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User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12373 times:

This is my very first trip report, after deciding to join A.net as a premium member!

My third trip out of Singapore this year with Thai Airways, this is a short and simple summary of the flight to and from Bangkok. I will post the SIN-BKK sector first, and maybe add the return leg sometime later as I am still uploading them online. Hope you will enjoy reading it.

My flight history this year with TG:

02 Jan 2012 SIN-BKK TG404 HS-TJD Boeing 777-200 (Originally B773)
02 Jan 2012 BKK-ICN TG656 HS-TJD Boeing 777-200 (Originally HS-TJC, technical error caused last min change)
07 Jan 2012 ICN-BKK TG659 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300
07 Jan 2012 BKK-SIN TG409 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300

05 May 2012 SIN-BKK TG408 HS-TJC Boeing 777-200
05 May 2012 BKK-ICN TG658 HS-TKB Boeing 777-300
09 May 2012 ICN-BKK TG659 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300
09 May 2012 BKK-SIN TG409 HS-TKB Boeing 777-300

As you can see, all my flights are on TG's B777s! One thing, though, is that I have yet to try their B77Ws, either their leased ones or the latest one, HS-TKK. Imagine my disappointment when a few days after I returned to Singapore on my latest trip, HS-TKK was delivered and was actually put on TG409 for quite a few days!

Anyway, this latest trip I took on TG is only to BKK for a short 3 nights stay and then it's back to reality in Singapore.

For this trip departing 28 Jul 2012, I scoured through the sites for cheap fares to BKK. No budget, however. I am totally against budget. Well, I didn't plan to fly on Thai initially, but I managed to get a good deal for SGD$286 return plus taxes. So, it is TG again for the third time this year!

I was booked on TG404 for the leg to BKK, and TG409 on the way back. I had chosen these flights specifically for the good timings, which enabled me to arrive in the early afternoon in Bangkok and then depart Bangkok in the late afternoon and arrive in Singapore in the evening.

Arriving at about 0900hrs in Changi Airport for my check-in, it was quite early. The TG desks were closed after the early morning TG402 had departed and would only open slightly later. I had to use the early check-in desk shared with some other airlines.

After check-in, I quickly cleared immigration and went to airside. It was morning and it was quite a nice ambience in the newly renovated T1 airside.

Morning calm in T1 airside. ('Morning Calm' sounds so KE...)
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A little more action here nearer to the immigration counters.
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The Changi Millionaire booths.
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I had gone on this trip with my aunt, and she was planning to shop in the airport, given our early check-in. However, we had breakfast at Wang's nearby. The cafe was just beside the 'viewing area', where one could have clear views of the gates! I couldn't resist doing some spotting, and had a very quick breakfast, leaving my poor aunt to finish her toast on her own. 

What a beauty! SQ's superjumbo A380! What a great start to my day! This one is 9V-SKH. I had flown this back in 2010, on SQ861 HKG-SIN!
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SQ Boeing 777-300, 9V-SYG. The refurbished interior must be nice, as I have heard. The last time I flew on of these, they were still in the blue-purple version.
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China Airlines Airbus A330-300, B-18312. Is this the special livery?
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Slowly taxiing into Gate D32
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Close-up of the beautiful tail...this is really a nice livery which never fails to cheer me up.
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A few days before, my aunt had declared that she wanted to get a new digicam, and a new camcorder in the airport! She claimed that she could save on GST. I am not so sure anyway. After breakfast, we went to the various shops in T1, but the choices were apparently not to her liking. We then scooted over to T3, where the Sony Store was located.

A shot of the T3 airside.
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To the 'B' gates. I miss departing from T3! Sony Store on the left.
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After her expensive purchase, we decided to walk back to T1 on foot. Well, we had time.

T3 was also quiet on this morning, with many gates closed, functioning as aircraft parking. Managed to catch a few SQ B77Ws, but couldn't catch any reg.

On the way back to T1, passing the T3 'B' Gates. Deserted.
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Back to T1, to the loo!
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Toilet with a view! The feeling of peeing at these urinals is really different! You feel exposed! However, the view is so nice!

After all that shopping, it's time to go to the gate! We will depart from gate C24 today. It is a bit of a walk there, from where I was.

Date: 28 Jul 2012
Sector: SIN-BKK
Flight: TG404
Aircraft Reg: HS-TJT 'Pathum Wan'
Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-2D7ER
Scheduled Departure: 1225hrs
Scheduled Arrival: 1345hrs
Scheduled Flight Time: 2hrs 20mins

If you are familiar with Thai's flights out of Singapore, you would know that TG404 is scheduled to be a Boeing 777-300. However, when flying TG, you must be prepared for last minute aircraft changes, which may sometimes disappoint or surprise. Well, my B773 was switched to a B772ER, and having similar seats equipped with AVOD, I wouldn't say I was very disappointed. In fact, I had not flown on this type on TG before and was quite happy about it. That said, while I was walking to my gate from a distance, I had quite a big shock when I saw 4 doors on my B777 instead of 5! I was shocked as from a distance, I could not distinguish between B772 and the ER version, and I thought it was a B772, again! Upon closer inspection, the reg of HS-TJT allayed all my fears.

A look at the bird taking me to BKK! HS-TJT looking good!
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Close-up. My favourite B777 nose!
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Soon, we were boarding the aircraft. It was a mad rush with all the folks dashing to form the line as if their lives depended on it. Anyway, I managed to squeeze in too!

Boarding announcement was made in English only in Changi Airport. Upon entering the aircraft, I was greeted by the customary 'wai' from the stewardess. Now, not all TG stewardesses are friendly. Some are really grumpy. I was fortunate to have a friendly one at the door that day.

Views of the wonderful interior of TG... from my seat.
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Doors were closed on time and we were swiftly pushed back for departure. Safety video was played as we started up the engines. The TG safety video has been shortened, I notice. The greeting by the pilot at the beginning has been cut off, with the video launching straight into the cabin crew greeting. Anyway, a quick taxi to the runway for take-off.

All strapped-in for take-off!
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Some views out the window after take-off.
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After the seat belt signs were turned off, the hot towel service was started. On TG, they use disposable wet tissues instead of fabric towels like on SQ. There are pros and cons to this. I personally prefer TG's method. As much as it is not so 'cheapskate' to use the real towels like on SQ, the TG wet tissues are more hygienic in my opinion. Although the towels in SQ are washed, I don't really like to share the same face towel as thousands of other strangers before me.

A very enthusiastic Thai stewardess handing out the tissues!
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She almost looks like she is saying, "Take it, or else!"  http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t441/anthonychua52/6cd324dc.jpg

LOL   Getting fed up, eh?
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After the hot towel service, we had a pause of about 15 minutes before the food was carted out. I always like Asian Airlines for this very reason. FOOD. They serve FULL MEALS even on short sectors like this one. In Europe, you'll be lucky to get a drink on this kind of flight.

How polite.
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Asking for meal choice. Is it just me or does she look a little fierce?
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A rather dramatic explanation of meal choices. LOL.
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Epic expression. Priceless.
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I was eventually served my meal after 5 minutes! I opted for the prawn curry with rice. I have always liked TG's catering. Their Thai food is always excellent. This time, only the main course impressed. The dessert was not so appealing, however. It was some apple crumble pie which I did not really fancy. Also, the salad was horrible. The carrot was RAW, and it was so hard! It was like chewing on a wood stick. You probably can see the hardness of the carrot in the pic below.

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t441/anthonychua52/82883ee7.jpg

One thing I was not so satisfied with on this flight was that no drinks were served after take-off. SQ ALWAYS serves drinks after the hot-towel service. I was so thirsty on this flight and had to wait for the meal service to have a drink. I ordered 2 apple juices when the beverages came, and was given a strange look by the purple stewardess.

After my meal, I switched the AVOD to the moving map channel. On this 2 hour hop, I will not be using it to watch any movies, as there will not be enough time to finish it anyway. So, it was moving map for me all the way. At least till approach and landing, where it will be switched to the forward cam mode.

So, I proceeded to take out the magazines in the seat pocket for browsing. It was then I found out that the Thai Crown Prince His Royal Highness Maha Vajiralongkorn was turning 60 on the day of my flight! Apparently, he is a TG captain?? His face was on the cover of TG's Sawasdee in-flight magazine, and there was a special message and article on him that month.

Cover photo
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Birthday message from TG's management, and an article on the Crown Prince on the following page.
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View of the cabin after the meal service.
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Soon, we were flying over Thailand. Something out of the ordinary on this flight was that the descend, approach and landing all were very rushed. The captain only came on the PA about 15 minutes before touch-down announcing the descend. The crew were still running around while we were on final approach. It was probably due to the fact that they had to rush so many things in this short flight that there was a lack of time.

A view of first sighting of Thai soil.
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Descending into the clouds.
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As I have mentioned, the descent was very rushed. The flaps were deployed extremely last minute, so much that it was extended from 10 degrees to max in one shot. They were deployed pretty late, and we ended up reducing quite a lot of speed on the approach suddenly. The rest of it was flown at an abnormally slow speed. The approach was also quite windy, as our pilot kept making heading corrections all the way down to touch-down.

Our speed must have been very very low, we used very very little runway to slow down to taxi speed. I couldn't believe my eyes when the plane vacated the runway SO SOON. It was definitely not routine. We must have used less than half the runway IMO. Pretty interesting twist, I guess.

HS-TGX at the Gate adjacent to ours.
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After disembarkation, which was pretty quick, we quickly brisk-walked to the immigration, overtaking as many pax as we could. Suvarnabhumi has a reputation for long immigration lines. We heaved a sigh of relief when we passed by a just-arrived fully-loaded LH B747, with hundreds of pax streaming out of the aerobridge.

Immigration was cleared in 15 minutes on that day. Surprisingly fast, I would say.

After getting our bags, which was also very quick that day, we were out of airside into the arrival hall, where our transport will pick us up to our airport.

A picture of the always chaotic Suvarnabhumi arrival hall.
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Some pics taken outside while waiting for our car.
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Overall, this flight with TG was only average. The only thing novel for me was flying on TG's ER 772 for the first time. It was pretty new, purchased in 2006?

Having flown on quite a few flights with TG previously, and quite recently, this was definitely not the best. Overall, I would say I was satisfied. It was a short hop anyway and at least I got there on time. (There were 2 delays on my previous trips with them.)

I hope you have enjoyed reading it! I will be back with pics of my 3 nights in BKK, and of course, the return flight on TG409 very soon!

- Anthony CPC

[Edited 2012-09-01 08:21:58]

[Edited 2012-09-01 08:25:50]

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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2596 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12263 times:
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Hi there, thank you for the trip report.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
My flight history this year with TG:

02 Jan 2012 SIN-BKK TG404 HS-TJD Boeing 777-200 (Originally B773)
02 Jan 2012 BKK-ICN TG656 HS-TJD Boeing 777-200 (Originally HS-TJC, technical error caused last min change)
07 Jan 2012 ICN-BKK TG659 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300
07 Jan 2012 BKK-SIN TG409 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300

05 May 2012 SIN-BKK TG408 HS-TJC Boeing 777-200
05 May 2012 BKK-ICN TG658 HS-TKB Boeing 777-300
09 May 2012 ICN-BKK TG659 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300
09 May 2012 BKK-SIN TG409 HS-TKB Boeing 777-300

As you can see, all my flights are on TG's B777s!

As a fan of the Boeing 777 family, I must say I'm truly jealous.

Part of the reason I like the 777s a lot is because of the Boeing Signature Interior, and you've provided numerous shots of the cabin for me to drool over   That's not to mention the F/As, of course!

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Views of the wonderful interior of TG... from my seat.

Their new interior is certainly much better than their old, PTV-less interior on their older 777s and A330s.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
As much as it is more not so 'cheapskate' to use the real towels like on SQ, the TG wet tissues are more hygienic in my opinion. Although the towels in SQ are washed, I don't really like to share the same face towel as thousands of other strangers before me.

I agree, although I believe that if the towels were to be reused, they'd be disinfected first.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
I always like Asian Airlines for this very reason. FOOD. They serve FULL MEALS even on short sectors like this one.

Always a plus in my book  



Boeing 777 fanboy
User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12216 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 1):
As a fan of the Boeing 777 family, I must say I'm truly jealous.

Part of the reason I like the 777s a lot is because of the Boeing Signature Interior, and you've provided numerous shots of the cabin for me to drool over   That's not to mention the F/As, of course!

The B777 is the aircraft which I have flown the most on. Be it SQ, CX, TG, KE or others, I always seem to get them! I will be uploading more TRs in the future. This is only the first.   I am glad you love the pics. I will try to post more interiors pics then!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 1):
I agree, although I believe that if the towels were to be reused, they'd be disinfected first.

Yup, but I just feel very squeamish reusing such personal stuff. You know? Haha.

I want to try the new TG B77W!!! I guess the only way is to book myself to NRT then.  


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 11826 times:
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Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

It's some years since I flew TG, but I've two JCL trips with then on the HKG-BKK-HKG route in November, looking forward to them.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
This is my very first trip report, after deciding to join A.net as a premium member!

- Welcome aboard!

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Toilet with a view! The feeling of peeing at these urinals is really different! You feel exposed! However, the view is so nice!

- Love those urinals, spotting whilst having a pee, quite cool!

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Now, not all TG stewardesses are friendly. Some are really grumpy

- Interesting observation, will have to watch out, hope I get lucky!

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
After the seat belt signs were turned off, the hot towel service was started. On TG, they use disposable wet tissues instead of fabric towels like on SQ. There are pros and cons to this. I personally prefer TG's method. As much as it is not so 'cheapskate' to use the real towels like on SQ, the TG wet tissues are more hygienic in my opinion. Although the towels in SQ are washed, I don't really like to share the same face towel as thousands of other strangers before me

- I much prefer the fabric ones, even though they have been used before.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
I opted for the prawn curry with rice. I have always liked TG's catering. Their Thai food is always excellent. This time, only the main course impressed. The dessert was not so appealing, however. It was some apple crumble pie which I did not really fancy. Also, the salad was horrible. The carrot was RAW, and it was so hard! It was like chewing on a wood stick. You probably can see the hardness of the carrot in the pic below.

- Not a bad portion for a YCL flight - not sure what is wrong with raw carrot in a salad, that's what I'd expect!

Looking forward to the return sector.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11305 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Welcome aboard!

Thanks!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
not sure what is wrong with raw carrot in a salad, that's what I'd expect!

Too hard. Haha.


User currently offlineycp81 From Singapore, joined Jun 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11133 times:

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
I was eventually served my meal after 5 minutes! I opted for the prawn curry with rice. I have always liked TG's catering. Their Thai food is always excellent. This time, only the main course impressed. The dessert was not so appealing, however. It was some apple crumble pie which I did not really fancy. Also, the salad was horrible. The carrot was RAW, and it was so hard! It was like chewing on a wood stick. You probably can see the hardness of the carrot in the pic below.

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t441/anthonychua52/82883ee7.jpg

One thing I was not so satisfied with on this flight was that no drinks were served after take-off. SQ ALWAYS serves drinks after the hot-towel service. I was so thirsty on this flight and had to wait for the meal service to have a drink. I ordered 2 apple juices when the beverages came, and was given a strange look by the purple stewardess.

I had this exact same meal more than a year ago too! The main was really good!

AFAIK, SQ does not serve pre-meal drinks on the short sectors such as SIN-CGK/BKK/SGN. They only do it on the longer flights.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10933 times:

Hi

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Glad to see that TG has finally made work of installing AVOD troughout the whole cabin.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineSIN7 From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10515 times:

Hi Anthony,

Welcome,

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
No budget, however. I am totally against budget.

I agree totally. Found someone that share with me. Us being the minority to the wide appeal many for budget.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
be prepared for last minute aircraft changes

Oh yes. With my lousy luck, I think almost all of my TG flights a/c were changed.
From A340-600 to 772
From 773 to 772
From 773 to A330
From 773 to B747 - that's a wonderful change though.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Some are really grumpy.

Your're right, there's seem to be always one sulky lady on board.

TG has stopped uplifting meals from SIN for most flights.
Your meal SIN-BKK is from TG Catering BKK.
They are very good.

Thanks for the pics and TR.
Hope to see more soon.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10350 times:

Hi Anthony,

great report with many nice pictures, well done! Are you sure this is your first report?  

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
This is my very first trip report, after deciding to join A.net as a premium member!

Good decision!

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Imagine my disappointment when a few days after I returned to Singapore on my latest trip, HS-TKK was delivered and was actually put on TG409 for quite a few days!

Yes, absolutely!

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
China Airlines Airbus A330-300, B-18312. Is this the special livery?

Well, I'd call it standard livery with additional stickers.  

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Close-up of the beautiful tail...this is really a nice livery which never fails to cheer me up.

Yes, it's a nice one. As long as the plane is clean...had a pretty dirty 744 on a BKK-TPE flight in March.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Well, my B773 was switched to a B772ER, and having similar seats equipped with AVOD, I wouldn't say I was very disappointed. In fact, I had not flown on this type on TG before and was quite happy about it. That said, while I was walking to my gate from a distance, I had quite a big shock when I saw 4 doors on my B777 instead of 5! I was shocked as from a distance, I could not distinguish between B772 and the ER version, and I thought it was a B772, again! Upon closer inspection, the reg of HS-TJT allayed all my fears.

You were lucky. I was hoping for a 772ER on a trip to Brisbane in late 2010, but I got HS-TJH, a 772 without PTVs. So I flew all the way from MUC to BNE wihout PTVs which was a bit disappointing. Here's my report, btw:

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

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Now, not all TG stewardesses are friendly. Some are really grumpy.

I wasn't overly impressed by the crews either.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Views of the wonderful interior of TG... from my seat.

Now that's a great interior indeed.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
I always like Asian Airlines for this very reason. FOOD. They serve FULL MEALS even on short sectors like this one. In Europe, you'll be lucky to get a drink on this kind of flight.

Well, you also get meals on flights over 2 hours within Europe, e.g. on LH. But it's true, Asian carriers are very generous in terms of catering. But the question is how long this will be the case considering that LCCs keep growing and growing.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
I was eventually served my meal after 5 minutes! I opted for the prawn curry with rice. I have always liked TG's catering. Their Thai food is always excellent. This time, only the main course impressed. The dessert was not so appealing, however. It was some apple crumble pie which I did not really fancy. Also, the salad was horrible. The carrot was RAW, and it was so hard! It was like chewing on a wood stick. You probably can see the hardness of the carrot in the pic below.

That doesn't look bad. I wasn't really impressed by TG's catering on my flights.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
So, it was moving map for me all the way.

Exactly what I like, too.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
Suvarnabhumi has a reputation for long immigration lines.

Yes, I was stuck there for an hour or so in March.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Thread starter):
The only thing novel for me was flying on TG's ER 772 for the first time. It was pretty new, purchased in 2006?

Right, HS-TJT was built and delivered in late 2006.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Glad to see that TG has finally made work of installing AVOD troughout the whole cabin.

TG's 772ERs have always had PTVs and AVOD. You may still be stuck without PTVs in some 747s and older 777s.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2399 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9904 times:

The TR sounds promising... Unfortunately, I can't upload the pictures.  

User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 9752 times:

Nice report. What a loo with a view. I was surprised to see such a place.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39686 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9621 times:

Welcome to Airliners.net and welcome to the trip reports forums. Unfortunately, only 3 of your photos are visible.
The rest are empty boxes with red X.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9491 times:

To all, I apologize for the pictures failing, as I have made some movements of my photos in the site hosting them. Here is the full report with the pictures.

This is my very first trip report, after deciding to join A.net as a premium member!

My third trip out of Singapore this year with Thai Airways, this is a short and simple summary of the flight to and from Bangkok. I will post the SIN-BKK sector first, and maybe add the return leg sometime later as I am still uploading them online. Hope you will enjoy reading it.

My flight history this year with TG:

02 Jan 2012 SIN-BKK TG404 HS-TJD Boeing 777-200 (Originally B773)
02 Jan 2012 BKK-ICN TG656 HS-TJD Boeing 777-200 (Originally HS-TJC, technical error caused last min change)
07 Jan 2012 ICN-BKK TG659 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300
07 Jan 2012 BKK-SIN TG409 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300

05 May 2012 SIN-BKK TG408 HS-TJC Boeing 777-200
05 May 2012 BKK-ICN TG658 HS-TKB Boeing 777-300
09 May 2012 ICN-BKK TG659 HS-TKD Boeing 777-300
09 May 2012 BKK-SIN TG409 HS-TKB Boeing 777-300

As you can see, all my flights are on TG's B777s! One thing, though, is that I have yet to try their B77Ws, either their leased ones or the latest one, HS-TKK. Imagine my disappointment when a few days after I returned to Singapore on my latest trip, HS-TKK was delivered and was actually put on TG409 for quite a few days!

Anyway, this latest trip I took on TG is only to BKK for a short 3 nights stay and then it's back to reality in Singapore.

For this trip departing 28 Jul 2012, I scoured through the sites for cheap fares to BKK. No budget, however. I am totally against budget. Well, I didn't plan to fly on Thai initially, but I managed to get a good deal for SGD$286 return plus taxes. So, it is TG again for the third time this year!

I was booked on TG404 for the leg to BKK, and TG409 on the way back. I had chosen these flights specifically for the good timings, which enabled me to arrive in the early afternoon in Bangkok and then depart Bangkok in the late afternoon and arrive in Singapore in the evening.

Arriving at about 0900hrs in Changi Airport for my check-in, it was quite early. The TG desks were closed after the early morning TG402 had departed and would only open slightly later. I had to use the early check-in desk shared with some other airlines.

After check-in, I quickly cleared immigration and went to airside. It was morning and it was quite a nice ambience in the newly renovated T1 airside.

Morning calm in T1 airside. ('Morning Calm' sounds so KE...)
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A little more action here nearer to the immigration counters.
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The Changi Millionaire booths.
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I had gone on this trip with my aunt, and she was planning to shop in the airport, given our early check-in. However, we had breakfast at Wang's nearby. The cafe was just beside the 'viewing area', where one could have clear views of the gates! I couldn't resist doing some spotting, and had a very quick breakfast, leaving my poor aunt to finish her toast on her own. 

What a beauty! SQ's superjumbo A380! What a great start to my day! This one is 9V-SKH. I had flown this back in 2010, on SQ861 HKG-SIN!
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SQ Boeing 777-300, 9V-SYG. The refurbished interior must be nice, as I have heard. The last time I flew on of these, they were still in the blue-purple version.
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China Airlines Airbus A330-300, B-18312. Is this the special livery?
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Slowly taxiing into Gate D32
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Close-up of the beautiful tail...this is really a nice livery which never fails to cheer me up.
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A few days before, my aunt had declared that she wanted to get a new digicam, and a new camcorder in the airport! She claimed that she could save on GST. I am not so sure anyway. After breakfast, we went to the various shops in T1, but the choices were apparently not to her liking. We then scooted over to T3, where the Sony Store was located.

A shot of the T3 airside.
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To the 'B' gates. I miss departing from T3! Sony Store on the left.
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After her expensive purchase, we decided to walk back to T1 on foot. Well, we had time.

T3 was also quiet on this morning, with many gates closed, functioning as aircraft parking. Managed to catch a few SQ B77Ws, but couldn't catch any reg.

On the way back to T1, passing the T3 'B' Gates. Deserted.
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Back to T1, to the loo!
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Toilet with a view! The feeling of peeing at these urinals is really different! You feel exposed! However, the view is so nice!

After all that shopping, it's time to go to the gate! We will depart from gate C24 today. It is a bit of a walk there, from where I was.

Date: 28 Jul 2012
Sector: SIN-BKK
Flight: TG404
Aircraft Reg: HS-TJT 'Pathum Wan'
Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-2D7ER
Scheduled Departure: 1225hrs
Scheduled Arrival: 1345hrs
Scheduled Flight Time: 2hrs 20mins

If you are familiar with Thai's flights out of Singapore, you would know that TG404 is scheduled to be a Boeing 777-300. However, when flying TG, you must be prepared for last minute aircraft changes, which may sometimes disappoint or surprise. Well, my B773 was switched to a B772ER, and having similar seats equipped with AVOD, I wouldn't say I was very disappointed. In fact, I had not flown on this type on TG before and was quite happy about it. That said, while I was walking to my gate from a distance, I had quite a big shock when I saw 4 doors on my B777 instead of 5! I was shocked as from a distance, I could not distinguish between B772 and the ER version, and I thought it was a B772, again! Upon closer inspection, the reg of HS-TJT allayed all my fears.

A look at the bird taking me to BKK! HS-TJT looking good!
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Close-up. My favourite B777 nose!
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Soon, we were boarding the aircraft. It was a mad rush with all the folks dashing to form the line as if their lives depended on it. Anyway, I managed to squeeze in too!

Boarding announcement was made in English only in Changi Airport. Upon entering the aircraft, I was greeted by the customary 'wai' from the stewardess. Now, not all TG stewardesses are friendly. Some are really grumpy. I was fortunate to have a friendly one at the door that day.

Views of the wonderful interior of TG... from my seat.
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Doors were closed on time and we were swiftly pushed back for departure. Safety video was played as we started up the engines. The TG safety video has been shortened, I notice. The greeting by the pilot at the beginning has been cut off, with the video launching straight into the cabin crew greeting. Anyway, a quick taxi to the runway for take-off.

All strapped-in for take-off!
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Some views out the window after take-off.
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After the seat belt signs were turned off, the hot towel service was started. On TG, they use disposable wet tissues instead of fabric towels like on SQ. There are pros and cons to this. I personally prefer TG's method. As much as it is not so 'cheapskate' to use the real towels like on SQ, the TG wet tissues are more hygienic in my opinion. Although the towels in SQ are washed, I don't really like to share the same face towel as thousands of other strangers before me.

A very enthusiastic Thai stewardess handing out the tissues!
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She almost looks like she is saying, "Take it, or else!"  http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t441/anthonychua52/Thailand%20Trip%20Jul%202012/6cd324dc.jpg

LOL.  Getting fed up, eh?
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After the hot towel service, we had a pause of about 15 minutes before the food was carted out. I always like Asian Airlines for this very reason. FOOD. They serve FULL MEALS even on short sectors like this one. In Europe, you'll be lucky to get a drink on this kind of flight.

How polite.
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Asking for meal choice. Is it just me or does she look a little fierce?
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A rather dramatic explanation of meal choices. LOL.
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Epic expression. Priceless.
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I was eventually served my meal after 5 minutes! I opted for the prawn curry with rice. I have always liked TG's catering. Their Thai food is always excellent. This time, only the main course impressed. The dessert was not so appealing, however. It was some apple crumble pie which I did not really fancy. Also, the salad was horrible. The carrot was RAW, and it was so hard! It was like chewing on a wood stick. You probably can see the hardness of the carrot in the pic below.

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One thing I was not so satisfied with on this flight was that no drinks were served after take-off. SQ ALWAYS serves drinks after the hot-towel service. I was so thirsty on this flight and had to wait for the meal service to have a drink. I ordered 2 apple juices when the beverages came, and was given a strange look by the purple stewardess.

After my meal, I switched the AVOD to the moving map channel. On this 2 hour hop, I will not be using it to watch any movies, as there will not be enough time to finish it anyway. So, it was moving map for me all the way. At least till approach and landing, where it will be switched to the forward cam mode.

So, I proceeded to take out the magazines in the seat pocket for browsing. It was then I found out that the Thai Crown Prince His Royal Highness Maha Vajiralongkorn was turning 60 on the day of my flight! Apparently, he is a TG captain?? His face was on the cover of TG's Sawasdee in-flight magazine, and there was a special message and article on him that month.

Cover photo
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Birthday message from TG's management, and an article on the Crown Prince on the following page.
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View of the cabin after the meal service.
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Soon, we were flying over Thailand. Something out of the ordinary on this flight was that the descend, approach and landing all were very rushed. The captain only came on the PA about 15 minutes before touch-down announcing the descend. The crew were still running around while we were on final approach. It was probably due to the fact that they had to rush so many things in this short flight that there was a lack of time.

A view of first sighting of Thai soil.
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Descending into the clouds.
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As I have mentioned, the descent was very rushed. The flaps were deployed extremely last minute, so much that it was extended from 10 degrees to max in one shot. They were deployed pretty late, and we ended up reducing quite a lot of speed on the approach suddenly. The rest of it was flown at an abnormally slow speed. The approach was also quite windy, as our pilot kept making heading corrections all the way down to touch-down.

Our speed must have been very very low, we used very very little runway to slow down to taxi speed. I couldn't believe my eyes when the plane vacated the runway SO SOON. It was definitely not routine. We must have used less than half the runway IMO. Pretty interesting twist, I guess.

HS-TGX at the Gate adjacent to ours.
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After disembarkation, which was pretty quick, we quickly brisk-walked to the immigration, overtaking as many pax as we could. Suvarnabhumi has a reputation for long immigration lines. We heaved a sigh of relief when we passed by a just-arrived fully-loaded LH B747, with hundreds of pax streaming out of the aerobridge.

Immigration was cleared in 15 minutes on that day. Surprisingly fast, I would say.

After getting our bags, which was also very quick that day, we were out of airside into the arrival hall, where our transport will pick us up to our airport.

A picture of the always chaotic Suvarnabhumi arrival hall.
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Some pics taken outside while waiting for our car.
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Overall, this flight with TG was only average. The only thing novel for me was flying on TG's ER 772 for the first time. It was pretty new, purchased in 2006?

Having flown on quite a few flights with TG previously, and quite recently, this was definitely not the best. Overall, I would say I was satisfied. It was a short hop anyway and at least I got there on time. (There were 2 delays on my previous trips with them.)

I hope you have enjoyed reading it! I will be back with pics of my 3 nights in BKK, and of course, the return flight on TG409 very soon!

- Anthony CPC


User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9467 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Glad to see that TG has finally made work of installing AVOD troughout the whole cabin.

Actually, TG's B772ER was originally fitted with the new seats with AVOD.

Also, all B773s have been fitted with similar seats as well.

B77Ws are all originally fitted with new AVOD seats.

The B772s have new recaro seats, but with empty backing, i.e no TV screens at all.

For the A330s, only some have new AVOD seats. Majority remains having the old TV-less colourful seats.

For B747s, the only one that I know that has new seats fitted with AVOD is HS-TGY. The majority are still in colourful TV-less seats.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 7):
I agree totally. Found someone that share with me. Us being the minority to the wide appeal many for budget.

YES. Budget airlines are flying cesspools cum torture chambers. I will never fly them even for free.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 7):
Oh yes. With my lousy luck, I think almost all of my TG flights a/c were changed.
From A340-600 to 772
From 773 to 772
From 773 to A330
From 773 to B747 - that's a wonderful change though.

Looks like you got really unlucky. Especially the A346 change. Must have been so disappointing. My worst was only 773 to 772.

Quoting SIN7 (Reply 7):
TG has stopped uplifting meals from SIN for most flights.
Your meal SIN-BKK is from TG Catering BKK.
They are very good.

Oh yes, I have heard somewhere before. The food is good on most SIN-BKK flights.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
You were lucky. I was hoping for a 772ER on a trip to Brisbane in late 2010, but I got HS-TJH, a 772 without PTVs. So I flew all the way from MUC to BNE wihout PTVs which was a bit disappointing.

OMG, that is sheer horror. Flying from MUC to BKK without PTV is bad enough. BKK-BNE, It is really crappy of TG to sub a 772ER with a 772. I would have raised hell with the feedback team. It is horrible to fly TG 772 all the way to BNE. I flew once BKK-ICN on HS-TJD and 5 hours is bad enough. Thankfully it was overnight, but I couldn't get any sleep anyway.

Quoting debonair (Reply 9):
The TR sounds promising... Unfortunately, I can't upload the pictures.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Welcome to Airliners.net and welcome to the trip reports forums. Unfortunately, only 3 of your photos are visible.
The rest are empty boxes with red X.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Please refer to my re-post and enjoy.  
Quoting beeweel15 (Reply 10):
Nice report. What a loo with a view. I was surprised to see such a place.

It is the newly renovated Terminal 1 in Changi Airport. Pretty novel idea, I would say. Try it yourself if you ever come to SIN!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39686 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9316 times:

Quoting anthonychua527 (Reply 13):
I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.



Khap-khun-khap.  
Quoting anthonychua527 (Reply 13):
It is the newly renovated Terminal 1 in Changi Airport. Pretty novel idea, I would say. Try it yourself if you ever come to SIN!



I'll make sure to take a leak there next time I'm in Singapore.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Reply 12):
The approach was also quite windy, as our pilot kept making heading corrections all the way down to touch-down.


Many flights have been like that recently due to the tropical storms.
I was really on edge on my flight back here to BKK last month on China Airlines through Typhoon Saora.

Quoting anthonychua527 (Reply 12):
A rather dramatic explanation of meal choices. LOL.


Some people make it really difficult on the F/As. The choices are almost always chicken or beef. Yet some people want the F/As to recite a dissertation on the menu choices.
The F/A is cute so he probably just wanted her attention and keep her in front of him longer.  
Quoting anthonychua527 (Reply 12):
The carrot was RAW, and it was so hard!



"Raw" and "hard"?
Some people are in to that.  



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8478 times:

Where did all the photos go?

User currently offlineanthonychua527 From Singapore, joined Aug 2012, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

Quoting burj (Reply 15):

Hi! Refer to the second time I posted the TR! The pics are there!


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