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10 Flights On 6 Airlines In 11 Days!  
User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 29604 times:


Flight 1
08 July 2009
Thai Airways
TG 410
Singapore (SIN) - Bangkok (BKK)
B777-200
HS-TJD
Economy Class


My first ever flight on Thai and was initially dreading the long flights ahead without personal inflight entertainment. Checked in online 24hrs before the flight. The flight was totally full in Business and Economy!

Reached the airport about 2hrs prior to flight and the check-in counters were crowded. Even the internet check-in desks were having long queues. No wonder the flight was full, the Asian Youth Games Iran and Jordan team members were also on the flight to Bangkok. However, ground staff were actively controlling the crowd and also directing Business Class travellers to check-in in the Premium Lounge.

Caught a glimpse of my plane while proceeding to the gate. HS-TJD. No personal PTVs, which are only available on their B777-200ERs.

HS-TJD


Gate C24


In the gatehold room. Note the big group of Iranian youths who came to Singapore for the games.


Boarding was conducted very orderly, with pax needing assistance, business class and Star Gold pax first and followed by seat rows. First impression when boarding, the aircraft looked clean and well-maintained. The seats, even though were multi-coloured, were actually quite pleasing to the eyes and also matched the uniforms of the Thai crew quite well, unlike MH's smarties-coloured seat fabrics. Crew were friendly and also assisting in the boarding.

Economy seats


Boarding


Boarding was swift and doors were closed on scheduled departure time. Economy class was 100% full!! Interesting to compare how the crew would perform on the SIN-BKK sector as compared to SQ. Earphones were given out (which were encouraged to be taken home) and safety demo was shown.

BA B744 at the gate beside.


As we taxied to Rwy20C, the center and overhead screens were switched on to the nosegear view. Interesting to see the view as seen by the pilots! Flight time would be 1hr 50 min.

Cabin view. Note the taxiway lights on the center screen.


And of course a customary legroom shot. Seat pitch was just average at 32" pitch.


Shortly after takeoff, crew came around with newspapers and magazines, which were also available on the aerobridge just before boarding the aircraft. Wet refreshing towel wipes were then distributed (no hot towels here).

Steward distributing newspapers and mags.


Promptly after, meals were served. We had a choice of Chicken with noodles or Beef curry with rice. Also on the tray was a shrimp and pasta salad, warm roll and butter and a thai dessert. Had the chicken with noodles, which was quite good. Thai is still using porcelain casseroles for their economy class meals which are quite heavy, but said to retain heat better. SQ had changed theirs to plastic wares which are much lighter (every gram counts) and of more contemporary design. Metal cutlery were also used.

Dinner


For the service procedures, TG adopted a very different meal service procedure as compared to SQ. 2 carts would be rolled out on each aisle, a bar cart and a meal cart. First, the meal trays would be distributed by a crew, followed by another offering drinks from the bar cart. Full drinks selection was available including liquors and wines. Whole cans were offered. After the bar service, coffee/tea service was conducted. Crew also came down the aisle with red/white wine bottles for top-ups. Additional bread rolls were also offered and even garlic bread (presumably from business class) were given out!

Comparatively on the same sector, SQ would serve the meals and drinks together using 1 cart and also no full bar selection is available (usually only soft drinks, juices,wines, coffee and tea on the meal cart) unless upon request. What impresses me most is that the TG crew seemed to conduct the meal service on the short flight with full pax load quite effortlessly while SQ crew sometimes looked flustered when doing the meal service on a full load similar sector flight. TG's meal procedure also felt faster and more organized with the meal service completed slightly more than 1hr after takeoff!!

Full bar service.


For entertainment, short tv programs were shown on the overhead screens. Nothing worth watching though. Visit to the toilet, not many amenities as compared to SQ.

Before landing, orchids were offered to passengers, which was a nice touch. Female crew then did their superwomen change into their shirts and skirts from their traditional thai uniform for landing.


Landed in Bangkok ontime for 3 hrs of transit for my next flight to London. Overall very impressed with TG on the short sector, very comparable to SQ. Crew and meals were just as good if not better than SQ. Their weakest link is still their inflight entertainment system and hopefully they will upgrade more of their aircrafts with PTVs in the future.

Next flight coming up.


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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 29721 times:

Flight 2
09 July 2009
Thai Airways
TG 910
Bangkok (BKK) - London Heathrow (LHR)
B747-400
HS-TGR
Economy Class


After an almost 3hrs layover in Bangkok, whose transit facilities pales in comparison to Changi, it was time to board the continuing flight to London. Again, boarding was done very orderly by class and rows.

Gate C1


My flight would be on HS-TGR. When I booked my flight earlier, it was scheduled to be on a A346, but TG changed the aircraft back to a B744 for their summer schedules, spoiling my chance to try out the A346 and also their personal IFE onboard. Sob... However, brought my own PSP to keep myself entertained.

First impression on boarding the old B744, the seats looked newly upholstered recently to the new colours. Cabin looked clean and well-maintained too.

Cabin during boarding.


On each seat was a pillow and a blanket. What amazed me most was the seat pitch! I am 1.8m tall and I can easily stretch out my legs fully under the seat in front! When seated upright, the distance between my knees and the seat in front is about my whole palm plus fingers length!! Never had this sort of wonderful seat pitch before on any other flights in economy class (exit rows not included). Recline was also very generous. So the myth of TG's B744s having magnificent seat pitch is true! Adding to the comfort, nobody was allocated the middle seat next to me. Only another Viet student on the aisle seat. Load looks to be around 70%.

Amazing seat pitch!


However, the crew on this sector seemed much more colder than the previous flight, at least the stewardess serving my aisle was. No "please", "thank you" or even smiles during service, often just giving cold piercing stares. She looked quite senior and jaded and her service delivery was just unacceptable for Thai standards. As usual, earphones were given out followed by menus and safety video. We pushed back on time and took off for London just after a short taxi.

Bangkok's night skyline.


After seatbelt signs were switched off, hot towels were offered (scented by Thai's signature cologne) followed by a full bar service using a bar cart. The cold and curt stewardess just pushed the cart in front of each pax and uttered the word "Drinks?". When the cart reached some rows, she did not even asked and just pointed at the bar cart, expecting passengers to tell her what they wanted to drink. No nuts given out. Immediately after the bar service, the meal carts came out. Choices as below:

[CENTER]Bangkok - London

First Serving
Shrimps with Gnocchetti Salad in Italian Basil Dressing

Chicken in Green Curry with Eggplant, Steamed Thai Hom Mali Rice, Mixed Vegetables Thai Style
or
Braised Beef Slices with Red Wine Sauce, Spaghetti, Roasted Vegetables

French Bread Roll, Butter
Marble Cheesecake

**For passengers who prefer a light alternative, we suggest a plate of cheese and cold meat.
[/CENTER]

Had the Green curry chicken for supper.


Meal service procedures exactly the same as for the previous SIN-BKK flight. Meal cart, bar cart, coffee/tea cart as in sequence. Additional rolls were offered. The stewardess again just stopped in front of each row and said "Food?". Yah, I know that is food. Will asking for choices from passengers kill her? The green curry chicken was as good as expected since it was catered from Bangkok. However I was still full from the previous flight to finish the meal. Apparently Thai also catered their SIN-BKK sector from Bangkok as the appetizer was exactly the same. Due to UK regulations, only plastic cutlery was given.

Meals were completed within 1.5hrs (SQ usually took 2-3 hrs) and lights were switched off to allow pax to sleep. The main screen entertainment was also turned off. Interestingly, TG only showed 2 tv programs and 1 movie on this flight (and on all overnight longhaul flights) to allow pax a more conducive environment to sleep (I think). Their day flights to LHR featured 4 movies instead. All window shades were also required to be pulled down due to dawn in 4 hrs. As the seat was really comfy, I actually managed to have a decent amount of sleep.

Dawn break


Visited the toilets. No amenity kits were handed out and very basic amenities in the toilets, though toothbrushes, socks and eyeshades are available upon request. Sandwiches were also available upon request. Also did not notice any drinks patrol at night though one can get water at the drinking water dispenser near the toilets or ask at the galley.


Its morning!


All the female crew have also changed into their ground uniform for the breakfast service. First, a round of juices/water and then the meal carts rolled down followed by coffee/tea/juice cart.

Crew in action


The choices of breakfast as follows:
[CENTER]Second Serving
Cut Fruit in Passion Fruit Sauce, Yoghurt

Plain Omelet, Premium Herb Sausage, Fricassee of Oyster Mushroom with Italian Parsley, Vegetable Nugget
or
Mushroom and Cheese Quiche, Pan Fried Bacon, Premium Chicken Sausage, Ratatouille

Assorted Breads, Butter, Jam[/CENTER]

Had the Quiche. Once more, our wonderful stewardess never smiled and just asked "Egg?" and wanted to pass me the omelet. I replied that I wanted the quiche and she never checked and just handed another tray to me. Apparently, she then asked her male colleague what are the choices as her colleague replied "omelet and quiche". 2 types of bread were also offered, croissiant or rolls. Chose the croissiant and it was really good. After all the passengers were given their meals, additional bread rolls were again offered.

Breakfast


After trays were cleared, it was about an hour to landing. During breakfast, the only movie on this flight was also shown.

View of the GE engine on the B744


Cabin View


Soon we are over the Netherlands and exiting the Netherlands coast.


Over the English Channel


Descending into London


The very friendly purser came into the economy cabin during descent and bade everyone thank you and goodbye. Almost wanted to comment regarding the really curt and cold stewardess to the purser.


Approaching London!


Holding over London


Lets take a tour of some London's attractions!
Firstly, Tower Bridge and Thames River


London Eye


Buckingham Palace


Hyde Park


Video of landing into LHR Rwy 27R
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkbnE70166k

We landing 20 minutes early but had to wait for a gate. Parked at the gate.


HS-TGR at London Heathrow


Overall, it was a comfortable long haul flight but due to the lack in amenities and entertainment, TG will still lag behind other major carriers on the London route. Food was good but the service was very poor on this leg, probably only on my aisle as the stewardess on the other aisle was all smiles and chatting with passengers. The crew that you meet really can make or break a flight.

Up next is my first ever flight on British Airways and also first ever on a B757.



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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 29692 times:

Flight 3
09 July 2009
British Airways
BA 506
London Heathrow (LHR) - Lisbon (LIS)
B757-200
G-BPEE
EuroTraveller aka Economy Class


After landing in Heathrow, I met my friend who arrived on the earlier SQ flight and we still had another flight to catch to Lisbon. Pure madness flying for almost 24hrs from Singapore to Lisbon!! There was a 3hrs transit for my BA flight and as BA flights to Lisbon departs from Terminal 3, no change of terminals was needed. The tickets were booked seperately and so no through check baggage. We did an online check-in earlier and just need to collect our boarding passes and check-in our luggage. Terminal 3 was truely a madhouse and really needed a facelift. Just too much human traffic to be bearable. Luckily we did not have too long a connection.

After the tight security (which resulted in my friend's hand luggage being ransacked as he forgot about a can of coke), we proceeded to the gate. We would be departing from a bus gate today as apparently, all the short haul BA flights at T3 are parked at remote stands. A short wait later, we were on the bus to our B757, a first on BA and a first (or probably a 2nd I might have been on a SQ B757 before) on a B757 aircraft!

Boarding the plane. Its been a long time that I boarded a plane in this manner.


G-BPEE


The Rolls-Royce engine on our B757-200


We boarded from Door 2L and was welcomed aboard by the crew. Initial impression, the cabin was really showing its age. Walls and lights were yellowish and wear and tear were visible. Seats were upholstered in leather and were not in the best of conditions too.

Seats


Another view


Safety card


Seat pitch was good for a short haul flight. Felt more than TG's B772 but definitely less than TG's B744s. My friend also commented that the pitch actually felt slightly more than SQ's A380.

Legroom


There was no audio or video entertainment devices on this B757 aircraft. Thus, the crew had to perform the safety demonstration manually. We pushed back slightly late and taxied to Rwy27L for takeoff. Of course with the heavy traffic, we had to queue. Flight time was announced by the chatty pilot to be a short 2hr 10min, 20mins shorter than scheduled.

Queuing for takeoff


Taking off! The B757 really did felt very powerful on takeoff!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXF1bjxGNlo

Over the clouds of London.


A cute boy at the row in front.


Shortly after seatbelt signs were off, cabin service started. Service was a sandwich with full bar service followed by duty free service. Service was prompt though with little smiles. The sandwiches were also nothing to rave about though the chocolate bar was nice. Full drinks and alcohol selection was available followed by coffee or tea. Well, at least BA still serves a sandwich on their intra-european flights, unlike many other carriers which have switched to buy-on-board.

Cabin service


Ham & cheese / tuna sandwich with chocolate bar


Diet coke and coffee


After the meal service, there was nothing much else to do except to see the world go by outside the windows. We were also quite dazed at this point in time with the long hours of flying.

Somewhere over Portugal, near Porto i think.


Descending into Lisbon


The approach into Lisbon was quite spectacular, with the clear skies, beautiful scenery and the low approach over buildings!

Final approach


Over Lisbon


Flaps out, gears down..


The spectacular landing into Lisbon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx7yjVfqSpY

Parked at the gate.


We arrived slightly ahead of schedule. First flight on BA, not really very impressive but not too bad either. Cabin is very worn out (probably cuz the B757s are really old) and the crew just do their job, nothing more. However, have not tried them on long-hauls so can't comment much, but their intra-european offerings must have already been the better ones out there.

Next flight on TAP Portugal, which was really good!



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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 29686 times:

Flight 4
11 July 2009
TAP Portugal
TP 742
Lisbon (LIS) - Barcelona (BCN)
A320
CS-TQD
Economy Class


Next leg of the trip was to Barcelona! I got a very good deal on TAP with a one-way fare to BCN from LIS for only 58Euros per person inclusive of taxes! Not a bad deal for a full-service airline! Initially was quite apprehensive after reading all the not-so-good reviews about the airline but it turned out eventually to be my best ever intra-european flight experience!

Arrived at the airport and used the self-check-in machines, followed by bag drop at the check-in desk. The agent in agent was very pleasant and full of smiles. Not a bad start.

TAP check-in desks


After checking in, we wandered about the airport. Lisbon airport is not very big and very soon, we ran out of shops to go to. Proceeded through security and went to Macdonalds for lunch. When we view the flight information board, we saw that our flight would be delayed for 20min, presumably due to late arrival of aircraft. The flight was also code-shared with SATA.

Gate 15


Soon, our plane arrived and taxied to the gate. The plane was upgraded to an A320 from the scheduled A319.

CS-TQD taxiing to gate.


Boarding was done free for all and no row numbers were called. But surprisingly, it was quite orderly.

KLM B738 from the aerobridge while boarding.


A very warm welcome by the crew as we stepped onboard. Seats were leather upholstered, just like most European carriers and pitch was average. Cabin was well-maintained and clean. Crew were in good moods and they were also definitely one of the most good looking crew members on an airline, all young and vibrant. There were a total of 5 cabin crew members on this flight.

Seats


Boarding in process. LCD overhead tv monitors were showing some TAP advertisements.


Seat pitch. Just average, definitely less than BA.


Inflight magazine, duty-free magazine and safety card.


Soon, all pax had boarded and we started to push back. Flight time was announced to be 1hr30min. The safety demo was played on the overhead monitors.

Safety video (not taken by me)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqyDyYj9e-E

As the taxi to the active runway in very short, we had to hold for the safety video to finish playing.

Taxiing for takeoff. Note all the TAP planes.


After a Fedex plane attempted to land and went around, probably due to strong crosswind, we taxied onto the runway and immediately started our takeoff roll. The crosswind was really strong! We could feel the yawing of the plane during takeoff quite strongly.

Takeoff video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zND8Br49TyY

Banking towards Spain after takeoff


We climbed to our cruising altitude and overhead monitors came down again to show our flight map.


Cabin service started shortly. Meal consisted of a sandwich with fruit salad followed by full bar service, and then coffee or tea. Cabin crew were all smiles during the service and seemed to be enjoying their work. They were also very professional in handling passenger requests. When my friend requested for a glass of white wine, the crew actually showed my friend the wine bottle and explain where the wine was from and the brand. Interestingly, TAP uses large wine bottles to serve wine, similar to Asian carriers, and not the small individual wine bottles normally used by European airlines.

Very friendly, professional and good-looking crew on TAP


Our meal. The sandwich was a bit dry but the fruit salad was good!


Coffee, white wine and apple juice. Lots of drinks are available!


Overflying Madrid airport


Madrid city


Over the dry Spanish land


Cabin view


After meal and bar service were done and trash collected, the duty free service started. Surprisingly, quite a lot of sales were done, including from me. After I bought my item, i asked if they had any playing cards onboard. Initially, the steward misunderstood me and gave me a postcard but after realizing his mistake, he brought a pack of playing cards for me and even apologized! How's that for service!! In fact, I was even surprised that they had playing cards onboard as BA did not have any stocked on their european flights, as claimed by the crew. The crew were on their feet throughout and the duty free service lasted till we were on our final descent. In fact, the crew took their seats only when the gears were down and ensuring the cabin is secured, which is just slightly more than a minute before landing!

Descending into Barcelona


Final approach


Landing video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=071saIfdmMw

We landed smoothly and taxied to the new Barcelona Terminal 1, just a couple of weeks after its opening! The new terminal was very airy and spacious and felt a bit like Hong Kong Airport. There were also a lot of shops such as Zara, Desigual and many more spanish brands with summer sales to go, making the airport seems like a shopping mall! I would mind being delayed at this terminal!

Parked at the gate beside a LH A321


Our plane again


Terminal 1. Very new, bright, spacious and clean.


Shops ahead. Its the summer sales!


Overall, I am very satisfied with TAP on this short flight. Given my expectations were quite low, this flight had highly exceeded my expectations of TAP. In fact, they were much better than BA inflight service wise, except for the slight delay. Crew were genuinely friendly and very professional, just like any world class asian carrier. I was genuinely impressed by TAP on this flight!

Next flight would be on Vueling, a low-cost Spanish carrier. Stay tuned!



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Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 29666 times:

Flight 5
14 July 2009
Vueling
VY5652
Barcelona (BCN) - Venice (VCE)
A320
EC-KFI (ClickAir aircraft)
Economy Class


Halfway through my travel and my 5th flight of the trip. After all the shopping in Barcelona, it was time to go to the place which I had always wanted to go, Venice!! Touristy it may be, but it still holds a certain charm. From BCN, we would be flying Vueling. As I had a great flight with Vueling 3 years back, I was very excited to board their flight again. Vueling had just moved their check-in area from T2C to T2B, though not much of a difference in the 2 check-in areas. Queues for check-in were a bit long but was fast. Received our boarding passes when straight through security we went. T2 is the older terminal and it really shows its age. Not as spacious and bright as T1 which we arrived at just a few days ago.

Just after we went through security. I went for some plane spotting and saw SQ's B773ER parked at the opposite T1. Hmm, the plane should have left BCN by this time and must be late. Through enough, the flight was late as the cargo doors were just opened.

SQ B773ER to Milan and Singapore at T1.


Walked around the terminal but soon ran out of shops to go to. So did some plane spotting and went to the gate where a Vueling flight was departing to Milan.

Vueling A320 bound for MXP


Soon the A320 pushed back and I also saw the SQ B773EW being pushed back as well. Wow, the SQ flight was delayed for more than 2hrs! 2 flights bound for MXP together!

B773ER vs A320. Who will reach Milan first?


As we were running a bit late, we proceeded to our gate. We reached our gate 20min before scheduled departure time and discovered that everyone has boarded! We were one of the last remaining passengers to board. I wanted to take a photo of our plane but hey, where is the Vueling aircraft?? No, it was a Clickair A320 on the stand but the monitor showed that it was the correct flight. Then I realised that as Vueling and Clickair had just merged recently, Vueling could have used some of the Clickair planes to operate their flights. Both good (new "airline") and bad (probably would not have the true Vueling experience).

Boarding gate


EC-KFI


Boarded the plane and was welcomed by the crew. The crew were wearing Vueling uniforms and the interior was also "Vueling-ised" with the colourful headrests. However the cabin crew did not appear to be as friendly as my previous Vueling flight. Perhaps they are ex-ClickAir crew?

Cabin view with colourful headrests.


Once we settled into our seats, I felt the seat pitch was quite bad. There were also no audio and video systems onboard, unlike normal Vueling planes. On Vueling planes, cabin crew will sell headsets for use with their audio and video entertainment system. Short features would also be shown on the overhead monitors. Alas, none on this flight.

Legroom view


Poor seat pitch


In the seat pocket were the safety card, inflight food purchase menu and a magazine. Interestingly, different seats have different magazine titles.

Menu and safety card


We soon pushed back ontime and taxied to the runway for an on-time takeoff. Safety demonstration was also shown manually by the crew. Flight time would be about 1hr30min.

Pushback


Queuing for takeoff


Takeoff.


Video of our takeoff from BCN. Note the new but empty Terminal 1 during takeoff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae18wlU0Bpc

After the aircraft had ascended to cruise altitude, the purchase onboard service started. On my previous flight on Vueling, I had noticed that their onboard food and drinks prices were actually quite reasonable, but it seems that they had increased their priced quite significantly. 3 yrs ago, it was only 1 euro for a coffee, but now it has increased to 2 euros!

Onboard menu


Cabin crew went down the aisle selling food and drinks. About half the passengers purchased something. Crew were professional but not overly friendly, unlike my last Vueling flight where the crew were like high on pills and extremely chatty and friendly with passengers.

Cabin crew service


As I was a bit hungry, I purchased a caesar salad meal which comprises a salad and a orange juice for 7 euros. The juice was nice but the salad was just average. Coffee was another 1 euro extra as part of a meal "upgrade" and water was 2 euros.

Meal


Salad. Portion could be bigger for the price.


After service, trashed were picked up and the crew disappeared into the galleys to have their own catered meals. I saw them eating pasta in the rear galley while on way to the lavatory.

Cabin view from rear. Not a full flight.


Leather seats


Alone the coastline of France.


Genova city and airport


Very soon, we started our descend into Venice. Crew prepared the cabin for landing. No sweets were distributed unlike 3yrs ago when the crew gave out sweets during approach. All these small little gestures are now part of history.

Descending


We landed about 15min early.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RtIjr0Cz34

Taxied to the gate. We parked at the last gate of the terminal. Venice Marco Polo Airport looks just like a small regional airport. I counted less than 10 aircrafts within the airport, with the biggest being the just arrived Emirates A332, whosh os also currently the biggest plane to operate to the airport.

Taxi to gate, with EK A332 in the distance


Interesting baggage carousel painted like a roulette.


Welcome to Venice!


Vueling has definitely lost its magical touch as one of the best LCCs out there. Maybe because of the Clickair plane which did not offer the standard Vueling amenities, but the small touches which made Vueling unique, such as sweets during landing, seemed to have been lost. Vueling felt just like any LCC carries out there now. Was a bit disappointed after the great experience 3yrs ago. But nothing to worry, as i have arrived in Venice, one of my most wanted to visit places in my lifetime!



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Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 29648 times:

Flight 6
15 July 2009
British Airways
BA 2585
Venice (VCE) - London Gatwick (LGW)
A319
G-EUPA
EuroTraveller aka Economy Class


After a fantastic day in beautiful and romantic Venice, we proceeded on to Dublin. Initially we had planned just to go to London but due to some H1N1 flu restrictions in place, we changed our plans to Dublin and thus added 2 more flights to our itinerary. Would by flying BA to London and changing onto Ryanair to Dublin.

Arrived at Venice airport 2hrs before the flight and the check-in queue was quite long. Did not check-in online before as we had no internet access in Venice and the internet rates were atrociously high (Venice is really an expensive city!!).

After check-in, proceeded straight through security and grabbed a light lunch at a cafe. Venice airport's departure hall only consisted of a few shops and nothing much else. Plane spotting was also not too interesting as there were quite few plane movements. The only "interesting" aircraft is the EK A332 which would be departing to Dubai very soon.

EK A332 to Dubai


We then proceeded through immigration to our gate. Just 1 counter is opened, manned by 1 very bored immigration officer and with no queues at all, we were through within seconds. Interestingly, the male immigration officer chopped both our passports coincidently on page "69" when the pages beside were empty. Hmmm...

Our Gate.


We could not see our plane from the gate as it was blocked by another aerobridge. Boarding started 15min before depature and was quick. Finally caught a glimpse of out plane while walking down the aerobridge.

G-EUPA


Welcomed aboard by the purser. The A319 definitely felt much newer than the B757 we took earlier. Cabin was clean and there were overhead LCD monitors installed. Newspapers were also available during boarding at the door. Surprised!

Club Europe seats


Eurotraveller cabin


Seat pitch was about the same as on the 757s and was quite generous.


All the stuff in the seat pocket.


My seatmate had a B737 safety card instead of the A319 in his seat pocket!


The plane filled up quickly and was quite full. There was a big group opf Italian students heading to Southampton. Doors were closed and the safety demonstration was shown via video monitors. Flight time was announced by the friendly and chatty captain o be 2hrs 5 min. The crew just stood in the aisle and posed, pointing out the emergency exits when the video instructed to. There were 4 crew on this flights, 2 serving Club Europe and 2 in Economy. The crew seemed to be much friendlier than my previous flight.

After a short taxt, we took off.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocSXI4X7NYM

Overflying some Venetian islands


Throughout the flight, the flight map was shown on the overhead monitors, which served as my form of entertainment. The sandwich service was started shortly for us in the back. It would be the last few sandwich runs was BA would be scrapping the sandwiches starting Aug 09 as part of their cost-cutting measures. The crew was came down with the sandwich cart and distributed the sandwiches.

Crew serving sandwiches.


Our sandwich. Quite good. But no chocolate bar with the sandwich.


Overflying the Alps.


We overflew the city of Zurich!


Zurich Kloten airport


After distribution of sandwiches, the crew came down with the drinks cart, offering the full bar selection, along with coffee/tea.

Crew serving drinks.


Reaching our row.


All our drinks. At least BA is generous with their drinks.


After drinks were done, trash were then collected, followed by the duty free sales service.

View of the galley during visit to the aft loo.


Interesting BA history plague outside the lavatory.


Cabin view.


Soon, we started our descend into Gatwick. Flying into UK.


We were in a short holding pattern due to traffic. Circling over the fields.


As Gatwick is quite a distance south of London, we could only see freen fields and farms during our approach, unlike Heathrow when we could see the whole London city.

Landing into Gatwick.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSjglR0uBSo

Taxiing to North Terminal.


We landed a right on time. During disembarking, the real friendly captain was outside the cockpit saying goodbye to the passengers. You would never see this happen on Asian carriers. I asked the captain if we could take a photo inside the cockpit and he allowed and told us to go ahead! Woots!! The captain really made my day! Entered the cockpit and took some photos!

Our plane again at Gatwick.


BA fared better on this flight compared to the previous flight to Lisbon. The crew were much friendlier and the aircraft was much more well-maintained. The sandwiches and drinks were good on this flight and the visit to the cockpit awesome! And BA did not lose our bags this time, lol.

We had a 2hrs transit for our Ryanair flight at Gatwick and proceeded to South Terminal.



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Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 29623 times:

Flight 7
15 July 2009
Ryanair
FR 1127
London Gatwick (LGW) - Dublin (DUB)
B737-800
EI-DAP
Low Class :tongue:


Arrived at London Gatwick for the transit onto the Ryanair flight to Dublin. We flew to LGW on the premium airline BA and now flying the world's lowest cost carrier, Ryanair, immediately after the BA flight. What irony.

Transferred from Gatwick's North Terminal to the older South Terminal, where all the LCCs operate from. We had to look for FR's baggage drop and document check counter. FR now have the ridiculous policy that all pax must check-in online and print out their own boarding passes (all at a "low" cost of 5pounds/euros) or be prepared to pay a surcharge 40pounds/euros for checking in and be issued a boarding pass at the airport!! We had already checked in way in advance in Singapore and had our printed boarding passes but we still need to drop our bags and have our travel documents checked and boarding passes endorsed (requirement for non-EU/UK travellers). When we reached the bag drop counters, horrors!! The single queue for bag drop was more than 50 meters long and only 3 counters were opened! Soon they opened 1 more counter and very surprisingly, the queue moved very rapidly! Bag drop agents were very efficient and friendly and ! was really amazed at the speed they processed our check-in bags.

After check-in, we proceeded through security and into the terminal. South terminal is quite old and facilities very limited in quantity. We bought some food to be consumed onboard.

London Gatwick South Terminal


Soon after the departure gate appeared on the board, we rushed to the gate as the flight was free-seating and we did not want to get stuck with seperate seats. Too late, everyone had also rushed to the gate and the queue for boarding was already quite long. The plane had just arrived and boarding started immediately after the last passengers have left the incoming flight.

EI-DAP. Don't be misled by the aerobridge. It was not in use.


There was an aerobridge attached to the plane but it was not in use. We proceeded onto the tarmac to board via the rear door. Aah, the smell of jet-fuel.

Walking to the plane.


Tailfin


Up the steps


And into the plane.


Boarding. We tried to get a window seat but no chances at all. The flight was very full. Surprisingly, I was still able to secure free seats on the flight just 2 weeks before, paying just 25 pounds in taxes and other charges. We ended up in a middle and aisle seat.


The seats are really plasticky with leather cushions and with safety instructions pasted on them. Seats are also non-reclinable and seat pitch was barely passable. No seat pockets and thus no inflight mags / vomit bags etc.

Seat pitch


Cabin view.


Lots of advertisements in the cabin


After all passengers boarded, the crew distributed inflight magazines and menus to anyone who wanted it. Following this, safety demonstration was done manually.

Crew preparing for safety demonstration


We pushed back on time and had a short taxi for takeoff. Flight time was announced at 1hr 5 min.

Takeoff from LGW. Photo taken over my seat neighbour's shoulders.


Shortly after takeoff, the crew came down the aisle, taking orders for hot meals. Following that, the food cart was pushed down for sales of food/drinks. Well, I tucked into my "inflight cuisine" of Pret & Manger sandwich, chips and juice which I had bought earlier at LGW.

My "inflight meal"


Hungry?


Thirsty?


Crew doing the food/beverage sales.


After sale of food/beverages, crew came down with sales of Ryanair scratch cards. Due to the short flight, no sales of duty free items were conducted but pax can approach any crew if they wanted to buy any duty free items.

Very shortly, we started our descent into Dublin.


Approaching Dublin


We landed 20min early and had a very fast Ryanair style taxi to the gate. Disembarking via steps again either by the front or rear doors.

Dublin airport


Under the wings


Last look at our plane


Overall, Ryanair is a no frills, you get what you paid for Airline. Considering my all-in fare of only 25 pounds, I have no complaints but some of their surcharges are ridiculously high and would most likely catch unaware and less-travelled passengers by surprise. If everything goes smoothly, Ryanair is a cheap and good choice for short-haul travel but if anything goes wrong, that is another story which many Ryanair bashers can attest to.

Upcoming flight on Aer Lingus, stay tuned!



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Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 29620 times:

Flight 8
17 July 2009
Aer Lingus
EI 174
Dublin (DUB) - London Heathrow (LHR)
A320
EI-DES
Economy Class


After 2 days in freezing Dublin, the D-day has come. It was time to return home and a long journey it would going to be, via London and Bangkok. We checked in online the day before departure but still had to go to the manual counters to retrieve our boarding passes and drop our bags as we were not holding EU/UK passports. Obtained our boarding passes after a short wait in the queue.

Aer Lingus check-in desks


After check-in, proceeded through security into the departure hall. Dublin airport is getting real old and crowded and there is really not much room for the humanity and shops. Luckily a new terminal is currently in the process of construction.

Cramped Dublin terminal


Did some plane spotting as usual.

Aer Lingus A330-300 just arrived.


Aer Lingus vs Ryanair. The 2 main airlines of Dublin.


Proceeded to the gate for boarding about 15min before STD. Boarding was just underway.

Our plane for the short hop to UK, EI-DES


Boarding the A320. Was greeted by the purser at the door.


The cabin of the plane was reasonably well kept and clean, even though it has started to show its age. Cabin crew well also along the aisle welcoming passengers. The crew would be doing DUB-LHR-DUB-LHR today followed by a night's stay in London and operating the next day's morning flight back to Dublin. Aer Lingus's A320a are only fitted with economy class seats.

Seats. Similar to BA's economy class seats.


Boarding in progress.


At the gate with an A330 beside us.


All the stuff in the seat pocket.


Seat pitch. Seats were rather cramped.


Across the aisle.


Soon boarding was completed and the safety demonstration was done manually by the crew. No audio/video entertainment on this aircraft. What impressed me most was that the purser could actually describe the safety demo along with the rest of the crew performing it without referral to any manuals! Flight time was announced to be a short 1hr. We had a short taxi to the runway and took off.

Departing Dublin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCjdrxyHYPk

Making a u-turn shortly after departure.


Over Dublin airport. City of Dublin in the distance ahead.


Aer Lingus only offers buy-on-board service on its European routes. Gone were the days when free drinks/snacks were offered.

BOB food menu


Drinks menu


We decided not to buy anything as nothing looks appealing on the menu.

Cabin crew performing BOB service.


After the BOB service, duty free sales was offered. Crew were friendly and polite but nothing more. Feels just like any budget airline service.

Cabin view.


Aft galley


Inflight. Very cloudy below.


After a short cruise, we started our descend into London.


London was very cloudy during approach and not many landmarks could be seen.

Somewhere over London.


Final approach into London Heathrow.


Landing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx-usrCjsAk

We taxied to Terminal 1 and parked at one of the dedicated Ireland flight gates.

At the gate.


Overall, Aer Lingus felt like a budget carrier, with no frills offered. The whole flight was uneventful and nothing special. However Aer Lingus do offer quite good fares on their intra-european routes and their LCC model pn their european routes seemed to be quite a success thus far.

Next up, the final 2 flights on Thai back to Singapore.



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Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 29620 times:

Flight 9
17 July 2009
Thai Airways
TG 917
London Heathrow (LHR) - Bangkok (BKK)
B747-400
HS-TGR
Economy Class


After arriving from Dublin, we had a 3+hrs transit at the dump called Heathrow Terminal 3. Checked in at area D for my TG flight, while my friend checked in for his SQ flight at area A. If I am not wrong, TG has taken over the check-in counters vacated by SQ at area D when SQ moved to area A, which is much bigger and nicer.

TG Check-in counters at Area D


As I had checked in earlier online, I just need to have my bags tagged and collect my boarding pass. I had chosen the exact same seat that I had earlier flown on. According to the check-in agent, the flight is 100% full in economy and only 1 seat left in Business! No wonder, it was the start of the UK summer school holidays. After me and my friend had checked in for our respective flights, we proceeded through security into the mass humanity of the transit waiting lounge. After browsing through every single shop in "Heathrow Terminal 3 Mall", we just grabbed a seat and watch all the passengers of different nationalities go by as we waited for our gates to be shown.

Terminal 3 Waiting Lounge


Exactly 1hr before departure, the boarding gate appeared onto the flight information screens. Had a long walk to the gate, which appeared to be newly renovated. Surprised, at the gate waiting was HS-TGR, the exact same plane that had brought me to London 10 days earlier. Exact same plane plus exact same seat onboard! Interestingly, my friend also had the exact same plane, 9V-SKA, that he had flown on to London back to Singapore! What coincidence!

HS-TGR again


The boarding gate was very crowded as expected due to the full flight. And the gate lounge is way too small for a full B744. Luckily boarding started shortly after I entered the gate lounge.


Boarding was done very orderly by seat rows. Newspapers and magazines were available on the aerobridge before boarding. Was greeted upon boarding and proceeded to my seat. Cabin crew were along the aisle welcoming passengers onboard and assisting with storage of cabin bags into overhead bins. This set of crew felt much better than my incoming flight and my hunch was correct. All the crew members were much friendlier and younger and also interacted more with passengers.

At the gate.


A British lady and her child occupied the 2 seats beside me. They were going on a long holiday in Krabi. With the generous seat pitch on Thai's B744s, it did not felt cramped at all even though I was at the window. After boarding was completed, we pushed back on time and had a long taxi for takeoff. Cabin crew also distributed menu cards and earphones. The safety demo was also played on the overhead monitors and front screen. Flight time was expected to be about 10hrs50min. As usual in Heathrow, we had quite a wait for takeoff due to the long queue of aircraft departing. Dusk had also fallen by the time we took off.

Taxi to the runway


No takeoff video as it was dark. Shortly after takeoff and seatbelt signs were off, the crew sprang into action and conducted a full bar cart service with peanuts. Me and my seatmate ordered beer and we got full cans! And yes, the can was opened and beer poured into the cup before serving, ala SQ style.

Heineken with peanuts


Lets have a look at the menu today.


Menu


After bar service was done, dinner service started. Today the stewardess serving my aisle was always all smiles and way better than the one into London. As usual, meal trays with main courses were distributed, followed by a full bar service again. Additional bread rolls were also offered and finally coffee/tea service and drinks top-ups.

I chose the curry chicken and it was very good! The starter was also great! Roll was warm but dessert lacked imagination. Would prefer an ice-cream, hehe. However a surprisingly good meal catered out of Heathrow.


White wine and Campari.


The very nice stewardess on my aisle.


Meal service in progress


After trays were collected and everything were cleaned up, it was lights off till breakfast. Everyone settled down to sleep and I actually slept about 5hrs, a record for me onboard a flight! Guess the alcohol earlier and good seat pitch and recline played a part.

Daytime


Crew first distributed warm towels for pax to freshen up followed by trays of juices or water. Following that, breakfast was served.

Breakfast service.


Had the crepes. Just passable. But the croissant and fruits were good.


Cabin view


Thai branded Eu de cologne in the lavatory. The only amenity.


Very soon, we were descending into Bangkok.


Chao Phraya River, I guess?


Overflying Don Muang airport. Bangkok city can be seen in the distance.


Turning for short finals.


Final approach


Landing video. We had a very smooth landing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA-1ZtcqupY

Parked at the gate. 2 TG star alliance planes can be seen.


Overall, this flight was pleasant with friendly crew and good food, even though the flight was full. Throw in decent IFE (only 1 movie was shown) and amenity kits for all pax and it would be comparable to SQ.

Last flight of the trip coming up.



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Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 29548 times:

Flight 10
18 July 2009
Thai Airways
TG 409
Bangkok (BKK) - Singapore (SIN)
B777-200
HS-TJD
Economy Class


Finally the last flight of the trip. Landed at Bangkok half hr early but as my connection in Bangkok was only a short 1hr05min, it was more than welcomed. The gate for the continuing flight to Singapore was right at the other end of the terminal. Landed at the C gates and have to trek all the way to the E gates. Flight was already boarding when I reached the gate. It appeared that we would be bussed to our plane today as it was parked at the domestic side of the terminal. Thus the ridiculous procedure of riding on the bus to the plane, then climbing onto the aerobridge at the terminal and boarding the plane. Wow, at least can do some plane spotting.

Gate E1A


Swiss and SAS A340s at the remote stands. Us folks in Singapore would miss these planes.


A colourful Bangkok Airways B717


Climbing up the steps into the aerobridge


When the bus reached our plane, I was expecting a B777-200ER as the seatmap shown when I checked in online was that of the ER aircraft, but surprised! It turned out to be HS-TJD AGAIN!!! What are the odds of getting the exact same aircrafts on SIN-BKK/BKK-SIN and BKK-LHR/LHR-BKK flights on a single trip. Even my friend got the same A380 aircraft on his SIN-LHR/LHR-SIN flights. What incredible coincidence! But was disappointed as I was raring to try out TG's AVOD system. No luck this time round but so lucky to get the same aircraft again....

As I was on the last ferry bus to the plane, most of the other passengers have already boarded. Was given a warm welcome by the crew during boarding. When I reached my seat row, I saw that it was occupied by 3 other passengers. A steward, seeing my puzzled look, immediately approached me and asked whats the problem. When seeing my boarding pass, he checked the other pax on the row and saw they were sitting on the wrong seats. However, I offered to take their middle row (3 empty seats in a row!) and the steward apologised to me a couple of times for the inconvenience caused. After all passengers boarded, I spotted the rear window row seats were empty and shifted over. An entire window seat row for myself!

Other than this slight hiccup, everything else was smooth flowing. This set of crew proved to be the best of all the 4 TG flights on this trip and one of the best ever I have experienced. They were friendly, engaging and in all smiles even though it was a "turn-around" flight for them. Nothing was too much of a trouble for the crew. We pushed back slightly late due to late boarding of passengers but only had a short taxi for takeoff.

Cabin view.


Seat pitch.


At the gate


Holding for takeoff. A TG A300 was seen landing.


Video of our takeoff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSGZQDlEhXA

Climbing off the coast of Thailand


Some islands off Pattaya?



After seatbelt signs were off, service started, first wth the distribution of immigration cards, followed immediately by the meal service. Same procedure, a bar cart and a meal cart was pushed out on each aisle. Meal trays were distributed first, with a choice of chicken with noodles or curry fish with rice.

Distribution of meal trays.


Curry fish with rice, with a tuna pasta salad and chocolate mousse cake. The cake was very good!


Following the meal cart was the bar cart. As usual, the full assortment of drinks was offered, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

Cabin crew offering full bar service.




Had a diet coke and again was offered the full can. I was offered full cans for all my drinks on all the TG flights. Kudos to TG on this.


After the bar service was done,further top ups of red/white wine were offered, followed by coffee/tea service before collection of trays. Refreshing towelettes were also offered after the meal service.


I was still very amazed at how much the TG cabin crew can accomplish for the meal service on such a short 2hrs sector. Everything felt unhurried and organised and the meal offerings were pretty generous. Crew were ever obliging to passenger requests, such as requests for peanuts or additional drinks. Duty free shopping was upon request and one just need to write down the item code on the duty free magazine onboard shopping card, passed it to the crew with passport and credit card, and the crew would return would bring the requested item to your seat. The stewardess even gave me a TG branded pen to fill up the card (yep, I bought a B744 model) and the pen was mine to keep. Even took a photo with the 2 stewardess alone my aisle and they were so very obliging and made cute poses too, lol. What a fun flight!

By this time, dusk was falling.


On this flight, the cologne in the lavatory was decorated with orchids.


Very soon, we started our descend. As usual, crew came around to distribute fresh orchids to passengers.

Descending into the sunset.




We were in a holding pattern for quite a while due to heavy traffic. Finally landed at Changi Rwy20C a few minutes late.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBlMnu2NoCw

Taxied to Terminal 1 and parked at the gate. Home sweet home... A JAL Oneworld B773ER parked beside.


Some shots while disembarkation.

Economy seats


Business class


Last look at HS-TJD


Overall, TG offers a solid economy product on the SIN-BKK route. In fact, their meal offerings are more than SQ and service a tad better, probably due to the more organised service flow. However, their long-haul flights are their weakest link, due to the lack of basic amenities. Service was quite good overall (with BKK-SIN being outstanding), other than the BKK-LHR flight which was spoilt by the very cold stewardess (even the coldest SQ stewardess would still fake a smile). Also noticed that TG's B777 fleet tends to be staffed younger and more enthusiastic cabin crew while the B744 fleet were operated by more senior (and probably more jaded) crew. If Thai were to upgrade all the aircraft with the latest IFE and offer more amenities on long-haul flights, they would be a very worthy competitor to the other premium airlines.

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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 29315 times:

LOL I agree with you about TAP. I noticed the same thing. Of the 4 flights I took on them Barcelona to Funchal via LIsbon and Funchal to GVA via Porto the bread was dry on 3 segments and decent only on 1.

Some of their aircraft have very limited legroom. 2 segments were fine and 2 were really tight.
I also noticed that the crews were attractive and well groomed. Among the best of all.

As to BA the seat pitch on short haul flights is good while on long haul it is bad. Makes no sense. They are going to stop serving food on short flights.

[Edited 2009-08-25 06:44:18]

User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 29196 times:



Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
What impresses me most is that the TG crew seemed to conduct the meal service on the short flight with full pax load quite effortlessly while SQ crew sometimes looked flustered when doing the meal service on a full load similar sector flight.

Thanks for the report. What a trip you had...10 flights in 11 days. That must have been one of the most tiring itinerary that I've even seen for a leisure trip.

It seems like TG definitely has the better meal service procedure, with 1 crew focusing on just 1 type of service. This allows them to speed things up and interact with passengers at the same time.

In contrast, SQ's crew have to manage both meal and bar service and that probably explains the hurried and flustered service delivery on a full short haul flight. However, with TG's type of service, it would mean that there is a need for 2 crew manning each aisle.

You may have noticed, not every aisle is manned by 2 crew on SQ. In Y class, each section of the cabin tends to be served by just 3 crew (2 on one side, 1 on another)... a result of reducing the number of crew on each flight.



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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 29164 times:



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 11):
In contrast, SQ's crew have to manage both meal and bar service and that probably explains the hurried and flustered service delivery on a full short haul flight. However, with TG's type of service, it would mean that there is a need for 2 crew manning each aisle.

You may have noticed, not every aisle is manned by 2 crew on SQ. In Y class, each section of the cabin tends to be served by just 3 crew (2 on one side, 1 on another)... a result of reducing the number of crew on each flight.

On the same configuration B772, SQ has 7 crew in EY and 4 in J, but I think TG has 8 in EY and 3 in J.



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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 29036 times:

Service procedures differ in different classes for each carrier. At the end of the day, TG understands the pressure crew face in a full Y hence better crewing in Y.

[Edited 2009-08-25 08:55:16]


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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 28057 times:

Yepp, meal services on TG on all 4 flights felt much faster than SQ's. Think most European carriers also practiced the same meal delivery procedures.


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Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 27417 times:



Quoting Semsem (Reply 10):
I also noticed that the crews were attractive and well groomed. Among the best of all.

Yes, TAP crew were extremely well-groomed, compared with other European carriers. Even the male crew members always had their blazer on for service.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 10):
As to BA the seat pitch on short haul flights is good while on long haul it is bad. Makes no sense. They are going to stop serving food on short flights.

I was surprised with the generous seat pitch on the BA flights too, but nothing beats the seat pitch on TG's B744 planes.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 27174 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Had the chicken with noodles, which was quite good

- Looks pretty good.

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
For the service procedures, TG adopted a very different meal service procedure as compared to SQ. 2 carts would be rolled out on each aisle, a bar cart and a meal cart. First, the meal trays would be distributed by a crew, followed by another offering drinks from the bar cart

- I like the sound of this method.

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Had the Green curry chicken for supper.

- Again, looks good.

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Premium Herb Sausage

- What is a Premium sausage?

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
It turned out to be HS-TJD AGAIN!!! What are the odds of getting the exact same aircrafts on SIN-BKK/BKK-SIN and BKK-LHR/LHR-BKK flights on a single trip

- That is just really unlucky, I'd be quite unimpressed myself.

The TP flight looked pretty decent.

The FR cabin shots show just how tacky the carrier is, I'd much rather take EI over FR anyday.

Shame BA are dropping the sandwiches from flights under 2.5 hours, but they claim most are wasted so guess it makes sense. Most airports have pretty reasonable catering outlets these days, so not a biggie really.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 27065 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
The TP flight looked pretty decent.

Yes, I was really quite impressed by TAP.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
Shame BA are dropping the sandwiches from flights under 2.5 hours

Wonder what does BA caters on these flights now.



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User currently offlineBrons2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3015 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 26975 times:

Great report! Although I had one question, does SQ not offer a SIN-LIS nonstop? Seems like it would have saved some time to fly SIN-LIS outbound and LHR-SIN inbound. But I guess if you wanted to fly around more then you got your wish!

I think this is inspiring me to write about my 2005 trip to Europe on WN BA U2 FR and HX on 733 772 73G 738 A319 etc  Smile



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User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1364 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 26886 times:

Thanks a lot for this very detailed report. I really appreciated reading all the experiences you had on european carriers (which I mostly know since I live here). Maybe you have some scans of the boarding passes and passport stamps? I was always wondering what our stamps are looking like, since you never get stamped in Europe (even in Non-Schengen-Countries like UK/IE) if you have a EU issued passport...

User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 26784 times:



Quoting Brons2 (Reply 18):
lthough I had one question, does SQ not offer a SIN-LIS nonstop?

Nope, SQ does not fly to Lisbon. In fact, no asian airlines fly to Lisbon.



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User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 26722 times:

Wow . . . what a trip! Always dreamt of such but never had a chance.
Thanks for the wonderful pics and TR

You're right TG's service is good and their weakest link is their IFE.
Flew long with them SIN-BKK-MUC. Food and service was top notch.
But watching movies on the EYCL cabin main screen was no fun!
On the flight TG crew asked me to fill some feedback form. After that, they gave me a few TG pens to keep - about 8 pens!

Quoting Ycp81 (Thread starter):
Thai also catered their SIN-BKK sector from Bangkok as the appetizer was exactly the same

Know for the longest time that TG uplift their SIN-BKK meals from SIN. Hmmm, when was this changed? I'm not surprised for the change as it's much cheaper to uplift meals from BKK. In addition, the turn round time BKK-SIN-BKK is short enough too. LX used to do it too.

On my flights, TG only gave flowers to all female pax. Do they give to all pax now? I did inquired about the cost of each. Flowers from Thailand is so reasonable! No wonder TG can give out to pax.


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Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 26698 times:
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Quoting Ycp81 (Reply 1):
When I booked my flight earlier, it was scheduled to be on a A346, but TG changed the aircraft back to a B744

Same thing happened to me. I feel your pain. TG normally sends A346s to SIN for the TG403/TG404 sector, and my itinerary also confirmed "346" for my flight. Upon check in, I learned that a B744 somehow managed to sneak its way into SIN instead of the anticipated A346. What a disappointment considering how many years it has been since SIN saw a TG B744. On a positive note, the legroom was great (as you pointed out) and the flight was empty.

Quoting Ycp81 (Reply 8):
Surprised, at the gate waiting was HS-TGR, the exact same plane that had brought me to London 10 days earlier



Quoting Ycp81 (Reply 9):
It turned out to be HS-TJD AGAIN!!!

I also have a similar experience on JAL, involving aircraft JA701J, JA702J, and JA8088. Again, I feel your pain.

Quoting Ycp81 (Reply 9):
But was disappointed as I was raring to try out TG's AVOD system. No luck this time round but so lucky to get the same aircraft again....

I also flew TG409 a few days after you did, but was lucky enough to get a B772ER, HS-TJT. Their entertainment system was quite nice, with a significant number of movies, music, etc. They also turned on the mood lighting in the cabin, which was a first for me to experience.

Great trip report!

[Edited 2009-08-30 01:15:05]

User currently offlineYcp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 26538 times:



Quoting SIN7 (Reply 21):
But watching movies on the EYCL cabin main screen was no fun!

At least you had movies to watch. TG only showed 1 movie and some short TV programs on BKK-LHR / LHR-BKK red-eye flights!

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 21):
On my flights, TG only gave flowers to all female pax. Do they give to all pax now?

They automatically gave to female pax, but also asked the male pax if they want any orchids.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 21):
Know for the longest time that TG uplift their SIN-BKK meals from SIN. Hmmm, when was this changed? I'm not surprised for the change as it's much cheaper to uplift meals from BKK. In addition, the turn round time BKK-SIN-BKK is short enough too. LX used to do it too.

Maybe TG learnt from LX?

Quoting Je89_w (Reply 22):
Upon check in, I learned that a B744 somehow managed to sneak its way into SIN instead of the anticipated A346.

It seems that nothing is confirmed on TG till you board the plane.

Quoting Je89_w (Reply 22):
I also flew TG409 a few days after you did, but was lucky enough to get a B772ER, HS-TJT. Their entertainment system was quite nice, with a significant number of movies, music, etc. They also turned on the mood lighting in the cabin, which was a first for me to experience.

Don't remind me... The flight was scheduled as a B772ER during online check-in!



My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81
User currently offlineCaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 26447 times:
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What a truly EXCELLENT TR!! I appreciate the time and effort that it must have taken to compile such an exemplary report. I look forward to reading your future TR submissioins. Job well done.

25 Ycp81 : Thanks for your encouragement! Happy you enjoyed it.
26 A1ring23 : Wow thats nuts, what a trip! You must have been REALLY tired after that haha. Sounds exactly like DJ!! Thanks for sharing, lots of nice pics too! Rega
27 T8KE0FF : LOVED reading this!! The fresh orchids are such a lovely touch!
28 Ycp81 : Yeah, was very tired, but it was worth it!!! The orchids came fresh and cold from the galley cold compartment, haha. Yes, it was a lovely touch and s
29 Camiloa380 : Nice TR! really enjoyed it! really looking forwad for your next TR CamiloA380
30 Ycp81 : Thanks for your support!
31 Ycp81 : Actually, all the immigration stamps of EU countries are similar, the only difference is the letterings of the arrival/departure city.
32 Ycp81 : Just wanting to add that TG actually offers a very elaborate coffee/tea service on cart. Coffee/tea were served from metal pots and on the cart, lemo
33 Ycp81 : Anyone has any idea how many crew TG uses on their B744 & B772 in Economy? Having discussed with a SQ crew friend, he feels that SQ definitely do not
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