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Thai Airways 747-400: BKK-HKG-BKK  
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 18207 times:

Hello and welcome to my 7th trip report,

This trip was a weekend getaway trip and we (my brother, mother and myself) decided to spend it in Hong Kong with Thai Airways. Hope you enjoy reading.

At first, only me and my brother would be going on the trip. So I planned to travel on airlines which I haven't been on. Those on the list were Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines. These airlines, especially Srilankan Airlines, offer quite an attractive fare on BKK-HKG-BKK. As soon as my mother decided to join us on the trip, she said she would rather fly with Thai Airways. Around 4 days before the planned trip, the flight was booked and seat selected on Thai Airways website.

Date: 31 March 2012
Airline: Thai Airways International
Flight: TG600
Route: BKK-HKG
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registration: HS-TGZ
Class: Economy

Arrived Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport very early in the morning at door 1

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Check-in was very quick. We were told that the flight was quite full, only around 10 seats out of 325 seats in Economy class were empty.

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Then we proceeded directly to passport check and security screening which took around 20 minutes altogether.
a few airside pictures

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Then we went straight to TG lounge in concourse C which was the closest one to our boarding gate. We were amongst the first group of people in the lounge, entered shortly after it was opened.

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Seatings in the lounge

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I really like the variety of food offerings:

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At 7:10am, after a good hour at the lounge, we were off to the gate for a 7:20am planned boarding time.

Rest area

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Boarding gate: not so busy

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The aircraft that would take us to Hong Kong

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Boarding started, a little bit behind schedule

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Settled in my 40K

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Crew distributing blankets and headphones

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Safety demo. Then the crew came to greet us as gold members and offered us 2 options for breakfast: pork congee or omelette, the meal was served at the same time the crew served special meals. It was good that my mother who has Silver status also get to choose her meal preference early as well.

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Pushed back at 8:05, 5 minutes behind the scheduled departure time

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Took off at 8:15am

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As soon as the safety belt sign was turned off, the crew came and gave out landing cards, then hot towels then drinks

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A very generous leg room

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Interesting ads on sawasdee inflight magazine

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Then shortly after, breakfast was served. Pork congee

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As my brother didn't eat, I took his food  http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong%20Kong%20March%202012/DSCN3002.jpg

Crew came and offered drinks several times during the meal service. For hot drinks, coffee, English tea and Chinese tea were offered. Hot towels were given once again after food service.

2 hours into the flight, and we started our descent. The captain announced that due to high traffic at Hong Kong Airport, we would need to circle around for a few moments.

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Descending to HKG

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Landed at 11:35 am local time.

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My seat

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Disembarking the airplane: the long galley

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Old First class

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Business class on the lower deck

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Took a train to passport control. It was a very long queue there, fortunately when we got there, they opened a new line and a lot of people rushed in that line, but still it took us around 20 minutes to clear.

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Baggage was already on the belt when we got there

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Then we took a taxi to the hotel

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View from hotel window

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This is the detail of the returning flight

Date: 1 April 2012
Airline: Thai Airways International
Flight: TG607
Route: HKG-BKK
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registration: HS-TGB
Class: Economy

Arrived Hong Kong Airport Terminal 2 at around 5:30pm for a 8:45 flight

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Went to use the *G counter

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Check-in was quick. As this was a full flight, we couldn't have 3 seats together. So me and my mother will have 2 seats together and brother will be on the bulkhead seat. We got ask a question that should TG select to upgrade gold pax from economy to business, would be accept it if only one or two of us get upgraded (me and brother are gold and mother is silver). Of course, we gladly accepted it, although it never happened   .

It was the first time I got a lounge invitation when travelling in Y.

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We headed off by trains to the passport / security check point

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Some aircraft at HKG on a Sunday afternoon

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Then we went to the Royal Orchid Lounge

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Here are some lounge impressions and the food offerings

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Massage seats

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Game zone

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A great offering of Thai food. Not in the picture was a famous Tom Yum Soup

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Always love the ice creams http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong%20Kong%20March%202012/DSCN3252.jpg

Then we were off to the boarding gate 48, quite busy but it was expected as the flight was a full 744

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When pre-boarding call was made, people started to queue, one line for Business and First class and another line for economy class. When boarding started, it wasn't done by seat row number.

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Then came Orient Thai HS-UTV

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This flight was very similar with the outbound flight. The crew came before took off, offering 2 options of dinner: pork with rice or chicken with rice. This time, my mother didn't get offered to choose the meal early.

Pork with rice

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Chicken with rice

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Sawasdee magazine and another A380 ad and Thai Smile

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Very comfortable space

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After 2 hours and 30 minutes, we landed at Bangkok

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Parked in concourse D which was very close to passport check counters

My seat

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I was surprised to see there was no queue at all at passport control. It only took a few minutes to clear. and not long after, our bags came on the belt

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This would conclude my Hong Kong trip report. Overall, I am once again happy with TG service. Both flights were more or less on time. Crew were very nice and friendly. I must say though that I found the crew on the outbound to be slightly better than the ones on the inbound, as on the inbound fight, crew seems to disappear straight after food service while on the inbound the crew walked up and down the aisles regularly to see if they could offer anything. Food was once again good. TG lounges at both airports were good. I noticed an improvement on Business class lounge food/snack offerings at breakfast time. Finally, its always great seeing TG is doing so well on this regional sector.

Thanks for reading. As ever, all comments/feedback are very much appreciated.

Win

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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1690 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 17962 times:

Win,

You seem to have had 2 great flights in Y on TG; I'm, especially, impressed by the good legroom and the catering on board !!!

Nice Lounges too, both at BKK and HKG...

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your future TR's  



don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineORDJOE From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 707 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 17880 times:

Thanks for sharing, I flew TG 794 BKK-LAX (Soon to be ended, shame another ULH flight bites the dust) and was really impressed with their Y service, and this too seems much better than other cariers long haul service and it is only a 2.5 hour flight.
Hope you enjoyed Hong Kong, was there visiting friends in Nov and had a blast.


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 17598 times:

Hi Win,
What a beautiful series of flights. Thanks for posting your pictures.

The catering seems to be be top notch, neatly presented and with nice utensils. I am really impressed. I hope to fly THAI once again in the future. Their fares can be slightly high sometimes, but I have also seen them do specials.

Many thanks

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 807 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 17324 times:

Amazing - on such a short flight, you get a 744 AND a full meal service. Where else in the world would that happen!

User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16773 times:

You seemed to have lots of extra legroom for an economy seat?

User currently onlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1083 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 16616 times:

This is the THAI glory I know.
This is the service I expect on THAI.
Two of the best lounges!! If only I flew TG out of HKG last week, was busy in Silver Kris lounge as I flew SQ / Gate 25 so I don't have time to hop all the way to TG lounge.

I'm glad you enjoyed your flights both way.
Thank you for sharing.

Quoting fiscal (Reply 5):
You seemed to have lots of extra legroom for an economy seat?

It's 34 inches pitch in THAI 744 Economy class. The widest seat pitch any airlines offer in Economy class (without paying extra fee nor being gold member nor Premium Economy class products!)



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 16541 times:

Hi Win,

another enjoyable report with good pictures! I flew MUC-BKK-BNE on TG in late 2010 and wasn't impressed. However, I may give it a try again (e.g. 77W, A380).

Thai Fails To Impress: MUC-BKK-BNE On 744 & 777 (by PlaneHunter Jan 23 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
These airlines, especially Srilankan Airlines, offer quite an attractive fare on BKK-HKG-BKK.

I cannot recommend UL in these days. I flew DXB-CMB-BKK recently and was shocked how tight the legroom was. The condition of the cabins wasn't great either. It's too bad because I had some good flights back in 2006.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
As my brother didn't eat, I took his food

All the meals look really good!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):
It's 34 inches pitch in THAI 744 Economy class. The widest seat pitch any airlines offer in Economy class

But hasn't that already changed on the refurbished frames?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 16515 times:
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Thank you for your TR. I live in Bangkok and have flown TG several times BKK-HKG-BKK and I usually find their service is very good, although it would be nice if there was a personal video at each seat, something TG lacks on some of their 747-400's. It is nice to have a full meal served (CX and EK also do the same), and the inflight service is usually very good, although it has been better on some flights than others.
The only thing lacking on TG is that on CX and EK I have been able to visit the cockpit while parked at the gate,(it's not allowed in flight anymore) but on TG it is usually not allowed. I once asked the purser if he would ask the captain if it was ok, and he wouldn't even do that. Otherwise, the service on TG is usually very good.



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1708 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 16448 times:
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Hello Win,

What a good report! If it wasn’t for your beloved mother, you could have taken an exotic 5th freedom flight. Well, next time then maybe? It was sure interesting to see you travelling on a classic TG B744. Don’t you just love that old school cabin lay out and the colourful seats? And what a huge amount of legroom, I wouldn’t mind spending some time in there on longhaul!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
As soon as my mother decided to join us on the trip, she said she would rather fly with Thai Airways.

You know the thing about mothers: they are caring and overly conservative  

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Settled in my 40K

Nice colourful cabin.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The captain announced that due to high traffic at Hong Kong Airport, we would need to circle around for a few moments

And you got to see that on that movie theatre style bulkhead screen? Cool!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Disembarking the airplane: the long galley

Interesting view this way.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Here are some lounge impressions and the food offerings

I like those big coloured chairs. Were they comfy?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1300 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 16302 times:

Another good report.

Always impresses me to see how airports in the Far East can get it so right yet in Europe they just seem like overcrowded shopping centres.



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User currently offlineJA8119 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2011, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 15817 times:

Thanks for sharing your experience on TG.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):

Date: 31 March 2012
Airline: Thai Airways International
Flight: TG600
Route: BKK-HKG
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registration: HS-TGZ
Class: Economy


Actually, my father took your plane's return flight to BKK that day! Anyway, let's hope TG will speed up the cabin retrofit of its older aorcraft and further improve its great-already service.


User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 15680 times:

Hi there,

Can you tell me the name of your hotel in Kowloon. It looks nice and clean and thought I'd book the same one when I go there.

Thanks and also thanks for the great trup report.


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 15523 times:

Hello and thanks for all your comments! I really appreciate them

Quoting MH017 (Reply 1):
Win,

You seem to have had 2 great flights in Y on TG; I'm, especially, impressed by the good legroom and the catering on board !!!

Nice Lounges too, both at BKK and AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG...

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your future TR's

Hi MH017! Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Yes, they were great flights, food service was very good for a 2.5 hour regional flight.

Quoting ORDJOE (Reply 2):
Thanks for sharing, I flew TG 794 BKK-LAX (Soon to be ended, shame another ULH flight bites the dust) and was really impressed with their Y service, and this too seems much better than other cariers long haul service and it is only a 2.5 hour flight.
Hope you enjoyed Hong Kong, was there visiting friends in Nov and had a blast.

Hi ORDJOE, I am glad you liked it. Its sad to know that TG will replace the direct BKK-LAX with the one with a stop over in South Korea. Nice to know that you also enjoyed TG service! I did indeed enjoyed Hong Kong   Thanks.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
Hi Win,
What a beautiful series of flights. Thanks for posting your pictures.

The catering seems to be be top notch, neatly presented and with nice utensils. I am really impressed. I hope to fly THAI once again in the future. Their fares can be slightly high sometimes, but I have also seen them do specials.

Many thanks

Luke

Hi Luke! Thanks for the nice words! Catering did impress me too. TG just started a 52nd anniversary special fare on its website and currently there is a 'London to Land of Smile Special fare Promotion' if you are interest  
Quoting joffie (Reply 4):
Amazing - on such a short flight, you get a 744 AND a full meal service.

Hi Joffie!   

Quoting fiscal (Reply 5):
You seemed to have lots of extra legroom for an economy seat?

34 inches seat pitch in Y on 744 is very nice!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 6):

This is the THAI glory I know.
This is the service I expect on THAI.
Two of the best lounges!! If only I flew TG out of AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG last week, was busy in Silver Kris lounge as I flew SQ / Gate 25 so I don't have time to hop all the way to TG lounge.

I'm glad you enjoyed your flights both way.
Thank you for sharing.

I am glad you liked it nethkt! It was my first time using TG lounge at AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG and I really liked it overall, especially liked the food and refreshments and ice cream   .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):

Hi Win,

another enjoyable report with good pictures! I flew MUC-BKK-BNE on TG in late 2010 and wasn't impressed. However, I may give it a try again (e.g. 77W, A380).

Hi PH! Many thanks! Sorry to hear about your TG experience, but I noticed recently that the crew would offer Business class food when one option in Economy class food runs out. I hope your future travel with THAI will be much better.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
I cannot recommend UL in these days. I flew DXB-CMB-BKK recently and was shocked how tight the legroom was. The condition of the cabins wasn't great either. It's too bad because I had some good flights back in 2006.

Thanks for the info. It became very attractive when I found out that if I booked the ticket months in advance, the price on UL on this sector would be the same as offered on Air Asia. I heard that Sri Lankan Airlines are in the process of refurbishing its A330 and A340 fleet. Would be interesting to see inside the cabin.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
All the meals look really good!

Tasted very good too

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
But hasn't that already changed on the refurbished frames?

No, the refit 747-400s still have the same seat pitch (34 inches) in Economy class. In fact I was on it last December on LHR-BKK. It has exactly the same number of Y seats (325) as the older 744s.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 8):
The only thing lacking on TG is that on CX and EK I have been able to visit the cockpit while parked at the gate,(it's not allowed in flight anymore) but on TG it is usually not allowed. I once asked the purser if he would ask the captain if it was ok, and he wouldn't even do that. Otherwise, the service on TG is usually very good.

I have never asked to visit a cockpit on TG, but I try to do that in the future when I can. Hopefully they will allow. Personally, I wouldn't mind not having PTV on shorter flights but I suppose it would be very nice to see it in line with other airlines.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):

Hello Win,

What a good report! If it wasn’t for your beloved mother, you could have taken an exotic 5th freedom flight. Well, next time then maybe? It was sure interesting to see you travelling on a classic TG B744. Don’t you just love that old school cabin lay out and the colourful seats? And what a huge amount of legroom, I wouldn’t mind spending some time in there on longhaul!

Hi Sultanils! Thanks a lot! hehehe, yes, may be, but unfortunately I don't have a plan to go to AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG again in the near future. But I hope I will get to do that. The classic 744 sure was an interesting flight. I do like the cabin layout and the seat colours but most of all, I love the space, its just so comfortable!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
You know the thing about mothers: they are caring and overly conservative  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
Nice colourful cabin.

:D   

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
And you got to see that on that movie theatre style bulkhead screen? Cool!

Yes, after took off and during approaching, the flight map was shown on the big screen.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
I like those big coloured chairs. Were they comfy?

I'd say they are comfortable, but they somehow give more privacy.

Quoting JA8119 (Reply 11):
Actually, my father took your plane's return flight to BKK that day! Anyway, let's hope TG will speed up the cabin retrofit of its older aorcraft and further improve its great-already service.

Thanks JA8119, I am glad you enjoyed it. hehehe, nice! yes, me too, hopefully by the end of this year, all 744s will be refitted.

Quoting omidp (Reply 12):
Hi there,

Can you tell me the name of your hotel in Kowloon. It looks nice and clean and thought I'd book the same one when I go there.

Thanks and also thanks for the great trup report.

Hi omidp! Thanks for commenting. Sure, we stayed at Intercontinental Grand Stanford. I hope you have a nice trip!

Regards

Win


User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 15436 times:

Thanks so much Win for the reply. Appreciate it  

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 15386 times:

HI

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Nice to see BKK's airport, always impressed with it.
TG's 744s look outdated, but still comfortable.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently onlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1083 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 15202 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
But hasn't that already changed on the refurbished frames?
Quoting win1290 (Reply 13):
No, the refit 747-400s still have the same seat pitch (34 inches) in Economy class. In fact I was on it last December on LHR-BKK. It has exactly the same number of Y seats (325) as the older 744s.

Confirmed seat pitch stays at 34 inches on the refitted ZIM products.
HS-TGP/R/T/X and other two are now fitted with ZIM seats and PTV in Economy.

I flew HS-TGT back in NOV 2011 FRA-BKK around the flooding situation, 121 pax in Eco and I got all A B C seats to myself, heaven!

I'd love to fly THAI refitted 744 across the pacific to ICN/LAX! Would be an awesome experience.
Bring back 4 engines 4 long haul across the pacific  



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 14771 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):

HI

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us.
Nice to see BKK's airport, always impressed with it.
TG's 744s look outdated, but still comfortable.

Greetings
Marc

Thanks Marc! I think BKK airport looks better at night than day time. I just love the space offered in Y in TG 744s!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 16):
Confirmed seat pitch stays at 34 inches on the refitted ZIM products.
HS-TGP/R/T/X and other two are now fitted with ZIM seats and PTV in Economy.

I flew HS-TGT back in NOV 2011 FRA-BKK around the flooding situation, 121 pax in Eco and I got all A B C seats to myself, heaven!

  


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14159 times:

Hi Win,

very nice read and very positive about TG. Legroom indeed generous and food is looking good too.
But... for longhaul no PTV is something I might miss, therefore TG better updates the 744 seating to 2012 standard. Or are they replacing this type soon?
BKK lounge looks great too, nice food offering also for breakfast!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 13823 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):

Hi Win,

very nice read and very positive about TG. Legroom indeed generous and food is looking good too.
But... for longhaul no PTV is something I might miss, therefore TG better updates the 744 seating to 2012 standard. Or are they replacing this type soon?
BKK lounge looks great too, nice food offering also for breakfast!

Regards
Eric

HI Eric, Thanks for the comment. The legroom was very much made up for the lack of PTV especially on the long haul. But the good news is that on the refitted 747-400 (with PTV in Economy Class), the legroom will remain the same. By the end of this year, all remaining 744 will be refitted. Some of the oldest 744 will be converted to freighters. I noticed an improvement on food offerings at BKK lounge and its very nice!
Thanks
Win


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2470 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 13017 times:

Hello Win,

Excellent report with lots of beautiful pictures.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
As soon as my mother decided to join us on the trip, she said she would rather fly with Thai Airways.

One thing occurred to me was why you did not convince her to fly one of the exotic airlines. But as three of you happen to be Elite TG FF members, I understood.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
a few airside pictures

Nice interior. Too bad I did not make it to go there last month due to our short transit time.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I really like the variety of food offerings:
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
the food offerings
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
A great offering of Thai food.

You make me craving for scrumptious Asian food.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Crew distributing blankets and headphones

Just from curiosity, were there any Chinese flight attendants as well?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
A very generous leg room

34 inches and it shows!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
As my brother didn't eat, I took his food 

Way to go!   


Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then we took a taxi to the hotel

Was it more convenient than airport train?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
It was the first time I got a lounge invitation when travelling in Y.

One of the perks being an Elite member even when you're flying Y.   


Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
offering 2 options of dinner: pork with rice or chicken with rice.

What if you said, ‘Can I have both of them? I cannot decide,’ 


Thanks a lot for sharing. I really love how you enlighten us why TG’s still doing well on busy BKK-HKG-BKK legs.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12520 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):

Hello Win,

Excellent report with lots of beautiful pictures.

Hi Suryo, Thanks a lot!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
One thing occurred to me was why you did not convince her to fly one of the exotic airlines. But as three of you happen to be Elite TG FF members, I understood.

I actually convinced my mum to try out another airlines, I even showed her that flying Kenya Airways BKK-HKG-BKK in Business class was actually cheaper than flying the same route with TG in Economy. But my mum did insist on flying THAI and said TG flight time was better (early outbound rather than afternoon outbound).

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
You make me craving for scrumptious Asian food.

quite hungry seeing it myself 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Just from curiosity, were there any Chinese flight attendants as well?

No, all the crew were Thais, all announcements during the flights were made in Thai and English.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Was it more convenient than airport train?

For 3 of us, it was cheaper getting a taxi rather than airport train, I think more convenient as well.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
One of the perks being an Elite member even when you're flying Y.   

Thats right, but it was the first time I got a print-out invitation.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
What if you said, ‘Can I have both of them? I cannot decide,

Hehe, haven't thought of doing that, but given the full flight I don't think I would be allowed to ask for both.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Thanks a lot for sharing. I really love how you enlighten us why TG’s still doing well on busy BKK-HKG-BKK legs.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Thanks a lot for reading and commenting Suryo!
Regards
Win


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 12306 times:

Hey Win, once again a pleasant report! Do TG give good mileage in Economy Class?

Your TG experiences looked rather standard. Food service in Y looked quite impressive, although that pork congee looked really nasty! The HKG Lounge looked quite impressive, although a bit crowded. How did you manage to guest both your mother and brother into the lounge?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12158 times:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Hey Win, once again a pleasant report! Do TG give good mileage in Economy Class?

Hi Jonas! Thanks for reading and commenting.
TG doesn't give mileage if one travels in discounted Economy class(booking class W and V on TG), but gives 100% of miles flown when travelling in more flexible Economy Class (in Business class, one gets 125% and in First Class, one gets 150% of miles flown). To qualify for TG*S, one needs to accumulate 10,000 qualifying miles within one calendar year (or 15,000 miles by the second calendar year). To qualify for TG*G, one needs 50,000 qualifying miles or fly 40 international sectors with TG within a calendar year (or 80,000 miles by the second calendar year). The status lasts for 2 years. On this particular flight BKK-HKG-BKK, I earned 2,152 miles (1,076 miles per sector).

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Your TG experiences looked rather standard. Food service in Y looked quite impressive, although that pork congee looked really nasty! The HKG Lounge looked quite impressive, although a bit crowded. How did you manage to guest both your mother and brother into the lounge?

I think the food was great. Despite the look, pork congee didn't taste bad at all. TG HKG lounge which was recently refurbished was indeed very nice. The lounge was quite busy as it also accommodates passengers travelling with Air Canada and United Airlines.
My brother also has TG*G as well

Thanks,

Win


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