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Thai A340-600: Royal First Class  
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 29523 times:

Date: 09 Mar 2011
Route: Jakarta (CGK) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Flight: Garuda GA820
Registration: PK-GFJ
1st Flight: 13 Oct 2010
ETD: 0845
ETA: 1145
Seat: 1F
Aircraft: B737-800
Flight time: 1hr 34min

PK-GKF, a few months old bird, waiting to take me to KUL



Date: 09 Mar 2011
Route: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Bangkok (BKK)
Flight: Thai Airways TG418
Regiatration: HS-TEF
1st Flight: 02 Mar 1995
ETD: 2100
ETA: 2205
Seat: 12A
Aircraft:A330-300
Flight time: 1hr51min
Date: 10 March 2011
Route: Bangkok (BKK) - Zurich (ZRH)
Flight: Thai Airways TG970
Registration: HS-TNC
1st Flight: 12 Jul 2005
1st Flight:
ETD: 0015
ETA: 0645
Seat: 2K (Royal First Class)
Aircraft: A340-600
Flight time: 11hr25min

Preflight
Inbound was slightly late coming in from KUL but still managed to get a complimentary body massage at the royal orchid spa. I got back to the lounge where I thought I had some times to get 2 smokes and a quick drink before our valets took us to the aircraft, but how wrong was I!
Scenes from the Royal First Lounge and Royal Smoking Room ahahahah like that Royal word don’t you

Although i have been on the A346 a couple of times, i am anyhow still excited to fly on this bird. To my surprise, was told that the flight is delayed due to a malfunctioning heater problem. There goes my 50 mins connecting time in ZRH! After about 30mins, we got an update that we will not depart before 3am.

Inflight
Once we got on board the crew immediately were very apologetic about the delay. It really didn’t bother me too much as they have already booked me on the next flight to GVA. Just crossing my fingers that they will also transfer my checked bags accordingly.
Royal Frist Cabin on the A346

Dinner at almost 4am? Why, yes pelase!

Reading material for the month of March

IFE

Everyone is just about settling in to the usual routine before dinner is served

After meal service concluded, I just finished up my video on my iPad before I too decided to get some sleep. Woke up with about 1 hrs to go, and breakfast was served

RR powering us all the way to ARH

Overall the flight was great with a fantastic crew to match. We made up some time onroute to ZRH which gave me almost an hour to spare before my new flight.
Date: 10 Mar 2011
Route: Zurich (ZRH) - Geneva (GVA)
Flight: Swiss LX2804
Registration: HB-IJR
1st Flight: 23 May 1997
ETD: 0940
ETA: 1030
Seat: 6A (Business Class)
Aircraft: A320
Flight time: 35mins

Preflight
Once i got off my TG flight, it was a dash to passport control and then on to the transfer counter to pick up my new boarding pass. After everything was done i still had time to go to the nice smoking bar in the Senator lounge.
Airside views at ZRH

Smoking Bar in the LH Senator lounge

HB-IJR taking me to GVA

When can I own one of these?


Inflight
A 100% full flight to GVA, a really cheerful crew onboard. And typical Swiss, everything was on time and on schedule.
Cabin and outside views to GVA


My accommodation was the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva


Date: 12 March 2011
Route: Geneva (GVA) - Zurich (ZRH)
Flight: Swiss LX2807
Registration: HB-IOD
1st Flight: 13 Mar 1995
ETD: 1015
ETA: 1100
Seat: 6A
Aircraft: A321
Flight time:36mins

Preflight
Just barely 48hrs since i arrived, its now time for me to head back home. Arrived at the airport with an hour to spare and after check in its just straight to the Senator lounge for me.
A busy GVA terminal

Small but cozy Senator Lounge

My ride to ZRH


Inflight
Another full flight to ZRH. Really nothing much to do on this short hop. Once we took off and cruising altitude was established, 4mins later descend started. Another short but really nice flight with LX.
Cabin Views

The devastating event that happened almost 24hrs earlier

More tarmac and cabin views



Date: 12 March 2011
Route: Zurich (ZRH) - Bangkok (BKK)
Flight: Thai Airways TG971
Registration: HS-TNA
1st Flight: 06 Jun 2005
ETD: 1315
ETA: 0635+1
Seat: 1K (Royal First Class)
Aircraft: A340-600
Flight time: 10hr 5mins

Preflight
By the time i checked in, i had a little over an hour to spare before boarding. Had to pick up a few duty free items for the wife. By the time i was done, and additional time spent clearing immigration, aerotrain to E gates and security check; it practically only gave me 10mins to smoke before boarding.
After check in, I decided to head outside for some fresh air..with a cigarette in hand of course, but hey, great view for spotters too

HS-TNA taking me to Bangkok today


Inflight
HA-TNA is my ride to BKK and she is TG's very first A346 delivered. Boarding was organised and on the dot. 238 passengers on the flight today. F is also 100% full. Really a great feeling to be in my most familiar long haul cabin which is TG F. A very positive and cheerful crew onboard today.

And soon enough, it was time for take off

Always love the views out the window from ZRH

IFE

My favorite part of every flight, the meal!

And enjoying the views before meal was served

Meal time!

After I finished my meal, I head straight off to sleep and was woken up for breakfast. And before I knew it, we were already touching down in BKK.


Date: 13 March 2011
Route: Bangkok (BKK) - Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Flight: Thai Airways TG415
Registration: HS-TKF
1st Flight: 10 Nov 2000
ETD: 0845
ETA: 1155
Seat: 15K (Royal Silk / Business Class)
Aircraft: B777-300
Flight time: 1hr 45mins


Date: 13 Mar 2011
Route: Kuala Lumput (KUL) - Jakarta (CGK)
Flight: Malaysia Airlines MH721
Registration: 9M-MQI
1st Flight: 01 Jul 1994
ETD: 1355
ETA: 1455
Seat: 4F
Aircraft: B737-400
Flight time: 2hrs 00min


Thanks again for reading guys, please find below my previous Trip Reports from Newest to oldest!
Garuda's New B738 In J With MH A333/772ER (by thaia345 Mar 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia B772ER & All Nippon B772/3 Business Class (by thaia345 Mar 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia AIrlines A333 Business Class (Pics) (by thaia345 Mar 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class (Pics) (by thaia345 Mar 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways Suites - Part II (by thaia345 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways Suites - 1st Trip Report - Part I (by thaia345 Oct 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
Suites By Cathay Pacific (B773ER) Part II (by thaia345 Oct 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Suites By Cathay Pacific (B773ER) Part I (by thaia345 Oct 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Royal First Class On Thai (by thaia345 Mar 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
First Class Suites On Cathay Pacific - Part II (by thaia345 Mar 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
First Class Suites On Cathay Pacific-Part I (by thaia345 Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
M'sia Airlines Business Class CGK-HKG Return (by thaia345 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Another TG Royal First Class Experience (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jan 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
KLM B773ER - The New World Business Class (by ThaiA345 Oct 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Garuda's "new" B737-800 - A Short Trip To SUB (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class/J On TG (FRA,BCN,MXP) Part II (by ThaiA345 Aug 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back! (by ThaiA345 Aug 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
CX New J Class On A333 And F, With J On KA (by ThaiA345 Jul 16 2009 in Trip Reports)
Jakarta-Lanzarote! TG In F MH In J AB In Y (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Apr 18 2009 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Hospitality To Perth (MH In J) (by ThaiA345 Apr 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
Yokoso Japan! MH/NH In J (many Pics) (by ThaiA345 Apr 4 2009 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346 (by ThaiA345 Dec 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
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)
Incredible India! CGK-DEL With MH In J (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Jul 14 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)

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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 29296 times:

What can I say? Great photos. The food on TG looks yummy.

I t is good to note that TG kept you informed about the delay and made sure that you were booked through on the next available flight. I take it that your suitcase did transfer without hassles.

Thank you for sharing.
Quokka


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 28729 times:

Great report once again ThaiA345! HS-TNC is a good bird, been on her 3 times on seat 12A for all 3 times. Love that bird. =)


One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 28659 times:

Thai looks great as usual! Nice photos and the Alps and food both look beautiful. I noticed that there is only one curtain between the front of F and the galley (vs. a set of two on some other airlines I've seen, like NH). Was light pollution a problem during the night?

User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 28587 times:

Great report. I'm glad I'm reading it from the Senator lounge in ZRH otherwise I may have been highly depressed based on how long it is since I was last here. Lol!! TG look amazing. I really must try and do a mileage run on them soon to help retain *G. I'm always impressed when I see trip reports of TG.


According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 27733 times:
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Another great read, thanks for sharing.

I have an OZ J flight later this year on a 772, will see if I can change to TG in F or J via on the ZRH route.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 27313 times:

As usual, cool trip report ... and as usual, great Thai service! I really like those Rimowa kits - have a picture of the inside? I want one!

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineRJtraveller From Indonesia, joined Feb 2011, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 26752 times:

Nice and interesting trip report thaiA34 ! The service seems to be excellent in the Thai A346 first. Also nice pictures, are you planning to post the GA leg with the new B738 ?

Cheers,
RJtraveller


User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 26548 times:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 1):
I take it that your suitcase did transfer without hassles

I was a little worried at first, but when i arrived in GVA, my suitcase was the first one out ahahhaha...swiss efficiency and of course thanks in large part to TG lounge team in BKK who already called and telexed ZRH in advance

Quoting initious (Reply 2):
HS-TNC is a good bird, been on her 3 times on seat 12A for all 3 times. Love that bird. =)

Not for me, she caused the almost 3 hr delay ahhahaha. I actually rode the most on TNF and TND. haven't been on TNE though

Quoting kurt (Reply 3):
Was light pollution a problem during the night?

Actually it was hazy all the way in swiss/german airspace

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 4):
I really must try and do a mileage run on them soon to help retain *G. I'm always impressed when I see trip reports of TG.

u should do so indeed !

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
will see if I can change to TG in F or J via on the ZRH route.

Hey Mark, i think u should, especially the ZRH route is definitely a guaranteed A346

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
I really like those Rimowa kits - have a picture of the inside? I want one!

Hi A!! ..i have got like 11 unopened ones !!! i can mail one over to you. PM me your address and contact details and will pop one over the mail. You want the silver or purple one?


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 26542 times:

Quoting thaia345 (Reply 8):

Hi A!! ..i have got like 11 unopened ones !!! i can mail one over to you. PM me your address and contact details and will pop one over the mail. You want the silver or purple one?

= Oh my God! THANK YOU SO MUCH. I will return the favour next time I am in some random airline. I'd love a purple one ... how cool. Let me think where you can send it to ... am sadly sure that it won't be appreciated by "customs" here in VZ.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 26526 times:

Quoting RJtraveller (Reply 7):
Nice and interesting trip report thaiA34 ! The service seems to be excellent in the Thai A346 first. Also nice pictures, are you planning to post the GA leg with the new B738 ?

Hi RJ!

I got an earlier report with the B738 of GA. you can have a look here

Garuda's New B738 In J With MH A333/772ER (by thaia345 Mar 7 2011 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 25255 times:

Absolutely enjoy your journey to Europe on THAI First class.
Seem like the service you are getting on every flight is very consistent.
I hope the 'Older' crew of Thai Airways will never ever dissappoint you and live up to your expectation.
And hope they will finish upgrade their hardware product e.g seats/suite soon enough!!!

Many thanks again.
net-hkt



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 24586 times:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 11):
hope the 'Older' crew of Thai Airways will never ever dissappoint you and live up to your expectation.

Actually they don't and even with a full load in F, they performed their duties amicably. However, i have seen F crew sometimes on regional J runs, and its amazing how quickly their attitude and composure changes, however, when they recognise me, i still get great service ehhehehehe


User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 23879 times:

Quoting thaia345 (Reply 8):
Quoting kurt (Reply 3):
Was light pollution a problem during the night?

Actually it was hazy all the way in swiss/german airspace

That's quite funny, actually! I meant did light from the forward galley filter into the darkened F cabin during the night?


User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 23588 times:

[quote=kurt,reply=13]I meant did light from the forward galley filter into the darkened F cabin during the night?

Hahahah ok now i got what you mean. Its not too bad, as they actually also deemed the galley light.


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