hours
Seat: 1F
Class: Golden Club (Business)
Cruise: 32000 feet

Pre Flight

Just spent most of my day after I woke up just relaxing and doing some last minute packing like charging all my electronics and stuff like that. By the time we got to the airport, the airport was really busy as a lot of people are also leaving for their year’s end holiday. Usually in the mid-afternoon, the airport is dead quiet. Check in was quick and then we proceeded to clear immigration and head towards the lounge.

Airside Duty Free at Soekarno Hatta Airport



Of Course I also managed to do some spotting



The usual lounge used by MH and SQ is the Puri Indah lounge,


but this instance, we decided to use the Esplanade lounge and it was the right decision made as it was not too busy and they just finished a really nice renovation to this lounge.






I hope the flight today is on time as I have barely a 2 hour connection time for my flight to Bangkok in Kuala Lumpur.

9M-MMW


In Flight

As suspected, it’s a 100% full flight today on this B734, I really hope MH change their short haul fleet soon as most of their B734 are around 15 years old now. I hope they get the A320 as I somehow prefer the A320 to the B737 family due to the slightly more spacious cabin. It would be great if they fit it out like Virgin America’s A320 fleet.

Legroom & J Seats aboard MH B734’s




Due to the peak travel season, I wished that MH would have changed this flight to the A333. But nothing can ever beat the great welcome you get once you enter a MH flight, and this flight was no different. Soon after pushback we were off in the air.






Storm clouds were everywhere, but the pilots really did their best and always somehow manage to avoid them.

Late lunch!



Inflight Mag


The remainder of the flight was uneventful and time was spent reading the day’s papers. Before long we touched down in Kuala Lumpur 10 mins early and ending another great MH flight.

Crossing islands all the way to Malaysia




Touch down KLIA





Service: 8/10
Food: 5/10
Aircraft: 6/10


21 December 2007

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Bangkok (BKK)

Airline: Thai Airways TG418
Aircraft: B777-200ER
Registration: HS-TJS
1st Flight: 31 October 2006
ETD: 2100
ATD: 2100
ETA: 2200
ATA: 2152
Flight time: 1 hr 50 mins
Seat: 16A
Class: Royal Silk (Business)
Cruise: 36000 feet

Pre Flight

After landing from my Jakarta flight, we cleared immigration and customs at Kuala Lumpur before picking our bags up and checking in again for our TG flight to Bangkok. Looking at the number of people waiting to check in, we could tell that its another full load to Bangkok. The agent at the Royal Silk check in was painfully slow today, took me almost 20 mins to check in and that’s with only 1 person in front of me.




After all formalities were done, we proceeded to the temporary lounge that is being used by TG. This temporary lounge is actually better than the actually TG lounge itself, thank god they decided to renovate it.





After relaxing for around 20 mins, we went to the gate and to my absolute joy, its HS-TJS, one of TG’s newest B772ER.



Barely a year old and with the updated J seats which I wanted to check out, and another milestone is that with this flight, I have truly completed flying on the entire TG long haul fleet (have not flown TG’s B734 and ATR 72 as I seldom fly domestic route in Thailand)

In Flight

Once coming aboard the B772ER, I noticed that the new J seats is significantly bigger in size than the current lie-flats on the A340, B777 and B744. After settling my big butt in the new seat, it is indeed better in every aspect than the older ones. Wider, more support, and most importantly, a much bigger PTV. AVOD system is still the same though (what AVOD system does TG use anyway?) If there is only one problem with the newer seat is that the footrest is a little bit annoying in that your feet has to be on them to hold them down from folding up again.

New & refreshed J lie flats













After experiencing the new seat is that my flight the next day to LAX will be on the older lie-flat, what a bummer huh! On this flight, TG had a better than average crew on board your usual regional flight and were actually helpful and polite, and another plus, the in flight catering today was really good.

In a new aircraft, you must of course visit the lav!




Menu & Mags










Also manage to catch a few sitcoms



Approach to Bangkok





Had to use the stairs again, but no complains as I love taking shots of the great RR Trent engines!


After landing in Bangkok, we took our bags and took the airport limo to the Holiday Inn Bangkok where we will be spending a night.
Service: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Aircraft: 10/10

Hotel Stay

Hotel: Bangkok Holiday Inn
Check in: 21 December 2007
Check out: 22 December 2007
Room: Deluxe King





This hotel just had a recent makeover in and out and the rooms are now really nice and modern. The plus point of this hotel is the relatively attractive rates and also its great location in Ploenchit.

Service: 7/10
Room: 7/10

22 December 2007

Bangkok (BKK) – Los Angeles (LAX)

Airline: Thai Airways TG794
Aircraft: A340-500
Registration: HS-TLB
1st Flight: 14 April 2005
ETD: 1930
ATD: 1935
ETA: 1900
ATA: 1905
Flight time: 13 hr 50 mins
Seat: 22A
Class: Royal Silk (Business)
Cruise: 39000 feet

Pre Flight

After a nice overnight stay in Bangkok, we spent the rest of our day shopping at Siam Paragon and Central Chidlom. Left the hotel for the airport at around 4pm.

On the way to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport




Deserted Royal Silk Check in


After the quick check in and immigration clearance, we spent the rest of our time just walking around the duty free and Royal Silk Lounge.







Royal Silk Lounge



Royal Orchid Spa
And of course, got the free foot massage at the Royal Orchid Spa.


Bangkok airport is usually busy, but this time even more so as its almost X’mas vacation time. Soon enough we went to the gate and entered the aircraft, settling in my seats, I really appreciate the newer lie flats on the B772ER.

HS-TLB


In Flight

1st Generation TG lie flats






After push back, there was a long hold, around 30 mins, most probably waiting for departure clearance from US customs! The take off itself was extremely long (due to real heavy fuel load)

Just about to commence pushback







Once after take off, there was this annoying high pitched sound coming out form the engine (as my seat was right next to it), thank god I had my Bose noice cancelling headsets to really drum out that noise. Funny enough when I got up to walk around the cabin, the sound is not audible once you are either 1 row in front or behind me. This was my first time on HS-TLB. I have now been on TLA, TLB and TLC, I guess only TLD has been avoiding my custom 

Amenities, Menu and Meals










My AVOD starting acting up during meal service and it took almost 1 hour of resetting to fix the problem. I managed to catch ‘Invasion’ on the AVOD and after that its just lights out for me all the way to Los Angeles.

Just waking up from my peaceful slumber








One last meal before landing


Approach into LAX




Service: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Aircraft: 8/10

Hotel Stay – Los Angeles

Hotel: Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica
Check in: 22 December 2007
Check out: 28 December 2007
Room: Suite

Pics of the room, by the way, please excuse the mess in my hotel room! Hehehe





Service: 8/10
Room: 6.5/10

Hotel Stay – Las Vegas

Hotel: Wynn Resort and Casino
Check in: 28 December 2007
Check out: 4 December 2008
Room: Resort Suites

Again, apologies for the messy room!








Thanks for reading Part 1, Part 2 should be up soon which consists of the return Leg.

My Previous Trip Reports from Newest to Oldest

Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports)
Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bangkok - Saigon On Air France A340 (by Thai744 Sep 5 2007 in Trip Reports)

21 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineJamman From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 16668 times:

Great report, great pictures, thanks for taking the time to do it.  bigthumbsup 


Phoning it in from a place with no phones.
User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 16579 times:

ThaiA345,

Its always great to see a great TR about such a marvellous plane. However, you are right, the C class seats on the 772 are nicer. But give me an A345 anytime  Smile

I wonder when my next 'A345 retreat' will be!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Royal Silk Check in

I am still quite surprised (and very impressed) with that concept of check-in. You rarely see that much offered for Business Class check-in at other airlines.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Wynn Resort and Casino

Very good hotel! How was your stay in Las Vegas? Did u fly there from LAX? or drive?

Thanks for a great 1st part. Definitely looking forward to the sequel!

Regards,
Roni



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16354 times:

Hi boss. Any luck at Las Vegas?  Smile

User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1708 posts, RR: 65
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15753 times:
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Hi, nice report

Recently TG have 1 A345 to heavy MX check so they use A340-600 on some days (return via Osaka/KIX) to LAX, 8 lucky pax get first class seat by holding Business Class tkt, and I guess EY+ tkt holder also get some J seats everyone is a winner  Smile


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 747 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 15693 times:
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SQ 345 is only configured for 2 class I believe on their flights from SIN to EWR and LAX. Is TG configured for 1 or 2 classes?


Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15597 times:

For TG, they have three cabin classes - Business (Royal Silk), Premium Economy and Economy Class on its Airbus A340-500s, which will be used on BKK to LAX or JFK.

Thanks for the report!

Once again, the third serving is not served properly on this flight... TG F/As once again just choose to serve the last meal on their own discretion (but catering loads a pizza for everyone). That is my problem with TG.

Thanks and look forward to further report!

Carfield


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 15220 times:

Excellent TR, would love to see the return. Do you get to sit on the Airbus 300-600 (really looking for a detailed TR on that in C)

User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 763 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 14997 times:
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Hi mate.

Fantastic T/R as always  Smile

Those new lie flats in the 777 200ER looks absolutely fabulous Big grin
Will have to try to get a flight on it in April when I am in Thailand for Songkran and RR  Wink Did not get it on my BKK-KUL-BKK so I am going to try harder this time around. Will be flying 10 domestic flights while I am there, so with any luck on the BKK-HKT-BKK leg I might get their new 200ER...

Looking forward to your return T/R!

Stein



2-3-2 is NOT a premium configuration
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14698 times:



Quoting Jamman (Reply 1):
Great report, great pictures, thanks for taking the time to do it.

You are welcome  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 2):
However, you are right, the C class seats on the 772 are nicer. But give me an A345 anytime

Hi Roni! You are right on that! aesthetically I also prefer the A345, pity about the seats though! But on the ultra long haul route like LAX to BKK, the plane is sooo heavy that it only lifts off almost at the end of the runway and that actually scares some people  Smile heehhehe

Quoting N178UA (Reply 4):
Recently TG have 1 A345 to heavy MX check so they use A340-600 on some days (return via Osaka/KIX) to LAX, 8 lucky pax get first class seat by holding Business Class tkt, and I guess EY+ tkt holder also get some J seats everyone is a winner

HI Sam, thanks for reading! Actually I also know about the A346 and I was trying to get on that flight so I can get the F seats as I am holding C tickets plus Royal Orchid Gold, so definitely I will be on the F...but sadly, the A346 was not operating on the schedule which I had to fly from. Oh well, I am coming back from MUC in F on the A346 in April so not too bad I guess, the only sad part...I actually have to pay the F fare  Sad


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14670 times:



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 9):
the plane is sooo heavy that it only lifts off almost at the end of the runway and that actually scares some people

I can imagine. Even on a flight like DXB-JFK it takes quite some time to gain momentum, but probably not as long as your flight  Smile ...I love that about it though.



A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14614 times:



Quoting Triple7man (Reply 5):
SQ 345 is only configured for 2 class I believe on their flights from SIN to EWR and LAX. Is TG configured for 1 or 2 classes?

Hi There Triple7man, actually on SQ's A345, they are also configured in the same way as TG's with Raffles, Premium Y and Y

Quoting Carfield (Reply 6):
TG F/As once again just choose to serve the last meal on their own discretion (but catering loads a pizza for everyone). That is my problem with TG.

You are absolutely correct in there...the 3rd and final meal is always served haphazardly and usually they taste pretty bad, as for me, I usually skip it altogether, and with my own observations, so do most passengers in J.

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 7):
Do you get to sit on the Airbus 300-600 (really looking for a detailed TR on that in C)

Hi Ag92, I actually always avoid all my TG travels on tha A300-600, its just that their products on board these birds are sooo dated and not worth the money I am paying in J. So usually if I need to go on route that TG usues the A300-600, I usually fly on MH instead, as most of their regional routes are done by the A333 (which is going thru a reasonable enhancement program) or the B772ER

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 8):
Did not get it on my BKK-KUL-BKK so I am going to try harder this time around.

Hi Stein! Actually the best bet is to get to BKK on the TG418 which leaves KUL at around 9pm. They use the B772ER pretty often on this times now. And if you are coming back from BKK to KUL, try the flight which leaves around 11am becasue as luck might have it, you might even get the A346 like me on my return trip to KL that you will see in part 2!


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14611 times:



Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 3):
Hi boss. Any luck at Las Vegas?

Ahh the great Mr MAR !!! .....I heard rumours MH will register their 1st A380 as 9M-MAR to honour you  Smile heehehhe. Nope, Vegas was bad to me this year  Sad


User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 14495 times:

Hi ThaiA345!

Great detailed report and nice pics. The meals looked very tasty and the menu sounded very good as well. What was your choice for the second meal on the BKK - LAX leg?

Quote:
ThaiA345: ...and another milestone is that with this flight, I have truly completed flying on the entire TG long haul fleet



Quote:
ThaiA345: This was my first time on HS-TLB. I have now been on TLA, TLB and TLC, I guess only TLD has been avoiding my custom 

???????? Have you completed the long haul fleet or not?

I'm looking forward to the second part.

Regards,

Stefan


User currently offlineTui From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14459 times:

What a fantastic report ! Am flying Thai LHR -HKT next Month but in Economy ! Any comments would be welcome.

User currently onlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 802 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14365 times:

A fantastic TR, loads of pictures, very extensive. Those TG 777s looked fantastic and hat luck getting a brand new bird. Im looking forward to the next leg!

Well done again



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 14169 times:



Quoting EIRules (Reply 15):
Those TG 777s looked fantastic and hat luck getting a brand new bird

Actually all TG's B777 (Even non ER) have alraedy been upgraded in J to the new lie flats, but the ER's have the 2nd generation of these lie flats, but please be aware, out of the B773 they have, only 1 has since been converted to the new interior.

Cheers!


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17084 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 13751 times:

A fantastic TR

The pics are really good.

Great written!!!


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8563 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13741 times:
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Great report and pictures, a most enjoyable read, thanks!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
we decided to use the Esplanade lounge

- Hmm, looks like a pretty decent lounge.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Late lunch!

- Actually looks pretty decent.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13544 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
Hmm, looks like a pretty decent lounge.

Actually since it just finished a complete make over, its been great, just used it yesterday again, and SQ now also uses this lounge, so I guess that tells a lot on its own huh  Smile ....actually they changed the name to just JAS Premium Lounge and the Esplanade name moved over to the lounge across the corrider, but I guess its owned by the same owner.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):
Actually looks pretty decent.

Actually on this trip, I was pretty blessed with good meals on most of my flights!

Thanks again for reading Mark!


User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 13455 times:

Food looks quite nice. How do you load all off these pics?

User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 13219 times:



Quoting Aerofan (Reply 20):
How do you load all off these pics?

Well, any picture uploading site is fine, but most people including myself use photobucket.com


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