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Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346  
User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Reason for Trip
This time I need to make a trip to Munich regarding a product launch with one of our products. As usual I will not post anything with regards to my Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok and vice versa as I have already traveled on this route so many times. For the long haul, I will as usual fly TG in F and connecting with LH the next morning to Munich. However for the return leg, I decided to fly the A346, hence me doing a Munich-Zurich routing with Swiss and then TG in F back from Zurich to Bangkok. Enjoy reading! As usual, my CGK-KUL-BKK routings will be without any report as I really fly this routing too often!

28 October 2008
Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Flight: Malaysia Airlines MH722
Aircraft: A330-300
Rego: 9M-MKJ
1st Flight: 21 Nov 1995
ETD: 1830
ATD: 1832
ETA: 2130
ATA: 2125
Flight Time: 1hr 40mins
Seat: 4A (Golden Club Class / Business)
My A333 for the flight to KUL


29 October 2008
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Bangkok (BKK)
Flight: Thai Airways TG420
Aircraft: B777-200
Rego: HS-TJH
1st Flight:
ETD: 0755
ATD: 0755
ETA: 0855
ATA: 0845
Flight Time: 1 hr 45mins
Seat: 16K (Royal Silk / Business)
B772 in old colours (wonder how long before TG is doen painting all their ac to the new cs)


29 October 2008
Bangkok (BKK) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Flight: Thai Airways TG922
Aircraft: B747-400
Rego: HS-TGP
1st Flight: 11 Nov 1994
ETD: 1320
ATD: 1315
ETA: 1830
ATA: 1815
Flight Time: 11hrs 20mins
Seat: 2K (Royal First Class)
Pre Flight
Plenty of time to spend in Bangkok, which is not a problem. As usual I was picked up by a nice and friendly agent at the aerobridge who took my by electric cart to the Royal First Lounge. As usual, I decided to get a full body massage and after that I just relaxed all the way in the lounge till I was picked up for boarding.
Survey form regarding A380 seats in F

Very nice smoking room in TG 1st lounge

Entrance to the smoking room

Of course I stuffed myself with food and also did some surfing on the net


More views of the main lounge area



HS-TGP to take me to FRA today, TGP is probably the B744 that I fly the most

In Flight
Surprisingly, this is going to be a really light load to Frankfurt with only 3 passengers.




Amenity kit and pyjamas

Lets have a look at the menu for today





Plenty of room for everyone, but a great service will be ensured due to the great ratio of pax to f/a!
Empty terminal today

Soon we were airbourne and captain announced that the routing will take us past Myanmar, Bay of Bengal, Caspian Sea, Ukraine and then into Western Europe.




First 2 hours of the flight was pretty bumpy due to the cloudy skies but the rest of the flight was fine. As expected service was fine, although catering was top notch,





Sunset in to the night



nothing on the AVOD caught my attention to I just decided to watch some movies from my laptop. While falling into my sleep with my Ipod plugged in, I started wondering how sad it will be in the near future as in the near future both of my favourite airlines, MH and TG will get their whalejets and we will sooner or later bid farewell to the great B747 which served us for decades.
Time for 2nd round of meals





Last cabin shot before descend

The rest of the flight went past effortlessly and soon I was already checking in at the Sheraton Frankfurt hotel for my quick overnight stay.

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

Sheraton Frankfurt Hotel & Towers
Tower rooms



30 October 2008
Frankfurt (FRA) – Munich (MUC)
Flight: Lufthansa LH964
Aircraft: A300-600R
Rego: D-AIAZ
1st Flight: 1 June 2002
ETD: 0900
ATD: 0920
ETA: 1000
ATA: 0955
Flight Time: 35mins
Seat: 3A (Business)
Pre Flight
After a quick night, I woke up early so that I can meet up with my colleague who were arriving on the SQ flight. After meeting up, we checked in together for the LH flight. Not to our surprise the Senator lounge was filled to the brim so we just deiced to find some empty seats near the gate and just chit chat out time away. Flight today will be slightly delayed.
D-AIAZ just arrived

In Flight
Flight will be quick today 35 mins, the service was good and the flight was full in both J and Y. This is also one of the later built AB6 in LH’s fleet.
J Seats in AB6



Final Approach into Munich




Service: 7/10
Food: 6/10
Aircraft: 8/10

Hotel Stay
Rocco Forte The Charles



Just outside my hotel
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Munich%20Oct%2008/P1000418.jpg

4 November 2008
Munich (MUC) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Flight: Swiss LX1101
Aircraft: RJ85
Rego: HB-IYV
1st Flight: 19 Oct 2000
ETD: 0925
ATD: 0940
ETA: 1030
ATA: 1035
Flight Time: 40mins
Seat: 3F (Business)
Pre Flight
Foggy morning in Munich today. Had a feeling flights might be delayed a bit. Most of my time in Munich was spent running up and down to get the different stamps for my tax refund. The main problem for me was that the aircraft was departing from a non EU gate so it was quite a hassle getting there after getting my refunds done.
Look at that fog coming in!



My baby taking me to ZRH in Star Alliance Colours



In Flight
Load in J was around 60% but I was lucky as I had the row to myself. There was 1 really cheerful and happy male purser serving J pax. The aircraft itself was in immaculate condition, and also had the new Recaro seats in them.
J Cabin


A nice touch given to us while waiting for pushback

Love those cute stubby engines!


Breakfast

Start of descend

Overall I loved and enjoyed this short flight with LX and I will definitely fly them again real soon when I have the chance.


Service: 9/10
Food: 6/10
Aircraftt: 9/10

4 November 2008
Zurich (ZRH) – Bangkok (BKK)
Flight: Thai Airways TG 971
Aircraft: A340-600
Rego: HS-TNB
1st Flight: 24 June 2005
ETD: 1330
ATD: 1340
ETA: 0630
ATA: 0555
Flight Time: 10hr 05mins
Seat: 1K (Royal First Class)

Pre Flight
After arrival, had a long walk to the international departures terminal, they had some issues with the boarding pass as the machine went out of its mind. Aftrerwards, I went into the Belleveue Lounge where I had something to eat and also just killed them before the flight. Managed to go to the very packed smoking room and then straight to boarding after that.
Airport scenes at ZRH






Belleveue Lounge


HS-TNB taking me to Bangkok


In Flight
No empty seats in F this time round and the A346 is really not a nice place for F as when its full there is really not a lot of privacy. But other than that, the flight it self was good and service as usual was flawless. Other then some bad turbulence over Austria, everything else went smoothly.



Food for the day




Taxi scenes

Just after take off



http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Munich%20Oct%2008/P1000618.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Munich%20Oct%2008/P1000619.jpg
Love the toilet in the A345/6, Loo with a view!


Same F seat as on the B744

AVOD


The 1st meal





Cabin lights dimmed for bedtime

Just after I got up, waiting for breakfast




Halfway round the world


Bangkok just about to wake up!


Overall this was just an average flight in F, I guess due to the full load of passengers in F, the FA’s were kept busy all the while. Hope you guys enjoyed my TR, the following sectors are without pictures as I was so dead beat. My next TR to be posted will be a quick one with MH in J to Perth.

Service: 8.5/10
Food: 7/10
Aircraft: 8/10

5 November 2008
Bangkok(BKK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Flight: Thai Airways 415
Aircraft: A340-600
Rego: HS-TNB (Same baby that took me to BKK)
Seat: 12 A (Royal Silk / Business)
5 November 2008
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Malaysia Airlines MH721
Rego: 9M-MMB
1st Flight: 29 May 1992
Seat: 4A (Golden Club / Business)

Below are my Trip report from newest to oldest. Cheers!!
Business Class, QF, MH, KL: Going Home Part 2/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 7 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines 1st Class: Down Under Part 1/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Business Class, CGK-KIX (by ThaiA345 Aug 5 2008 in Trip Reports)
Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports)
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)

16 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 906 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

nice report I enjoyed the pictures!!

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Survey form regarding A380 seats in F

As in what you would want in a F seat on the A380?
~Cheers-
~~Kyle



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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice report, as usual! I'm just curious why you didn't use TG's nonstop BKK-MUC flight?


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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 1):
As in what you would want in a F seat on the A380?

Yup thats absolutely true, so I said I preferred a fully private suite like SQ or EK, plus having a shower would also be a nice idea  Smile

Quoting LH459 (Reply 2):
Very nice report, as usual! I'm just curious why you didn't use TG's nonstop BKK-MUC flight?

Thats very simple, the usual BKK-MUC is notorious for being exchanged for the older 7442 configurations with the old F seats, whereas on the FRA flights, around 95% of the time they always put the 7443 config aircraft on the route, so just getting the bang for my buck  Smile

Thanks again for reading guys!!


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What a drastic change of scenery from the tranquil cabin of the 744 to the awfully cramped AB6 complete with a toddler running about!

As usual... the spoils of long haul premium travel so aptly presented by you. Are you able to travel long haul in steerage after getting pampered like that all the time? I strangely didn't see any shots of yuor wife's handbag this time.

Ryan



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 31627 times:
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Nice report and pictures as always, thanks.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
What a drastic change of scenery from the tranquil cabin of the 744 to the awfully cramped AB6 complete with a toddler running about!

- I thought the same thing!

Seems TG service and catering are still top notch, food looked very good.

Interesting the outbound flight had such a low F content, by contrast the return with a full F cabin must have been quite a shock!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 31384 times:

Nice TR, very detailed and many pics as always. Good job!

I remember that TG operated the A346 MUC-BKK some time ago. Maybe only in summer?
Meals are looking delicious. Were you satisfied?

Regards,
Stefan


User currently offlineFutureflight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 29726 times:

Thank you ThaiA345 for another interesting trip report!

Futureflight.


User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 28031 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
Are you able to travel long haul in steerage after getting pampered like that all the time? I strangely didn't see any shots of yuor wife's handbag this time.

Hahah this time it was a business trip, so she stayed put to look after the homeland! Actually its not so much about not being able to travel in steerage, but i guess i like my space eheheh i don't like crowds so ..i guess i pay the premium for my personal space  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
Interesting the outbound flight had such a low F content, by contrast the return with a full F cabin must have been quite a shock!

It was! And as you know the A346 cabin is no where as wide as a B744 or B777 so it also seemed pretty cramped!

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 6):
remember that TG operated the A346 MUC-BKK some time ago. Maybe only in summer?
Meals are looking delicious. Were you satisfied?

Actually been quite some time since TG changed the A346 to a B744.......

Quoting Futureflight (Reply 7):
Thank you ThaiA345 for another interesting trip report!

U r welcome  Smile


User currently offlinePumaknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 27940 times:

Excellent TR and some great photos. Really enjoyed it

Thanks for posting / sharing.


User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 27313 times:

Another triumphant trip report!

I always enjoy reading your reports,especially the Thai Air trips. Of all the airlines Ive flown with none have been as hospitable as Thai.


I also agree with you about the 744's. I am flying on them when I can and yes its sad to think that in the not too distant future the major carriers will be retiring them.

[Edited 2009-01-02 16:22:37]

[Edited 2009-01-02 16:22:51]

User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 769 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 27046 times:
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Thanks for another great report Herbert  Smile

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
HS-TGP to take me to FRA today, TGP is probably the B744 that I fly the most

Had the pleasure of flying TGP BKK-FRA but I was in 2k Smile Got TGO on my FRA-BKK leg and with only 4 pax in F it was a truly exceptional flight Wink

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
Very nice smoking room in TG 1st lounge

Also enjoyed that smoking room Smile Filled out the same form regarding TG F on the 380, and advised them on a more private seat (suite) and better in flight entertainment system Wink

Will try to finish my report on those flights soon.

Cheers
Stein



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User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 26925 times:

Great report!

The F lounge in BKK looked nice, though I'm very surprised that they had smoking rooms there. The food in TG's F looked top notch! Actually one of the few times i have found premium class airline food to look like something you could have been served in a restaurant. Though the canapés on the second flight looked more like open faced sandwiches to me Big grin

The amount of food served for breakfast on the LX flight looked great, did you even have time finishing all the food in less than 40 mins? Did you get champagne served in a (that) tumbler, on the LX flight?

The old intl J seats on the LH A306 looked very nice, though aren't they going to put gray leather seat covers on them in order to match with the rest of the Y interior. How comes that LH aren't fitting those seats on the narrowbody planes, that would have been great.

Thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 26312 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 11):
Had the pleasure of flying TGP BKK-FRA but I was in 2k Smile Got TGO on my FRA-BKK leg and with only 4 pax in F it was a truly exceptional flight Wink



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 11):
Will try to finish my report on those flights soon.

Hey Stein!! Really looking forward to your TR !! Hurry and finish it up  Smile ...I also still have 2 TR pending to be posted, one was a PER trip in Nov and the other was my Japan trip which I just got back from last week. You should see me in a NH domestic B744 ahahha who needs A380 when you can fit 529 seats already in B744

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
The F lounge in BKK looked nice, though I'm very surprised that they had smoking rooms there.

Actually smoking rooms are the last piece of haven for smokers like me  Smile

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
did you even have time finishing all the food in less than 40 mins? Did you get champagne served in a (that) tumbler, on the LX flight?

Actually yeah i did. It wasnt champagne in the tumbler it was Apfelshole, apple uice with soda water  Smile

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 12):
How comes that LH aren't fitting those seats on the narrowbody planes, that would have been great.

I guess the main reason is that LH wants the flexibility to use either J or Y seats as when demands seems fit, so they are staying with the recaro convertible Y seats on the narrowbodies!


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3360 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 25755 times:

Really did enjoy that report, wonderful photos, also really like the plate design in First, adds to the food presentation. Thanks.


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User currently offlineThaiA345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 888 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 25225 times:



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 14):
Really did enjoy that report, wonderful photos, also really like the plate design in First, adds to the food presentation. Thanks.

Thanks you, I really enjoy doing my TR's as long as other members here enjoy it too  Smile


User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 24438 times:

Another proof the F cabin on board a 744 is the best choice in public air travel. I´ve had two flights in First Class on a Thai 744, also FRA-Bangkok, and they were wonderful. A340, 777 or MD11 cant compare at all, as the front cabin is walk-through and is of the ordinary tube - shape.

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