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Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 16080 times:

4 January 2008

This is the report on my return leg from LAX to CGK. Part 1 can be found at Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports)


Los Angeles (LAX) – Bangkok (BKK)

Airline: Thai Airways TG795
Aircraft: A340-500
Registration: HS-TLA
1st Flight: 7 February 2005
ETD: 2130
ATD: 2240
ETA: 0630
ATA: 0755
Flight time: 17 hr 50 mins
Seat: 14A
Class: Royal Silk (Business)
Cruise: 38000 feet

Pre Flight

Another new year, another holiday gone! Somehow time seems to fly past when you are on holidays! To make matters worse, I spent the last 3 days down with a very bad bout of the flu! I was mainly holed up in my room at the Wynn Resort. At least I made full use of my stay in Vegas before I fell sick. We left the hotel at around 1pm, which would get me into Los Angeles around 4 which meant I could still spend some time at one of the malls to relax.

On the freeway driving back to LA


But how wrong I was! Due to the really bad weather all the way to LA, it took me around 5 hours. By the time I arrived at LAX it was already 6.30pm, so there goes my plan! I dropped off my family along with our bags while I went to the rental car return.

LAX at night






Check in also took an extremely long time at LAX and we only had an hour left before departure by the time we finished all formalities. I managed to squeeze a couple of minutes at the new Star Alliance lounge before we went to the gate.

New Star Alliance Lounge





In Flight

HS-TLA, TG’s first A345 is taking me to Bangkok today,


once I settled in my seats, I noticed the weather getting from bad to worse, it think this could mean a delay again (all my flights from LAX to BKK has always been late!).




Amenity kit


Weather started to get from bad to worse



5 min after this, my AVOD went dead, all the way back to Bangkok, crew were also unable to reboot my seat


True enough, by the time we took off it was 2240. To make matters worse, my AVOD completely didn’t function so whenever I wanted to catch a something on AVOD, I had to swap seats with the wife.

Food time






Watching a movie (after swapping seats with my wife!)


More food





Ahhh, in the morning light
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/USA%20Dec%2007/DSC02929.jpg



Breakfast before descend into Bangkok





The flight itself was uneventful and at least I managed to sleep most of the way, the crew was extremely apologetic with the malfunctioning AVOD and compensated me with 2 bottles of wine of my choice. It was not too much of a problem as none of the movies on offer actually caught my eye. By the time I woke up, we were already on descent to Bangkok and after that it was a mad rush to catch my connecting flight to Kuala Lumpur.

Service: 7.5/10
Food: 7/10
Aircraft: 6/10 (minus points for AVOD malfunction)

6 January 2008

Bangkok (BKK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Airline: Thai Airways TG415
Aircraft: A340-600
Registration: HS-TNB
1st Flight: 24 June 2005
ETD: 0855
ATD: 0905
ETA: 1205
ATA: 1205
Flight time: 1 hr 50 mins
Seat: 12A
Class: Royal Silk (Business)
Cruise: 33000 feet

Pre Flight

It was a really tiring trip from Los Angeles and by the time we entered this aircraft I was truly as dead as I can be. One thing that surprised me though was that TG was actually using the A346 on this route.

HS-TNB



I guess sometimes when the online schedule says aircraft as EQV its truly like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.

In Flight

First class was deliberately left empty as F is never sold on regional routes, J and Y were 100% full though. This was my 2nd time on the A346.





And soon we will be off




Menu and meal



Views on route to Kuala Lumpur





My 1st time was back in September when I flew F to Munich. We had your average regional J crew on board and the AVOD has already been updated with January’s programs. I just slept most of the way into Kuala Lumpur and the flight itself was uneventful.


A rare sight in Kuala Lumpur


Service: 6/10
Food: 7/10
Aircraft: 9/10


6 January 2008

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Jakarta (CGK)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines MH723
Aircraft: A330-300
Registration: 9M-MKJ
1st Flight: 21 November 1995
ETD: 1630
ATD: 1630
ETA: 1730
ATA: 1720
Flight time: 2 hours
Seat: 1A
Class: Golden Club (Business)
Cruise: 32000 feet

Pre Flight

When we picked our bags at Kuala Lumpur, one of my bags failed to make the transfer of aircraft in Bangkok. So I spent almost 1 hour reporting the loss of baggage and also for the Lost and Found to forward my luggage to me in Jakarta (it actually arrived in Jakarta on the very same night, but typical Indonesian inefficiency, they only forwarded the bag to me 2 days later!) Naturally I was in a foul mood as one bag was missing. After check in I just spent the rest of my time at the Golden Club Lounge.

9M-MKJ



In Flight

One thing great of MH crew, once meeting them onboard the aircraft, I managed to cheer up a little and I actually had a very nice and pleasant flight back to Jakarta.




Sorry I didn’t right much as on this last flight, there really wasn’t much to write about or maybe its just my thrill for making a report really dwindle as its back to work the next day. Anyway I hope you guys enjoyed this TR of mine. My next trip will be to Perth with MH in J on 6 Feb. Stay tuned!

Service: 10/10
Food: 4/10
Aircraft: 7/10

Thanks again for reading my TR guys, my next trips will be:

1 Feb 08 – Jakarta to Semarang vv (same day return) with Garuda in Y
5 Feb 08 – Jakarta to Perth with Malaysia Airlines in J
19 Mar 08 – Jakarta to Surabaya and Bali with Garuda in J
6 April 08 – Jakarta to Germany with Thai in F and J

My Previous Trip Reports from Newest to Oldest

Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports)
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)

17 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 16032 times:

Good TR, it must have been a nuisance to be with over 16hrs without a PTV.

User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 15439 times:



Quoting Ag92 (Reply 1):
it must have been a nuisance to be with over 16hrs without a PTV.

Actually it was! It was the first time I got any where being really agitated on an aircraft...but luckily its a night flight and I managed to get myself to sleep, so at least it was not that bad....plus I changed seats with my wife for awhile too ehehehheeh


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15414 times:
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On the LAX-BKK flights is it a 2 class or 3 class service? Also, where is the Star Alliance Lounge at TBIT located? I know they have been doing a lot of reconstruction on that terminal.


Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineJkj777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15408 times:

How did you expect to drive from vegas to LAX in 3 hours? That is crazy! 5 is more than acceptable for that trip, no matter the weather. Nice TR, however.

User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15393 times:



Quoting Triple7man (Reply 3):
On the LAX-BKK flights is it a 2 class or 3 class service? Also, where is the Star Alliance Lounge at TBIT located? I

LAX-BKK flights are all 3 class (business, premium Y, and Y). The new star alliance lounge is located on the 4th floor as long as i I can remember ! ..basically you have to clear security checks and then go up the elevator and you are right smack in the lounge reception


User currently offlineVTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 15134 times:

Great report, reminds me of my trip last year.

Did TG795 use a gate at TBIT or were you shuttled out to the west remote gates?

VTBD



Fly Thai
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8527 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 15055 times:
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Nice report and photo's, thanks for posting it.

Nice top get a -600 on the regional flight.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 14727 times:

Thanks for the sequel! As always .. your reports are fabulous!

The A346 looks pretty much the same as the A345 obviously, but i somehow always prefer the A345. Maybe its a biased preference  Wink

Regards,
Roni



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 9, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14573 times:



Quoting VTBDflyer (Reply 6):
Did TG795 use a gate at TBIT or were you shuttled out to the west remote gates?

Actually my alst 3 times flying out of LAX, I have been lucky as it was always from the gates at TBIT  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Nice top get a -600 on the regional flight.

Ahh thats the beauty of TG, you never know what you are going to get...except I dread getting the AB6

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 8):
your reports are fabulous!

Well buddy...I think yours are a lot more details and you always take better pics than me  Smile

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 8):
but i somehow always prefer the A345. Maybe its a biased preference Wink

Actually you are right on that based on the looks of the aircraft, the A345 looks more balanced, same thing for the B773 which looks too long like the A346...B772 is also the much better looking aircraft in the B777 family


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17063 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14298 times:

Great TR

The pics are really good.

Your TR are always really good,


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4753 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14188 times:

I hate TBIT at this time of departure, it is like a madhouse! Not to mention inadequate facilities...

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Watching a movie (after swapping seats with my wife!)

Aww... you deprived her of a PTV. How could you?

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
I guess sometimes when the online schedule says aircraft as EQV its truly like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.

It IS unusual. But this being the festive season, I am sure they put the 346 in to cater for the spike in passengers. Hmm, I wonder why didn't they put their top tier Royal Orchid JCL passengers in the PCL cabin? They could have sold some more seats that way.



Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 755 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 14050 times:
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Thanks for another great report Big grin

17+ hours without a PTV of your own; how did you survive??

Nice to get a A346 to KUL Big grin I have just been on the loosing end of their equipment jiggle; once ending up with A300 instead of a 747 and on TG418 a 777-300 instead of the scheduled 777-200ER  Sad

What kind of rental car did you drive in the US?

Looking forward to your TR from MH longhaul  Smile

Stein



2-3-2 is NOT a premium configuration
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13988 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
Aww... you deprived her of a PTV. How could you?

Yes, how dare TG deprive me of a PTV ahahah....I had my laptop actually, but I forgot to upload any movies though  Sad so that also went down the drain!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 11):
I wonder why didn't they put their top tier Royal Orchid JCL passengers in the PCL cabin? They could have sold some more seats that way.

Actually by the look of the flurry of activities around the aircraft before departure, this was really a last minute equipment change ehehehhe ....so I guess moving aroudn passengers to put more people in was not in the books as it was really last min eheheeh

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 12):
17+ hours without a PTV of your own; how did you survive??

very simple, I kept telling my wife that she better get some sleep soon or nto she will get really bad jet lag byt the time we get home ahhaha...and when she was getting sleepy, I just told her to swap seats with me  Smile I know I was mean ..but it was the best way I could think off at that time

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 12):
Nice to get a A346 to KUL I have just been on the loosing end of their equipment jiggle; once ending up with A300 instead of a 747 and on TG418 a 777-300 instead of the scheduled 777-200ER

My worst case was a A333 was changed to AB6 and same as you a B772ER was changed to the yucky seats of the B773

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 12):
What kind of rental car did you drive in the US?

I rented form Hertz, Audi Q7

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Great TR

The pics are really good.

Your TR are always really good,

Thanks so much for your comments  Smile Really appreciate it.


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 755 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 13893 times:
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Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 13):
I rented form Hertz, Audi Q7

What no SAAB??!!?? Big grin

The Q7 is nice, but a little bit to big for Norway.. Suppose that it is perfect in the US Smile

Stein



2-3-2 is NOT a premium configuration
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 13864 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 14):
What no SAAB??!!??

Actually I would rather drive a Saab  Smile ....actually Saab should launch the 9-4 (SUV) sometime in late 2009 so at least they will get their SUV out by then. I actually have a soft spot for Saab as my family is the Saab importer for several countries in South East Asia  Smile


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4753 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13843 times:



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 15):
Actually I would rather drive a Saab ....actually Saab should launch the 9-4 (SUV) sometime in late 2009 so at least they will get their SUV out by then. I actually have a soft spot for Saab as my family is the Saab importer for several countries in South East Asia

When I was living in Australia, my first car was actually a SAAB! Really sturdy car to drive and very unusual position for the ignition though... not to mention the placement of the wipers!



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13740 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 16):
Really sturdy car to drive and very unusual position for the ignition though... not to mention the placement of the wipers!

Ahh the old Saab's...they are truly wierd in some espects, but yet unique enough for many of us to love too  Smile ...they are just so ugle in one sense but yet so adorable too!


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