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THAI's Retro Boeing 747-400: BKK-LHR  
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 20652 times:

Hello and welcome to my 9th trip report. This report will cover the flight I took from Bangkok to London with Thai Airways, returning to England for my final term of my last year at university. I hope you enjoy.

Date: 22 April 2012
Airline: Thai Airways International
Flight: TG910
Route: BKK-LHR
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Registration: HS – TGP
Class: Economy

I arrived at the airport at around 21:30 for a 00:25 flight. I already check-in online the on the morning before and I got the aisle seat on the first Economy class cabin. Unfortunately the window seats were all taken. Even though check-in can be done online, the boarding pass cannot be printed from home. The airport was very busy when I arrived. I went to check in at a Star Alliance Gold counter which was done in about 10 minutes. Then my parents and brother who were sending me off went to a cafe while I took a few pictures of the departure hall.
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I then rejoined the family for a nice ice-cream. After that, we bid farewell and I proceeded to passport control and security check. It was the first time I saw the automatic machine for Thai passport holders. There was nobody using the machine, I went to try it out. Firstly the machine read my passport and then it scanned my finger print, once done I went to a desk where an immigration officer stamped my passport. The process was done in one or two minutes. However there was a very long queue for security x-ray check. But the line did move quite fast and it took less than 10 minutes to clear. I really like the idea that every passenger was given a clear bag to put our belongings (wallets, keys, watches etc) for x-ray and once done we just took the whole bag and moved on. It really helped the line moving faster.

The boarding gate for my flight was C9, but I was heading to concourse G to British Airways/Qantas lounge to greet the team which I used to do my work experience with.
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The contemporary BA/QF lounge was very nice and not at all busy. I suppose that because the lounge was designed to accommodate two 747 flights (BA and QF) but now that QF stops BKK-LHR route. Then I headed back to concourse C which was a 20 minute walk. Some pictures of airport lounges along the way
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Unfortunately, it was very hard to see aircraft outside the terminal
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TG Royal Silk lounge on concourse D and the Royal Orchid Spa
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Continuing to TG lounge in concourse C. There are TG lounges, and I went to the one on the right.
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The lounge was quite busy due to many European bound flights leaving at around this time (11pm to 1am). Here are some lounge impressions and the food the lounge offers.
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Shrimp wanton soup
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Fish sticks and vegetarian noodle
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Dim sum
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Vegetarian gyoza
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Then at around 23:45, I headed to the boarding gate C9, passing this nice transit area just outside the lounge.
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The aircraft that would be taking me to London
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At mid-night, the boarding started. Passengers travelling with small children and those travelling in Royal First and Royal Silk and Star Alliance elite members were invited first. I was amongst the first to board in Economy Class.
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At the aircraft door we were greeted by some very energetic crew who were also very friendly.
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Leg room. Couldn’t stretch out my leg due to the in-flight entertainment box
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Once everyone was boarded and the aircraft door was closed, the crew made a standard welcome announcement and the safety demonstration video was played
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Then another announcement was made that the cabin must be sprayed prior to entering the UK
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Then headphones and menus were handed out.
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Unfortunately, there was nothing inside my menu
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At around 00:30, the plane pushed back. I followed the taxi and take off on the forward camera
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At around 00:45, (20 minutes behind schedule) the plane took off
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As soon the fasten seatbelt sign was turned off, hot towels were offered. And I got another menu.
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Then a welcome announcement from the flight deck, welcoming us on board THAI’s Boeing 747-400 and the flight time of 11 hours and 45 minutes was expected. We would be anticipated to land in London at 06:30 which was 45 minutes ahead of the 07:15 arrival time. Shortly after, there was a problem with the inflight entertainment system and the system has to be restarted which too around 25 minutes.
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The IFE was restarted
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Then drinks were offered, and I went for a beer. Quite unusual on this flight, no snacks were offered.
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Then the meal was offered, and I went for chicken massaman curry
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Straight after the meal, I slept, until the cabin light was turned on, which was around 2 hours before landing. We were flying over Poland
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Then the crew distributed hot towels and offered drinks, then breakfast was served, followed by tea and coffee, I chose to have omelette.
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While flying over Holland, the crew was preparing the cabin for landing. Shortly after, the plane started descending
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But it circled around
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Then approaching LHR
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Touched down at 06:45 am
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After a short taxi, we reached our parking position
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Disembarking the plane
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Then I directly headed to arrival passport check, and there was a long queue already, but the line moved steadily and I was clear after around 35 minutes wait. My baggage was already on the belt. Then upon passing the ‘green’ nothing to declare lane, I was stopped by a custom officer who politely asked me a few questions regarding where I was travelling from and what would I be doing in the UK and the contents of my bags. Then without x-raying or opening my bags, I was let through. I made my way to the central bus station and went on the 08:05am service to Bristol and I arrived 2 hours later.

Overall, I am still happy with Thai Airways, especially nice to see its 747-400 being refitted with AVOD in Economy class, even though I didn’t use much of it during my flight. Food, particularly the curry, was tasty. Cabin crew remains very friendly and helpful. Very nice TG!

This would be an end to this trip report. As ever, all comments/suggestions are very much appreciated.
Thanks for reading.
Win

My Previous Trip Reports:
Thai Airways Boeing 777-300ER: BKK-NRT-BKK (by win1290 Apr 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways 747-400: BKK-HKG-BKK (by win1290 Apr 2 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways A340-600: LHR-BKK (by win1290 Mar 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Amsterdam With KLM: BRS-AMS-BRS (by win1290 Mar 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Prague With Easyjet: BRS-PRG-BRS (by win1290 Mar 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Munich With Lufthansa A319 (by win1290 Mar 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Trip To Madrid With Iberia And British Airways (by win1290 Feb 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
THAI's A346 Smooth As Silk To London (by win1290 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)

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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 20320 times:
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You must be one of the a.netters here who travel a lot on Thai, or I can't recall if these were all part of a series of one trip!!

First you fly the Airbus A340-600 and now on the retro 744.....Aggh can it get any better...I'm envious of you lol

Glad to see the FA's first in their traditional Thai uniforms and then in the Western versions on landing. what a great touch indeed!!


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 20282 times:

Hey Win, great report!

Another TG experience from you this time! Quite surprised to see the B744 being fitted with new seats in Economy, never expected to see that happening. Will all B744s be refitted with the new seats in Y? The ones used on the ARN route are still in the oldest configuration... Food looked fantastic as usual, and quite interesting to see them offer booze from large bottles as opposed to miniatures.

Also how did you manage to access the BA/QF Lounge when traveling on a *A flight? Usually airlines are dead strict when it comes to such things.

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 19817 times:

Very nice report Win - shame there were no window seats left, and that there were no upgrades! I'm about to head out to BKK now for my FRA flight, so was nice to see airside a bit! Hope you enjoy the cool UK weather!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, there was nothing inside my menu

Ha ha, do they save those for TG Gold members?



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 18582 times:

Hi flightsimboy,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
You must be one of the a.netters here who travel a lot on Thai, or I can't recall if these were all part of a series of one trip!!

First you fly the Airbus A340-600 and now on the retro 744.....Aggh can it get any better...I'm envious of you lol

Hahaha, I am always happy flying with my national airline  .
I was also happy to be flying on this retro jet. Though, on the return flight in late June, TG would be using A340-600.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Glad to see the FA's first in their traditional Thai uniforms and then in the Western versions on landing. what a great touch indeed!!

Very nice indeed. On TG long haul flights, the female crew would change from their traditional thai dresses to the crew uniform before 2nd meal service. While the male crew would change from their red jacket to a more formal black jacket.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Hey Win, great report!

Thanks Jonas!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Another TG experience from you this time! Quite surprised to see the B744 being fitted with new seats in Economy, never expected to see that happening. Will all B744s be refitted with the new seats in Y? The ones used on the ARN route are still in the oldest configuration... Food looked fantastic as usual, and quite interesting to see them offer booze from large bottles as opposed to miniatures.

Yes all TG 744 will eventually be refitted with AVOD in Y. The first 6 would be done this year in Y class only, while the oldest 6 747-400s will be refitted (during 2012-2013) in all classes, F seats will have 9 nice TG own design seats derived from the same seat platform as the F seat in the soon-to-arrive TG A380, Business class seats will be angled flat (same seats as TG 777-200ER) and the Y seats will be more-or-less the same with the ones on A380.
TG serve alcoholic drinks from large bottles in all classes. So sadly no small bottles. But on one occasion, my brother who was travelling on this birthday (BKK-LHR in J), was given a full-size bottle of champagne from the crew.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
Also how did you manage to access the BA/QF Lounge when traveling on a *A flight? Usually airlines are dead strict when it comes to such things.

Well, I only went to BA/QF lounge to greet people I knew when I did the work experience a couple of years back.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):

Very nice report Win - shame there were no window seats left, and that there were no upgrades! I'm about to head out to BKK now for my FRA flight, so was nice to see airside a bit! Hope you enjoy the cool UK weather!

Thanks a lot Gabriel. It was unfortunate that window seats were all taken, and no upgrades! Hope you enjoy the Royal Orchid Service to FRA.
Haha, Thanks, It was actually sunny at the time when I landed (you can see from the last few pictures above) which was very nice, but it was colder than I expected though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Unfortunately, there was nothing inside my menu

Ha ha, do they save those for TG Gold members?

Haha, the crew was very apologetic about this, and very quickly she gave me a new one.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Win


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1744 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 18309 times:
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Hello Win!

What a great story once again and accompanied with plenty of nice photos. A clear Win(ner) here   Nice catch on the retro(fitted) B747, she looks stunning in that colour scheme. And good to see they’re having a makeover: colourful seats and finally AVOD. Although I feel that IFE box is not in the best place there... Good food apparently and a nice crew make an excellent experience!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
but now that QF stops BKK-LHR route.

Oh? That’s news to me. Perhaps old news... Why is that?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
passing this nice transit area just outside the lounge.

Nice relaxing chairs, wouldn’t mind waiting there for a longhaul flight.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Couldn%u2019t stretch out my leg due to the in-flight entertainment box

That is placed in a real awkward place imo!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
But it circled around

The famous LHR holdings, how many rounds did you take  

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User currently offlinelufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18055 times:

Great report, I miss my time in BKK and always flying TG.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 4):
But on one occasion, my brother who was travelling on this birthday (BKK-LHR in J), was given a full-size bottle of champagne from the crew.

I also got a bottle BKK-ICN as a Christmas present... TG crews are the best out there.

Regards,

LH747



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 17430 times:
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Hi Win,
Great report! Very nice to catch the retro livery and nice pictures of BKK and the lounges.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I really like the idea that every passenger was given a clear bag to put our belongings (wallets, keys, watches etc) for x-ray and once done we just took the whole bag and moved on.

A nice idea indeed, very handy

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, there was nothing inside my menu

haha that's weird

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then the meal was offered, and I went for chicken massaman curry

looks quite decent

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 17423 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Hello Win!

Hi Sultanils!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
What a great story once again and accompanied with plenty of nice photos. A clear Win(ner) here  Nice catch on the retro(fitted) B747, she looks stunning in that colour scheme. And good to see they’re having a makeover: colourful seats and finally AVOD. Although I feel that IFE box is not in the best place there... Good food apparently and a nice crew make an excellent experience!

Many thanks for the nice words!   I was nice indeed and it was my first time travelling in the retro jet or indeed the retrofitted Y seat. The cabin was very nice and fresh as well and the AVOD was great. The overall experience was good with TG as always.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
but now that QF stops BKK-LHR route.

Oh? That’s news to me. Perhaps old news... Why is that?

Since 25th of March this year, QF stopped its flight from Bangkok to London and Hong Kong to London. I think QF would try to scale back international operations which are not so profitable for them. As a result, the kangaroo route from SYD - LHR is now via SIN using A380. Also this route would get the famous QF1/2 which was originally used on SYD - LHR via BKK.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
passing this nice transit area just outside the lounge.

Nice relaxing chairs, wouldn’t mind waiting there for a longhaul flight.

I agree, they even look nicer to relax/sleep than in the lounge.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Couldn%u2019t stretch out my leg due to the in-flight entertainment box

That is placed in a real awkward place imo!

Agreed. But it didn't bother me that much though because I am quite short  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 5):
The famous LHR holdings, how many rounds did you take  

around 3 rounds. We were holding for around 15 minutes, would be very nice if I had a window seat  
Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 6):
Great report, I miss my time in BKK and always flying TG.

Thanks LH747! Very nice to know that you enjoyed my national airline  
Quoting lufthansa747 (Reply 6):
I also got a bottle BKK-ICN as a Christmas present... TG crews are the best out there.

   , did everyone get it as well?

Thanks
Win


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 999 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 17256 times:

Interesting report, thanks for sharing. Nice that you gave us a small tour off BKK too   And TG seems to have a decent product in Y!

User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16605 times:

Hi Nong Win! So you are back in the UK on THAI.
A nice touch with the retro 747-400! And re-fitted AVOD, older on the outside but newer for the inside! loving it!!
Many thanks for the photos even though I'm sure you are death tired on this flight!!

The food looks and surely tastes great! An extra touch of Thai catering no one can copy. It's so nice when your national food is world famous, even other airlines are trying to copy and serve a faux "Thai" dishes onboard.

Love the large bottle alcoholic beverages service, and doing so with premium brand still. Many airlines legacy airlines are turning to cheper brand. THAI still uses Bomboy GIN, Campari, JW Red and (if I'm not wrong) Absolut Vodka etc for service in Economy class!!!

To add on, 6 TG 744s are now equipped with AVOD in all classes HS-TGO/P/R/T/W/X
They are running BKK-FRA 920/921, both BKK-SYD flights and BKK-MUC subject to last minute changes (as usual on THAI)

the 6 newest 744s will get new seats in all classes, F/C same as those on 380 with HS-TGY being the first one.
HS-TGY (delivered 1998) shall be back for service by the end of this month.

HS-TGY/Z/A/B/F/G are the 6 to get all done on all classes.

THAI will use 340-600s on both LHR flights for the low travel season starting now!

I'm sure to see the new J and F and 380 report from you!!
Keep up the good work brother!!
Cheers,
P'Net



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineSIA747Megatop From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16584 times:

Great read and great photos there, win1290. Thanks for sharing.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
The food looks and surely tastes great! An extra touch of Thai catering no one can copy. It's so nice when your national food is world famous, even other airlines are trying to copy and serve a faux "Thai" dishes onboard.

I've had consistently better Thai food on SQ and I fly the SIN-BKK route frequently. I find it disappointing that TG serves exactly the same main course in Y and J. Though for Y the dishes are sufficient, this isn't the case in the forward cabin. It's a real shame considering Thailand has such a fabulous cuisine. They ought to learn from the likes of GA and NH when it comes to serving local dishes.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
Love the large bottle alcoholic beverages service, and doing so with premium brand still. Many airlines legacy airlines are turning to cheper brand. THAI still uses Bomboy GIN, Campari, JW Red and (if I'm not wrong) Absolut Vodka etc for service in Economy class!!!

Isn't this industry standard in the Asia Pac. region?

Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
To add on, 6 TG 744s are now equipped with AVOD in all classes HS-TGO/P/R/T/W/X
They are running BKK-FRA 920/921, both BKK-SYD flights and BKK-MUC subject to last minute changes (as usual on THAI)

HS-TGY/Z/A/B/F/G are the 6 to get all done on all classes.

Thanks for the information, looking forward to the refurbished products across the route network.



That's Mr. Bovine Joni to you.
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 16536 times:

Quoting SIA747Megatop (Reply 11):
I've had consistently better Thai food on SQ and I fly the SIN-BKK route frequently. I find it disappointing that TG serves exactly the same main course in Y and J. Though for Y the dishes are sufficient, this isn't the case in the forward cabin. It's a real shame considering Thailand has such a fabulous cuisine. They ought to learn from the likes of GA and NH when it comes to serving local dishes.

With all due respects, I don't know how much you know about Thai food.
You might just used to the Thai food that is made towards to the Chinese taste.
Even some of my foreign friends who had been here so frequent still mixed up Thai dishes with fusion food.

Thai food can't be fusionalized! There are ingredients/things that you'll never ever use in some specific dishes!
One super easy example, Som-Tam or Papaya salad, if you see any single piece of carrot in it, that's fusion Som-Tam not Thai.

Not only food, but some specially made Thai dessert are carried during some festival/celebrations on THAI flights, it will be so rare because they don't carry them out so often but those pieces are worth the look and eat!


The premium brand alcoholic beverages served in Y class is not industry standard even in Asia. Kindly check which brand of Gin SQ is serving   sorry about the typo Bombay Gin not Bomboy!



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16010 times:

Hello and Thanks all for the comments!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):

Hi Win,
Great report! Very nice to catch the retro livery and nice pictures of BKK and the lounges.

Hi Brendan and sorry I missed your comment on the previous reply.
Thanks, it was a very nice first time on the retro jet. The lounge was good and clean and food bar kept refilled even though it was very busy.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I really like the idea that every passenger was given a clear bag to put our belongings (wallets, keys, watches etc) for x-ray and once done we just took the whole bag and moved on.

A nice idea indeed, very handy

  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Unfortunately, there was nothing inside my menu

haha that's weird

Haha, printing mistakes I suppose

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 7):
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then the meal was offered, and I went for chicken massaman curry

looks quite decent

And taste very nice as well  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 9):

Interesting report, thanks for sharing. Nice that you gave us a small tour off BKK too   And TG seems to have a decent product in Y!

Thanks Robert! I think BKK airport looks great at night. Always enjoy TG's Royal Orchid Service  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
Hi Nong Win! So you are back in the UK on THAI.
A nice touch with the retro 747-400! And re-fitted AVOD, older on the outside but newer for the inside! loving it!!
Many thanks for the photos even though I'm sure you are death tired on this flight!!

Hi P'Net,
Thanks! Yes, back in the UK for exams   . My plans to go with BA, CX via Hong Kong and Finnair via Helsinki all failed, but nonetheless it was good to travel on TG refitted 744! hehe, I am not so tired after the flight, managed to sleep for around 7 hours during the flight  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
The food looks and surely tastes great! An extra touch of Thai catering no one can copy. It's so nice when your national food is world famous, even other airlines are trying to copy and serve a faux "Thai" dishes onboard.

Love the large bottle alcoholic beverages service, and doing so with premium brand still. Many airlines legacy airlines are turning to cheper brand. THAI still uses Bomboy GIN, Campari, JW Red and (if I'm not wrong) Absolut Vodka etc for service in Economy class!!!

Food was very good and authentic. As for the drinks though, I am not at all an expert. But I don't recall seeing Absolut Vodka on offer in Y though. Also, in the past, TG offered cognac after meal service in Y, sadly TG stopped doing it now. But still, the beer I had was very nice and cold!  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
To add on, 6 TG 744s are now equipped with AVOD in all classes HS-TGO/P/R/T/W/X
They are running BKK-FRA 920/921, both BKK-SYD flights and BKK-MUC subject to last minute changes (as usual on THAI)

the 6 newest 744s will get new seats in all classes, F/C same as those on 380 with HS-TGY being the first one.
HS-TGY (delivered 1998) shall be back for service by the end of this month.

HS-TGY/Z/A/B/F/G are the 6 to get all done on all classes.

THAI will use 340-600s on both LHR flights for the low travel season starting now!

Many thanks for the info. I am really looking forward to seeing the new refitted 747-400 when she comes into service.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
I'm sure to see the new J and F and 380 report from you!!

hehe, I am usually flying Y though (still a student) but after university when I work full time, I hope to do saving to be able to fly premium and indeed 380.

Quoting SIA747Megatop (Reply 11):
Great read and great photos there, win1290. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks SIA747Megatop! really appreciate it.

Quoting SIA747Megatop (Reply 11):
I find it disappointing that TG serves exactly the same main course in Y and J. Though for Y the dishes are sufficient, this isn't the case in the forward cabin.

I think, it gives extra choices of food in Business class to cater the preference of J pax. But it also works the other way as well. The Business class options they have left are usually offered to Y cabin as extra options. Also, J pax on TG has the option to pre-select meal on European bound flights, which is great!

Thanks,

Win


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1088 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15784 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 13):
Also, in the past, TG offered cognac after meal service in Y, sadly TG stopped doing it now.

Oh yes! Courvoisier to be precise? No more?

Your plan with BA/CX/AY is due to the fact that all flights are fully booked?

Study hard for the exam, I'm sure you'll do very well.
And I'm sure you will fly premium classes long before you start working!  
All the best, Bro.



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 15582 times:

Hi

Nice report and good luck on catching the retro 744!
I'm surprised to see the 747 with Avod in the back, was heavily needed.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 15572 times:

Sawasdeekrup Win!

Nice to see a TR on my favourite airline in the world on one of their flagship routes and coincidentally on one of their flagship aircraft. I always loved BKK but the immigration is notorious at times. I once had to queue for 2 hours just to get my passport stamped!

I just love the Royal Orchid Spa, the foot massage there is nice. Sadly I wasn't flying F so no full body massage! The food offerings in the lounge looks better now compared to last year (March) as there were just sandwiches and such for me. The only thing stopping me from flying on TG's B744s were the old interiors. Hope all of their 744s get upgraded soon and I will definitely book a flight with them next time I fly long haul.

(The Captain for the safety video is still the same guy? Lol)

One thing I really love about Thai is how they give menus for Y class too. You can rarely find menus in Y class now. Pretty impressive for the full bar service. Although that happens on most full service airline I can't help but to love TG's. The meals look wonderful as usual. I guess that's why TG keeps winning the Best Economy Class Catering award year after year. You can't really fault them on that.

I do have some reports on TG too, if you are interested.

Great Asia Trip Finale - Brothers In Bangkok (by initious May 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 3 - The Arabian Adventure (by initious Apr 15 2011 in Trip Reports)
Great Asia Trip Part 1 - Propping To Luxury (by Initious Mar 23 2011 in Trip Reports)
18 Hours Of Royal Orchid Service: Thai PVG-BKK-SIN (by initious Jul 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Oldest Vs Newest: Royal Silk Class On Thai (by Initious Jun 13 2010 in Trip Reports)

P.S. Are you flying on TG's first A380 flight to HKG/SIN on 28OCT12?

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 15333 times:

Hello and thanks for the comments!  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
Quoting win1290 (Reply 13):
Also, in the past, TG offered cognac after meal service in Y, sadly TG stopped doing it now.

Oh yes! Courvoisier to be precise? No more?

I don't know the precise brand, but TG doesn't offer cognac in Y anymore  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
Your plan with BA/CX/AY is due to the fact that all flights are fully booked?

A few months before planned travel date, all flights from these airlines were still available for purchase. However, I was wanting to book an award ticket, and BA didn't accept a waitlist booking then, while CX and AY did. In the end, I waitlisted on CX in J, and a few days before the flight I contacted CX office and asked for update, and also asked if there were any possibilities in other booking classes but the answer was highly unlikely and in the end I didn't get it  . So I assumed the flight in CX was completely full. The BA flight was also fully booked, not sure about the AY though.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 14):
Study hard for the exam, I'm sure you'll do very well.

Many thanks krup!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):

Hi

Nice report and good luck on catching the retro 744!
I'm surprised to see the 747 with Avod in the back, was heavily needed.

Greetings
Marc

Hi Marc! Thanks I was so happy when I saw the retro 744 parked at my gate  
Yes, the AVOD was indeed much needed, especially on the longer flight.

Quoting initious (Reply 16):
Sawasdeekrup Win!

Sawasdeekrup Daniel! Thanks for reading and commenting!

Quoting initious (Reply 16):
Nice to see a TR on my favourite airline in the world on one of their flagship routes and coincidentally on one of their flagship aircraft. I always loved BKK but the immigration is notorious at times. I once had to queue for 2 hours just to get my passport stamped!

Very nice to know you particularly like my national airline   .
Sorry to hear that it took you so long at the immigration. Officials have been improving the passport control side of the airport to try to speed things there. So next time you visit BKK, it should be quicker  
Quoting initious (Reply 16):
I just love the Royal Orchid Spa, the foot massage there is nice. Sadly I wasn't flying F so no full body massage! The food offerings in the lounge looks better now compared to last year (March) as there were just sandwiches and such for me. The only thing stopping me from flying on TG's B744s were the old interiors. Hope all of their 744s get upgraded soon and I will definitely book a flight with them next time I fly long haul.

Thats great ! I haven't been using this facility though, I should try it soon.
I agree, TG did improve food selection in their lounges recently. They even offer Hainanese chicken rice during lunch hours.
By next year, all 744 should be refitted, the second batch (6 744s) would have even nicer interiors which would be similar to A380, apart from the J cabin.

Quoting initious (Reply 16):
(The Captain for the safety video is still the same guy? Lol)

  

Quoting initious (Reply 16):
One thing I really love about Thai is how they give menus for Y class too. You can rarely find menus in Y class now. Pretty impressive for the full bar service. Although that happens on most full service airline I can't help but to love TG's. The meals look wonderful as usual. I guess that's why TG keeps winning the Best Economy Class Catering award year after year. You can't really fault them on that.

Me too (even though the menu I got was blank inside ). I always appreciate the quality of food TG offers in Y, and the drinks as well.

Quoting initious (Reply 16):
I do have some reports on TG too, if you are interested.

Thanks, I will read them  
Quoting initious (Reply 16):
P.S. Are you flying on TG's first A380 flight to HKG/SIN on 28OCT12?

I am not booked yet though, but I would really love to go on TG A380 one day (hopefully will happen soon).

Thanks
Win


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 14753 times:

Hi Win,

another good report! Nice to see you got the 744 in retro colors - and good to see it's one of the frames with PTVs.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Leg room. Couldn’t stretch out my leg due to the in-flight entertainment box

That looks tigher than before (without PTVs).

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then drinks were offered, and I went for a beer.

Did they also have Singha beer?


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 14628 times:

HI Win,

Another excellent report on TG. Always pleased to see it is in Y. They seemed to have freshened up the LHR product too... for far too many years they did not have seat-back screens. I'll never know why it took so long for them to change. The food looked great; well presented, and a nice selection.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I really like the idea that every passenger was given a clear bag to put our belongings (wallets, keys, watches etc) for x-ray and once done we just took the whole bag and moved on. It really helped the line moving faster.

Excellent idea. If I could count the amoutn of times I am trying to get coinage off the bottom of trays.

Rgds

Luke!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 13969 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Hi Win,

another good report! Nice to see you got the 744 in retro colors - and good to see it's one of the frames with PTVs.

Hi PH! Thanks for reading and commenting! I was very excited to see this retro plane parking at the gate and was also equally excited when boarding and noticing the PTV. So nice to see the upgrade on Y cabin  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Leg room. Couldn’t stretch out my leg due to the in-flight entertainment box

That looks tigher than before (without PTVs).

I felt that too. Despite the same seat pitch (34''), I think the seats are slightly thicker though.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then drinks were offered, and I went for a beer.

Did they also have Singha beer?

Usually TG offer a couple of options for beer (Singha included), but on my particular flight, when asked for a beer, the crew asked Is Heineken ok with me?, so I suppose they didn't have other options available then.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 19):

HI Win,

Another excellent report on TG. Always pleased to see it is in Y. They seemed to have freshened up the LHR product too... for far too many years they did not have seat-back screens. I'll never know why it took so long for them to change. The food looked great; well presented, and a nice selection.

Hi Luke! Many thanks for the nice words! Yes, finally TG has refitted their Y cabin on 744 for their London bound flights  . But I think TG won't be using their 744 on the route unless its a peak time. My flights booking with them in June and July say that I would be on A340-600. Not entirely sure though as to why it took TG so long to freshen up the cabin, but at least they did it in the end. I agree with the food, it was very nice and very Thai.



Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 19):
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I really like the idea that every passenger was given a clear bag to put our belongings (wallets, keys, watches etc) for x-ray and once done we just took the whole bag and moved on. It really helped the line moving faster.

Excellent idea. If I could count the amoutn of times I am trying to get coinage off the bottom of trays.

   its a very good idea indeed. ready made a different especially during the busy hours.

Thanks

Win


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