thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16 Posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 28539 times:
Reason for Trip
Barely back for 48 hours from my Los Angeles trip with CX, I am not yet embarking on another business trip to Lisbon for a product launch. The night before my flight, I was still having my jetlag! Anyways this was really one business trip that I was a bit reluctant to go as I was physically really tired, plus a backlog of work means, work is coming a long with me. At least the shining light is that I will be flying in my usual confines of Thai’s Royal First Class.
16 March 2010
Jakarta (CGK) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
1st Flight: 29 May 1998
Seat: 1A (Business Class)
Flight Time:1hr 45min
After spending the entire day in KL. By the time I got onto the last flight, I was so tired that I slept all the way into BKK. Because of the short connection time in BKK, I could get my massage from the Royal Orchid Spa. I opted to take take a nice refreshing shower and also grab a quick bite at the unusually 100% full Royal First Lounge.
One of the best airline lounge in the world, Royal First Class Lounge in BKK
And I also had some soup and pad thai
As expected, 100% full in F, and by the looks of it, in all other classes too. Thai Royal First has always been my sanctury, but after my LAX trip last week with CX suites, I really prefer that now, as it really gives you a great sense of privacy. The fa's really have their job cut out of them on this really full flight.
This is home for me most of the time I am in the air
You guys realize that HSBC is almost on every aerobridge around the world’s main airports?
Orient Thai, awaiting its next flight to HKG in the morning
Our route for the day
And my favourite part of every flight, the inflight meal, and I pre ordered the Beef Fillet before my flight
The problem with me is that, I always watch so many movies during the weekend when I am home, is that by the time I am flying, I have almost seen most of the movies or nothing ever catches my eye, therefore the best thing for me is just to watch sitcoms and tv shows on my laptop
After watching a few episodes of Two and a Half Men, I slept for most of the way, till breakfast was about to be served
In no time we landed in Frankfurt, and its time to head outside for a cigarette and enjoy the cool morning air, and after that its 4 hours before my next flight to Liscbon.
17 March 2010
Frankfurt (FRA) - Lisbon (LIS)
1st Flight: 15 June 1994 (Not getting any younger either)
Seat: 14A (Business Class)
After arrival into Frankfurt I grabbed a bite at McDonalds before parking myself at the Senator lounge, which as usual was overly packed. Walked to the gate 5 mins before boarding commenced and I managed to snap pics of the bird taking us to LIS
Nothing much to talk about on ur regular intra europe flight. Will just let the pics do the talking for me.
21 March 2010
Lisbon (LIS) - Frankfurt (FRA)
1st Flight: 1 Dec 1994
ETD: 1215 (1235)
Seat: 3A (Business Class)
After a tiring 4 days of meetings and conferences, its now time to head back home. Transfers that were arranged for us took us into Lisbon airport way ahead of ETA as we arrived 2.5 hrs before ETA.
Nothing much to do in this pretty boring airport. Just walked around the shops before parking myself in the TAP Star Alliance lounge. One thing about this airport is that it has pretty narrow walkways in the airside area, which makes it pretty cramped.
TAP Lounge, at least its much nicer in ambience than LH’s
Our bird to Frankfurt
The usual friendly and efficient LH service was as ever present. Only 3 rows used for J today. The meal was not too bad and also quite filling.
We managed to make up for some lost time during the flight due to favourable tailwinds. Besides that the flight inself was uneventful.
Frankfurt (FRA) - Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways TG923
1st Flight: 11 Jan 1991
Seat: 1K (Royal First Class)
Flight Time: 9hr 37min
We had practically 4 hours to kill in Frankfurt before the next flight. We just walked around and checked out the newly renovated shopping mall downstairs. And further on we walked around the departures area. About 2 hours before ETA we went thru security, passport control and airside. I had to get some tax free refunds done. After which we just relaxed in the Senator lounge. Surprisingly this time round it wasn't too busy and we managed to get seats. I even managed to get a refreshing shower. Nothing much to talk about the showers though. Very basic and does the job. Although for a First Class lounge I was pretty bemused that the shower tap was those push-timed ones. Not very classy indeed. Oh well, after all its a LH lounge and efficiency is the name of the game. As I looked out the windows from the Senator Lounge, I saw our bird right below us. HS-TGK is the same bird that flew me into Frankfurt a few days earlier.
Didn't wait for the customer relations agent to get me. I left a little earlier before boarding to get a quick last cigarette for the next 12 hours.
Flight is not too full today with only 3 pax in F and about 85% full in J and Y.
Air Dolomite E-190
Lusthansa CRJ-200 with some cute cartoon scheme
Time to go home
As usual I had pre-ordered my meal and it was pretty good.
Watched some shows on my laptop and after the meal I managed to sleep all the way till 1hr20mins before landing. Since I had a pretty long layover in Bangkok, I decided only to have some fruits and yoghurt. I will just pig out at the TG Royal First Lounge in Bangkok.
Another great and excellent flight by TG.
22 March 2010
Bangkok (BKK) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Thai Airways TG417
1st Flight: 31 Oct 2006
Seat: 12A (Royal Silk Class/ Business Class)
Flight Time: 1hr 42min
AI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 24650 times:
Hey dude great TR as usual and I'm sure you were very happy being back in familiar surroundings on TG?! I'm not surprised that you were tired after just coming back from LAX. What kind of job do you have to do this kind of travelling?!
TG looks fabulous as usual and the First Class is very comfortable. Food looked very nice although I might have to give CX the nod ahead of TG in this department.
The only disappointment looks like the LH part, having to share the lounge with so many people. You'd think that LH would have a seperate lounge for F passengers.
ba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8544 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 21239 times:
Thanks, another great TR.
Quoting thaia345 (Thread starter): Thai Royal First has always been my sanctury, but after my LAX trip last week with CX suites, I really prefer that now, as it really gives you a great sense of privacy
- I think these pictures so hot on the heels of your CX F report really show how dated the TG F product is.
Seems the LH lounge @ FRA is too small and lack ameneties, we never seem to hear anything good about them.