trent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 422 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10911 times:
This trip report reviews TG 472 SYD/BKK in August 2012 and is the first sector of four in Thai Airways International's Royal First Class. I've made a video (see below) that shows much of my TG first class experience. But there are other details not shown in the video such as pics of the second meal serving, the amenities kit, the pyjamas and the bed made up. These will feature in the videos I'll post for the other first class sectors, coming soon.
I prefer the view/s from a forward window seat, but was in seat 3E. This proved most fortuitous in some ways: it seemed much quieter to sleep in the centre of the cabin, away from the rushing air and engines. But would you believe there was a screaming infant in seat 1A !!! No, this was not Malaysia Airlines... Screaming kids in any close proximity are disturbing, but it really did detract from my first class experience. For example, it is a shame that I had to shout to the attendants when they came to serve, just so that they could hear me...
Check in at Sydney started about 3 hours prior to departure. Unfortunately, there were four Thai women booked in business class who decided they'd use the dedicated First Class counter because their 'leader' was travelling in F. The check in staff was not happy about that and checked in only the F passenger. But the incredible amount of luggage they had took time to tag & clear before I was checked in (with one bag).
Lounge access was at the Air New Zealand lounge. It's spacious with great views, such as the multiple UA tulip livery which made me wonder how much longer this will be seen at SYD...
Now, before I get complaints as to the quality of my pics & video, it was all done with my iphone. It's just to give an idea of my experience.
The NZ lounge allows access for a number of airlines and gets very busy early afternoon, not only with flights to NZ, but mainly UA flights to LAX and SFO. Perhaps that's why there's a hot dog stand set up there. Naturally, business class passengers on TG also have NZ lounge access. SQ has its own Sliver Kris lounge in Sydney.
The showers in the NZ lounge are not too bad. They're fairly spacious. At least there are showers!
Travelling in F, in Sydney, you still make your own way from the lounge to the gate/aircraft. Quality of TG's service, food and beverage was wonderful. Nine of the ten F seats were booked. However a mature man mysteriously appeared after take off and sat in the seat next to me and received the full F treatment before disappearing again before landing... a Thai politician perhaps?
With noise (screaming baby) cancelling headphones and the Dom Perignon flowing freely, the 9 hour flight seemed to pass all too quickly. But there was more to come and in my following posts, I'll show my other flights in TG First Class.
I do hope that you enjoy my video. Please feel free to comment.
crdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8555 times:
It is said that "a picture is worth a thousand words" and a video undoubtedly more. Thank you so much. Having flown that sector in F with TG, the food service is exactly how I remember it, and your video brings back great memories of the excellent Thai service. Well done!
trent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 422 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7550 times:
Thanks for your positive feedback, crdaus! I find it incredible that currently my post has had well over 3300 hits and over 500 video hits and that you have been the only person to bother replying... Yes, Anetters, there is a video attached at the end of my post. More comments would be appreciated. Thanks!
trent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 422 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (7 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5103 times:
I can't believe that after 4 weeks and nearly 6000 views, my post has only had one response (besides my reply)... It really is disappointing that no one takes the time to comment when it takes so much time and effort to prepare a trip report. I think my trip report and video is not that bad. Is there nothing worth commenting on - like, "wow, it seems that you had much better First Class service than on [another carrier]"... or "that champagne looks great" - or whatever...
Where's the incentive to post if no one is going to comment??? No, I don't get paid by Youtube for my videos...
imiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4802 times:
Quoting trent1000 (Reply 3): I can't believe that after 4 weeks and nearly 6000 views, my post has only had one response (besides my reply)... It really is disappointing that no one takes the time to comment when it takes so much time and effort to prepare a trip report. I think my trip report and video is not that bad. Is there nothing worth commenting on - like, "wow, it seems that you had much better First Class service than on [another carrier]"... or "that champagne looks great" - or whatever...
Hello Mr Rolls Royce
Whilst I can not speak for the 5997 others, personally I do prefer a traditional format trip report with writing and pictures. I find it has a more personal element to it over video reports.
On the report itself, I am impressed by the variety of snacks on offer at the ANZ lounge. The pics are giving me cravings!
nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 985 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3126 times:
Quoting imiakhtar (Reply 4): Whilst I can not speak for the 5997 others, personally I do prefer a traditional format trip report with writing and pictures. I find it has a more personal element to it over video reports.
I'd totally agree.
Most A.Nettets still prefer the old way of trip report with all pictures being shown up and ready to scroll down seeing pic by pic until the end of trip report.
And most people here won't read long story (not to mention reports without pics)
So just pic pic pic and more pics, less word lol
You wouldn't believe me that there are so much ignorance in our society and people are super lazy just to click and wait for the video to run through. Most people, on the other hand, love video but hate to play back, even you have that small pics show when cursoring along the play back bar on youtube. With pictures you can just scroll up/down fast and don't need to remember which part/minute of the video.
Having mentioned those, I guess the video speaks the legendary service itself, plentiful for food and hi-society champagne offered. Catering from SYD on THAI seem to have no wrong. Australia is also famous for sweet fruits and that is the perfect after meal item of all time.
Anyway, thank you for taking time once again.
Don't be annoyed knowing the passengers around you are non-revs and op-upgraders, be grateful for them. Life is beautifu