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THAI's A380 Inaugural: BKK-HKG, October 2012  
User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 20227 times:

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Hello and welcome to my trip report on Thai Airway’s first A380 flight to Hong Kong. I will split the report into two parts: the first part will cover the A380 flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong and the second part will cover the return flight.

Here are the details of the flight,
Date: 6 October 2012
Airline: Thai Airways International
Flight: TG600
Route: BKKHKG
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Registration: HS-TUA

Originally, Thai Airways A380 inaugural flight was planned towards the end of October 2012. But about two months before this date, Thai Airways announced that it would move its first A380 service by some weeks to the 6th of October. As soon as I heard the new date, I booked the flight through a travel agency. I chose to have a window seat on the Economy class section on the upper deck for the outbound, and on the return flight I selected the first row of the Economy’s main deck. However, about a week prior to the travel date, I got a call from our travel agency that Thai Airways has moved my seats: the outbound seat became the bulkhead seat on the main deck, and on the return flight my seat has been moved a few rows back. So I called TG and asked, and the response I got was that Economy class of the upper deck was blocked. So I stick with the seat TG changed me to.

I arrived at the airport around 5:15 am, around 2 hours and 45 minutes before the departure time.

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I went to Thai Airways Economy class check-in zone

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Then I went to Star Alliance gold check-in area

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There was a few groups check-in at the *G area, so I headed back, and proceeded to a self service machine. But I already checked in online the day before, the machine didn’t allow me to change seat or print another boarding pass, it only told me to process to a counter. So I did, I asked the agent about booking Economy class upper deck on the A380. Apparently, I was told that TG doesn’t allow passengers to book the Economy section on the upper deck. This section will be blocked unless the Economy seats on the lower deck are sold out.

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Once I got my boarding pass, I headed straight to the x-ray machine and passport control. All this was done very fast in around 5 minutes. Perhaps too fast, as I would soon realise the mistake I made.

Airside, pictures taken along the way to the boarding gate C3

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Aircraft already parked at the gate, but not really a great view

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I went to use the Royal Silk lounge in concourse C, which was just opened and I was the first on to enter. Of course, there is another TG lounge on the opposite, which opened since 5am.

Seating area in the lounge

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Food selection

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Dim sum and chicken congee

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About one hour before the flight, I planned to go to the gate. As I was about to go, I grabbed my bag and it felt conspicuously light! Not a great sign. I unzipped the bag, and realise my laptop was missing! Instantly I knew I forgot it at the x-ray machine since I usually don’t take my laptop with me when flying, and perhaps, I was quite excited about taking this flight haha. So, I went to the lounge agent, and explained the story. She was trying to help me by finding the contact number for the specific location of the check point I went in. After a few moments, she was still trying to find the contact detail, so I figured I should walked back to the security check now. I thanked the agent and, as fast as I could, walked back.

Another problem I saw was that the security x-ray was located before the passport check. I approached the first immigration officer I saw, who was actually at the ‘overstayed visa’ counter. This lady was very kind and very quickly walked me to the relevant officer, who gave me a permit to go back to security point, but I had to leave my passport with him. Once I got back to the security point I was in earlier, and got pass x-ray machine once more, I was directed to the lost and found area, where I was happy to see my laptop still there. The officer in charge there was particularly nice. She was very professional indeed, knowing that I was in a hurry, she very quickly helped me filled out the form for claiming the item while I was putting my belt, shoes etc on. And I took over as soon as I am done. She was also quite friendly and asked me the time and gate for my flight to make sure I wouldn’t miss the flight. After I exchange the permit and got my passport back. I walked straight to the gate C3.

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Walking to the gate, I noticed a few camera crews

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THAI’s first A380

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When I got my boarding pass checked to enter the boarding gate, I got given a TG A380 bag tag and a key chain

More pictures of the aircraft

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Seat map

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A lot of people were taking their photos with this A380 poster

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Business and First Class passengers boarded directly to the door on the upper deck

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Nearly there

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At the aircraft door, I was greeted by friendly crew members who directed me to the correct aisle for my seat.

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The first economy sector on the lower deck

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My seat: already on the seat was a pillow and Thai Airways and Rolls Royce’s branded cap.

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The cabin

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Leg room

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When everyone was seated, a blanket was given out, but I didn’t take one. Then safety demonstration video was played. I noticed this is a new version.

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Looking outside

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Pushed back

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Passing our gate, notice a team of ground agent and the management waved us off!

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View from the tail camera

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Taxied to the runway

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On the runway

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Took off

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When the seatbelt sign was switched off, The captain came on PA to welcome passengers on board TG first A380 flight, and he also said briefly about the superiority of the aircraft. Then cabin crew came to distribute more souvenirs for the inaugural flight. First she gave this bag!

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With this size of the bag, I would have thought that the next thing(s) she is handing out would be of substantial size to fill in the bag. But no, next she handed out a pack of cards.

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For the inflight entertainment, there is the new interface which I think it looks nicer than the one we’ve seen previously. This aircraft (also the newly delivered A333 and B777-300ER) is equipped with Wifi capability. However the service is not yet provided as Thai Airways is pending the approval from Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

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First thing I looked was the flight map

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The main menu

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Then orange/apply/tomato juice and water was offered. I took orange juice

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Looking outside

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Some moments later, cabin crew came to offer breakfast. Options were crepe fill with scrambled eggs and pork sausage, chicken noodle, pork congee. I chose the crepe

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Inside the box was two very nice chocolate

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When I finished the meal, I went for a lavatory visit. Not very clean, I’d say.

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More pictures of the cabin

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The galley, I quite like the wooden floor

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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 20197 times:

Safety card

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Shorting before descending, the captain once again announced that we would be arriving in Hong Kong on time, although we departed over 30 minutes late.

Descending to Hong Kong

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Landed

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As we were taxing to parking position, some people already stood up and start getting things from the overhead bin. The FA then walked over and told everyone to be seated in Thai, English and Chinese.

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A China Southern A380 taxied behind us

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Then came and park next to us

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After the aircraft came to a complete stop, we waited for some moments until we could disembark

Some more pictures of the cabin

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Two FA stood at the galley to thank passengers. I asked the female FA if I could visit the upper deck, without hesitant she replied ‘of course’ but I would have to wait for a bit. Certainly not a problem for me. She then came back to be and said that I could go to the upper deck but I would have to be quick because the some of the crew were preparing the cabin for the return flight to Hong Kong. So I took some photos of Royal First and Royal Silk:

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First Class

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Lounge area for First Class passengers

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Royal Silk

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At the aircraft door, the captain came to greet the passengers off the airplane. A glimpse of the cocktpit

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Inside the terminal

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We need to get the train to clear immigration. The queue was very long, but the line moved fast, so it took around 10 minutes to clear. And when I arrived the baggage belt. My bag was already on it.

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http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong_Kong_October12/DSCF0501.jpg

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong_Kong_October12/DSCF0504.jpg

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong_Kong_October12/DSCF0505.jpg

To get to my hotel, I took an express train to Hong Kong Central station which costed 180 HKG for a return ticket (or 100 HKD for a single journey). I then took a taxi from the central station to my hotel

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong_Kong_October12/DSCF0509.jpg

My room at the Holiday Inn Express Causeway Bay

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong_Kong_October12/DSCF0510.jpg

View from my room on the 28th floor

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/Hong_Kong_October12/DSCF0515.jpg

Lastly, these are all the goodies I had from the flight

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/DSCF0517.jpg

My favourite one

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/win1290/DSCF0518.jpg

This would be the end of the first part. I hope you enjoyed reading it. All comments/questions are very welcome and appreciated. Thank you very much for reading.

Regards,

Win


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 20108 times:

Hi Win,

great report with many nice pictures! I was looking forward to this one after seeing your picture on FB. Congratulations on securing a seat on that inaugural flight! And congratulations on being the first one to present a report about TG's A380 here!

Isn't it great to be a passenger on the first commercial flight of a brand new A380? I thorougly enjoyed my flight on LH's brand new D-AIMB in July 2010.

Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380 (by PlaneHunter Aug 5 2010 in Trip Reports)

But why didn't you get a water canon salute at HKG?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
My seat: already on the seat was a pillow and Thai Airways and Rolls Royce%u2019s branded cap.

Cool stuff!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):

When the seatbelt sign was switched off, The captain came on PA to welcome passengers on board TG first A380 flight, and he also said briefly about the superiority of the aircraft. Then cabin crew came to distribute more souvenirs for the inaugural flight. First she gave this bag!

Nice!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Inside the box was two very nice chocolate

Very pretty box, very nice sticker!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The galley, I quite like the wooden floor

I can only agree.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then came and park next to us

  

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Lounge area for First Class passengers

Well, that "lounge" area looks a bit basic. First Class looks fine and I like the Business Class layout - but the purple color has been used too intensively IMO. Y Class looks okay.


PH



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1268 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19983 times:
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Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Hello and welcome to my trip report on Thai Airway’s first A380 flight to Hong Kong.



Hey Win, I guess no one else than the Thai Airways man himself to put up this first trip report on the Airbus A380!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Thai Airways announced that it would move its first A380 service by some weeks to the 6th of October. As soon as I heard the new date, I booked the flight through a travel agency

Glad you were able to seize the opportunity

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I chose to have a window seat on the Economy class section on the upper deck for the outbound, and on the return flight I selected the first row of the Economy’s main deck. However, about a week prior to the travel date, I got a call from our travel agency that Thai Airways has moved my seats: the outbound seat became the bulkhead seat on the main deck, and on the return flight my seat has been moved a few rows back

At least you still got to keep your window seats

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I arrived at the airport around 5:15 am, around 2 hours and 45 minutes before the departure time.

Interesting that the flight to Tokyo will depart at 0800 as well, and also on the future A380s to join the fleet.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
About one hour before the flight, I planned to go to the gate. As I was about to go, I grabbed my bag and it felt conspicuously light! Not a great sign. I unzipped the bag, and realise my laptop was missing!

Oh no!! I am glad it all worked out in the end

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
When I got my boarding pass checked to enter the boarding gate, I got given a TG A380 bag tag and a key chain

Goodies being offered even at the gate and before boarding the aircraft!!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The first economy sector on the lower deck

Dashing and polished young Thai FA!! I know their First class cabins have the older and experienced ones.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
My seat: already on the seat was a pillow and Thai Airways and Rolls Royce’s branded cap.

How nice to have that waiting for you!!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Looking outside

Gorgeous view. I hope to get that seat someday too in the future.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then safety demonstration video was played. I noticed this is a new version.

Was it as nice as the older one. The older one had a really soothing and calming effect, imagine watching that with the actual gentle purring of the engines.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then cabin crew came to distribute more souvenirs for the inaugural flight. First she gave this bag!
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
With this size of the bag, I would have thought that the next thing(s) she is handing out would be of substantial size to fill in the bag. But no, next she handed out a pack of cards.

Probably the bag was to put all the nice things you were given earlier, not to expect even more goodies in the bag!!!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I took orange juice

Looks very artifically coloured

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Some moments later, cabin crew came to offer breakfast. Options were crepe fill with scrambled eggs and pork sausage, chicken noodle, pork congee. I chose the crepe

Love the Thai Airways Economy class trays!! And the breakfast looks substantial too for that short hop!!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Inside the box was two very nice chocolate

They look a bit stale and dry!!


User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19951 times:

Hi Win!

Wow this is fast!!! Congratulations for this first TG A380 report! You lucky thing to have aboard the inaugural this morning   Si Rattana looks great!

The celebrations look good too but I had somehow expected TG to put up more of a show. Maybe some champagne and a certificate? And the goody bag seemed a little light. How did this compare with the Thai Smile inaugural?


Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
As I was about to go, I grabbed my bag and it felt conspicuously light

Lucky you realized! But I can see how this can happen on a day like this... hahaha

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
View from the tail camera

I'm glad TG installed this... one of the highlights of flying the A380.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The galley, I quite like the wooden floor

Seems to be quite a trend - MH also have wood-effect floors on their A380s.

Thanks again for the quick posting Win - I wished I could have been aboard too  

cheers
airpearl


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1268 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19936 times:
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I replied too fast, before even realising that part 2 of this report was to follow lol.....I love that keychain myself....very nice!! Glad you could get pics of the First and Business Class sections as well.

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19851 times:
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Hi Win!

First of all congrats on being the first one to report on TGs brand new A380! And congrats on catching the inaugural flight, doesn't that feel great   Flew an inaugural flight a week ago myself as you know..
Anyway great report with many nice pictures! Congrats on your first flight on the A380 too, a type I still have to catch myself! How did you like it?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
where I was happy to see my laptop still there.

That is very nice

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
My seat: already on the seat was a pillow and Thai Airways and Rolls Royce’s branded cap.

Looks cool!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The captain came on PA to welcome passengers on board TG first A380 flight, and he also said briefly about the superiority of the aircraft.

That was very nice of him

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
is equipped with Wifi capability

Thats good, any idea if you have to pay for it once it gets approved?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Options were crepe fill with scrambled eggs and pork sausage, chicken noodle, pork congee. I chose the crepe

Nice and full tray, the food looks pretty good. How did it taste?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
The galley, I quite like the wooden floor

Looks very nice indeed!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19800 times:

Hello Win,

Thank you very much for posting your trip report of the first Thai A380 inaugural commercial flight. Looks like you all had a good time on the flight!

Also I think it was a good idea that you went to see the First and Business cabins and not the least, the flight deck.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 1):
Safety card

woo hoo! that is one nice safety card there!!!!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Lastly, these are all the goodies I had from the flight

Not bad at all for Econmy class. I like the little airplane in the transparent bag.
I am sure those sitting in Bueiness and those in First received some extra items - aside from the amenity kits.

I had several friends from Singapore on the inaugurals - some did all of them - sitting in all 3 classes. I am starting to see their pictures. Look like they had a really nice time too.

Thank you again for all the good work.

I hope you wll keep good memories of your experience on the beautiful new Big AirBus!


     



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User currently offlineShudu From South Africa, joined Sep 2011, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 19683 times:

Hello Win,

Great trip report and pictures, thank you for taking the time to share.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
However, about a week prior to the travel date, I got a call from our travel agency that Thai Airways has moved my seats: the outbound seat became the bulkhead seat on the main deck, and on the return flight my seat has been moved a few rows back. So I called TG and asked, and the response I got was that Economy class of the upper deck was blocked. So I stick with the seat TG changed me to.

I had a similar experience when Air France when they began their A380 service to JNB, the website allowed me to book and select economy on the upper deck, but was also involuntarily moved to the main deck. I was also told that the upper deck has been block booked. Did not make much sense as this was not an inaugural flight. Anyway I. Lost that battle.

I look forward to your return trip

Regards,

Shudu


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 19168 times:
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Hi Win,

Nice report and pictures, congrats for posting the first TG A380 TR!

It's nice to see TG gave away some gifts for this inagural, always nice keepsakes.

I'll be on this flight next month, can't wait!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 16788 times:

Hey Win

Great report of the inaugural A380! It looks nice in the TG colors.
Improvements have been done in all cabins so to see.
Thanks for sharing once again.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 16344 times:

Good report Win. Well done for getting on the first Thai A380. Seems like you got lots of souvenirs - Gotta agree that the keyring would probably be my favourite too!


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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 16049 times:

10 10 10...just love your TG 380 inaugural's trip report.
Your photos are complete and tell all the story. Thank you so much for taking time sharing this precious moment with us.

I believe that some seats are blocked for many special reasons on this flight.
If you notice closely at the small cloth on the head rest of Royal First and Royal Silk class seats, you will see "SCB first". Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) invited their premier customers and also giving some special award redemptions on this flight for their (top-tier) credit card customer and SCB kinda booked/blocked all these seats and it's also one of the reason your seat assigned were moved, normally they would never ever do this to you as you are THAI Gold  

Anyhow, the load was 507/507.

The goodies are generous! I too love that cute keyring.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well, that "lounge" area looks a bit basic. First Class looks fine and I like the Business Class layout - but the purple color has been used too intensively IMO. Y Class looks okay.

Agree, but the dining table for 3 set-up is pretty nice. As per the picture from this link, also lots of photos of TG A380 interior. Also notice that the cloth covers the head rest shall be yellow for Royal First, pink for Royal Silk.

http://www.hflight.net/forums/topic/...ห้องโดยสาร-a/

I'd call it the first A380 first-class onboard dining table for 3, well it's really suitable for a family of 3 who want to dine on the same table at 35,000 feet  

Kob Jai Mak Kub Nong Win.
Brgds,
P'Net



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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 15746 times:

Hello and Thanks you all for reading and commenting  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Hi Win,

Hi PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
great report with many nice pictures! I was looking forward to this one after seeing your picture on FB.

Thank you  . Thats very nice to know.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Congratulations on securing a seat on that inaugural flight! And congratulations on being the first one to present a report about TG's A380 here!

Thanks! I was so looking forward to the flight as it was also my first time flying A380.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Isn't it great to be a passenger on the first commercial flight of a brand new A380? I thorougly enjoyed my flight on LH's brand new D-AIMB in July 2010.

Absolutely! I love the new plane feel haha. And the window was spotless!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
But why didn't you get a water canon salute at HKG?

I really don't know. Didn't get a water canon salute when I was on Thai Smile inaugural flight to Macau too  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Cool stuff!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Nice!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I can only agree.


  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Very pretty box, very nice sticker!

I agree!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well, that "lounge" area looks a bit basic. First Class looks fine and I like the Business Class layout - but the purple color has been used too intensively IMO. Y Class looks okay.

The 'lounge' may look a bit plain, but I think its a nice concept as during the night flight, people can come and chat in this area without disturbing sleeping passengers. While I think the First and Business class seats look great, I also think Economy class cabin is a big improvement, in terms of the colour. I particularly like the structured use of purple and pink seats.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):

Hey Win, I guess no one else than the Thai Airways man himself to put up this first trip report on the Airbus A380!

Hey flightsimboy!
:D

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Glad you were able to seize the opportunity

I have always been longing for my first A380 experience. It was a perfect time!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
At least you still got to keep your window seats

Yes, and I got a bulkhead seat too!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Oh no!! I am glad it all worked out in the end

Me too! cheers

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Goodies being offered even at the gate and before boarding the aircraft!!

Yep, although on my Thai Smile Inaugural, some of the goodies were given at check-in! Nonetheless, I love these gifts.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Dashing and polished young Thai FA!! I know their First class cabins have the older and experienced ones.

Absolutely!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
How nice to have that waiting for you!!

Indeed, I first thought that the cap belonged to a kid who was on the seat next to me, but then I saw he was wearing one, and it was also on every seat.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Was it as nice as the older one. The older one had a really soothing and calming effect, imagine watching that with the actual gentle purring of the engines.

Hmm, thats a difficult question. I like both versions really. The new video is more modern and animated, I think. On the return flight, I took some more photos of it (I really should have done a video though, but I am no good at it, sorry), I will try to finish the next part of the report by tomorrow.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Probably the bag was to put all the nice things you were given earlier, not to expect even more goodies in the bag!!!

May be I was being a bit greedy 
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Looks very artifically coloured

I think the crew forgot to shake the juice carton before serving haha, cause it tasted quite strong and it had lots and lots of juicy bits.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Love the Thai Airways Economy class trays!! And the breakfast looks substantial too for that short hop!!

I am always happy with the catering on TG, I think its a strong point on Thai Airways.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):

They look a bit stale and dry!!

The chocolates tasted very very nice though  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):

I replied too fast, before even realising that part 2 of this report was to follow lol.....I love that keychain myself....very nice!! Glad you could get pics of the First and Business Class sections as well.

Hehe, yep, I just had the return flight to Bangkok earlier today, and I will write the report tomorrow, and it will have more photos of the upperdeck!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Hi Win!

Hi Airpearl!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Wow this is fast!!! Congratulations for this first TG A380 report! You lucky thing to have aboard the inaugural this morning

Thank you very much!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Si Rattana looks great!

Absolutely!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
The celebrations look good too but I had somehow expected TG to put up more of a show. Maybe some champagne and a certificate?

I would have expected more from TG on this occasion, especially having been on Thai Smile inaugural. Or may be, more celebrations took place exclusively on the upper deck (thats why we got moved to the main deck on the first flight   ). Indeed champagne and a certificate would have been amazing!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
And the goody bag seemed a little light. How did this compare with the Thai Smile inaugural?

I actually prefer the goodies on this flight, as most of the items are Thai Airways or A380 branded, whereas on the Thai Smile's inaugural, only a bag tag was Thai Smile branded.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Lucky you realized! But I can see how this can happen on a day like this... hahaha

hahaha, and lucky also that the laptop was still there, well guarded by the airport official 
Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
I'm glad TG installed this... one of the highlights of flying the A380.

I agree! Its very nice feature indeed.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Seems to be quite a trend - MH also have wood-effect floors on their A380s.

Yes. it looks very nice indeed

Quoting airpearl (Reply 4):
Thanks again for the quick posting Win - I wished I could have been aboard too

You are very welcome!
I was quite sad to hear that you have had to cancel your trip,  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Hi Win!

Hi Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
First of all congrats on being the first one to report on TGs brand new A380! And congrats on catching the inaugural flight

Thank you!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
doesn't that feel great   Flew an inaugural flight a week ago myself as you know..

Absolutely! I do look forward to reading your report on that  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Anyway great report with many nice pictures! Congrats on your first flight on the A380 too, a type I still have to catch myself! How did you like it?

Thanks a lot!
The cabin was a lot quieter than the 747, and it feels quite spacious too. It sure was a comfortable flight, and I would love to fly long haul on this aircraft.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
That is very nice

and what a relief! haha

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
That was very nice of him

Indeed, he was very keen on the aircraft. But I think some of the things he said about the aircraft may be a bit too technical to some passengers, e.g. the aircraft range, but I still think its very nice of him.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Thats good, any idea if you have to pay for it once it gets approved?

I am not entirely sure on that, sorry.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Nice and full tray, the food looks pretty good. How did it taste?

Yep, the food tasted quite good. I saw on Thai Airways facebook page that this option i chose was actually a special meal to mark the flight for Economy and Business Class.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 6):
Looks very nice indeed!

  

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
Hello Win,

Hi MadameConcorde!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
Thank you very much for posting your trip report of the first Thai A380 inaugural commercial flight. Looks like you all had a good time on the flight!

No problem! its a pleasure  
I sure enjoyed this special flight.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
Also I think it was a good idea that you went to see the First and Business cabins and not the least, the flight deck.

Cheers. I also had another visit to the upper deck in all classes on the return flight. Plus a visit to the flight deck too! Those pictures will be on the next part which hopefully I will get done by tomorrow.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
woo hoo! that is one nice safety card there!!!!

Hehe, indeed  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
Not bad at all for Econmy class. I like the little airplane in the transparent bag.
I am sure those sitting in Bueiness and those in First received some extra items - aside from the amenity kits.

That is a very nice looking bag tag!
Yes, I am so curious as to what the premium passengers got on this flight hehe.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
I had several friends from Singapore on the inaugurals - some did all of them - sitting in all 3 classes. I am starting to see their pictures. Look like they had a really nice time too.

  

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
Thank you again for all the good work.

You are very welcome!  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 7):
I hope you wll keep good memories of your experience on the beautiful new Big AirBus!

I definitely will!

Quoting Shudu (Reply 8):
Hello Win,

Hello Shudu,

Quoting Shudu (Reply 8):
Great trip report and pictures, thank you for taking the time to share.

Thank you very much! I am glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Shudu (Reply 8):
I had a similar experience when Air France when they began their A380 service to JNB, the website allowed me to book and select economy on the upper deck, but was also involuntarily moved to the main deck. I was also told that the upper deck has been block booked. Did not make much sense as this was not an inaugural flight. Anyway I. Lost that battle.

Today I asked about this at check-in of my return flight, and apparently if the flight load is light, then the Economy class on the upper deck will be closed and the crew on that section will join the maindeck crew. But I would personally like to fly on the upper deck though.

Quoting Shudu (Reply 8):
I look forward to your return trip

Glad to know, it should be finished by tomorrow.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
Hi Win,

Hi Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
Nice report and pictures, congrats for posting the first TG A380 TR!

Thank you very much.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
It's nice to see TG gave away some gifts for this inagural, always nice keepsakes.

Absolutely! I love these goodies  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
I'll be on this flight next month, can't wait!

Hope you have a good one!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Hey Win

Hey Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Great report of the inaugural A380! It looks nice in the TG colors.
Improvements have been done in all cabins so to see.
Thanks for sharing once again.

Thank you! I agree with you, the aircraft looks very nice in that colour scheme!
Its also very nice to see the improved seat and features across all classes too. Especially nice to see the lie flat Business class seats on TG.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Good report Win.

Thanks James,

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Well done for getting on the first Thai A380

Cheers! after following various stages of its assembly on the net, it was so great to go on-board in person.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 11):
Seems like you got lots of souvenirs - Gotta agree that the keyring would probably be my favourite too!

  

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):

10 10 10...just love your TG 380 inaugural's trip report.
Your photos are complete and tell all the story. Thank you so much for taking time sharing this precious moment with us.

Kob kun mak krub P'Net, Thank you very much!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
I believe that some seats are blocked for many special reasons on this flight.
If you notice closely at the small cloth on the head rest of Royal First and Royal Silk class seats, you will see "SCB first". Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) invited their premier customers and also giving some special award redemptions on this flight for their (top-tier) credit card customer and SCB kinda booked/blocked all these seats and it's also one of the reason your seat assigned were moved, normally they would never ever do this to you as you are THAI Gold  

Thats right, The SCB probably had booked the seats in the upper deck on this flight. But I learned that would close the booking for the Economy class on the upper deck, unless the seats on the main deck are full, so that the crew on the upper deck could help main deck FA serving pax.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
Agree, but the dining table for 3 set-up is pretty nice. As per the picture from this link, also lots of photos of TG A380 interior. Also notice that the cloth covers the head rest shall be yellow for Royal First, pink for Royal Silk.

Wow! I didn't know about the dining table set up before. It looks super! Thanks for showing the link.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
Kob Jai Mak Kub Nong Win.

Dyui kwam yin dee krub, You are very welcome!

Thanks,

Win


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 15306 times:
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Great report! I love reading about airline inaugural's! Looks like Thai did a really nice job with the interior of the A380; everything looks very appealing, and the seats look comfy in all classes.

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15069 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Great report! I love reading about airline inaugural's! Looks like Thai did a really nice job with the interior of the A380; everything looks very appealing, and the seats look comfy in all classes.

Thanks for sharing!

Best,

Matthew

Thank you Matthew! I am glad you liked reading it  
I am so impressed by the new inflight products, I do hope to get a change to try this on long haul flights soon.

Cheers,

Win


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14834 times:

Nice report Win...goood to see another A380 operator. The flight and service looked good, although that main breakfast plate looked a bit dodgy.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
I was told that TG doesn’t allow passengers to book the Economy section on the upper deck. This section will be blocked unless the Economy seats on the lower deck are sold out.

That must be dissapointing for a lot of people. I'm sure, especially on the inagural, that a lot of people would ask for the upper deck. Maybe TG will rethink their strategy?

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
My seat: already on the seat was a pillow and Thai Airways and Rolls Royce’s branded cap.

You got quite a few goodies on the flight!



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1713 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14201 times:
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Hi again Win,

Wow, this is seriously excellent stuff. Congrats on scoring the inaugural and thanks for putting the report up so fast.
I must say this is by far the most enjoyable A380 cabin that I have seen until now. First class looks a bit too monotone and sterile, but Royal Silk and Economy look really great.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Apparently, I was told that TG doesn’t allow passengers to book the Economy section on the upper deck. This section will be blocked unless the Economy seats on the lower deck are sold out.

Strange strategy here. That mini cabin on the upper deck is definitely the place to sit!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
My seat: already on the seat was a pillow and Thai Airways and Rolls Royce’s branded cap.

Nice to see you got some extra goodies.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
and he also said briefly about the superiority of the aircraft.

Ha ha, I think the captain was a big fan of the airplane himself.

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
When I finished the meal, I went for a lavatory visit. Not very clean, I’d say.

Shame on the previous user   

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
Then came and park next to us

Nice shot. 2 exotic planes next to each other.

Sultanils



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User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 14022 times:
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I have flown this same route on Emirates A380 and it would be interesting to do it on Thai and see how the service compares. Emirates was more accomodating about letting me visit the cockpit while we were parked at the gate. I had one captain tell me, if I'm on his flight again, come up as soon as I board and he would let me watch them do the preflight. Cockpit visits in flight are pretty much a thing of the past.
I've done it a few times on Thai after we land, but they are more strict about it than Cathay Pacific or Emirates.
The tail camera is always fun to watch.
I think Thai plans to use their A380 on the European routes. I don't know if they will use it to the US. I don't think it has the range to fly BKK-LAX



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User currently offlineelephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 13952 times:

Sawasdee Win

I always enjoy your trip reports. Congratulation being on the first TG A380 flight.

Almost everyone seems to like the key holder. I also think that it is nice. However, I think the playing cards is also intersting ( as I collect airlines' playing cards and it is scarce nowaday). I hope to get it some days.

With the full flight, I wonder how long it took to board all passengers. From your photo it seemed that they used the bridge connecting the upper deck, did they?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):That must be dissapointing for a lot of people. I'm sure, especially on the inagural, that a lot of people would ask for the upper deck. Maybe TG will rethink their strategy?
I am not sure about the inagural flight but normally TG assigns the back section of the plane for the promotion ticket; class V or W. I believe that this upper deck Y on A380 will be for the high price Y, not the promotion Y.

Looking forward to your return flight, Win.


Cheers  .


User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 13732 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Nice report Win...goood to see another A380 operator. The flight and service looked good, although that main breakfast plate looked a bit dodgy.

Thanks a lot Gabriel  
I think the food doesn't taste bad at all, its nice to have something different from an ordinary breakfast menu.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
That must be dissapointing for a lot of people. I'm sure, especially on the inagural, that a lot of people would ask for the upper deck. Maybe TG will rethink their strategy?

Yeah, the Economy class on the upper deck would have been my preferred zone.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
You got quite a few goodies on the flight!

I love the goodies hehe  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Hi again Win,

Hi Nils  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Wow, this is seriously excellent stuff. Congrats on scoring the inaugural and thanks for putting the report up so fast.

Thank you very much Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
I must say this is by far the most enjoyable A380 cabin that I have seen until now. First class looks a bit too monotone and sterile, but Royal Silk and Economy look really great

It is very nice to see TG new inflight products which improved a lot in my opinion. I quite like the First Class cabin in this aircraft though, the tone of the cabin make it feels quite elegant. But I haven't yet seen the new First Class suite on TG refitted 747-400 which are base on the same First Class seat platform as on this aircraft. In my opinion, First Class cabin on 744 looks more Thai  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Strange strategy here. That mini cabin on the upper deck is definitely the place to sit!

It is definitely my Economy class cabin of choice.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Nice to see you got some extra goodies.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Ha ha, I think the captain was a big fan of the airplane himself.

haha, I agree!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Shame on the previous user

On the return flight, I tried to be the first one visiting the loo haha, and it was in a much nicer state and nice orchids in there too.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Nice shot. 2 exotic planes next to each other.

Cheers! On the return flight, China Southern A380 also parked next to us

Quoting triple7man (Reply 18):
I have flown this same route on Emirates A380 and it would be interesting to do it on Thai and see how the service compares. Emirates was more accomodating about letting me visit the cockpit while we were parked at the gate. I had one captain tell me, if I'm on his flight again, come up as soon as I board and he would let me watch them do the preflight. Cockpit visits in flight are pretty much a thing of the past.
I've done it a few times on Thai after we land, but they are more strict about it than Cathay Pacific or Emirates.

Hi Triple7man! Thanks for commenting  
That sounds great that EK was allowing you a flight deck visit and even inviting you on your future flight to see a preflight. I was very happy that on the return flight, I asked for a flight deck visit and it was granted, and the captain even offered to take a photo of me in it too  
Quoting triple7man (Reply 18):
The tail camera is always fun to watch.

Absolutely!

Quoting triple7man (Reply 18):
I think Thai plans to use their A380 on the European routes. I don't know if they will use it to the US. I don't think it has the range to fly BKK-LAX

Yes, Frankfurt would be TG A380 first destination from mid December, and from February next year, Paris route will also get the A380. Also from early next year, TG will operate its A380 to Japan.
I don't think Thai Airways will deploy the aircraft on the US route though. The BKK-LAX route via ICN will get a newly delivered 777-300ER which has the same inflight products as the A380 but without First Class cabin.



Quoting elephantboy (Reply 19):
Sawasdee Win

Sawasdee krup Elephantboy  
Quoting elephantboy (Reply 19):
I always enjoy your trip reports. Congratulation being on the first TG A380 flight.

Thank you very much! Thats very nice to know.

Quoting elephantboy (Reply 19):
Almost everyone seems to like the key holder. I also think that it is nice. However, I think the playing cards is also intersting ( as I collect airlines' playing cards and it is scarce nowaday). I hope to get it some days.

Yes, I agree, I remember many years ago TG used to hand out playing cards on many long haul flights I was on.

Quoting elephantboy (Reply 19):
With the full flight, I wonder how long it took to board all passengers. From your photo it seemed that they used the bridge connecting the upper deck, did they?

I can't really tell on this particular flight as when I arrived at the gate, most people already boarded the flight.
Yes, three doors were used for boarding and disembarking: one on the upper deck, exclusively for First and Business Class pax. Two doors were used for Economy class boarding. Those sitting in Economy class upper deck will have to board using the main deck door and go to their seats using the stairs at rear of the airplane.

Quoting elephantboy (Reply 19):
Looking forward to your return flight, Win

Nice to know   I will work on the second part tonight.

Thanks,

Win


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11415 times:

Hi Win,

A very excellent report. Many thanks, and well done for getting on this inaugral. It looked well worth it, and the TG A380 looks rather dashing! I thought the interior looked great, with a nice theme throughout, but the upperdeck J is VERY purple!

Quoting win1290 (Thread starter):
who was actually at the ‘overstayed visa’ counter

I am sure this lady is busier than most in Thailand....

The TG staff looked very proud of their aircraft, and that is rather nice of the billboards to say The worlds best aircraft !

Rgds

Luke



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 11372 times:

Great report, must be pretty cool to be on such an inaugural flight.
Thai's A380 sure looks great, on the in- and outside. Looking forward to reading about your return flight!


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 10057 times:

Hi Win!

Nice report on the TG Inaugural!
Glad to see they have received their first A380 and put it in to service!
Some nice goodies you got there as well!
Nice to see some pictures of HKG and Hong Kong as well, since I'm there right now! 

Martin


User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9944 times:

Nicely written report - I almost felt like I was on the trip with you. It is nice that TG is finally receiving their A380s, although I have to wonder what role they will really play for the airline. That said, it is a nice looking aircraft in the TG colorscheme and will add some variety for spotters at BKK.


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25 Post contains images stipica : Hi Win ! super nice and exclusive trip report ...I must to say that I appreciate your work ... this beauty is really beautiful ... thanks stipica
26 Post contains images a36001 : Loving the timber floor boards in the galley....
27 Post contains images win1290 : Hello and thanks for commenting Hi Luke, Thanks a lot for the nice words. It was an absolutely amazing day on the inaugural flight, and absolutely wel
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