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Double Letdown To BKK & TPE: UL A330/A340, CI 744  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 20697 times:




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Intro
In early 2012 my brother and I decided to go on another Asia tour. Our focus was on Dubai and Bangkok, but later we also decided to include a short stay in Taipei in order to visit the Taipei 101. We had planned to combine one-way flights from the beginning to the end, but it turned out to be much cheaper to return to Dubai again before going home. As usual, I tried to include as many new carriers as possible.

First of all, we booked a very cheap Munich-Doha-Dubai roundtrip on Qatar Airways, an airline which I had wanted to try for a long time. In order to get from Dubai to Bangkok, I would have preferred Gulf Air as it would have been another new carrier, but there was no service to Bangkok on the desired day of travel. So we chose SriLankan Airlines which had impressed me back in 2006. Finally, we decided to fly China Airlines, another new airline for me, from Bangkok to Taipei. Details about the last two sectors will follow in the next part. In the end, we had booked nine flights (both Business and Economy Class) on five different airlines, including three new ones. This is what the final itinerary looked like:

Munich-Doha
Doha-Dubai
Dubai-Colombo
Colombo-Bangkok
Bangkok-Taipei
Taipei-Seoul
Seoul-Dubai
Dubai-Doha
Doha-Munich


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This part of my current series will focus on the DXB-CMB-BKK sectors on SriLankan Airlines, our stay in Bangkok and the BKK-TPE flight on China Airlines.

Part I can be found here:
5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks (by PlaneHunter Aug 10 2012 in Trip Reports)




Sunday, March 2012
Dubai (DXB) - Colombo (CMB)
SriLankan Airlines UL228
Scheduled times: 22:50-04:40
Actual times: 23:40-05:24
Flight duration: 03:51 (hrs)
Distance: 2041 miles
Economy Class, seat 55A

Airbus A330-243
4R-ALB (MSN 306)
Delivered in 11/1999


2nd flight on 4R-ALB
16th A330-200 flight
26th A330 flight



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After having spent a nice day in Dubai, we took a taxi to the airport more than two hours before departure. We didn't have to wait more than five minutes in queue, but the check-in process took much longer than expected. After the young agent had entered our data, nothing happened for a while. Then she wanted to see our visas, but I told her that we didn't need any in order to enter Thailand.

Some more minutes passed without any notable progress and after I had asked whether there was a problem, she referred to a "missing entry" in our reservation. Then, after talking to an older colleague, she asked for my credit card for verification. I gave it to her, but apparently the system didn't accept it.  Yeah sure I was slowly getting annoyed, but finally everything worked out and she could print our boarding passes.

I had already pre-reserved our seats, but that hadn't been easy either. During the booking process on SriLankan's website, I had been able to select seats for both flights, but the assignments had changed when I checked the reservation again later. Interestingly, on one sector we had been moved to a row which didn't exist according the seat maps on the carrier's website. So I tried to select new seats, but the system only accepted changes on one sector - an error message showed up when I tried to change the other seat assignments.  Embarrassment

After several failed attempts - spread over two weeks or so - I finally called SriLankan's worldwide hotline. The young male agent wasn't overly friendly and his English wasn't great either. However, I was finally able to get the desired seats (window and aisle in the back, just before the fuselage curvature) on both sectors.  thumbsup 

Back to Dubai Airport. We had plenty of time left, so we kept walking through the terminal for a while. There's a very interesting exhibition about the development of aviation in Dubai in the passage between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. But something's fundamentally wrong here:


Any idea? The first user with the right answer gets a free ginger ale (or another drink) during a future meeting.  Wink

As mentioned above, I had four nice flights on SriLankan Airlines A330-200s and an A340-300 in 2006 (report can be found here). Now I was certainly hoping that I wouldn't get the same aircraft (4R-ALB/ALC & 4R-ADA) again. Actually I was even hoping to get one of the new fleet additions. Since 2006, UL had added three used A330-200s (formerly operated by bmi, Yemenia and Thomas Cook Airlines) as well as one A340-300 (formerly operated by Cathay Pacific).

The plane, inbound from Kuwait, arrived on time, but I was very disappointed when I discovered a "B" over the cockpit windows...  thumbsdown 


4R-ALB is one of seven A330-200s in the fleet and flew me from Frankfurt to Colombo in 2006.

Unfortunately, boarding didn't commence as planned and after the scheduled departure time (22:50) had passed, I was getting a bit concerned. But then a gate agent announced that boarding would start at 23:10, referring to "congestion at the airport" - which didn't make any sense.

Boarding finally commenced at 23:15 and we stepped on board a few minutes later. We received a friendly welcome, but the crew couldn't really impress me later during the flight. Many seats were already occupied by passengers originating from Kuwait and it was obvious that most people on this flight were guest workers.

4R-ALB used to be equipped with comfortable turquoise seats back in 2006, but now those were rock hard and looked totally different:


Additionally, the lumbar support was inflated which didn't feel good at all. I pressed the button to deflate it, but it didn't work.  thumbsdown 

The seat back confirmed that UL had only replaced the covers. My PTV would remain black throughout the whole flight:



What I found disappointing as well was the reduction of legroom - the 32 inch pitch which I had enjoyed in 2006 was gone, while the large IFE box was still there:


While the reduction of legroom didn't bother me so much, my brother (who is taller than I) felt totally cramped.

The whole cabin looked worn - and so were the tables which fell down on our legs after unlocking:



My handset's front side still looked fine...



...in contrast to the back side:



I cannot say much about the headphones which I didn't use due to my inoperative PTV:



Inflight magazine and safety card:



Shopping guide:


I couldn't find an IFE guide in my seat pocket, but it would have been obsolete anyway.

At 23:25, after boarding had been completed (load factor somewhere between 90 and 100 percent), the captain made a welcome announcement which was hard to understand for acoustic reasons. According to him, we wouldn't be able to leave the gate earlier than "30 minutes from now". He also mentioned something about "ATC" and "Muscat", but I didn't understand the whole sentence. However, there was no reason to be concerned about because we would still have plenty of time for the transfer at Colombo. After the announcement, the flight attendants distributed cold towels.

We finally left the gate a bit earlier than announced and took off shortly before midnight. Tasty nuts and drinks were offered about 30 minutes after takeoff. I was glad that SriLankan still had Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale but I didn't get the whole can:



Hot meals were served shortly after the snack service. SriLankan still provides pretty menu cards (which get distributed and recollected again):



One cannot complain about the bar service:



SriLankan still offers a choice of three main courses - and the food descriptions sounded very promising:



My brother wasn't hungry and rejected his meal, while I decided to try the lamb. Very nice tray:


I was totally impressed by the main course - meat, rice and sauce tasted very good. However, the salad had been spilled with a disgusting sauce and the pistachio cake was extremely sweet.

After dinner, I tried to get some sleep, but failed. About one hour before arrival, I was totally shocked after opening a lavatory door - it looked so horrible in there that I immediately shut the door again and went to another lavatory. Don't ask me to go into detail any further...  Embarrassment
Well, the other lavatory was in acceptable condition and I was able to lock the door, but, as I found out later, the sign "vacant" was stuck.  Yeah sure

There wasn't much to do for the rest of the flight behind my black screen:



My brother's IFE didn't work properly either, but at least he could watch the airshow channel:



Airshow channel also running on the overhead screens:


Surprisingly, the front camera view appeared on the screens during final approach.

We touched down in darkness after a flying time of 3 hours and 51 minutes and taxied to a remote parking position next to some other SriLankan aircraft. Many passengers jumped up and started pushing and shoving in the aisle...probably they were in great fear that the busses would leave them behind on the apron.  Yeah sure

Anyway, there was no reason to hurry, so I took some more cabin pictures. The interior is very similar to the one on Emirates' A330-200s:



Nice design:



I'd have preferred to fly on sister ship 4R-ALA in the background:






Monday, March 2012
Colombo (CMB) - Bangkok (BKK)
SriLankan Airlines UL422
Scheduled times: 07:20-12:15
Actual times: 07:21-12:39
Flight duration: 03:31 (hrs)
Distance: 1487 miles
Economy Class, seat 60H

Airbus A340-311
4R-ADA (MSN 032)
Delivered in 09/1994


2nd flight on 4R-ADA
12th A340-300 flight
17th A340 flight



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Back in 2006, I had been impressed by the nice and clean terminal building. This time, however, it didn't appear well-kept any longer and the restrooms were filthy.

There was only one A340 parked at a gate position - and that gate turned out to be ours. My worst fear came true when I identified the plane. There are six A340s in the fleet, but I got 4R-ADA again which flew me from Colombo to Frankfurt in 2006...  Embarrassment


Two "old friends" in a row, that's what I call bad luck...but I was too tired to bother. We passed security once the gate had been opened and I took a seat. Spotting opportunities were limited, but I at least I can say that I logged Mihin Lanka's entire fleet...which consisted of one A320 and one A321 back then.  Wink

This is SriLankan A320 4R-ABO, one of eight frames in the fleet:



Numerous tourists from Europe kept filling up the gate and I was expecting another packed flight. Boarding commenced on time and we soon received a friendly welcome again - and this time the entire crew turned out to be nice.

The interior was in better overall condition, but everything looked worn. Seat colors hadn't been changed since 2006:



Both PTVs in our row were working this time:



As expected, the seats were hard again, but there was even less legroom:


As seat pitch was slightly more generous in the window seat, I let my brother move there. Otherwise the flight would have been a torture for him.

In addition to the usual magazines, I also found an IFE guide in my seat pocket this time - however, I didn’t check whether all advertised entertainment options were indeed available:



What I noticed with disgust was a bad smell in the cabin. And what I found even more disgusting was the fact that one lavatory apparently hadn't been cleaned properly before boarding.  thumbsdown 

In his welcome speech, the captain announced an on-time departure and a flying time of 3 hours and 15 minutes. We were indeed pushed back almost on time, taxied straight to the runway and started a typical A340 Classic takeoff roll:



Menu cards were also distributed on this flight:



Interesting options once again:



My brother and I ordered the omelette...


...which turned out to be fine, just like the potatoes and the mushrooms. But I didn't like the "grilled signature chicken sausage" - and the fruit pieces didn't taste fresh. This time my cold drink was served in a glass - that had already impressed me back in 2006. Unfortunately, the coffee tasted burned.

The seat belt signs had already been switched on before breakfast service, but nothing had been happening for 30 minutes or so. But just after we had finished our drinks, the plane suddenly dropped - which felt like being hit by something.  alert  There was total silence in the cabin as people were paralyzed for a short moment. And then I discovered numerous people with wipes in their hands cleaning walls and overhead ceilings because their drinks had splashed upwards! Well, one should never underestimate the Bay of Bengal!  Wink

Less than a minute after the event, the captain made an announcement, referred to sudden turbulence and advised passengers to remain seated with seat belts fastened. However, the seat belt sign was switched off again after a while. Perfect opportunity for a cabin shot:



As usual, I had been watching the airshow channel most of the time. Almost there:



After circling for a while, we finally touched down after a flying time of 3 hours and 31 minutes. Taking approach and landing pictures through the dirty window had been a bit difficult, so here's just one - Transaero's 747-400s are frequent visitors at Bangkok:


We arrived at the gate 24 minutes late and once we had left the plane, we walked straight to the immigration hall. Apparently, numerous other flights had just arrived, too, because huge queues had formed - and they were moving very slowly. So we were stuck for at least an hour, probably much more. Of course we weren't happy to find ourselves in such a situation again after the bad experience at Dubai Airport...and this time it was much warmer in the "waiting area".  thumbsdown 

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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 20901 times:

Two Nights in Bangkok
After grabbing our luggage, we walked straight to the taxi stand. There are cheaper ways to get into Bangkok, but we preferred the comfortable ride direct to the hotel door. The driver turned out to be very nice, spoke relatively good English and told us some interesting things about the city. Due to low traffic, we reached the exclusive Le Méridien Bangkok in the city’s Silom area in about 40 minutes. Very friendly receptionists welcomed us and quickly handed out the key cards. Very elegant lobby:



Cool design - never seen such a hotel entrance:



The room was nice...


...but I just didn't like the aircon blowing air directly towards the beds. There should be a better solution in a 5-star hotel.

Information material with delicious chocolate bar and coffee bar coupons on each bed:



Views from the room:







Nice pool area - too bad we didn't have enough time to relax there:





In the early evening we decided to try the dinner buffet in the hotel's Latest Recipe restaurant. There was wide range of high-quality food - and only few other guests had decided to eat there, so it felt very private.









After our extended dinner, we explored the surrounding area. You just have to walk a few steps to immerse in the life of the city:



You cannot miss the hotel when on tour in the neighborhood.



The infamous Patpong entertainment district with its large night market and countless bars begins just across the street. Some impressions:



















On the next day, we visited the Grand Palace which is one of Thailand's most popular attractions. When our tour guide picked us up, we were surprised to hear that the two of us were the only participants. We were stuck in traffic again and again, but that gave me the opportunity to take some pictures:









Finally there:



The Grand Palace is made up of numerous stunning buildings, halls, pavilions, gardens and courtyards. Here's just a small selection of pictures which we took on the site:

































After the tour was over, we asked the driver to drop us off at the Baiyoke Tower II which is Thailand's tallest building. You need to be patient when driving in Bangkok...



Hungry?



Baiyoke Tower II rises 328 meters and contains the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the fourth-tallest all-hotel structure in the world:



The building has 85 floors, with a public observatory on the 77th floor, a bar on the 83rd floor and a 360-degree revolving roof deck - and the latter is where we headed to. The views were stunning in the late afternoon sun:















This is the Siam Paragon mall, our next destination:













If you want to buy something which you cannot find on the city's markets, I recommend to visit the Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls in Asia:



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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 20947 times:


Wednesday, March 2012
Bangkok (BKK) - Taipei (TPE)
China Airlines CI066
Scheduled times: 08:30-13:00
Actual times: 08:27-12:52
Flight duration: 03:05 (hrs)
Distance: 1547 miles
Economy Class, seat 61J

Boeing 747-409
B-18201 (s/n 1114)
Delivered in 05/1997


1st flight on B-18201
17th 747-400 flight
21st 747 flight
132nd airline



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Due to the early departure time, we left the hotel before 06:00, but traffic was low and we reached the airport well in time. I had already selected our seats in the second last row (two-seater) during the booking process, so there was no need to worry. There were only few people waiting in queue and a friendly agent soon entered our data. Then she wanted to know what our next destination after Taipei would be and she asked to see the e-ticket printouts. "Oh, you live in Dubai?", she said somehow euphorically after I showed her our itinerary for the next two days. I denied, but didn't go into any further detail. We finally got our boarding passes and went airside.

S7's green aircraft, such as 767-300ER VQ-BBI, stand out everywhere. There's also a Nordwind 757-200 in the background:



The most exotic plane at BKK on that morning was 747SP A9C-HAK of Bahrain Royal Flight:



And there's the tail of our China Airlines 747-400 which had arrived from Amsterdam:



Of course I had been hoping to get one of these birds, oh well...


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Our plane was B-18201, the second oldest frame in the 13-strong 747-400 (pax) fleet. Just look how dirty the plane was:



We didn't see a reason to line up with the crowd, so we belonged to the last passengers to step on board. Friendly flight attendants welcomed us, but the good first impression was gone soon. The interior was old and worn - and there were large spots on the seats:



No PTVs in this retro cabin:



While the old seats were remarkably comfortable, legroom was tight:


According to Seatguru, China Airlines has a pitch of 32 inches on the 747 fleet, but this was clearly not the case in our row. Since there was slightly more legroom in the window seat, I let my brother sit there. I was very disappointed by China Airlines' hardware - I wouldn't want to take a long-haul flight on such a plane.  thumbsdown 

Inflight magazine and safety card:



Shopping guide:



My headphones remained unused:



S7 Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air India and China Southern:



We left the gate 3 minutes early and soon passed Thai Airways A330-300 HS-TEE...



...as well as ANA Cargo 767-300ERBCF JA8286 and a Volga-Dnepr An-124-100:



Another interesting visitor was Avient Aviation's sole MD-11F, Z-BVT:



The massive An-124 again:



Liftoff after a powerful takeoff roll:



Dirty windows were another annoyance on this plane:



Hot meals were served about an hour after takeoff. I chose chicken over fish and got a nice-looking tray:


However, the quality of the meal was below average. Rice, vegetable and fruit were okay, but the breaded chicken pieces, the (strange) salad and the coconut cream dessert tasted terrible. It was probably the worst meal I have ever received on an Asian carrier. And no, that artificially colored fruit juice (or punch or whatever) wasn't great either.

Btw - the flight attendants working on our side weren't overly charming either. And what I found totally unacceptable was an older male flight attendant rushing through the aisle with coffee and tea pots - he was moving so quickly that he must have missed some requests. And when he filled up a cup, he made it so quickly that he spilled some drops onto the trays or elsewhere. Very unprofessional!  thumbsdown 

This cabin looks very retro:



About 20 minutes before landing, we dived into dense clouds and it was almost impossible to see the wingtip any more:



The ground appeared only shortly before touchdown which happened after a flying time of 3 hours and 5 minutes. What a bad weather at Taipei:



China Airlines meets Air China:


Due to reconstruction work, we had to walk through dark corridors and finally arrived in an old hall where we had to line up at immigration. 20 minutes later, we could step outside and were surprised how cool it was compared to Bangkok. The next bus to the city center was about to leave in five minutes which we were very glad about. However, we were still disgruntled about the terribly bad weather considering that we were planning to visit the Taipei 101 later in the day. Story to be continued...



Conclusion
Both airlines performed worse than expected and I'm particularly disappointed by SriLankan Airlines because I had some nice flights on that carrier back in 2006. The A332 cabin was in terrible condition and seating was extremely cramped on both types. Cabin crews were partly nice, but not overly impressive either - at least the catering was still good. I would fly SriLankan again, but only after all widebodies have received the rather promising new interior.

Old and worn cabin, seats with big spots, tight legroom, below-average catering, unimpressive service - that China Airlines flight was a major disappointment. What I found very irritating is the fact that planes with that old interior are also used on the carrier's longest routes. At least the booking process (including seat selection) on the carrier's website had been convenient. However, I wouldn't fly on a China Airlines 747 again until all planes have been refurbished.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - my previous trip reports:
5* Carrier, Hilton Suite & Dubai's Epic Landmarks
India's Finest? BKK-BOM-LHR, Jet Airways 738 & 77W
3x Asian Quality: CGK-SIN-HKT-BKK On GA, FD & PG
Blast From The Past: Sriwijaya 732 & Lion Air 739
Widebody Hopping & KUL Spotting: SIA A330, KLM 77W
QF A380 Grounded, Bags Lost - LHR-SIN, TK A330/340
Type Downgrade, Class Upgrade: EgyptAir Business
Long-Haul Cabin On A 737: MUC-CAI On PrivatAir
1 Day, 2 Highlights: Big A.net Meeting & LAN A340
Imperfect Giant: CPT-JNB-FRA On SA A332 & LH A380
BA Vs. LCC, African Way: JNB-DUR-CPT, Comair/Mango
Africa's Best Airline? FRA-JNB On SAA A340-600
Fuel Dump & Return To CDG: Enroute To LAX On 9/11
Greek Quality: Aegean, Olympic & Istanbul Spotting
Exploring A Virgin: VS A343/A346 & Dubai Delights
Superb Stübli & Crew: LAS-LAX-ZRH-MUC, LX J Class
Grand Canyon & More: Scenic Flight On Dornier 228
San Francisco Sunshine...and A Frontier Fiasco
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Mountains, Meals & More: SunExpress Vs. Pegasus
Crossing Two Oceans: AKL-SFO-MUC, NZ 777 & LH A346
Bad Weather & Other Bad Luck: Touring New Zealand
Trans-Tasman Treat: Aerolineas Argentinas A340-200
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Painful Delay & My 100th Airline: AF A380, VO F100
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[Edited 2012-09-24 10:10:19]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20605 times:

Hi PH,

I only just started reading this, but want to make a guess on your question  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Back to Dubai Airport. We had plenty of time left, so we kept walking through the terminal for a while. There's a very interesting exhibition about the development of aviation in Dubai in the passage between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. But something's fundamentally wrong here:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Any idea? The first user with the right answer gets a free ginger ale (or another drink) during a future meeting.  

Well, I think the Dubai-LA was operated by 777-200LR, rather than the E6-EMK which was 777-200ER as pictured, as the 777-200ER version doesn't have the range for the flight.

Regards,

WIn

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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20529 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 3):
I only just started reading this, but want to make a guess on your question

Hi Win, you really wanted to win this, right?  

Quoting win1290 (Reply 3):
Well, I think the Dubai-LA was operated by 777-200LR, rather than the E6-EMK which was 777-200ER as pictured.

Exactly! I hadn't expected the right answer so fast. EK's 777-200ERs have certainly never flown to LAX. It's A6-EMK, btw, but that doesn't matter for the contest.

I'm looking forward to buy you a drink - whenever that may be!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1139 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20493 times:

Hi PH,

As for your pub quiz, I am in no doubt that the more eagle-eyed spotter will have guessed it already... but is that really DXB? Perhaps a diff airport. Anyway,

Excellent report. You said you were easing back on the detail of your reports, but as far as I am concerned, this report seems to be business as usual; i.e. Excellent and well presented.

I was expecting this UL let down, after you mentioned caution. Now, what has begun this sliding of standards?? As more time has passed since EK was off the scene>?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
But I didn't like the "grilled signature chicken sausage"

And as a German, you ought to know your sausage.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
I can say that I logged Mihin Lanka's entire fleet...which consisted of one A320 and one A321 back then.

UL are a bit cheeky in their deployment of Mihin flights. E.g. DXB-CMB-CGK, the longer CGK leg is operated by Mihin, and the information on this is tiny in the booking search engine. Suppose it is the same as my mate who booked EY RUH-ABU-DHABI-HKT and got AirBerlin for the longest Phuket sector. Bummer...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
only few other guests had decided to eat there, so it felt very private

Eeek, what a waste of food this could be. Did look great though, and I am surprised you had the energy to explore afterwards.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
747SP A9C-HAK of Bahrain Royal Flight:

probably escaping the fun back home!

Thanks PH,

Luke!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1139 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20483 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 3):
Well, I think the Dubai-LA was operated by 777-200LR, rather than the E6-EMK which was 777-200ER as pictured, as the 777-200ER version doesn't have the range for the flight.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Exactly!

Oh! Foul... ! This question is only for die-hard plane-spotters that understand those letters at the end! haha



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 20460 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
As for your pub quiz, I am in no doubt that the more eagle-eyed spotter will have guessed it already... but is that really DXB? Perhaps a diff airport. Anyway,

Hi Luke! The question was answered faster than I had expected! I guess I need to find something more diffcult next time.  

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Excellent report. You said you were easing back on the detail of your reports, but as far as I am concerned, this report seems to be business as usual; i.e. Excellent and well presented.

Many thanks. Well, I used to write more about flight planning etc. And I only write when I take pleasure in doing so.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
I was expecting this UL let down, after you mentioned caution. Now, what has begun this sliding of standards?? As more time has passed since EK was off the scene>?

I'm not sure when it has begun, but EK's withdrawal certainly didn't help. However, I'm hoping UL will improve again. The new interiors are a big step in the right direction.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
And as a German, you ought to know your sausage.

No doubt about that!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Suppose it is the same as my mate who booked EY RUH-ABU-DHABI-HKT and got AirBerlin for the longest Phuket sector. Bummer...

Now that's a bad surprise indeed!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Eeek, what a waste of food this could be.

Yes, unfortunately. That's what I thought, too.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
Did look great though, and I am surprised you had the energy to explore afterwards.

Well, we just walked around in the neighborhood.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
probably escaping the fun back home!

Yes, probably.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 513 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20417 times:

Hi PH,

Very nice TR about your Asia travel!
Quite retro cabins on all of your flights in this report!
Sometimes I like that retro feeling in the world of modern aircraft with endless IFE options.
The food looked great on UL!
Your CI flight indeed looked quite below average, but on the other hand, without PTV, one can fully enjoy the flying!.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

Servus,
Johannes


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20396 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 6):
Oh! Foul... ! This question is only for die-hard plane-spotters that understand those letters at the end! haha

I'm sorry, Luke!  

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 8):
Very nice TR about your Asia travel!

Hi Johannes, thanks for your comments!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 8):
Quite retro cabins on all of your flights in this report!

Yes. I was hoping for the newest hardware and got the oldest...

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 8):
The food looked great on UL!

Let's hope that standard will be kept.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 8):
Your CI flight indeed looked quite below average, but on the other hand, without PTV, one can fully enjoy the flying!.

Well, I enjoy it much more with a moving map in front of me.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20374 times:

Hello PH!

Great report!
Very interesting to read about your UL and CI experience. I especially enjoyed the China Airlines bit, since I will be flying EVA Air next month on a similarly long route, so it was nice to see what the competition has to offer.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
There are six A340s in the fleet, but I got 4R-ADA again which flew me from Colombo to Frankfurt in 2006...

Shame that you got two regs you had already flown.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
As seat pitch was slightly more generous in the window seat, I let my brother move there

Was that due to the curvature of the fuselage?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Of course I had been hoping to get one of these birds, oh well...

The one in the Boeing livery is really stunning, the flower on the stabilizer doesn't make it any worse either. The Skyteam one is also a good looking bird, of course.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Hot meals were served about an hour after takeoff. I chose chicken over fish and got a nice-looking tray:

That does indeed look very good, shame it didn't taste as good.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
However, we were still disgruntled about the terribly bad weather considering that we were planning to visit the Taipei 101 later in the day. Story to be continued...

Very much looking forward to the next part featuring Taipei, since I'll spend a couple of days there before my EVA Air flight.

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20360 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
Great report!
Very interesting to read about your UL and CI experience.

Hi Martin, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
I especially enjoyed the China Airlines bit, since I will be flying EVA Air next month on a similarly long route, so it was nice to see what the competition has to offer.

That sounds really good! Which type will you get?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
Shame that you got two regs you had already flown.

That was bad luck indeed.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
Was that due to the curvature of the fuselage?

Yes.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):

The one in the Boeing livery is really stunning, the flower on the stabilizer doesn't make it any worse either. The Skyteam one is also a good looking bird, of course.

Those birds look really stunning, saw the Dreamliner 747 on the ground after takeoff from TPE.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
That does indeed look very good, shame it didn't taste as good.

  

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 10):
Very much looking forward to the next part featuring Taipei, since I'll spend a couple of days there before my EVA Air flight.

Good decision, it's a nice city. Here are two reports about my first trip to Taiwan:

"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi (by PlaneHunter Jan 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101 (by PlaneHunter Feb 21 2009 in Trip Reports)


PH

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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20341 times:

Wonderful trip report!
Looks like were in the exact same spot in more than one occasion on your trip.
The Sri Lankan A340 interior looks warm and inviting but too bad to hear about the seats being hard.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My brother wasn't hungry and rejected his meal, while I decided to try the lamb. Very nice tray:


That looks delicious!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
the plane suddenly dropped - which felt like being hit by something. There was total silence in the cabin as people were paralyzed for a short moment. And then I discovered numerous people with wipes in their hands cleaning walls and overhead ceilings because their drinks had splashed upwards! Well, one should never underestimate the Bay of Bengal!



Would have been cool if you could have got a photo during the drop with coffee cups and sausages rising in the air.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
a typical A340 Classic takeoff roll:


Nice!
I like the A340-300 for this reason. Many dislike it for this reason.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Le Méridien Bangkok in the city’s Silom


Wise choice!  
I've stayed there before and know some of the people that run that hotel. Their Pan-Asian buffet is world class.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
The room was nice...


Looks like we even stayed in the same room.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
There should be a better solution in a 5-star hotel.


Those comforters are great and keep you warm even with an ice cold air conditioner blowing. They have the most comfortable beds I've slept in here in Bangkok.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Views from the room:


I like that view.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
The infamous Patpong entertainment district with its large night market and countless bars begins just across the street.


I always avoid that area. Very pushy vendors and is too touristy.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Hungry?



That is grilled nin fish (Pla-Nin-Yang Gur) ปลานิล

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Baiyoke Tower II rises 328 meters and contains the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Southeast Asia and the fourth-tallest all-hotel structure in the world:



I've been there many times. I stayed there on my 2nd. visit to Bangkok back in 2007.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
1st flight on B-18201
17th 747-400 flight



We were on the same plane.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
The most exotic plane at BKK on that morning was 747SP A9C-HAK of Bahrain Royal Flight:



What a coincidence. I saw that very plane today parked at Don Mueang.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
and there were large spots on the seats:


That seat was empty when I flew.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
While the old seats were remarkably comfortable


They were very comfortable and I like the padded headrest.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I found totally unacceptable was an older male flight attendant rushing through the aisle with coffee and tea pots



Maybe he had too much coffee.   

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
No PTVs in this retro cabin:
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
This cabin looks very retro:



Oh come on, it's not that old.




I especially like this bulkhead photo.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20304 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Wonderful trip report!

Hi Superfly, thanks for your feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Looks like were in the exact same spot in more than one occasion on your trip.

At the same time, too?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
The Sri Lankan A340 interior looks warm and inviting but too bad to hear about the seats being hard.

And seating was very cramped. But the colors look nice.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Would have been cool if you could have got a photo during the drop with coffee cups and sausages rising in the air.

Yeah, that would have been an interesting picture.  

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
I like the A340-300 for this reason. Many dislike it for this reason.

That's true. I prefer powerful planes such as the 777, but I also enjoy A340-style takeoffs.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Wise choice!
I've stayed there before and know some of the people that run that hotel. Their Pan-Asian buffet is world class.

Both the hotel and the food were great, I would stay there again.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Looks like we even stayed in the same room.

Really? Unfortunately, I cannot remember floor and room number any more.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
They have the most comfortable beds I've slept in here in Bangkok.

The beds were indeed comfortable.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Very pushy vendors and is too touristy.

I didn't enjoy that part either. But the vendors weren't as annoying as expected.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
That is grilled nin fish (Pla-Nin-Yang Gur)

Thanks! You're the expert here.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
We were on the same plane.

Nice!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
What a coincidence. I saw that very plane today parked at Don Mueang.

Interesting. They seem to like Bangkok.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Maybe he had too much coffee.

Yes, maybe.  

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Oh come on, it's not that old.

Well, I'm spoilt by these funky cabins on EK, SQ, WY...  

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):

I especially like this bulkhead photo.

That decor is indeed nice.


PH

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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20278 times:

Hi again PH!

Very nice and interesting report! The cabin from Both Sri Lankan Airlines and China Airlines look very retro indeed, and not so well maintained. But the food on UL looks rather good with three options! and I quite like the menu with drink lists as well.

Great pictures during your visit to my home city as well. I love the pictures you took at the Grand Palace, a spectacular attraction in my opinion. The hotel looks great! and the food at the hotel makes me hungry again . Patpong! I have never visited the area, that name scares me haha.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Hot meals were served shortly after the snack service. SriLankan still provides pretty menu cards (which get distributed and recollected again):

The menu looks absolutely nice! and the main dish looks delicious too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
You need to be patient when driving in Bangkok..

Couldn't agree more

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Hi Win, you really wanted to win this, right?

Haha, I like quizzes, especially aviation related  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Exactly! I hadn't expected the right answer so fast. EK's 777-200ERs have certainly never flown to LAX. It's A6-EMK, btw, but that doesn't matter for the contest.

I'm looking forward to buy you a drink - whenever that may be!

Yeyy! I am looking forward to the ginger ale  

Regards,

Win


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20261 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 5):
As for your pub quiz,


Pub quiz? Some long term expats from the UK has turned me on to pub quizes. I'm getting really good at it but an totally lost when it comes to the Shakespeare trivia.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
At the same time, too?


Possibly. I've been living here over 2 years.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
I prefer powerful planes such as the 777, but I also enjoy A340-style takeoffs.


For modern powerful takeoffs, I like the 717 the most.
Other powerful takeoffs I enjoy have to be loud like the TU-154. Those have very impressive takeoffs.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
I cannot remember floor and room number any more.


Me neither.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Thanks! You're the expert here.


Thanks but not really. I hardly eat the street for anymore

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Interesting. They seem to like Bangkok.


I can understand why.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
Well, I'm spoilt by these funky cabins on EK, SQ, WY...



Haha! The modern interiors are to be appreciated but I wouldn't consider China Airlines old interiors that old. Keep in mind, I've gone out of my way to fly Cubana, Aeroflot, Orient Thai, Nok and Philippines Airlines.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20222 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
Very nice and interesting report!

Hi Win, thanks a lot for your comments!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
But the food on UL looks rather good with three options! and I quite like the menu with drink lists as well.

The menu cards are indeed impressive.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
Great pictures during your visit to my home city as well.

Thanks! I'm glad you like them.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
I love the pictures you took at the Grand Palace, a spectacular attraction in my opinion.

Yes, it is. But there were too many visitors for my liking. I still remember my first visit in 1997, it wasn't crowded at all.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
Patpong! I have never visited the area, that name scares me haha.

Well, it has a bad reputation.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
The menu looks absolutely nice! and the main dish looks delicious too.

  

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
Haha, I like quizzes, especially aviation related

Good to know!

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
Yeyy! I am looking forward to the ginger ale

Or Bavarian beer?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
For modern powerful takeoffs, I like the 717 the most.

I only flew on that type once and the takeoff wasn't overly impressive - but I'll give it another try.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Other powerful takeoffs I enjoy have to be loud like the TU-154. Those have very impressive takeoffs.

Never been on that type!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
I can understand why.

Can you elaborate?

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Keep in mind, I've gone out of my way to fly Cubana, Aeroflot, Orient Thai, Nok and Philippines Airlines.

Nice choice of carriers!


PH

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Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40076 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 20186 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 14):
I like quizzes, especially aviation related


Are there really aviation related pub quizzes here in Bangkok?
If you're really in to it, come down on Monday nights. We need more smart people on our team.  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
I only flew on that type once and the takeoff wasn't overly impressive - but I'll give it another try.


It's up to the pilot. I flew on Midwest Airlines out of Milwaukee and Kansas City.
The 717 has a steeper climb rate than the 777.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Never been on that type!


Get on one while you can.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 16):
Can you elaborate?


Umm, they come for the grilled nin fish.....



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 20171 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
It's up to the pilot. I flew on Midwest Airlines out of Milwaukee and Kansas City.

Yes, and the load and probably other reasons. You never know.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
The 717 has a steeper climb rate than the 777.

Well, it's an advanced DC-9 after all.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
Get on one while you can.

Yes, I really need to check the available options.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):

Umm, they come for the grilled nin fish.....

  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 20163 times:

Hi again,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):

That sounds really good! Which type will you get?

Scheduled on the 744 Combi, will be really nice, even if I expect a dated cabin with them as well.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 11):

Good decision, it's a nice city. Here are two reports about my first trip to Taiwan:

Thanks, I actually looked through them both shortly after making my booking to TPE, might read them again as I get more excited about the trip!  

Martin


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 20143 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Scheduled on the 744 Combi, will be really nice, even if I expect a dated cabin with them as well.

Hi again, Martin! Perfect choice! You'll enjoy the 744 Combi a lot.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Thanks, I actually looked through them both shortly after making my booking to TPE, might read them again as I get more excited about the trip!

Good to hear!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 19954 times:

Hi, PH,

good to follow something more from you´re hand.
Nice pictures all around, well done.
Bad luck with SriLankan, but that happens from time to time, I´am sure, you know.
Hah, that CI 744 looks indeed not that really welcoming.
I will see hopefully another reg. on AMS-BKK-TPE in a couple of weeks.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 19937 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
good to follow something more from you´re hand.
Nice pictures all around, well done.

Servus Markus, thanks for your comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Bad luck with SriLankan, but that happens from time to time, I´am sure, you know.

Yes, we cannot get the good stuff all the time.  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Hah, that CI 744 looks indeed not that really welcoming.
I will see hopefully another reg. on AMS-BKK-TPE in a couple of weeks.

That's a long journey - hopefully you'll get a bird with the new interior.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2473 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 19846 times:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
Hah, that CI 744 looks indeed not that really welcoming.
I will see hopefully another reg. on AMS-BKK-TPE in a couple of weeks.

Hi FLIEGER67, don't worry... Flights from/to AMS will be operated by refurbished B747 only (Sorry, link only in German): http://www.chinaairlines.de/Home/tab...e/mid/924/ItemId/1283/Default.aspx


User currently offlinefoppishbum From Taiwan, joined Mar 2006, 863 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 19599 times:

I'm surprised that China Airlines uses the old 744 for AMS via BKK route. I fly China Airlines all the time to TPE from LAX or SFO and all flights have been on newer (or at least refurbished) interiors with nice PTVs, etc. I guess since LAX and SFO are the two largest long-haul markets for China Airlines, they put the newer planes with nicer interiors on those routes.

Thanks for sharing the trip report. Nice pictures, too!  



I'm a Taiwanese-American living in NYC and LA.
25 767747 : Another great report, PH! Great to hear from you again. Sorry you did not have a more memorable experience with either airline; The China Airlines 747
26 coolfish1103 : There are no more old birds in CI that are flying now so you won't be seeing anymore of them. Though the refurbish also got rid of the comfy headrest,
27 PlaneHunter : Thanks, Wesley! Hi Matthew, thanks a lot for your feedback! Yes, there's no excuse for such dirty seats. I can only recommend to go there. Very good
28 Superfly : Did this happen within the last few days? I flew them last month and had an old interior between Taipei and Bangkok. The older style headrest were ve
29 PlaneHunter : Good question. I just found a Bloomberg article from 2011 suggesting that the 747 refurbishment programm was planned to be complete by May 2012. PH
30 Superfly : Bloomberg often is inaccurate. My B-18201 flight with old interior was on August 1st, 2012.
31 PlaneHunter : I don't follow Bloomberg very often, so I don't know. I guess they only published what they got froom CI last year. But it seems the refurbishment pr
32 Post contains images abrelosojos : Thanks a lot for your report PH. To be honest, I am not particularly surprised by UL's decline. I have spoken to quite a few people who have had simil
33 PlaneHunter : Hi Alex, thanks for your feedback! That's really bad - so I guess a few other planes aren't in great shape either. Yes, I really hope so. UL used to
34 Post contains links debonair : As you can see in my previous reply (no 23), I posted a link to CI's press release in German... You will read, I will try to translate: "The reconfig
35 Post contains links Superfly : I try not to follow Bloomberg either. No need to. I was on one of their old planes last month. Typhoon Saola On China Airlines 747 Bangkok-Taiwan (by
36 PlaneHunter : Not in any case, as Superfly's experience has shown. PH
37 The777Man : Hi PlaneHunter! Thanks for an excellent report with excellent pictures ! Too bad UL was a disappointment and it seems they have gone downhill quite a
38 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Lars! Thanks a lot for your nice comments! This needs to be stopped. Yes, I can only agree. And six other A332s...but bad luck strikes sometimes.
39 The777Man : Well, I haven't done any closer inspection other than seeing the ones here at LAX when they go thru immigration....but most of them are VERY attracti
40 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Well, LAX seems to be a premium destination for CI - new interiors, most attractive FAs? Good to hear! PH
41 Post contains images Superfly : Speak of the devil. That very Bahrain 747SP just climbed out of Don Mueang, rumbling over my condo about a minute ago. I should have gone to play gol
42 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Interesting. Where do most VIP operators fly to DMK or Suvarnabhumi? Nice, I guess planes would always distract me from playing. Well, I can also rec
43 Post contains images Superfly : Increasingly Don Mueang. Suvarnabhumi is already crowded. There is plenty of space at Don Mueang. In fact, Don Mueang is becoming a spotters paradise
44 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Good to hear. Really interesting stuff! Oh no, just regular chairs. But nice hotel staff... PH
45 Post contains images SRQKEF : Hi PH, great report! Not good service at all by UL. Would've expected something better than this, way too complicated. I saw it right away: A6-EMK is
46 Post contains links PlaneHunter : Hi Sveinn, many thanks for your feedback! The booking process itself was easy and convenient, but then the problems started. SriLankan and PlaneHunte
47 jwhite9185 : Hi PH, Nice continuation of your report there. Ahh I was wondering where the other BMI bird was now flying - last i heard it was with SAA. I was also
48 PlaneHunter : Hi James, thanks for your comments! That's true. One must be aware that both planes have also been operating to Europe. Horrible! It's a shame - UL a
49 Post contains images ba319-131 : Nice report and pictures PH, thanks for posting. - What a great itinerary! - I tend to 'loose' menu cards when on a plane - Good looking meal. - That'
50 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Mark, many thanks for your reply! Well, it took me a while to work that out. Sounds good. But I guess it can become boring due to limited traffic.
51 Post contains images sultanils : Hello PH, Phew, am I glad that the not so positive title didn’t cover the contents of your report, trust me, it wasn’t a letdown, it was yet again
52 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Nils, thank you very much for your nice comments! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Well, I had indeed expected much better flights. The new interior on at
53 Post contains images OA260 : Hi Udo Nice report as always . I loved those cabins and UL was really good back then . I had a few lovely flights on them and prior to that I flew the
54 PlaneHunter : Many thanks for your reply, Philip! Good to hear you enjoyed the report. Yes, it's a shame. The airline used to have a good reputation. Absolutely. I
55 gabrielchew : Nice report Udo. Shame UL and CI weren't up to the job. Still, they both got you there in a safe and timely manner. It's true. Always stay strapped in
56 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Thanks, Gabriel! Yes, better safe than sorry. I remember your report about Bangkok. Usually you cannot go wrong with Le Méridien. PH
57 flightsimboy : Hey PH, Great to see the next installment of your trip!! A pity indeed that UL did not meet with your expectations, which was surprsing especially lik
58 Lufthansa747 : Nice report PH, especially after a perfect flight on HS-TJG BKK-SIN a few hours ago. I miss my time in BKK, and TG blows the lackluster service and po
59 Post contains images win1290 : Thats sounds great too. hmm, difficult choice Cheers Nils Thanks, Win
60 coolfish1103 : It was originally set for Mar. 2012 by China Airlines but they do have those infinite delays so it was never trustworthy unless the aircraft is actua
61 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi flightsimboy, great to hear from you! Thannk so much for taking the time to write such an extensive reply! This is really appreciated! Yes, I'm wo
62 The777Man : Mostly 77L with a 77W only once every ten days or so at best. Only one flight now. The777Man
63 coolfish1103 : I got the B-18201 and 18202 mixed around. B-18201 is the one that's in the hanger now. No new bins in Economy. Business sector new bins in the middle
64 PlaneHunter : Interesting, thanks for the update. Alright, good to know. PH
65 Post contains images Superfly : Now I can brag about being on the 'old' China Airlines. I got a taste of the old and new on my last trip to Taipei.
66 MSS658 : Hello PH Another great report, thanks for sharing it with us. Impressive is indeed a word that cannot be used, thrice the same registration isn't fun
67 LH4532 : Hello PlaneHunter, great to see another of your Trip Reports. A friendly welcome is something important for me before a flight. I don´t think many ai
68 coolfish1103 : Taiwanese like direct flights. Also, CX is not that friendly in terms of service when you speak Mandarin. If you speak superb English then you will b
69 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Always good to know two sides of a coin. Well, I could only experience the old CI. Thanks for your feedback, Marc! No, no, only twice...that's alread
70 Post contains images akhmad : Dear PH, Fantastic report with many great pictures! I just had to read and re-read it several times as I did not want to miss anything. What a shame a
71 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Suryo, thanks so much for your kind words! Great to hear! Good point. I still need to try that. Yes, the turquoise color is so much nicer. Very go
72 Post contains images akhmad : My bad! I was not yet involved in trip reporting scene at that time. [Edited 2012-09-29 05:03:59]
73 roberts87 : Great report as usual PH! Interesting to read about these not so common airlines. Too bad both were such a bad letdown. Looking forward to the next ep
74 Post contains images adamspotter : Hi PH! Another great report with great pictures, as usual! Very enjoyable From the looks of it SriLankan and China Airlines really need to refurbish t
75 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Ah, okay. Good to have you in the scene now, Suryo! Thank you, Robert! Many thanks for your feedback, Brendan! It's done in CI's case, but I have no
76 airbuseric : Udo, great reading here. It took me a while to reply but a good story! And good pics as usual. I totally agree with your opinion and view on both carr
77 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi PH, Finally got around reading the second part of your latest trip-report-in-progress. Not terribly good experiences this time on UL and CI. Doesn'
78 CaptainRed : Hi PH, good to read another report from you, and a very interesting as well. Sorry to read that all three flights were somehow disappointing. Especial
79 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Hi Eric, thanks for your reply! No worries! You have been very busy with CX rides recently... It's done now. The flight between BKK and TPE wasn't ch
80 SR 103 : Thanks PlaneHunter for a great report. Shame to hear about your SriLankan experience. I had hoped my rather unimpressive experience earlier this year
81 Post contains images eastafspot : Hey PH Nice report on a negative experience though. Unlucky or UL standards are decreasing? IIRC, your signature was previously " Never fly the same r
82 Post contains images infodesk : Hi PH, I must have missed this one when you posted it as I was on holiday. It’s clear where your title came from, what a disappointment indeed on bo
83 Post contains images PlaneHunter : Thanks for your comments, SR 103! Yes, it's a shame indeed. But I'm still optimistic that it may change again. Hi Léo, many thanks for your feedback
84 Post contains images eastafspot : You are welcome! Do you have any idea why? That's much better with your footer now regards
85 Post contains images PlaneHunter : EK's withdrawal may have been a reason. But I still hope it will change again. The new products look promising. PH
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