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Getaways To KCH & BKK On The 'T's (TR & TG)  
User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9134 times:

This month, I would be doing two weekend trips to regional destinations, namely Kuching & Bangkok. Kuching was a last minute decision due to fantastic fares a couple of weeks before the flight, and with great timings too! The first installment would cover the Kuching weekend trip that I took.

The flight to Kuching on Tiger was priced at a "ridiculous" $70 return all-in (excluding credit-card surcharges of $16), with departure on a Saturday morning and returning trip on a Sunday evening. It would be foolish of me not to grab the offer to fly up to Kuching and have some delicious Sarawakian dishes! It was surprising that Tiger priced the fares so low as both flights were full/almost full to the brim.

11 February 2012
Tiger Airways
TR 2492
Singapore (SIN) - Kuching (KCH)
A320
9V-TAV
Budget Class


Boarding passes issued on receipt paper. Note that I was already sequence number 146 when I checked in about 1hr before departure.
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Our plane arrived from KL at about 0845hrs and after a quick turnaround (basically pax off, pax on), boarding started. Pilots and crew would be working the SIN-KUL-SIN-KCH-SIN sectors. That's pretty tiring!

Boarding started at around 0855. Walking across the tarmac to the plane with even more Tigers parked at the gates.
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Pushback truck being attached to 9V-TAV.
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Sparkling clean Tiger.
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Welcomed aboard by the crew-in-charge. Just an observation, Tiger crew are not as helpful as Jetstar's in assisting pax with hand luggage and settling down. Surprise! Assigned emex row for free again! Second time on last 2 flights! Hmmm, a Tiger frequent-flyer benefit? Hehe. However it was row 12, which could not be reclined, but I was definitely not complaining!


Huge responsibility to be seated here, haha. Boarding was still underway and the flight was probably 95% full.
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Doors were closed at 0910hrs and manual safety demonstration was shown. However pushback was delayed for another 10min due to congestion at Changi which, according to the captain, "is normal at this time of the day". Guess the pilots are also resigned to the congestion. Flying time would be a short 1hr 10min.

At gate 10 at the extreme end of the terminal. Some construction underway. Expansion of Budget Terminal?
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Finally we were good to go. Spot QF's ill-fated A380 VH-OQA? Repairs almost done now.
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Some of the planes spotted during the "short" (by distance but not time) taxi to Rwy02C. First up, Qantas A330-300 to Perth.
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Batavia A320 arriving from Jakarta.
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Silkair A320 on another regional hop.
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Colourful Air India Express B737-800 to Trichy.
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AirAsia behind. Surprisingly no other planes in the queue.
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And off we go! Apparently Changi is now using both runways concurrently for takeoffs during peak periods to reduce congestion.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYoIVPzVv6Y


Climbing.
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Seat pocket stuff. No used tissues and snack crumbs in the seat pocket this time round, but not too sure by the end of the day.
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Crew started the buy-on-board service. This set of crew was relatively friendly. However not many takers for snacks, drinks and duty free on this short flight.
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The onboard food and drinks menu selection is amazingly similar to Jetstar's, down to main courses and beverages. You can check it out here:
http://www.tigerairways.com/coms/travel_info/During_Your_Flight_pdf/InFlightCatering_281111.pdf


Inflight entertainment = Staring out at the window.
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Nothing but clouds and sea.
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Very soon, we were starting our descent into Kuching.
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Landing at Kuching Rwy25. Sorry regarding the fogged-up window.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwzKWVSP5OY


We parked at a gate with aerobridge, or so I thought till a flight of stairs moved to the door. Deplaning by stairs today.
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The rather empty Kuching airport.
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Budget to the max. Parked at gate with aerobridge but used stairs instead!
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Final look at 9V-TAV.
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A MASwings ATR72 arriving.
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In summary, short, cheap and no frills but pleasant flight on Tiger. And thanks again for the Emex row!


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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9148 times:

Scenes of Kuching

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More importantly, the local food!!

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User currently offline777MAS From Malaysia, joined Sep 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 8323 times:

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
The flight to Kuching on Tiger was priced at a "ridiculous" $70 return all-in (excluding credit-card surcharges of $16)

Ugh, that disease called credit card surcharge..... did they catch it from Air Asia? And is it a coincidence that both of them have it at "8" one-way i.e. AK = MYR8 per sector; TR = SGD8 per sector

Nice shots of Kuching (and you've made me hungry indeed). As an ex-temporary resident of Kuching, it was nostalgic. And now I'm reminded of those GIANT bananas - haven't seen them for nearly 25 years!


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1081 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8278 times:

Totally agree about that disease. SGD 8 per sector for paying via credit? Seriously?

Airlines should thank passengers for paying with online credit card. Not charging them back.

Crazy, you even have to pay fee when you are about to give them your money. Crazy world...

Nice travel report though  



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7418 times:

A very short report on the flight back. Nothing much to note on this flight, just the standard Tiger no-frills service.

12 February 2012
Tiger Airways
TR 2495
Kuching (KCH) - Singapore (SIN)
A320
9V-TAF
Budget Class


The return flight was 100% full! Thus it was very surprising that I could get such cheap deals 2 weeks before the flight.

Kuching Airport departure hall. Not too busy at this time of the evening.
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MH B734, one of the very few planes parked at the terminal.
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The Tiger has arrived. Slightly late arrival which I guess was due to congestion again at Changi. This time, we had the use of the aerobridge. Probably aerobridge charges are cheaper in the evening?
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Servicing the Tiger.
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Boarding started very soon after the arriving passengers disembarked. The flight was packed to the max! 9V-TAF had the older clothed seats.
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My seat had broken springs within the seat cushion which could be felt, making a very uncomfortable ride. Poor seat pitch at row 25 (avoid rows 25-30 on all budget airlines' A320s). No emex seat this time round...


View of the poor legroom again.


Silkair arrived almost half hour late, thus reinforcing that the delay was due to Changi's congestion.
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Took off from Rwy25 for the 70min flight to Changi.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoiZcEf4xQs


Onboard service started but not many takers. Cabin view inflight.
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Soon we were approaching Singapore. Descending over Batam.
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Landing on Rwy02C, about 15min late. We made up quite a lot of lost time enroute.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8tUWULiRt4


Taxied to Budget Terminal Gate 1! Parked just beside Nancy-Bird Walton, due to return back in service in a couple of months.
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Disembarking via stairs. It was a very very long walk to immigration from Gate 1!
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That's it for the Kuching short trip. Next installment would be a trip up to Bangkok again, but on TG this time round.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7272 times:

Hi

Nice trip report! Thanks for sharing!
I did not realise that Tiger had 2 different interiors.
Great non-aviation pics as well

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offline777MAS From Malaysia, joined Sep 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7181 times:

Quoting ycp81 (Thread starter):
Budget to the max. Parked at gate with aerobridge but used stairs instead!

And so the Tiger saved MYR85, and each pax perhaps MYR0.60......

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Probably aerobridge charges are cheaper in the evening?

Not that I'm aware of. Last time I read, it's MYR85. I've been in a situation at Johor where Air Asia also used the aerobridge. My guess would be that their staff who know how to operate the staircase might happen to be absent, so they had no choice...

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 4):
Kuching Airport departure hall. Not too busy at this time of the evening.

Wow, they've come a long way. I still vividly recall September 1983, when the present terminal opened. At that time the aerobridges were a novelty, whereas today we take them for granted! Back then the terminal was rather basic and unimpressive - today they're a whole lot more lively.


User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6737 times:

Just barely 2 weeks after the short trip to Kuching, it was time for another weekend trip, this time to the Land of Smiles, Bangkok Thailand! As it was meant to be a weekend getaway, air-tickets around the weekend are more expensive than usual. The cheapest that we could get for a Friday evening departure and Monday evening return was actually on Thai, at S$280 return. AirAsia and Tiger flights around the same timings cost about the same while Jetstar was much more expensive! And with TG being a full-service carrier, it was definitely a no brainer.

24 February 2012
Thai Airways International
TG 410
Singapore (SIN) - Bangkok (BKK)
B777-300
HS-TKF
Economy Class


Thai operates from Terminal One at Changi and as usual, it was very crowded at T1 with all the weekend holiday makers. However the queues at TG check-in counters were not very long, surprising considering the flight was 100% full! According to the check-in agent, most pax had checked in as I only reached the airport 1.5hrs before the flight.

I had checked in online the day before and was issued the boarding pass with my pre-selected seat. Why row 69, the 4th row from the back? Because it offers one of the best seat pitch onboard TG's B773 at almost 35-36" and we would be one of the first to be served our meals.
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Went through immigration using automated clearance without much of a wait and proceeded to the gate at C24 after wandering around the shops for a while. The plane had arrived early from Bangkok. HS-TKF would be flying us to Bangkok today.
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Boarding had not started but the gate was fully packed! I was really chock-a-block! Security at the gate was quick and I grabbed another shot of TKF after passing security.
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Shortly after entering the holding room, boarding was called for premium pax, *Gold and those needing assistance to board. It appeared that there were lots of status pax on this flight! Following that, boarding was announced by row starting from the rear and it was enforced very strictly. Those not seated at the rows announced for boarding were turned back at the entrance to the aerobridge. Overall, boarding was very orderly. Kudos to TG here!

Went down the aerobridge to the entrance where 2 pretty Thai stewardesses greeted us with "Sawadee Ka"s and a wai. Newspapers were also available on a trolley at the door. I was directed to the correct aisle and proceeded down the very long plane! Along the aisle, more crew were wai-ing and "Sawadee"-ing till I reached my seat. Talking about TG's economy seats, I simply love them! Not too flashy and with a touch of class. Beats many other airlines' earthy and boring tones (think SQ, EK).
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Pre-set on each seat was a pillow. This B773 was retrofitted with TG's AVOD inflight entertainment system with touchscreen PTVs. The system was already on and movies could be watched ones you are seated. Entertainment choices were not as extensive as SQ/EK/QF etc but more than sufficient even for a long-haul flight. The seat-pitch at row 69 however, rocks! It felt just an emergency seat row on budget airlines and was about 36" i guess.


According to TG's seatmap, it was 35.75". TG's economy seats on this aircraft ranges from 32" to 35" pitch so it is necessary to choose the correct rows. Interestingly, as my ticket is a restricted-fare, I could not pre-select seats in the forward economy cabin with 34" pitch during internet booking.
http://www.thaiairways.com/thai-services/in-the-air/en/THAI%20Fleet%20PDF/B777-300.pdf

Parked at the gate. The crew also distributed earphones and we could start our movies immediately even though boarding was still underway.
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Boarding in progress. 2 stewardesses were manning my aisle. There were 4 crew assigned to each economy cabin, making quite a high crew-pax ratio. Total there were 12 crew in economy class for 330 passengers, and another 3 or 4 in business class. Thai is really generous in their crewing.
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Pillow and earphones. Earphones are for you to take home.
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Boarding was completed just before 2100hrs and we pushed back. TG's really nice safety video was played and we had a very long taxi to Rwy02C, passing T3 and Budget Terminal.
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Due to a number of departing aircraft ahead, we only took off at about 2125hrs. All this while, we were already enjoying our movies on the PTVs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzcLLsxkrtA


Shortly after takeoff.
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Stuff in the seat-pocket.


After seat-belt signs were turned off, crew came around with arrival immigration forms followed by hot scented towels. The towels were the disposable type and not the thick cottons ones seen on SQ. About 30min after takeoff, the main event started, food! My experiences on TG regarding their meals had always been very favourable and this flight was no exception. On offer today was either Nasi Goreng (spicy fried rice) with curry chicken or Fish with rice and vegetables. We took a choice of each to sample both fishes.

Delicious thai food starts on Thai. On my meal tray, there was a starter, hot bun with butter, main course and cake.
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Starter was just a salad with crunchy vegetables, accompanied with salad dressing. Not too imaginative but at least TG bothered with a starter. SQ had removed theirs on BKK sectors.
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Nasi Goreng with Curry Chicken. It was very good! And portion was big too!
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Fish in thai sweet chilli sauce, rice and vegetables. Drew praises from my friend as one of the best fish he ever ate onboard a flight. I tried some and it was really good! Meals were all catered from BKK, thus explaining the high quality.
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Dessert. I was hoping for some sort of Thai dessert but we got a cake which was rather dry. The only letdown of the meal.
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Thai still serves their economy meals in ceramic casseroles, which added a touch of classiness. Wonder which airline still does that.
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A full bar cart service was offered after distribution of meals with choices of liquors, wines, soft drinks and juices. I had a diet pepsi and was given the whole can. After the bar service, coffee/tea was then offered along with seconds of drinks. Thai crew members were generally friendly and really efficient. Meal service on the full flight was completed within 30min! Quite unbelievable for the frequent SQ flyers.


Stewardesses conducting beverage service after distributing meal trays.
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After the second round of drinks offered, trays were collected. We still had almost an hour of flying left. I made the routine visit to the lavatory(which TG is also very generous with, having 10 lavatories in the economy cabin
). Not much amenities in it, only a cologne.


Continued watching my movie for the rest of the flight till descent when I turned to the map-view. Passengers are free to use the IFE all the way till landing and parked at the gate. No wonder many of us are so annoyed with SQ's policy of switching off the IFE early and prohibiting all use of IFE during takeoff/landing.


However I noticed that TG had discontinued giving out orchids to female pax prior to landing. Probably they still do that for long-haul flights? Had a very smooth landing into Rwy19R, accompanied with soothing landing music in the background.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UATceaU8314


We landed 5 minutes late, mainly due to the late departure from SIN. Disembarking of aircraft with crew wai-ing along the aisles again. The female crew had all changed to their ground uniforms.


My comfortable seat for the 2hrs flight.


As it was the late evening peak, queues at immigration was quite bad. However it moved fast and I was cleared in 20 minutes, just as the bags started coming out from the belts.


Again, it was a great flight on Thai. Of all airlines plying the SIN-BKK route, I guess TG is still the best choice, mainly due to their outstanding meals and beverages offerings. Service by the cabin crew is generally fine as with this flight and the type of IFE you get (AVOD or big screens) would depend on the flight that you choose. Seats are also excellent, if you know which rows to select. Overall, I think TG still offers a very reasonable economy product with competitive prices.



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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6512 times:

Airport express train to city cuz there were almost no taxis and massive queues at the taxi stands!
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The food!!
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User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6103 times:

Finally, the return and last sector. I had again checked in online and selected the same seats at row 69 again on the B773 aircraft.

TG check-in counters at BKK. No queues at all! All the thai airlines have "umbrellas" at the counters. Anyone knows what it signifies?
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Boarding pass. We would be bussed to the plane today!
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Departure hall.
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C2a would be a bus gate.
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Some plane spotting. SQ Star Alliance B772 9V-SRI (non-AVOD) going back to SIN as SQ977 just before us. Boy am I glad to be flying TG instead of this aircraft. TG B734 looked to tiny in comparison.
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TG A346 towed into the gate after SQ has left.
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Very soon, boarding was announced and again, the entire boarding procedure was very orderly. A number of buses were waiting the ferry the full B773 load of pax to the plane.
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Our plane in sight!
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27 February 2012
Thai Airways International
TG 409
Bangkok (BKK) - Singapore (SIN)
B777-300
HS-TKA
Economy Class


HS-TKA, TG's 1st B777-300, would be flying us back today. It had been a long time since I boarded a plane bigger than a A320 via stairs!
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Mighty Rolls-Royce!
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We were free to take photos on the tarmac! The ground staff just smiled at me without saying a word. TG's A345 just 2 bays away.
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Finally "shooed" up the stairs when the bus load of passengers had cleared. Two beautiful stewardesses were at the door welcoming passengers.
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Nice seats again. Greeted by the crew on the aisles with lots of "Sawadees" and wai-ings as usual. This flight would turn out to be full again! TG is certainly doing very well on the SIN-BKK route even with all the budget airlines plying the route also.
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One of the interesting planes at BKK. Nordwind B757.
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All-white Orient Thai B743
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We miss Swiss in SIN!!
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LH B744 on a short hop to KUL.
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When almost all pax had boarded the aircraft, the crew distributed earphones. Blankets were also given out to pax who required one.
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TG earphones in a small bag, yours to keep. Behind is the IFE magazine, which apparently sported nearly the same cover as SQ's Krisworld IFE guide for the month!


Pushback was delayed for about 10min due to 3 no-shows, whose bags had to be offloaded. Finally doors were closed and the safety video was played. TG's safety video really set the standards in being classy and concise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2QOUleLdCc


Pushback, engine start-up and welcome announcement.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpKRFwm8moE


SAS, you are also missed in SIN.
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When will I get to fly on the A346?
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Miss the B744? TG still has lots of them!
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It's Thai land alright. Noticed the different shades of purple for the livery (metallic vs matt purple)?
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Taxi to Rwy19L with music in background again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWW4iUXzSqk


Lift off!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0O4ha91bnA


No, there is no flooding. They are just padi fields.
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User currently offlineelephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6066 times:

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 9):
TG check-in counters at BKK. No queues at all! All the thai airlines have "umbrellas" at the counters. Anyone knows what it signifies?

It is due to the design of the American architect who first designed the whole terminal with clear glass walls and, even the roof!!! The roof was, later, covered with the sunshade as you can see in your photo. However, they can't help with the walls. The girl agents complain a lot about the sunlight they have to face almost all day. So they put big umbrellas to protect them.


User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5918 times:

Shortly after takeoff, with the map-view on the IFE. Wonderful legroom again! Interestingly, only on-demand movies were not available on the IFE system while the plane was on the ground. According to TG's website, "The movies are not available on Bangkok-Singapore-Bangkok and Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok." However shortly after takeoff, the IFE system was reset and miraculously, the AVOD movies became available!


Climbing to 37,000ft.
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The usual service procedure began with distribution of immigration forms, followed by piping hot towels. Flipped through the inflight magazine and saw this article on Ethiopian Airlines joining Star Alliance. As usual with past practices, there was a shot with all the Star Alliance cabin crew members. Hmmm, but where is the Singapore Girl?
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Pilot announcement on the routing and altitude.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbgcp1EjE0s


Cruising at 37,000ft.
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About 30min after takeoff, the aroma of green curry weaved through the cabin. Food!! True enough, the bar and meal carts were pushed towards the rear of the cabin and meal service started. Oh boy, just the smell of the food is making everyone hungry! 2 stewardesses were serving my aisle (there were 2 crew on each aisle) which made the service really fast. First, the meal trays were distributed, followed by the bar cart just behind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAmSjgRDz8U


Choices today were Fish in sweet & sour sauce with fried rice and vegetables, or Green curry chicken with fried egg and rice. We chose one of each. On the meal tray were also a tuna salad, warm roll and butter and a cake for dessert.
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Tuna salad with vegetables. Simple starter.
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Sweet and sour fish with fried rice and vegetables. Full of flavour and very nice! Also the casserole was filled to the brim with food!
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Green curry chicken with fried egg and rice. Tasted very much better than it looks! Authentic thai-style green curry. Bangkok catering really produces the best thai/asian meals to suit our asian palettes!
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Cream cake. Unfortunately not a thai-style dessert again. However the cake is rich enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
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The very friendly stewardess preparing our drinks on the bar cart. I ordered a gin&tonic and apple juice.


Gin and tonic in the skies. Note the retro-designed stirrer.


Drinks service in progress. Top-ups of wines were also offered. After the bar service, coffee/tea were offered along with a second round of drinks. As TG would practice, milk was poured from milk pots into the cups when requested to be added, ala business class style.
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Flying into bad weather towards the end of meal service while coffee/tea was served. Flight became quite bumpy for a while with further slight bumps, but seatbelt signs were never switched on and hot beverages were still served. Guess the pilots knew that the turbulence would not last long. However on certain airlines, the seatbelt signs would definitely be switched on and hot beverages suspended for the rest of the flight.
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Meal trays were collected and we had nearly an hour to go. Weather was not too good for the rest of the flight with slight bumps now and then.
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4 of the 6 lavatories at the rear of the cabin. There were another 4 in the middle of the Y cabin, making a grand total of 10 lavatories for 330 pax, a very generous ratio! You will never see a long queue forming for the toilets, even on a full flight.


Cabin view.
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Not too long after, descent started. However pax were only required to return to their seats and have seatback upright halfway through the descent. Announcements were also shown on PTVs as well.
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Overflying Batam before we start turn back to Changi.
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Night view of Singapore city.
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Lots of vessels in view. Approaching Rwy02L.
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Landing at Changi Rwy02L, about 10min late, due to offloading of bags.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0qbd8zEPkQ


Parked at T1 beside a CX B773. Note the Air Berlin plane behind CX? Guess it was a seasonal charter.
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Disembarking the plane. The female crew were still in their traditional thai uniform as they would be operating the flight back to BKK as TG410.
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Just can't get enough of the colourful seats.
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Final view of TKA, with AF B773ER parked beside.
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Thai has shown again that they have provided a more than descent product in economy class. They do not market themselves as a 5-star airline but on the regional hops, their overall service is equivalent or even better than many of the "premier" airlines out there. Small touches like hot towels, ceramic casseroles, boarding/landing music added to the "charm" of travel and food/beverages remained excellent as ever. Service by the crew is generally good on the two flights. I would not hesitate to fly Thai again in the future to BKK if its prices remain competitive as TG really offers a value-for-money product.

Any comments are welcomed!

Check out my previous reports:
Winter Weekend In Macau & Hong Kong On Jetstar (by ycp81 Jan 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Kangaroo To Oz (by ycp81 Dec 10 2011 in Trip Reports)
Taiwan On 4 Airlines (TR,KL,GE,SQ) In 3 Classes (by ycp81 Nov 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Binge In Bangkok By 3K And FD (by ycp81 Aug 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
Jetstar Long-Haul To Auckland! (by ycp81 Aug 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Weekend Trips To Phuket & KL (by ycp81 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Vs Business To Boracay (TR, 5J, 2P, SQ) (by ycp81 May 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Bonjour Paris On SQ A380 (by ycp81 Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The Cape With SQ (Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Jan 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
Another Short Hop To KL On Firefly And Air Asia (by ycp81 Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
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Lazing In Lombok By Silkair (by ycp81 Aug 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
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Silkair To Siem Reap : A Wonderful Way To Fly! (by Ycp81 Feb 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
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User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

Nice report, I really enjoyed my flights with TG (AKL-BKK-HAN , SGN-BKK-AKL) and also with TR, considering they are a budget carrier. Infact i have flown on 9V-TAV on the SIN-KUL sector in August 2011
Great photos aswell!

Byronicle


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5588 times:

Hi There. Thanks for the very nice trip report with great photos.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 7):
However I noticed that TG had discontinued giving out orchids to female pax prior to landing. Probably they still do that for long-haul flights?

TG has been rather inconsistent on distributing orchids recently. On my last 6 long haul flights with TG, orchids were distributed in 2 of the flights.

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 11):
Pilot announcement on the routing and altitude.

Very nice to hear the captain's announcement on routing. In my last few night flights with TG, the captain only made an announcement before departure on flying time and no details of the flying route were given.

Thanks for sharing your trip experience.
Regards,
Win


User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5401 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 13):

TG has been rather inconsistent on distributing orchids recently. On my last 6 long haul flights with TG, orchids were distributed in 2 of the flights.

And they did not place orchids in the economy lavatories too unlike my flights on them a year back. Also observed that extra bread rolls were not offered during meal service but probably because it was a full flight. However overall it was still a nice flight on TG.



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