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Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics)  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 22361 times:

Reason for trip

Another long haul flight for me and this time its to Frankfurt with a chartered LH flight to Seville in Spain. The purpose this time is to attend a product launch. I won’t mentioned much about the usual Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur and vice versa routes so just quick details for it.

2 July 2008

Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Flight: MH710
Aircraft: A330-300
Aircraft 1st Flight: 21 Nov 1995
Registration: 9M-MKJ
ETD: 1110
ATD: 1105
ETA: 1410
ATA: 1403
Flight Time: 1hr 40min
Cruise: 40,000 Feet
Seat: 2K (Golden Club / Business Class)

Service: 7.5/10 Food: 3/10 Aircraft: 7/10

2 July 2008

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Bangkok (BKK)

Airline: Thai Airways
Flight: TG418
Aircraft: B777-200
Aircraft 1st Flight: 30 May 1996
Registration: HS-TJB
ETD: 2015
ATD: 2020
ETA: 2125
ATA: 2114
Flight Time: 1hr 55min
Cruise: 36,000 Feet
Seat: 12K (Royal Silk / Business Class)



Had several hours to spare in KL, so my friend picked me up from the airport and off we went to have lunch and meet up with a few more friends. Got back to the airport with about 2 hours to go. Bought my duty free cigarettes and then its time spent at the freshly and fully renovated TG Royal Silk Lounge. From the picture you can see what a huge difference it is to the older one which was literally falling apart.



Etihad B777 seen from the windows of the TG lounge

Boarding was on time and usual TG418 load to Bangkok, which is full to the brim in all classes.

2 July 2008

Bangkok (BKK) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Airline: Thai Airways
Flight: TG920
Aircraft: B747-400
Aircraft 1st Flight: 10 Dec 1996
Registration: HS-TGT
ETD: 2345
ATD: 0000
ETA: 0600
ATA: 0551
Flight Time: 10hr 45min
Cruise: 38,000 Feet
Seat: 1K (Royal First / First Class)

Pre Flight

After arrival, it’s the usual personal pick up by electric cart and I am quickly whisked off to the Royal First lounge. Went to the spa as usual for a complimentary massage, however the full massage was full, so instead a got a neck, shoulder and foot massage. Ahhh such is life! I did not walk around the airport as I recently tore my ligament playing basketball so I am actually limping and hopping on this trip so after the massage, its just shower, food and smokes in the Royal First Lounge.



5 minutes before departure time, the personal assistant picked me up from the lounge and whisked me away to the gate where HS-TGT is waiting for me.

In Flight

As its late, I did not manage to take some pics while boarding this aircraft, but I did notice the rego was HS-TGT and its now been painted in Star Alliance colours too. Service and food was just purely excellent as you might expect on TG Royal First, but sadly there really was not anything nice to watch on the AVOD, therefore I just watched Transformers on my laptop.





The older Elle pyjamas were actually nicer, this one has a cheaper look to it, but its still comfortable

Nice looking amenity kit, but also, the older ones were better

Caviar anyone?

Appetizers, lobster tail and Foie Gras

Main Course, Prawns with chilli sauce and rice, yummy!!


After the meal, I managed to sleep all the way into Frankfurt, waking up and freshening myself just before breakfast





Good morning, taking my time to get refreshed before descend into Frankfurt, as usual, Frankfurt is really busy at this time of the morning!







. Overall another great flight with TG in Royal First, and although the A380 is out, the B744 is still the queen of the skies (The King being the A380!!!)

Service: 10/10 Food: 8.5/10 Aircraft: 8.5/10



3 July 2008

Frankfurt (FRA) – Seville (SVQ)
Airline: Lufthansa
Flight: LH5102
Aircraft: A300-600R
Aircraft 1st Flight: 23 Oct 1991
Registration: D-AIAU
ETD: 1040
ATD: 1055
ETA: 1345
ATA: 1330
Flight Time: 2 hr 40 min
Cruise: 33,000 Feet
Seat: 34K (Economy Class)

D-AIAU waiting for us at the gate


As this entire aircraft was a chartered flight from our company, it was luck of the draw who got J seats and who got economy seats, well I am unlucky to get the economy seats, but at least I managed to secure emergency row seats. Aircraft was in great condition and the entire interior has been refurbished with the new look J and Y seats (which I first had the chance to go on in the B733 to Leipzig back in April)





Being a chartered flight, we also got a great meal service with both appetizer and hot meals. Manage to mingle with my colleagues and just caught up with old faced all around the aircraft all the way into Seville.

Limping all the way down the stairs!! Not really nice with an injured knee



Service: 6.5/10 Food: 7/10 Aircraft: 8/10

Hotel Stay

Hotel: Barcelo Renacimiento
Room type: Deluxe
Room: 6/10
Service: 6/10





5 July 2008

Seville (SVQ) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Airline: Lufthansa
Flight: LH5103
Aircraft: A300-600R
Aircraft 1st Flight: 2 Feb 1987
Registration: D-AIAK
ETD: 1530
ATD: 1530
ETA: 1830
ATA: 1803
Flight Time: 2hr 5min
Cruise: 32,000 Feet
Seat:16C (Business Class)

Airside at Seville airport




D-AIAK waiting for us


This time on the return trip I was luckier and managed to get assigned a J class seat.




We were so tired after the event and I just slept all the way back to Frankfurt, waking up just to eat my meal.


5 July 2008

Frankfurt (FRA) – Bangkok (BKK)

Airline: Thai Airways
Flight: TG923
Aircraft: B747-400
Aircraft 1st Flight: 11 Nov 1994
Registration: HS-TGP
ETD: 2115
ATD: 2120
ETA: 1300
ATA: 1242
Flight Time: 10hr 10min
Cruise: 39,000 Feet
Seat: 2K (Royal First / First Class)

Pre Flight

I managed to kill time between my flight in Frankfurt by just walking around aimlessly, visiting the variety of shops they have there. After checking in, I just headed straight to the very crowded Senator Lounge and just parked my butt there till it was boarding time. Managed to do some spotting and noticed SQ was using the B773ER for the night flight back to Singapore.

Views of the tarmac and the Senator lounge





In Flight

In the nice confines of my TG F seat




SQ B773ER


By the time the flight took off, I barely stayed awake during dinner and dozed off all the way into final descent into Bangkok, how is that for 8 hours of nice sleep 






Really can’t fault this flight, another effortless and great calming flight by TG.

Service: 10/10 Food: 9/10 Aircraft: 9/10

6 July 2008

Bangkok (BKK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Airline: Thai Airways
Flight: TG417
Aircraft: B777-300
Aircraft 1st Flight: 3 Oct 1999
Registration: HS-TKC
ETD: 1600
ATD: 1610
ETA: 1920
ATA: 1900
Flight Time: 1hr 45min
Cruise: 41,000 Feet
Seat: 12K(Royal Silk Class / Business Class)

Pre Flight

After landing, I spent my entire time again at the Royal Orchid Spa and the Royal First lounge.




In Flight

Usual B772 for this short hop to KUL. It wasn’t full in J and about 80% in Y. Crew on this flight was also more cheerful than the usual TG regional crew. This B773 has yet to be reconfigured with the lie flat seats.

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




Sorry I did not write my return leg as it has become so mundane on my KUL-CGK sectors so, I just decided to sleep all the way back home.

Scenes from the new MH Lounge at KLIA



The well debated new upholstery on the J seats of the B734 aircraft. YuckS!!!!


Thanks again for reading guys !!!

My next trips are:

Osaka with MH in J in July
Sydney and Perth with MH in F and J in September
Munich with TG in F in November
Los Angeles with SQ in F in November

Cheers!

Below are my previous TR from newest to oldest:

Germany From SE Asia: TG F, MH J, LH J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jun 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class: Garuda To Hongkong & Back (by ThaiA345 Apr 24 2008 in Trip Reports)
Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Mar 19 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics (by ThaiA345 Mar 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports)
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)

12 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 21416 times:
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Great report and pictures, really enjoyed the read.

I guess you must have neen on all TG's 744's by now?

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
The well debated new upholstery on the J seats of the B734 aircraft. YuckS!!!!

- Wow!! - Nasty colour!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 21084 times:

Hi Mark!!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
I guess you must have neen on all TG's 744's by now?

I have been on all the retrofitted B744, but I have yet to be on all the older config B744, but I am not in a hurry to be on them anyway  Smile ehehehhe

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 1):
Nasty colour!

Yeap, really gave me headaches on the plane


Thanks again for reading!!

Herb


User currently offlineBentley55 From Panama, joined Mar 2008, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 20793 times:

Great TR, thanks for sharing.

By the way, whats with the Porsche bag's and other items? Were you there for a Porsche event? Please give the details


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 20618 times:



Quoting Bentley55 (Reply 3):
By the way, whats with the Porsche bag's and other items? Were you there for a Porsche event? Please give the details

Hhahaah..... great eyes you have there  Smile ....yeap, its a worldwide importers launch event for the new 911.


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 765 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20062 times:
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Thanks for another great report Big grin

I must say that the renovated TG lounge at KUL looks absolutely fantastic compared to the run down old one!!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
so instead a got a neck, shoulder and foot massage. Ahhh such is life!

Hmmm... Now I almost really can't wait until November  Wink TG First lounge here I come Big grin

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
This time on the return trip I was luckier and managed to get assigned a J class seat.

I must say that LH really keeps those A300's in great condition Big grin

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
The well debated new upholstery on the J seats of the B734 aircraft. YuckS!!!!

That might just be the worst color I have ever seen inside an A/C! What have MH's interior department been smoking???

Cheers
Stein



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19979 times:

Hi Stein,

Thanks for reading !!!....

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 5):
Hmmm... Now I almost really can't wait until November Wink TG First lounge here I come Big grin

Actually in the beginning, I deliberately chose a later connection time in BKK so that I can really enjoy the facilities, you need about 1.5hrs for a good massage, then another 1 hr enjoying the lounge, so find a flight that connecting a minimum of 3 hrs later  Smile or if you are staying in Bangkok, check in much much earlier and enjoy the great F service from the curbside onwards  Smile

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 5):
I must say that LH really keeps those A300's in great condition

Actually the only A300 I love flying now are LH's since they had the upgrade, but be warned, no inflight entertainment whatsoever  Smile eheheh so be prepared with a fully charged ipod or laptop  Smile

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 5):
What have MH's interior department been smoking???

Good knows!! the only thankful thing about it is that the cushioning is much better now  Smile ......

Thanks again Stein and hope you have a good trip, do let me know your final schedule and detailed travel plans, till then, all the best from Jakarta  Smile


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 765 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 19732 times:
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Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 6):
Actually the only A300 I love flying now are LH's since they had the upgrade, but be warned, no inflight entertainment whatsoever   eheheh so be prepared with a fully charged ipod or laptop  

Actually TG's A300 is my favorite A/C on domestic travel in Thailand  Smile Fantastic A/C.. On international travel I would be devastated if my flight was downgraded to a A300 but flying 1-2 hour flight it is truly excellent....

I just truly enjoy the A300 as a short haul wide body A/C  Smile

Check your mail for my final travel plan  Wink

Jakarta has now been put on my "places to visit" list Big grin

Cheers
Stein



2-3-2 is NOT a premium configuration
User currently offlineNicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 19676 times:

Great TR ThaiA345!

The MH J seat covers look hideous. The ________ (fill in the blanks) who chose those colours should be shot. How did you manage to sleep with the "glare"? Even LH's Y looks better.


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 19431 times:

Hi Herbert!

Excellent report and pictures as always mate!

I love Lufthansa's A300-600's .. they remind me of the days i flew them AUH-KWI-FRA, or AUH-RUH-FRA.

However, i do not like the new color of the seats on MH. Too bright in my opinion.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Overall another great flight with TG in Royal First, and although the A380 is out, the B744 is still the queen of the skies (The King being the A380!!!)

In about 11 hours, i will be on the King of the skies, as you implied haha  Smile

Thanks again for sharing!

Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 19119 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 7):
Jakarta has now been put on my "places to visit" list

Sure dude  Smile eargerly waiting for you to make the trip down here

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 7):
I just truly enjoy the A300 as a short haul wide body A/C

Thats so true, but sadly these aircraft won't be around for much longer, either for TG or LH, so enjoy it while you can.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 8):
How did you manage to sleep with the "glare"?

Eye shades always seal the deal! aahahhaha

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 9):
However, i do not like the new color of the seats on MH. Too bright in my opinion.

Hi Roni, no one does!!! I really hate it.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 9):
In about 11 hours, i will be on the King of the skies, as you implied haha

Cool, really can't wait for the TR on that, and also, take a pic of the showers in 1st  Smile

Thanks again for reading guys!


User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 19084 times:

Excellent Trip Report!

And I completley agree with you for giving TG 10/10 for service. The F/A's really take good care of you and the Silk Dresse's they wear and then changing into a new dress to serve breakfast add's a really nice touch.


The food is also delicious onboard TG.

Cant wait until TG get the A380!!

Thank's for posting!

P.s - What were MH thinking with those seat's! They are hideous.


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 18930 times:



Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 11):
Thank's for posting!
My pleasure  Smile ..always great to know fellow a.netters enjoy my TR  Smile

P.s - What were MH thinking with those seat's! They are hideous.

I know, I know...sad isn't it....not one soul on a.net like it or don't mind it, everyone actually hates it !!!!


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