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My Mission: To Fly Thai's Airbus A340-600  
User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 21018 times:

Welcome to my trip report on Thai Airways to Bangkok.

My target for this trip was to fly the A340-600.

Thai's A340-600







When TG started having sales on SIN-BKK sector, I decided to book it, as the discounted ticket allowed me to fly on TG413/414 which was operated by A340-600. Once I set the dates, I paid S$294(US$232)for the return tickets. Even though the price was more expensive than flying on LCC, it was worth it, especially flying on a type that you want to add into your flight logbook. I had already flown once on the A340-600 with Etihad, but that was not enough.

The problem with flying on Thai Airways is that the airline is well-known for changing equipment at the very last minute. This term is known as "TGed" among the enthusiasts. For example: "Charles, have you been TGed?" (meaning the aircraft that you want to fly on has been changed to others at the last minute.)Anyway,the last time I flew with Thai Airways was on SIN to Shanghai via Bangkok on 772 and 333 in the old livery and cabin, how much have they changed? I was about to find out.

Booking online

The website itself is mediocre.I had a hard time trying to change my flight seats. Tried using Chrome then IE, didn't work for me. I keep trying until a few days later! I find it pretty strange that selecting of seats are limited, I was only allowed to choose the last few rows of seats on the aircraft as my ticket was of a special fare. Well, at least better than paying for the seats.













I dislike it when someone has to choose the seat besides me when there are other empty row of seats! I tried to change my seat but the website doesn't allow me to.

Mobile website




Thai's mobile website is simple, nothing much to shout about. Choosing the seats, you have key in the number, rather than clicking on the box which is more convenient if you ask me. The good thing about this application which is the most important is no problem with it and allows you to change your seats unlike the website itself.

Some improvements can be done to make it a more user-friendly application for Iphone and Android users, that is to make the boxes click-able for selection and store the 6-digit ticket reservation code into the system, this will definitely save time especially if you can't remember the numbers.

The journey

I had a good sleep the night before, waking up, looking forward to my flight experience with Thai. I did a quick check to see which Airbus A340-600 would I be flying on. However, I was flabbergasted to find out that I would be flying on TG's A330-300 old cabin (no ptv), HS-TEG instead. I had just been "TGed"! Took me a while to get over the disappointment, well there was at least the return flight to turn to.

The in-bound flight from Bangkok, TG413.







I went to the airport to check-in, get my boarding pass and meet up with Daniel Lim, another aviation enthusiast in Singapore.












After the short but enjoyable lunch with him, I went to the air side to take some photos.




Not before long after, I headed to the gate D46 where my aircraft was parking.




My ride, being prepared for her flight back to Bangkok.







Photos of HS-TEG taken from airliners.net










Carrier: Thai Airways
Flight number: 414
Date: 7th August 2012
Routing: SIN-BKK
Singapore Changi Airport terminal 1
Seat number: 51A
Aircraft type: Airbus A330-321 (Equipment change) Scheduled aircraft: A340-600
Engine type: 2X PW4164 engines
Configuration: C42Y263
My 7th ride on this aircraft type and 3rd airline to have flown on
1st time on HS-TEG
Line number: 112
Plane delivered: 12th October 1995
Registration: HS-TEG
Flight duration: 2 hours 5 minutes
Schedule departure time: 1555
Actual departure time: 1558
Schedule arrival time: 1715
Actual arrival time: 1700
FL: 390
Load factor for Y class: 90%
Departure gate: D46
Arrival gate: C3
Departure runway: 20C
Arrival runway: 19R

I was still feeling disappointed that the aircraft was changed to the old configured A330, had a sudden thought of changing the flight to the following day, but in the end I chose to just continue with the trip. Besides, my outbound may not allow changes since this ticket was a discounted one.

Soon, boarding started and I made my way down the aero bridge and to my row near the back of the aircraft. Looking at the number of empty seats, there were very few left indeed. Comparing the A340-600 and A330-300's economy class, the latter can hold more Y class passengers that's why I think the aircraft change was done. My feeling was the loads which probably decide the aircraft type for that day.

The cabin photos of Thai's Airbus A330-300 Old cabin


The seat pitch is pretty tight and the seat is a bit hard, but its bearable for 2 hours. The lack of PTVs may be a concern for some especially on flights for more than 4 hours. I can live without PTV, thanks to the existence of Ipad or laptops.







The different colour seats are actually quite attractive, the cabin may look tired but its cleaned and well maintained by the airline.





















If you are scheduled to fly on the A330 of TG, avoid the code 'A330-300' as this is the old cabin, the newer ones are nicer from what I heard. The codes are 'Airbus 330' or '33H'. Its quite confusing but after a while you will get it. The older A330s are powered by PW, while the newer ones are powered by Roll Royce Trent 700 engines, this is also another difference. Personally, I feel that the Roll Royce has done a great job on the A330s, my preferred engine choice for this aircraft type.

Thai's A330 with Pratt and Whitney engines




Thai's A330 with Roll Royce engines




Can you see the difference between the engines?

in-flight magazines



















This is the only source of entertainment, unless you have your own Ipad or gadgets to play with.For a two-hour flight, its not too bad. However, considering the price you are paying, you deserve much better than this. Well, its all depends on one's luck what aircraft is being assigned to that route. TG's plan is to have the new aircraft on order to be installed with IFE and will eventually replace the older aircraft without AVOD, this time take time though.

In-flight meal




Thai's sweet and sour chicken! At that point of time, I was so hungry that I ate the whole meal quickly, I think it was a personal record. In terms of taste,it didn't taste too bad but certainly not the best in-flight meal. I would give it a rating of 6/10.

Photos: From SIN's gate to BKK's gate





















































In-flight service

Now, this is the part which I was quite disappointed to be honest. The lack of smiles and service from the crews were shocking! While making my way to my seat from the entrance of the door, the crews were standing there looking like they wished to be somewhere else. No eye contact or smile from most of them. However, these remaining few were alright but they were serving in another section of the cabin. During meal service, this particular crew gave me a scary stare which I found it to be intimidating and I had to ask her what choices do I have for my meal, not the other way round! Grumpy crew like this should just look for another job. One of the worst batch of crews I have faced so far at least for this year, without doubt. After the flight, I was glad to be off the plane. Initially, I wanted to ask for a cockpit visit, but i decided not to.

Ratings: 3/10


In-flight experience

I have to say that the first half of the flight was quite turbulent. The in-flight service only started after half an hour of the flight, leaving the crews only an hour and a half to get their work done. Anyway, I was feeling kind of nervous especially with the up and down drifts that happened while passing through some nasty clouds! What comforted me was the sound of the engines and the strong wings which are built to withstand such forces. The Captain didn't mention anything about such this nasty turbulence, but fortunately for us, after crossing the halfway mark, the weather improved and the ride wasn't too bad and landing in BKK was pretty smooth.






Conclusion

I was deeply disappointed to get HS-TEG for my ride to Bangkok. The previous day, this flight was also operated by this same aircraft and was shocked to see the aircraft operating on this route again. Secondly, the service on board was definitely not what I expected from this airline, shockingly bad I must say. Lastly, we had to go through quite a bit of rough ride, didn't exactly enjoyed it but the good thing was we landed early. Turbulence part is definitely nothing to do with the airline, just mentioning how I feel about the experience. Overall, this flight depresses me. Will I be disappointed again on my return flight? Check out my next trip report coming up shortly.

Rating for this flight:

Service : 3/10
Food: 6/10
Aircraft: 9/10
Cleanliness : 9/10
Punctuality: 10/10
Comfort: 6/10

Overall: 43/60


Airliners is the wings of my life.
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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20994 times:

My return leg sector



The day before my flight, I did a check on my aircraft type for my flight hoping it still remained as A346 (Airbus A340-600) and I was flabbergasted when I saw the A330 once again which appeared on the list. Naturally, I wasn't happy at all and I was pretty upset throughout the evening. However, on the brighter side of things, the A330 that I was scheduled to fly was a newer aircraft which is powered with Roll Royce Trent 700 engines.


The morning itself was uneventful, I left the hotel at 0740 and made my way to Chong Nonsi station, headed towards Phaya Thai via Siam station. This whole journey took about 25 mins, not bad considering it was peak hours. From the station, I took the airport train to Suvarnabhumi Airport. By the time I reached, it was about 2 hours later.

In my heart, I kept praying hard that Thai would once again change the aircraft back to A346, but I wasn't too optimistic about it. Anyway, I took some photos of the airport, do enjoy them.

BKK Airport


















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Checking-in

The queue was short and I got my ticketing done within minutes. Service was good with the typical Thai's hospitality. So far, I have been nothing but impressed with the service in this country! Looking forward to return to Bangkok in October, that's for sure.

After getting my ticket, I did a check and I realized that my seat number was changed. I had chosen 58A which was near the end of A330 aircraft, but apparently it was changed to 47A, my original seat I chose for the A340-600. At that moment, my hopes was lifted and there was only onc place to head to and that was to the gate!!!









My boarding pass, do you guys collect them? I do.  




Seating configuration for Thai's A330 and A340-600

Thai's old cabin Y class for A330-300 (Row 31 to 70) (333)
Thai's new cabin Y class for A330-300 (Row 31 to 64) (330)
Thai's Y class for A340-600 (Row 31 to 58) (346)

So its easy to tell which aircraft you are flying on, based on the seating configuration.


Going through immigration was a breeze, it took me only 15 minutes to get through security and immigration counter. There were A, B and C gates, I made my way to C7 where my plane would be at. From the immigration counter to the gate C7 took around 15 mins, not too bad.


My first sight of the aircraft was the tail. As you know the A330 and A340 share the same tail design, it wasn't possible to tell what aircraft was that. It was only after seeing the length of the aircraft and the middle emergency window then I realized my aircraft was changed back to the A340-600! I had to look at the gate and the monitor screen twice to double confirm my "happiness"! I know this doesn't sound right, but at that point of time, I was overjoyed! Tears were actually rolling down my cheek, its incredible. I managed to get the A340-600 after all! HS-TNC was to be my ride back home to Singapore! I know some of you must be thinking how insane I am, but that's what aviation enthusiasts go through especially on joy rides.


Bangkok Airport is definitely not photography-friendly for plane spotters and to be honest I am not very impressed with it. This trip was my first experience in this airport and to me, I feel the Thais could have done a lot better to enhance the travelling experience for all. At least, there is the express train which connects the airport to town and it is quite cheap if you ask me, 90 baht for one way.

Here is the proof that I flew on the A346












My ride, Thai Airways's Airbus A340-600, HS-TNC





Carrier: Thai Airways
Flight number: 413
Date: 9th August 2012
Routing: BKK-SIN
Seat number: 47A
Aircraft type: Airbus A340-600
Departure Gate: C7
Arrival Gage: D46 (Terminal 1)
Engine type: 4X Roll Royce Trent 556 engines
My 2nd ride on this aircraft type and the 2nd airline to have flown on.
1st time on HS-TNC
Line number: 689
Plane delivered: 5th October 2005
Configuration: F8C60Y199
Registration: HS-TNC
FL: 370
Flight duration: 2 hours
Schedule departure time: 1115
Actual departure time: 1120
Schedule arrival time: 1415
Actual arrival time: 1413
Load factor for Y class: 85%
Departure runway: 19L
Arrival runway: 20R


Before boarding

Feeling very excited to be flying the A340-600 once again and to know about it at the last minute is really something special. This definitely goes down to the list of memorable flights, a nice surprise from Thai in the end that has definitely made this trip worthwhile!




My fellow companions for this flight, it seems quite a number of tourists are visiting Singapore.

About this aircraft, A340-600. It consists of 3 classes: First, Business and Economy class.

Only Business and economy class tickets are sold, the first class on this aircraft type will not be used. The reason why the A340-600 is being used on BKK-SIN sector, as it has a long layover at the airport, about 12-20 hours before its next flight. Instead of letting it rest for such a long period, the company deployed it instead on this route to make more money instead. Great for us!

Anyway, once boarding was announced. It was within 5 minutes, I made my way to the beautiful aircraft. My mission was accomplished as I had just added another A340-600 ride to my flight logbook. Entering the cabin of the A340-600, this time round the service was much better, friendlier set of smiling crews were seen and I felt at home immediately. I was even led by a crew to my seat, that's a surprise, normally only J class and above would receive this service.

Anyway, the interior is similar to the A330-300, only thing different is the presence of IFE (In-flight entertainment system). Here are some photos of the cabin.

































Personally, I feel that the seats to be more comfortable than the A330,HS-TEG and the legroom space is adequate for long haul. The colours of the seats are pleasing to one's eyes and the 2-4-2 configuration is definitely my favourite. I did a bit of exploring on board, the cabin noise of the A346 is amazing quiet especially comparing to the B777-300ER. I love both aircraft to be honest and if you asked me to choose, I would have to go for this aircraft, purely for passenger's comfort.


Business class seats


Took them in a hurry while disembarking the aircraft. No crew was there, so I took as many as I like. It was a pity I didn't manage to visit the F class. Well, personally I like what I saw, I must have I have to try the J class on TG one day.




















In-flight entertainment

Honestly speaking, I hardly used it as I was enjoying every minute of flying on this aircraft. The window was my entertainment for this flight. So I won't give any rating for this.


In-flight meal




Egg omelette fried rice was my meal. It tasted quite bland but it was alright, nothing to shout about.

In-flight service

The service on board this flight was great, it was what I expected of from this airline. There was a junior who was guided by a senior, can tell how new she was, but I thought she did well. I asked the crews about the A380, but unfortunately they knew nothing about it. Quite surprised about that, but anyway what matters is how well they took care of the passengers.
I would give them a rating of 8/10.

In-flight experience

The flight at times was bumpy, but not as bad as my outbound flight to BKK. The Airbus A340-600 flies smoothly and even though its not as powerful as the 77W, it still does its job. The 2 hours duration was too short for my liking and before I knew it, the plane started its descend and circled around Singapore once before landing at runway 20R. My mission is completed! I may have missed the Airbus A340-500, at least I got hold of this aircraft. Flying with Thai Airways can certainly be stress for aviation enthusiasts, not knowing what equipment will be used at the last minute! If this flight wasn't operated by A340-600, I might considered doing it again, but thanks goodness this option is definitely out of my plans now. The next flight I do with Thai will be on the A380's inaugural flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong and probably after that, the B777-300ER.

Window shots from BKK Airport to SIN Airport





























































Conclusion

Definitely the better flight between the two. I have to thank Thai Airways for making my day by operating the A340-600, its definitely a mission accomplished! I can now looking forward to other targets. I did mentioned to a couple of crews how significant this flight was because of the aircraft type, but I think they didn't really understand. Nevertheless, I thanked them for the experience and for those who wants to fly the A340-600 of TG, you can try TG413/414. Be prepared for any last minute equipment change,as its all down to one's luck.


Ratings

Service : 8/10
Food: 6/10
Aircraft: 10/10
Cleanliness : 10/10
Punctuality: 10/10
Comfort: 7/10

Overall: 51/60





Overall rating

43/60 and 51/60 = 94/120




Thai Airways

Personally, I feel that the airline should start standardizing its fleet and retiring the older aircraft. Looking at the different configurations of some of the model, its confusing for traveller and I am pretty sure maintenance is costing the company quite a fair bit of money, so if they can work on that, I am pretty sure that will help lower the operation cost.

Do I recommend this airline? Yes especially for the aviation enthusiasts. Catch the A300 and A340-600 while they are still around. According to them, both aircraft will be phrased out in due course.


Thank you very much for reading my trip reports.

Next report: Scooting off to Sydney.


Do check out my older trip reports @

www.charlesryan77w.blogspot.com


Cheers
Charles Ryan Teo

[Edited 2012-08-13 18:59:29]


Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20513 times:

Hi Charles,
It is good to see your latest trip report on line.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Thread starter):
However, I was flabbergasted to find out that I would be flying on TG's A330-300 old cabin (no ptv), HS-TEG instead.

How disappointing when you ad set your heart on the A346. Thanks for the comparison of the different A330s that TG operate.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Thread starter):
and meet up with Daniel Lim,

Always good to meet up with a fellow enthusiast.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Thread starter):
Besides, my outbound may not allow changes since this ticket was a discounted one.

Quite apart from any hefty change fees that might have applied if changes were permitted.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Thread starter):
Thai's sweet and sour chicken!

Looks colourful and quite sufficient for a flight of that length. Shame that the crew were less than friendly and that you had to prompt them for the choices.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 1):
I know this doesn't sound right, but at that point of time, I was overjoyed!

Perfectly understandable. It is good that you got what you had set out to achieve and that the journey wasn't wasted.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 1):
Only Business and economy class tickets are sold,

Makes sense and is a good use of the aircraft during what would be downtime. Do you know whether TG have previously offered F on this route to see if there was any demand?

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 1):
friendlier set of smiling crews were seen and I felt at home immediately.

Such a small thing, a smile, yet it makes such a lot of difference.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 1):
The window was my entertainment for this flight.

I prefer the window also but I like to leave the in-flight map on display throughout the flight too.

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 1):
Catch the A300

Is this still being used on the BKK-CNX route?

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. The two flights were very different in terms of service. I do hope the first crew were just having a bad day and are not usually like that.

Regards,
Roy / Quokka


User currently offlineMarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 639 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20414 times:

A truly enjoyable trip report - thanks for sharing the experience!

  


User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 20278 times:

Hi Charles !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Good that you finally got the 346 on the return. I have been on QR and LH 346 and they were okay but certainly no 777. Perhaps you can try EK for the 345. Not sure exactly what routes EK flies them on.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 19675 times:

Hi Charles.

This was an emotional roller-coaster of a TR to get that A340-600! Was really glad when you succeeded. In 10 years time it'll be alot more difficult to get this.

I agree with you about TG standardizing their fleet... there is too much variation. Some people get put off by this - Especially when you can't know for sure what a/c they will decide to put on that route that day.

The first meal looked good for the sector time.

Charles - could you increase the photo size at all? I think it would add to your TRs.

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinetechnobie From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 19002 times:

Quoting 9V-SVC (Thread starter):
The in-bound flight from Bangkok, TG413.

What app is this that you are using?

Nice TR! Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 18675 times:

Hey there! This year, just to share, I have done my fair share of joyrides on Thai!

Jan 2012

TG404 SIN-BKK HS-TJD Boeing 777-200 (Scheduled B777-300) TGed!
TG656 BKK-ICN HS-TJD Boeing 777-200
TG659 ICN-BKK HS-TKD Boeing 777-300
TG409 BKK-SIN HS-TKD Boeing 777-300

May 2012

TG408 SIN-BKK HS-TJC Boeing 777-200
TG658 BKK-ICN HS-TKB Boeing 777-300
TG659 ICN-BKK HS-TKD Boeing 777-200
TG409 BKK-SIN HS-TKB Boeing 777-300

Jul 2012

TG404 SIN-BKK HS-TJT Boeing 777-200ER (Scheduled B777-300) TGed!
TG409 BKK-SIN HS-TKD Boeing 777-300

Was "TGed" twice!

Was sort of interesting, the experiences I had with TG, I would say. Not only was TGed twice, on TG656, was originally assigned HS-TJC at the gate, but after a technical error causing a 2 hour delay, we had to be bussed to a remote stand, where HS-TJD stood waiting! It was the very aircraft that took me to BKK earlier in the day! Also, on TG659 back in May, we parked at a remote stand and this time was bussed back to the terminal. Allowed me a great chance for close up shots!

I will be booking myself on Royal Silk class the next time I fly Thai! I will be doing my usual SIN-BKK-ICN hop and back!


User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 18620 times:

Hi guys, thanks for your replies!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
How disappointing when you ad set your heart on the A346

Tell me about it! I missed out on the A345 and I knew I can't missed out on this aircraft.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 2):
Is this still being used on the BKK-CNX route

Yes it is, A330-300s apparently is too big to fly to that airport. I wonder which aircraft will take over in the near future!

Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 3):
A truly enjoyable trip report - thanks for sharing the experience!

Thank you.  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 4):
Good that you finally got the 346 on the return. I have been on QR and LH 346 and they were okay but certainly no 777. Perhaps you can try EK for the 345. Not sure exactly what routes EK flies them on.

Hi Lars, I am quite satisfied with my A345 rides, EY and SQ. Now, I am hoping to add more 77Ws to my flight logbook. TG and CX could be next!  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I agree with you about TG standardizing their fleet... there is too much variation. Some people get put off by this - Especially when you can't know for sure what a/c they will decide to put on that route that day.

Yeah, but I doubt the airline is concerned about this! Hopefully the new aircraft won't have too many different configuration!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Charles - could you increase the photo size at all? I think it would add to your TRs.

Thank you for your suggestion.

Quoting technobie (Reply 6):
What app is this that you are using?

Nice TR! Thanks for sharing!

Flightradar24 application, have to pay for it but its worth every cent!

Thanks!  
Quoting anthonychua527 (Reply 7):
Was sort of interesting, the experiences I had with TG, I would say. Not only was TGed twice, on TG656, was originally assigned HS-TJC at the gate, but after a technical error causing a 2 hour delay, we had to be bussed to a remote stand, where HS-TJD stood waiting! It was the very aircraft that took me to BKK earlier in the day! Also, on TG659 back in May, we parked at a remote stand and this time was bussed back to the terminal. Allowed me a great chance for close up shots!

Hi Anthony,

What a lot of 777 flights you have gotten, pity you didn't get the 77Ws. How was the service for most of your flights?

I flew with Thai before on SIN-BKK-PVG, gotten the A330 and B772 in early 2000s. Nothing much has changed apart from the PTVs on the A346.


Cheers
Charles



Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 18493 times:

Great report! Thanks!

Probably can you try their A380 on the SIN-BKK sector in Oct-Nov (provided not TGed)!



My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81
User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 18067 times:

Im jealous u did it. It happens to you the same thing that happened me last june. Im had to go from bkk to cgk and i choose bkk-sin because it had the a346 and i found out the a333 waiting for me. The worst thing was the next day seen the a346 landing in cgk .
I found the service good fortunately
Alberto


User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 17543 times:

Quoting ycp81 (Reply 9):
Probably can you try their A380 on the SIN-BKK sector in Oct-Nov (provided not TGed)!

I will be flying on TG's inaugural flight on the BKK-HKG flight, probably will do the 77W on BKK-SIN sector. Can't wait!

Quoting mxp (Reply 10):
Im had to go from bkk to cgk and i choose bkk-sin because it had the a346 and i found out the a333 waiting for me. The worst thing was the next day seen the a346 landing in cgk .

That is really unlucky! I guess the loads of the flight on the day plays a big part. How full was your A333 flight? That would probably explain why your flight was changed.

Cheers
Charles



Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1258 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 16602 times:
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Hello Charles,

I definitely think something like your trials with the A346 is what might await me as well, as I too desperately am looking for an opportunity to fly the A340-600, which also happens to be my favourite aircraft!!

Nice to read about your reports. Thanks for providing links to the large photos on your blogspot. Man, those wing shots are something only Airbus widebodied aircraft can provide, especially the A345 and A346. But yes, as Luke suggested adding the larger photos directly on here will truly enhance your reports. I think I had already suggested this to you before which you did, I think it was the SQ 744 final flight trip report.

Such a shame about TG's service, which seems to be declining with reports on here.

Now go and get that TG A345 before it is gone forever. Such beautiful birds the A345 and A346!!


User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 weeks ago) and read 16223 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 12):
But yes, as Luke suggested adding the larger photos directly on here will truly enhance your reports. I think I had already suggested this to you before which you did,

Hi, I appreciate your feedback, I really do. However, after thinking through, I still prefer to keep the photos at this size for the benefit for those who view trip reports using their mobile phones.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 12):
Now go and get that TG A345 before it is gone forever.

TG's A345s are already grounded and will not be flying commercially for the airline again.  


Cheers
Charles



Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1258 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 16143 times:
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Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 13):
using their mobile phones.

Ah yes forgot about that...oh well we will just have to click on the pic to see it in full view....again gorgeous pics of the A346s engine and wings


User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16043 times:

Hi 9V-SVC,

yes, I did get a whole lot of B777s! It is difficult for me to get their B77W as I don't fly to Tokyo, haha.

I wish I could try their new A330s though. I actually like A330s very much.

Service on board was generally good, I was quite satisfied. However there were some delays and sudden aircraft changes which were not so promising.

On my flight to TG404 SIN-BKK, when I arrived at the gate for boarding, the plane was not even there yet! About 5 minutes before the scheduled boarding time did I see a THAI B772 land in front of us and taxiing to our gate as TG403 from BKK! We were going to be late. Announcement was made that due to cleaning of aircraft, we had to wait another 40 minutes. A whole hour was spent in the gate waiting and finally we boarded very late. Another thing was, TG404 for that day was supposed to be a B773. Imagine my horror when I saw HS-TJD coming in! However, 2 hours is not a problem, but I was disappointed nonetheless.

On TG656 to ICN, there was a delay at BKK for almost 2 plus hours. TG656 was scheduled 2330hrs departure. I arrived slightly earlier at the gate to see HS-TJC awaiting already. No mention was made of any delay, until about 20 minutes AFTER the boarding time did they announce a technical issue and had to delay 30 minutes. Later, another announcement was made to extend the delay, and many passengers went out of the gate to go do some more shopping! This went on until about 2am, where we were finally allowed to board. I thought everything was fine and walked along the fixed jetway when I saw the moving jetway section was blocked off, and to my surprise, had to go out the door and down the stairs! We were going to be bussed! As usual, took alot of close ups with the neighbouring KE B773, which was preparing for pushback to ICN too! At that time, I was so happy we were not going on HS-TJC, as it was without PTVs. In fact, while booking, I had mistakenly booked TG656 instead of TG658, which had AVODs installed. Imagine I was so happy that HS-TJC was going to be replaced! After a long drive to the remote stand, I was utterly disappointed. Not only was the replacement a similar B772 with no PTV, it was HS-TJD!! The very aircraft that flew me on TG404 to BKK earlier that day! On board this flight, to my horror, after the meal service and lights off for us to rest, the big screen and overhead screens were all SWITCHED OFF! Nothing but darkness! Was the worse 2 and a half hours on a plane! Swore to never fly TG656 again. On my next trip, I happily booked myself on TG658 instead 

Last month, on TG404 again to BKK, was scheduled B773. I even booked window seats for me and my aunt on 2-3-2 rows at the middle of the aircraft. We didn't want a 3rd person sitting with us, you see. Imagine my HORROR when I saw a B772 from far at my gate! I couldn't see the registration and thought I was given a horrible B772 AGAIN! I was so disappointed! Twice on TG404 and TWICE changed to B772! When I reached my gate, I dashed in, and tried to catch a glimpse at the registration. I was so relieved to see HS-TJT, a B772ER! At least it was new and had AVOD! I didn't get my 2-3-2 row in the end, but well.

I am preparing to upload my very first trip report soon! Most probably will be my CX flight to ICN, as I done that 3 times last year. Look out for it!


User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2437 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 15990 times:

Thanks for the report, always loved TG A345/346.


oh boy!!!
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1081 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15952 times:

555 - hahaha
gotta love the "TGed", it's definitely the word!

I myself was "TGed" so many times in life, but one of the most memorable 'TGed' experience was the 340-600 instead of 340-500 non-stop BKK-LAX few years back. TG did that few times when 1-2 340-500 need the checks.
I don't want to mention the 'TGed' 7444 to 7443/7442 or 77E to 772  

At least you've got the 340-600 on the way nice, neat aircraft though not the best out there operational-wise.

Many thanks for your report on the legacy flight BKK-SIN which is hard to find nowaday.
Cheers,
Net



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15599 times:

Quoting anthonychua527 (Reply 15):

I am preparing to upload my very first trip report soon! Most probably will be my CX flight to ICN, as I done that 3 times last year. Look out for it!

Thanks for sharing your experience. That's why can't we rely on TG's schedule website. Its frustrating for the enthusiasts like ourselves. I really hope the airline will update its in-flight products on Y classes especially. Its pretty much out-dated with you compare with other Asian Airlines.

Will certainly look forward to your CX trip report.  
Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 16):
Thanks for the report, always loved TG A345/346.

Same here.  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 17):
I don't want to mention the 'TGed' 7444 to 7443/7442 or 77E to 772  

A friend of mine was scheduled to fly the 773 and you know what he got in the end? 734. I think this is the epic "TGed" so far I heard from anyone. I didn't know that the A346 did the BKK-LAX sector, how was the load on that flight?


Cheers
Charles



Airliners is the wings of my life.
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1081 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 15551 times:

Quoting 9V-SVC (Reply 18):
A friend of mine was scheduled to fly the 773 and you know what he got in the end? 734. I think this is the epic "TGed" so far I heard from anyone. I didn't know that the A346 did the BKK-LAX sector, how was the load on that flight?

Oh dear, lion and tiger.......773 to 734? That must have been a domestic flight?
With domestic flights, any "TGed" is possible, my latest experience was 33H (latest generation 333) to AB6!

My Royal Silk nonstop BKK-LAX on the 346 was light, First class was closed, around 40/60 in Royal silk and some empty seats here and there in Eco. The 346 will make a stop in NRT (not ICN, guess due to routing of this flight) for refueling on the way back. I got 345 on my flight back though. It was an awesome experience to get the longest 340 nonstop BKK-LAX!



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 940 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 15232 times:

Nice report. I'm flying down to Singapore for a weekend at month's end and booked the same flights specifically to fly on the A340-600, on which I've never flown. We'll see if they swap equipment or not!


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 14554 times:

TG413 today (19 Aug) was flown by HS-TAX. Just touched down at SIN and taxiing to the gate. Nice.

User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 14311 times:

Very nice report and i'm glad you got to fly the A346 in the end! I myself had a similar problem last month. I travelled LHR-AUH-BKK with EY. LHR-AUH was scheduled A333 which i was happy about as had never flown on an A330, AUH-BKK was scheduled as 77W and that was nice too. BKK-AUH was another 77W and then i made sure i booked the A346 on the AUH-LHR leg. To my disappointment it was changed to an A333 a day before the flight. I was very frustrated, as i made the choice to wait 5 hours in AUH just to fly the A346, if i wanted to fly the A333 again i would've chose the 1 hour wait instead. Also my seat number was changed when the aircraft changed to the 333. I was put in the middle row in the forward economy cabin and told no other seats were available. As i was waiting in the departure lounge, i noticed that the AC looked a fair few metres shorter than the 333, and as i looked at the reg i realised it was an A332, so technically another aircraft type so the annoyance of losing the A346 was dampened slightly. Luckily, just before T/O i noticed that seats 15 H&K were empty and the doors had closed. These seats are behind the bulkhead and have much more leg room but the seats are slightly narrower due to having the tray table and IFE screen in them. I jumped into the window seat and had a great flight back.

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14111 times:

Hi

Great report, thanks for sharing.
There is quite a large contrast between the 332 and the 346. Almost as it was on different airlines
To bad you had HS-TEG again, thankfully the A346 made up for it on the return.



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinekaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13907 times:

Hi Charles

I was very keen on reading your report especially since i have also tried my level best to get on TG 346s but the fear of as you said being TGed always keeps me from booking them despite quite a few old config 333 flights with them from BOM

I guess one advantage you have is you are just 2 hours away

It was a nice read especially for a guy like me who does similar stuff just like many on this forum

Last time i visited SIN in 2008 was primarily to fly the SQ 77W inaugural from BOM and catch the BIman DC10s

That was truly quite an experience but its moments like these that we all live for

Thanks for sharing

Karan


25 Post contains images 9V-SVC : Thanks, good luck to you! Will be keeping a fingers cross for you. Let me know whether you have gotten the 346. Ohh yes! I would have preferred to fl
26 Post contains images baldwin471 : Same here, every day for two weeks before my flight it was the A346, and then every day after up until now has been the 346 too. Pretty frustrating!
27 Post contains links and images win1290 : Hi Charles, Very nice trip report, thanks for sharing your experience. Not so great to see the equipment change on the outbound to Bangkok, but at lea
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