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Arabia & Thailand 2013 2: Two TG Classic's To HKT  
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13690 times:





Maps generated by theGreat Circle Mapper -copyright © Karl L. Swartz.


Welcome all to the second part of my latest series following my trip to Thailand, Dubai and Muscat. The first part can be found here:

Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (by jwhite9185 Jul 9 2013 in Trip Reports)

As I had a spare day in Bangkok before heading back to Dubai, I was looking around for things to do. I looked at things locally, but one thing that was making more noises than most was a bit of regional Asian flying. Although I had wanted to see a bit of Bangkok, I decided to explore options anyway. Where to go though? Kuala Lumpur? Nope, going there already. Singapore? Possibly but I want to visit there in its own right rather than as a tag on to another trip – plus flight timings weren’t great. Vietnam? Hmmm didn’t really appeal. Phuket? Well maybe? I checked out Air Asia, but prices didn’t seem all that great, plus public transport links to Don Muang didn’t seem to be very good either. Bangkok Airways? Again, prices weren’t great plus much like Air Asia, it would be a pair of A32X’s. Nok Air? Not bad prices and great livery, but again not an interesting enough option to warrant reaching for my wallet. Finally I looked at Thai. Well the prices were reasonable, but I still felt like I wanted to explore Bangkok a little more. I made a random status update on Facebook and a fellow a.netter made a comment that Thai actually operate A300’s and 747’s on that route… do they?!?! I immediately took a closer look at the TG website, and indeed they were correct!

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Well that was enough to get me reaching for my wallet!

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A few moments later the booking confirmation was in my inbox and my already short stay in Bangkok got a day shorter!

Check in was made the day before on my iPad:


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As I had a few hours to explore Phuket, I booked a car – for the grand total of £27 for the day.

My alarm went off at 06:00, I got ready and headed downstairs to grab some breakfast.



I then made my way on the busy metro to Pattya Thai station to connect to the airport train.


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I arrived at the airport at just before 08:00. I then made my way to zone C to grab the boarding pass I couldn't get yesterday.


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All on time… I think?



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I was seen to very quickly, and then made my way down to domestic security. This was probably the easiest security experience I'd ever had - the whole process took as long as it took my bag to pass through the X-ray machine!



It was then a long walk down to gate B1, through some pretty dark corridors, where I would find HS-TAX waiting. This particular aircraft is one of the newer A300's around, having entered service in 1998.


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There were a few views to be had from inside the holding pen:


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Once in the holding pen, it seemed the flight would be pretty busy - mostly with Indians with a select few Aussies thrown in.

Boarding started on time at 09:30, and as usual everybody seemed to be in need of some assistance.



General boarding was announced a couple of minutes later.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13865 times:


TG205
BKK-HKT
7th May 2013
A300-622R / HS-TAX Thepsatri
Seat: 35A / Economy
Scheduled: 10:00/11:20
Off Stand: 10:22/11:44
On Stand: 10:53/12:05


Once onboard, I was pretty impressed with how clean the cabin was. Being an older frame, I was expecting it to be worn and falling to bits for some reason!


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Although there were still some signs of the age of the design.


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I took my assigned seat of 35A.


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35B however seemed to be a game of musical chairs. First of all, one person sat there, then was moved by the crew. Then a second person sat there, only to move themselves. Finally somebody settled there.



A few moments past our scheduled departure time, the captain was on the PA, first speaking in Thai, then English. He welcomed everybody on board, gave our routing and a weather update before finally announcing a flight time on an hour and five minutes. He then mentioned that due to ATC delays we wouldn't be pushing back until 09:30... And then following up with a further announcement saying he meant 10:30. As it was already 10:10 by the time this announcement came, I figured he meant 10:30 anyway.



At just after 10:20, we finally pushed back. Good thing too as it was getting a little warm onboard, due to the lack of air conditioning nozzles in the overhead.


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We made a long taxi out to the furthest runway. It seemed that the airport had gone down to single runway ops, as we had to wait for quite a while for both arriving and departing aircraft, whilst nothing seemed to be using the other runway.


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When we finally reached the end of the runway, there was a bit of a wait for a Bangkok Airways A320 to land, and then it was our turn.



At around 10:50, we pulled on to the runway, the engines started to spool up to N1, and we started to roll but we didn't seem to be gaining any speed? Hmm. After rolling for around a couple of hundred meters or so, I started to get the feeling of déjà vu from a few of my trips last year (Nice, Amsterdam, Madrid...) After a further hundred meters or so I was almost certain that we wouldn't be lifting off on this attempt, and shortly afterwards we exited the runway to the right.


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A few moments later, we were back on to a remote stand by the side of the runway. The captain came over the PA and said that there was a hydraulic problem - and that he would update us further a little later.



At least our new parking position had a better view of the movements, although unfortunately this aircraft had the type of windows that made taking pictures pretty difficult.


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A couple of vans pulled up to our aircraft but not a lot seemed to happen.



Also the flaps were still extended, so that would probably go some way to explaining our issue.

The crew jumped up shortly afterwards and distributed some water.



During which time I explored what was in the seat pocket.


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Some fifteen minutes later the captain was on again saying that the engineer was working on the problem and that the job should be finished in 15/20 minutes. By my estimation, that would mean nearly a two-hour delay by the time we get going. I was hoping we would get going again soon, due to it still being pretty warm onboard.

Waiting…


A further few minutes later, and it sounded like one of the engines were starting. Promising. After a few more moments, the flaps were retracted and then extended again after which the engine was shut down. Around five minutes later the cabin crew were asked to arm the doors once more and we appeared to be off again.

We once more pushed back and made our way out to the runway, although this time in the opposite direction.


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Upon reaching the end of the runway there was a bit of a hold for a Vietnam A321 to depart.



The captain came over the PA once more, first in Thai, and then in English, saying that we were still having hydraulic issues and would return to stand once again. We did a 180-degree turn and made our way back once more – what was going on?!


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World’s tallest control tower.


Back to the same stand once again





Upon pulling on to stand, the captain updated us once more, saying we would now be going on a different plane. Upon announcing this, almost the entire cabin was up. Despite the crew telling people to take their seats as we wouldn't disembark for a while yet, although nobody listened.



However, I could see we wouldn't be going anywhere any time soon, due to both the steps not being attached and no coaches available. It was at this point I was having doubts about continuing this trip. With a 19:00 departure back from HKT, I had plenty of time at this point... But would I have any time to do any of the things I wanted to whilst I was there? I didn't really fancy going down there, only to turn around and rush straight back again, especially as I had an early flight out of BKK the following morning. I didn't want to risk getting stranded in Phuket and missing my flight back to DXB. I made a deal with myself that if I was still in BKK at 15:00, I would abandon.

A6-EDG – The A380 that flew me LHR-DXB just a few days earlier.


Eventually, around thirty minutes later a line of coaches appeared to take us to gate B8.


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A few minutes later we were given the instruction to disembark.


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It was then off on the third tour of BKK for the day, although this time it was on something a little less interesting.

Farewell HS-TAX



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First sighting of the new RBA livery



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Wouldn’t mind a go on this down to HKT


A few moments later we arrived at the bus gate and made our way in.



As I was entering the gate area, I glanced at the computer screen in front of the ground staff and noticed it said “330" as the type. The staff were bombarded with all sorts of questions, however mine was the most important - what type of plane will it be?!. Something was a little lost in translation, as the answer I got was that the plane is broken... But what about the new one? Yes you're getting a new one. Ok, I'll try a different approach - will I have the same seat as before? Yes sir. Well that's at least some promising news – being in an A seat almost guaranteed a window no matter what we would be flying on.


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The new departure time was 13:15. That was better than I had expected actually. Upon looking out of the window, I couldn't actually see any A300's around - only 744's and A330's, so now it was a waiting game to see what I'd actually end up on. With a 744 scheduled for my return, if an A300 wasn't available, I was hoping for an A330.


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Some moments later, I saw a few buses turn up – so figured boarding would be soon.



I pulled myself away from the window and went a little nearer to the podium so I could hear the announcement’s, as things were getting a little rowdy:

What was the need for this? Boarding was near anyway, and the gate agent can only do so much


Boarding for the second time was called at 13:25, and it was pandemonium. It wasn't really a case of waiting your turn - rather just going with the flow. Eventually though, I was on my third... Or was it fourth tour of BKK of the day. Now it was a case if seeing what I end up on. We headed down to the maintenance area on the bus and along the way there were a few A330's, a few 744's and a couple of 777's around - so take your pick!



Eventually though, there was an A300 hiding at the end of the line - phew! Boarding was via the front or rear stairs – so I chose the rear, grabbing a few pictures along the way. Luckily nobody seemed to mind. I was soon aboard HS-TAZ, again built in 1998.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13805 times:


TG205
BKK-HKT
7th May 2013
A300-622R / HS-TAZ Srisubhan
Seat: 35A / Economy
Scheduled: 10:00/11:20
Off Stand: 13:53
On Stand: 15:16



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The legroom etc. was identical to the previous jet, as was the crew.



We finally pushed back just after 13:50, and made the long taxi out to the runway.


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Finally, at 14:15 - some four and a quarter hours later than planned, we lifted off, and I was treated to some of those Asian clouds I'd heard so much about, but hadn't yet experienced.


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No less than ten minutes after departure, the crew sprang into action.


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It was then pretty overcast outside, so not a huge amount to be seen. Of interest was that the flight crew made no announcements on this flight. I guess they figured we had heard enough of them by now!



Eventually the captain did get in touch - apologizing for the delay, giving a weather update, mentioning that we were cruising at 34,000ft and an estimated time of arrival of 15:20 - so giving me around ninety minutes in Phuket. Pretty annoying as I'd planned to see a couple of things, but I guess now it’s an excuse to pay another visit.

There was then time for a second drinks run - which impressed me, as on a UK domestic, once the initial service has been completed, that's generally your lot.



Around this time, descent started. It was very scenic - ill just let you see for yourselves. My seatmate leaned over me a couple of times to take some pictures too – I didn’t mind though as she cleared my tray table for me while I was taking pictures earlier!


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Touchdown was made at just past 15:10 and we made the short taxi on to stand. Interestingly the flaps were left extended?


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We finally pulled on to stand and disembarked fairly quickly:


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It was then through to arrivals.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13777 times:

And then disaster number 2 of the day. When I got to the Avis desk, they had my reservation, but instead of wanting to charge me the 1200 baht (£27) as agreed, they wanted 20,000 (£430!)... Erm no thanks. It wasn’t even a pre-authorization either – they actually tried to take the money! Luckily, I tried to use my card I reserve for pre-authorizations, therefore it not only had a low limit, but had a chunk of it blocked off already or else it could have worked out pretty expensive. Already in a bad mood I walked away. A clever taxi operator saw all this and did me a "great" deal to take me where I wanted to go - just around the corner in fact, for around the equivalent of £13. Expensive, but still cheaper than the car by a long way!

So I took a taxi to the beach - having to give instructions along the way - not that he understood - which left me feeling even more frustrated – as despite pointing which road to go down, and showing him on the map, he still wanted to take me where he felt like going…. Pa-Tong maybe?! I left him at the desired spot and agreed to meet him back there in an hour - fully expecting not to see him again!



I then wondered along the great beach. I slapped on the sun cream, took my shoes off and had a bit of a paddle, although not having any swimming gear meant I could only get ankle deep. Oh, there were a couple of departures to watch too, and that's where disaster number three turned up - not only was my battery dying on my camera, but for some reason most of the shots were coming up massively under exposed. I expect it was a dirty sensor, as I had to turn it on and off a few times in order for them to come out correctly - and when you're trying to catch something fast moving this isn't ideal. Taking the lens off and attempting to clean it on a beach wasn't an ideal option either. It would eventually turn out to be a faulty aperture, which would continue to plague me for the rest of the trip.


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After a great hour on the beach, I reluctantly walked back to where I'd agreed to meet the taxi driver - and amazingly he was actually there waiting for me. We then made the short drive back to the airport, and he dropped me at departures.

Almost straight away there was a security check, however not as stringent as the full-blown security around the corner.



It was then upstairs through a corridor that wouldn’t look out of place in the local hospital.



It was then to the Thai airways check in counter to grab my boarding pass - where it was actually pretty busy due to all the staff being trainees. There was an Australian girl in front and she mentioned that the staff were all trainees… however in all the noise I misheard her and thought she said they were all Chinese. I made a comment about not speaking Chinese, had a bit of a think and then realized she actually meant Trainees and figured that’s probably why she gave me the funny look. This was made all the more awkward by not only the fact she was on my flight, but also bumping into her continually for the rest of the evening.


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I was handed my boarding pass in the end however, and I headed straight to the gents to wash the beach off of myself!

Once I had freshened up, I brought a sandwich from the Thai Airways cafe then headed through security - this was as quick as in BKK earlier, due to the fact I was the only person there. It was shortly after this point I realized why - there isn't an awful lot airside in HKT! Maybe I shouldn’t have been quite so hasty.


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I grabbed a much needed drink to go with the sandwich and updated the trip report, then sat and waited for the next hour for boarding - hoping things would go more smoothly on this flight. I did do a few laps of the departure lounge too.


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I then spotted a sign for an outdoor terrace, however it didn’t provide any views – and it was far too smoky for my liking.

Happy New Year? It’s May!


Still on time so far…


Although by 18:10, no aircraft had arrived, so I was having doubts that we would be boarding at 18:30. A few moments later however, the familiar shape of the 747 appeared through the sunset.


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I'd like to say boarding was announced at 18:30 - but there wasn't much of an announcement - more a case of somebody appearing at the desk and then a mass stampede. Suited me though, as it meant that we could get through to the gate area, and I could grab some better pics!



Due to boarding not officially being announced there was a bit of a hold up in no mans land between the gate area and the jet bridge. There were a lot of photos being taken of our jet in the sun during this time.

This evenings flight would be aboard HS-TGB, delivered direct to Thai in 2001.


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 13789 times:


TG218
HKT-BKK
7th May 2013
747-4D7 / HS-TGB Si Satchanalai
Seat: 64A / Economy
Scheduled: 19:00/20:25
Off Stand: 19:02
On Stand: 20:25


I was one of the first to board this full flight, of mostly Chinese (not trainees). As Win had mentioned at dinner the previous night, a few of the TG 747's had been refurbished and they do crop up on the BKK-HKT route from time to time - and this was one of those occasions. I later found out that this aircraft had operated the LHR-BKK sector earlier in the day before heading down here. The load was pretty full – I had a pair of Chinese seatmates – in fact I’m pretty sure I crashed a Chinese school party as everybody in the rear section seemed to know each other.


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This one had a fairly good IFE, although I didn’t explore all that much of it.


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Something a little more local next door



The downside of having IFE



Good footrest, however the IFE box made stowing anything more than a rucksack under the seat pretty difficult


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Just before pushback, the safety video was played.



Pushback came a couple of minutes behind schedule, and we made the very sort taxi over to the runway - which had now shifted direction to earlier. The sun was just about setting too. We had to hold for a while at the end of the taxiway for the crew to secure the cabin.


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Following this was a very powerful takeoff at 19:10 - if you can't get the upper deck on the 747, sit just behind the wing - you can really feel the power back there!


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Very shortly after take off, there was a dog barking in the cabin? I never knew dogs were allowed in the cabin?

And not long after that, the lunch boxes were given out. Slightly more substantial than earlier – they included a couple of sandwiches. Couldn’t say what was in one of them, but they both tasted good enough.


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As it was too dark to really see anything outside, it was pretty much a case of just sitting back, watching our progress on the sky map and waiting to start descent, which occurred at 19:50


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Touchdown was at 20:15, and we then made the way over to the gate.


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I'm assuming this one was heading a bit further on its next mission, as everybody was shepherded out of the door on the jet way and on to the ramp, to catch a bus to domestic arrivals.



I purposely missed the first bus, so I could hang around for a few more minutes. Although despite it being nighttime, it was still very warm and sticky.



On the journey in, I noticed this mornings stricken jet still on the same remote stand looking a little bit sorry for itself.

Once the bus had arrived, it was a case of following the signs to the exit - and not everybody else who were connecting!


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You go that way, I’ll go this way.


I could bypass baggage reclaim and head straight for the train to the city.



I had wanted to stop by the Siam Paragon to grab some dinner, but by the time I was near there it would be getting near to closing time - so had to make other arrangements - in the way of some room service. I did have a brief look around a plaza near to my hotel, but nothing really jumped out at me. Plus after a pretty long (and slightly frustrating) day, I wanted to get back and relax.


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Didn’t look all that much, but was actually pretty good.


Once back at the hotel, it was dinner, a shower and then pretty much straight to bed, as I had to be back at BKK in just a few hours time.

Previous trip reports

Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (by jwhite9185 Jul 9 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 5: AA & BA's New WTP MCO-MIA-ATL-LHR (by jwhite9185 Jun 25 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 4: Heading South On A Mad Dog ORD-MCO (by jwhite9185 Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 3: Almost A Disaster With AA DCA-ORD (by jwhite9185 May 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 2: BA A320/744 WTP CDG-LHR-IAD (by jwhite9185 May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 1: The Beginning BA LHR-ORY (by jwhite9185 Apr 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Comparing The Competition: BA/VS Inaugural MAN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Mar 31 2013 in Trip Reports)
Taking TAP To Portugal: LGW-OPO-LIS-LHR Feb. 2013 (by jwhite9185 Mar 10 2013 in Trip Reports)
Poland On The Dream)liner - LOT LHR-WAW-LHR In C/Y (by jwhite9185 Jan 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
A Speedbird & Titan 767 – LHR-LCA-LHR In C…ish (by jwhite9185 Feb 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
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Part 2: 5 Flights 3 Airlines MXP-ZRH-DUS-LHR LX/LH (by jwhite9185 Nov 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 1: 5 Flights 3 Airlines LHR-BRU-MXP In Theory (by jwhite9185 Oct 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cancellations, Widebodies And Iberia LHR-MAD-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic's New A330 LHR-JFK-LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Night In Amsterdam - KLM F70/738 LHR-AMS-LHR (by jwhite9185 Aug 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Flybe - LGW-BHD-GLA-BHD-LGW (by jwhite9185 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Day Trip To MAN (by jwhite9185 Jun 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Nice, Monaco And The Great British Lounge With BMI (by jwhite9185 May 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
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VS006 MIA-LHR A340-642 June 2008 (by jwhite9185 Feb 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic 747 To BGI - October 2007 (by jwhite9185 Aug 3 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 13053 times:

Forgot to include the videos or those who are interested:

Failed departure from BKK: http://youtu.be/7bOr9v_5agA

Actual departure from BKK: http://youtu.be/z_5BZjFHdMo

Scenic arrival into HKT: http://youtu.be/izwRIZ8aurw



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 12989 times:
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What a crazy day!! Glad it all worked out for you in the end   Excellent photos to serve as a photographic narrative.

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Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12754 times:

Great TR - but I have problems to up-load the pictures...   

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Phuket? Well maybe?

Why not ORIENT THAI? Sometimes even with the MD80... Or Thai Smiles? So many choices!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Bangkok Airways? Again, prices weren’t great plus much like Air Asia, it would be a pair of A32X’s.

Ouch! Free lounge access for EconomyClass passengers, hot premium meals etc. - what a difference to AirAsia!


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 12265 times:

flightsimboy,

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
What a crazy day!!

It sure was! Glad to get back to the hotel in Bangkok at the end of it with my mission (sort of) accomplished.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 6):
Excellent photos to serve as a photographic narrative.

Thanks. They always say a picture is worth a thousand words!

debonair,

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):

Great TR - but I have problems to up-load the pictures...

Thanks, not sure whats going on with the pictures though - they are all on photobucket, although I did have a couple missing in the previous part too?

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Why not ORIENT THAI? Sometimes even with the MD80... Or Thai Smiles? So many choices!

Thai Smile didn't appeal - they were an option when I booked with Thai, and they were a little cheaper but again it was the A32X. It was the A300 that really made me grab my wallet.

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
Ouch! Free lounge access for EconomyClass passengers, hot premium meals etc. - what a difference to AirAsia!

Air Asia are a LCC, where as Bangkok Airways are full service? I'm always of the opinion these so called LCC's aren't all that cheap!



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Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11985 times:
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Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Interestingly the flaps were left extended?

I've flown TG A300's CNX-BKK and when I boarded the flaps were extended. Not sure why

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
I later found out that this aircraft had operated the LHR-BKK sector earlier in the day before heading down here.

I have flown BKK-CNX late afternoon departure on a TG 747-400, which is a quick turnaround. A flight attendant told me they use these airplanes on flights to Europe, but because the departure for Europe isn't until late at night, they can get some use out of this airplane on the quick trip to CNX. Even though it is a short flight, the inflight service is usually excellent

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Although despite it being nighttime, it was still very warm and sticky.

Welcome to Thailand. Summer never begins here becaue it never ends

I enjoyed your pictures. It looks like you saw a lot more of Suvarnabhumi than you expected, but at least you made it to HKT. I have flown TG both domestic and international, and usually I get very good service when I fly them.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11928 times:

Nice report James.

Love the interiors of those A300s. Shame not many chances to get on them these days in Europe.

Anyway thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2473 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11927 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
where as Bangkok Airways are full service? I'm always of the opinion these so called LCC's aren't all that cheap!

Just btw, Bangkok Airways is a "Premium Boutique Airline" and not a LCC...


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11828 times:

triple7man,

Quoting triple7man (Reply 9):
I've flown TG A300's CNX-BKK and when I boarded the flaps were extended. Not sure why

Guess theres some sort of operating procedure - unlikely they just forgot.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 9):
I have flown BKK-CNX late afternoon departure on a TG 747-400, which is a quick turnaround. A flight attendant told me they use these airplanes on flights to Europe, but because the departure for Europe isn't until late at night, they can get some use out of this airplane on the quick trip to CNX. Even though it is a short flight, the inflight service is usually excellent

I figured it would be a case of getting some use out of it rather than sitting on the ground for a number of hours not earning any money.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 9):
I enjoyed your pictures.

Thanks,

Quoting triple7man (Reply 9):
It looks like you saw a lot more of Suvarnabhumi than you expected

I did indeed. Most of it from inside a hot A300!

Quoting triple7man (Reply 9):
but at least you made it to HKT.

Yeah, if only for an hour!

Quoting triple7man (Reply 9):
I have flown TG both domestic and international, and usually I get very good service when I fly them.

I wouldn't be against flying with them again. They seemed to handle the delay quite well and also service a full 747 efficiently on just an hours flight.

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Nice report James.

Thanks,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Love the interiors of those A300s. Shame not many chances to get on them these days in Europe.

Which is why I couldn't turn down the opportunity to fly one relatively cheaply when it came up... although almost didn't happen! Lucky they had a spare one really.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Anyway thanks for the report.

No problem.

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
Just btw, Bangkok Airways is a "Premium Boutique Airline" and not a LCC...

Yeah I know they're not a LCC - hence the lounge in HKT - and no doubt in BKK too. Although Premium Boutique Airline sounds a lot like advertising B.S to me!



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6675 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11682 times:

Hi James !

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Too bad with the mechanical problem on the way to HKT. It seems like a big hassle. I'm glad you persisted and finally got on the A300. Service looks nice for such a short flight and very scenic with those clouds, just like me flight on MS BKK-KUL earlier this year.

Nice that you got a deal with the taxi driver and that you saw a little bit of Phuket. Nice with 747 on the way back and it's usually a very powerful take off on a short flight like that.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Happy New Year? It’s May!

The Thai New Year is April 13-15.......

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11583 times:

Hi Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Very nice report with nice pictures !

Thanks,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Too bad with the mechanical problem on the way to HKT. It seems like a big hassle.

Not so much of a hassle - more a case of being a bit boring and a little uncomfortable being sat on a hot plane for hours with very little air con.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Service looks nice for such a short flight

Very good compared to the Euro hops.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
very scenic with those clouds, just like me flight on MS BKK-KUL earlier this year.

That, and the approach into HKT.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Nice with 747 on the way back and it's usually a very powerful take off on a short flight like that.

Another thing that appealed to me when booking these flights - cant beat a 747.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
The Thai New Year is April 13-15.......

I figured it would probably be something like that. Still a little late considering it was well into May at that point though!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Looking forward to your next report !

Plenty more to come this year!



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11326 times:

Hi!

Thanks for sharing this crazy story lol.

Must be quite stressful to experience a delay specially so far away from our ¨Comfort zones¨ and also when you are on a mission, at least everything turned out OK and you got your AB6 ride.

TG AB6s look so retro lol, at least they are in good condition and hopefully they will keep them for a while, the 744 on the other hand look brand new, I love the purple-y interiors on TG so exotic and calming.

The approach into HKT is stunning!

Now sitting here, I am banging my head for not thinking about doing this when planning my Asia trip, I settled for FireFly SIN-SZB and Tiger Airways KUL-SIN and spending a couple of days in Malacca, I could have just flown to BKK, make a flash visit to the city and do the HKT flights.

Another excuse to be Asia-bound, although I must admit BKK scares me... not a city I am prepared to tackle just yet... lol.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 9):
I've flown TG A300's CNX-BKK and when I boarded the flaps were extended. Not sure why

Maybe not related, but on the A320s they also leave the flaps in the 1+F position if temperatures are over 38c, something to do with the hydraulics, not sure if it also applies to the AB6.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11174 times:

Hey James

Sounds like you had a rather stressful day - still you managed to fly your planned planes, and get to the beach, so it's not all bad news!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Once onboard, I was pretty impressed with how clean the cabin was. Being an older frame, I was expecting it to be worn and falling to bits for some reason!

You've been conditioned (along with myself) to thank that old planes = old interiors...too much flying on BA!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
however mine was the most important - what type of plane will it be?!

Indeed, most important questions first please!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
When I got to the Avis desk, they had my reservation, but instead of wanting to charge me the 1200 baht (£27) as agreed, they wanted 20,000 (£430!)

Outrageous! £430 for a DAY? What car was it? A Rolls? I've had some shocking experiences with Avis (well, actually, nearly all the main companies, they're as bad as each other). When I was in Jordan, they tried very hard to get me to pay again for a pre-paid rental.



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11000 times:

MIAspotter

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 15):
Thanks for sharing this crazy story lol.

No problem,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 15):
Must be quite stressful to experience a delay specially so far away from our ¨Comfort zones¨ and also when you are on a mission

Well everything was communicated in English and as I was still on the outward leg I still had the option of walking away so wasn't too stressful. I was more concerned about the return sector having problems as I needed to be back in BKK for a 10AM flight the following morning,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 15):
TG AB6s look so retro lol, at least they are in good condition and hopefully they will keep them for a while,

Yeah, pretty much how I would sum them up - retro but well looked after.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 15):
the 744 on the other hand look brand new

I'm led to believe it was a recently refurbed machine - no way did it look 12 years old.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 15):
The approach into HKT is stunning!

One of the most scenic I've encountered

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 15):
I must admit BKK scares me... not a city I am prepared to tackle just yet... lol.

No need to be scared - yeah it takes a little getting used to but its much like any other big city once you've got over the initial culture shock.

Hi Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Sounds like you had a rather stressful day - still you managed to fly your planned planes, and get to the beach, so it's not all bad news!

Yeah pretty much achieved what was planned - just a little annoying that I didn't get to see what I wanted in Phuket itself. Although in hindsight probably good that the flight was delayed - as I couldn't get a car, I would have ended up pretty hot sitting on the beach all that time!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
You've been conditioned (along with myself) to thank that old planes = old interiors...too much flying on BA!

And the old LGW VS fleet!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Outrageous! £430 for a DAY? What car was it? A Rolls? I've had some shocking experiences with Avis (well, actually, nearly all the main companies, they're as bad as each other). When I was in Jordan, they tried very hard to get me to pay again for a pre-paid rental.

In the end, it would have been just for an hour! It was only the most basic car just for the day.

When I hired a car in the US the guy told me the upgrade i had would only be £100 on top of what I had already pre paid... yet still ended up paying £175 extra. I guess if they can get a bit more out of unsuspecting travellers, they will.



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 10885 times:

Great report, about an interesting experience! Glad to read everything worked out in the end. I toyed around with the idea of doing a BKK-HKT r/t to catch those TG widebodies when I was in Thailand, but I never got around to it - so nice to read about it now!

User currently offlinedirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1708 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 10669 times:

Absolute pleasure to read, thanks for sharing. Interesting to read about a flight that almost never came to be!

User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 10537 times:

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Great report, about an interesting experience!

Thanks,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Glad to read everything worked out in the end

Not as glad as I was!!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
I toyed around with the idea of doing a BKK-HKT r/t to catch those TG widebodies when I was in Thailand, but I never got around to it - so nice to read about it now!

Always good to read about a trip that you think about making!

directorguy

Quoting directorguy (Reply 19):
Absolute pleasure to read, thanks for sharing

Thanks,



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10458 times:

Hi, J.,

what a story with the first departure.
But finally you fixed the TG Classic Airbus, well done, also the pictures.
And to fly in this short sector on the 747 back, also a nice one.

Looking for more and
Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10326 times:

Good day J,

Nice next part, witty and again gorgeous photography! What an ordeal with the outgoing flight but good to see the A300 was traded for an A300. I had about the same experience some time ago in ARN, leaving the gate on a BRU bound flight but returning again after pushback. When the problem couldn't be solved we had to disembark and were taken on a spare jet, a 737-700 iso a 737-600. It wasn't all mayhem luckily   Good to see the return flight being operated in a 'normal' manner with a nicely refurbished classic 747-400.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Vietnam? Hmmm didn't really appeal.

Hey come on, Vietnam is really nice!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
a fellow a.netter made a comment that Thai actually operate A300s and 747s on that route do they?!?!

Heck, even I knew that 

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
however in all the noise I misheard her and thought she said they were all Chinese. I made a comment about not speaking Chinese, had a bit of a think and then realized she actually meant Trainees and figured that’s probably why she gave me the funny look.

Lol! So in the end you did start a conversation with her?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I had a pair of Chinese seatmates

Sure they were not trainees 

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
The downside of having IFE

That box is a proper size, I've seen much bigger ones. Still a minor inconvenience I agree.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10150 times:

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
what a story with the first departure.

Indeed it was - probably one of my most dragged out groundings so far.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
But finally you fixed the TG Classic Airbus

Yeah - I had a couple of CO -B4's in the log from 1993 - but way too long ago to remember! Glad I could get a -600 before they disappear.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
well done, also the pictures.

Thanks,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 21):
And to fly in this short sector on the 747 back, also a nice one.

Another one of the things that appealed when booking.

Hi Nils (again),

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
Nice next part, witty and again gorgeous photography!

Cheers mate!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
What an ordeal with the outgoing flight but good to see the A300 was traded for an A300.

Yeah worked out in the end. Would have accepted a 330 too as I only have 2 of those in the log. Thought I could have been a 777 as we appeared to be heading for one of those - again only 2 in the log at that point, but both of those had come in the previous month and had another the following day. Plus I get the feeling I could log a few more in the coming years.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
Good to see the return flight being operated in a 'normal' manner with a nicely refurbished classic 747-400.

Yeah, I wouldn't be against spending a few hours on one of those.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
Hey come on, Vietnam is really nice!

I'm sure it is, but remember I was (an still am really) a complete novice when it comes to Asia. One step at a time.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
Heck, even I knew that

Maybe it was you who told me? Can't remember now.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
Lol! So in the end you did start a conversation with her?

Nah, she was with her family. Didn't want to butt in.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
Sure they were not trainees

They could have been Chinese Trainees?

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 22):
That box is a proper size, I've seen much bigger ones. Still a minor inconvenience I agree.

Seemed big considering it was one of the new generation. Although I guess it was around the same as BA's new ones. Still not as invisible as EK's though.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1177 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10098 times:
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Hello James,

Great continuation to your series here provided with great pictures, as usual. Shame about the delay and missing out on exploring Phuket, I know how you feel  
Nevertheless congrats on catching the A300 and flying a Jumbo on such a short flight, which is always nice!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Boarding started on time at 09:30, and as usual everybody seemed to be in need of some assistance.

People will never learn!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
what was going on?

Interesting to see all the doors opened on that Pullmantur 747!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
but for some reason most of the shots were coming up massively under exposed. I expect it was a dirty sensor, as I had to turn it on and off a few times in order for them to come out correctly - and when you're trying to catch something fast moving this isn't ideal. Taking the lens off and attempting to clean it on a beach wasn't an ideal option either. It would eventually turn out to be a faulty aperture, which would continue to plague me for the rest of the trip.

A trip reporters worst nightmare, his/her camera breaking down!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
however in all the noise I misheard her and thought she said they were all Chinese. I made a comment about not speaking Chinese, had a bit of a think and then realized she actually meant Trainees and figured that’s probably why she gave me the funny loo

Haha, was she good looking? That must have been a bit embarassing  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
This evenings flight would be aboard HS-TGB, delivered direct to Thai in 2001.

Beautiful picture with the sunset behind it!

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to part 3!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 25, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10048 times:

Hi Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Great continuation to your series here provided with great pictures, as usual.

Thanks,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Shame about the delay and missing out on exploring Phuket, I know how you feel

Yeah, although without a car it would have been a little difficult to get around anyway.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Nevertheless congrats on catching the A300 and flying a Jumbo on such a short flight, which is always nice!

Would have been nicer if the 747 flight was about an hour or so longer... and maybe not so busy. Says a lot though if TG can fill a 747 on such a short domestic route.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
People will never learn!

I know - You won't get there any quicker if you're the first on! Does irritate me, especially when you have priority boarding and find your way blocked by people who feel the need to be first.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Interesting to see all the doors opened on that Pullmantur 747!

Seen it on a VS 747 at MAN back in 2003 when the UK had its hottest ever day. Guess its a cheaper way to cool the cabin.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
A trip reporters worst nightmare, his/her camera breaking down!

It got worse too... Luckily all fixed now though.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Haha, was she good looking? That must have been a bit embarassing

She wasn't unpleasant... had a rather big boyfriend though, so figured it was best to admire from a distance!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 24):
Beautiful picture with the sunset behind it!

Only time I've seen the general public take so many pictures of their plane was when I went on the Dreamliner.



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User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2613 posts, RR: 2
Reply 26, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9997 times:

Hi James

Another brilliant report! I kinda remember someone mentioning if you were on an aircraft originally but switched to another, should you still log the original or something like that. Im trying to remember if you were the one asking that  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Following this was a very powerful takeoff at 19:10 - if you can't get the upper deck on the 747, sit just behind the wing - you can really feel the power back there!

Good advice! Will do for my trip back to the UK  

Looking forward to the next part!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 27, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9815 times:

Hi James,

nice report about your TG domestic adventure. You had bad luck indeed, but at least they didn't entirely screw up your plans.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Once onboard, I was pretty impressed with how clean the cabin was. Being an older frame, I was expecting it to be worn and falling to bits for some reason!

Well, it always depends on the airline - if they take care, old planes can look good all the time. If they don't, even two year old planes can look worn. Lufthansa's 737s are a perfect example - the cabins look immaculate on these 20+ year old birds.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
First sighting of the new RBA livery

Horrible.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
The downside of having IFE

It's not a big IFE box...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Good footrest, however the IFE box made stowing anything more than a rucksack under the seat pretty difficult

...while your bag looks very big.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 28, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9631 times:

Yvan,

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 26):
Another brilliant report!

Thanks,

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 26):
I kinda remember someone mentioning if you were on an aircraft originally but switched to another, should you still log the original or something like that. Im trying to remember if you were the one asking that

Yeah that was me - I made a note next to the actual flight in the end!

Udo,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
nice report about your TG domestic adventure.

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
You had bad luck indeed, but at least they didn't entirely screw up your plans.

Yeah, still made for an interesting day out.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Well, it always depends on the airline - if they take care, old planes can look good all the time. If they don't, even two year old planes can look worn.

Indeed - same goes for any mode of transport I guess.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Lufthansa's 737s are a perfect example - the cabins look immaculate on these 20+ year old birds.

Having been on a few, they look better than the BA Airbuses that are half the age.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
Horrible.

It is a little MS Paint.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
It's not a big IFE box...

True, but I've seen smaller.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 27):
...while your bag looks very big.

I'd say its of average size. In fact, compared to what some people carry on, its nothing!



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 29, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9333 times:

Hi James,

what a great report, I really enjoyed to read about your Phuket adventure. And a real adventure it was for sure, quite a lot of action in just one day   ... Great that you managed to get both the A300 and the 747 on this route. On my recent trip I could have booked TG as well, but at the times that suited me it was "only" a A330. Would have been more tempting if it was a 747. Well, in hindsight and after reading your report I am still happy that I took Bangkok Airways.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
There were a few views to be had from inside the holding pen:

Cool, you managed to get a nice shot of HS-PPD, the airbus that took me from HKT to BKK   ...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Once onboard, I was pretty impressed with how clean the cabin was.

Looks pretty nice, also the different colored seats are quite nice, gives the cabin a cool and fresh look.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
After a further hundred meters or so I was almost certain that we wouldn't be lifting off on this attempt, and shortly afterwards we exited the runway to the right.

Oh dear, an aborted take-off, but then, good that they found out about the problems while still on ground. I am just wondering what they did in just 15 minutes of repair work to think that everything would be fine then.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
The staff were bombarded with all sorts of questions, however mine was the most important - what type of plane will it be?!. Something was a little lost in translation, as the answer I got was that the plane is broken...

That's indeed the most important question, but I think the staff just wasn't expecting to hear it   … Anyway good you got another A300.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Around this time, descent started. It was very scenic - ill just let you see for yourselves

Wow, great pictures, indeed a spectacular approach. And looks like you had great visibility on that day, much better than it was on my approach there, when it was quite hazy.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
When I got to the Avis desk, they had my reservation, but instead of wanting to charge me the 1200 baht (£27) as agreed, they wanted 20,000 (£430!)... Erm no thanks. It wasn’t even a pre-authorization either – they actually tried to take the money!

Ouch, too bad. Good that you declined. Hope you have filed a complaint with Avis later?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
This evenings flight would be aboard HS-TGB, delivered direct to Thai in 2001.

The 747 is definitely a beautiful plane, and especially in the sunset light, just great   ...

Thanks again for sharing your adventure with us
CaptainRed


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 30, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8869 times:

Hi Marco,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
what a great report

Thanks,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
nd a real adventure it was for sure, quite a lot of action in just one day

I definitely slept well that night

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
On my recent trip I could have booked TG as well, but at the times that suited me it was "only" a A330.

That still would have done for me - but the A300 and the 744 were the best options.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Well, in hindsight and after reading your report I am still happy that I took Bangkok Airways.

Yeah, they didn't look bad - but the A32X really put me off!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Cool, you managed to get a nice shot of HS-PPD, the airbus that took me from HKT to BKK

Good to know,

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Looks pretty nice, also the different colored seats are quite nice, gives the cabin a cool and fresh look.

The new cabin on the 744 also looked pretty good I thought. The multicoloured seats on the A300 reminded me of the old VS seats!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Oh dear, an aborted take-off, but then, good that they found out about the problems while still on ground.

Indeed.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
I am just wondering what they did in just 15 minutes of repair work to think that everything would be fine then.

It was longer than that - nearer to an hour.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Anyway good you got another A300.

Yeah, that was a relief! I was hoping it wouldn't end up being operated by the 777 as I would be going on one of those the following day.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Wow, great pictures, indeed a spectacular approach. And looks like you had great visibility on that day, much better than it was on my approach there, when it was quite hazy.

I guess that made up for the fact I couldn't get any landing shots from the beach.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Hope you have filed a complaint with Avis later?

No, the guy on the desk said it was in their T&C's... no doubt they would hide behind that anyway.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 29):
Thanks again for sharing your adventure with us

No problem.



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 31, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8253 times:

Hello James

Great to see this report up. Too bad about the mishap in BKK in the beginning.
Glad it worked out anyhow and you still got the A300 down. TG did some nice work refurbishing the 747 as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 32, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8142 times:

Hi Marc,

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 31):
Great to see this report up. Too bad about the mishap in BKK in the beginning.

Yeah - just another experience to add to the list though.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 31):
Glad it worked out anyhow and you still got the A300 down.

Even managed to spend longer than anticipated on the first one.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 31):
TG did some nice work refurbishing the 747 as well.

They really did - I wouldn't be against pending a few more hours on one.



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 33, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5631 times:

Sawasdee krap James,

Very nice report! You bring back the nice memories of my own visit last year November! As usual I love how you take us along the booking process and online check-in!  


Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Where to go though?

How about Indonesia?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
the busy metro to Pattya Thai station to connect to the airport train.

Very convenient, wasn’t it instead of taxi ride?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
gate B1,

Hey, I have been there as well!   


Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
35A

Masses of legroom!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
the engines started to spool up to N1, and we started to roll but we didn't seem to be gaining any speed? Hmm.

Oh no!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
Despite the crew telling people to take their seats as we wouldn't disembark for a while yet, although nobody listened.
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
What was the need for this? Boarding was near anyway, and the gate agent can only do so much

Some passengers do have attitude problems!   


Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
so I chose the rear, grabbing a few pictures along the way.

Good move!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
Thai-Land

Spot on!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
but I guess now it’s an excuse to pay another visit.

Yes! How about combining it with a direct flight to DPS with AirAsia?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 2):
My seatmate leaned over me a couple of times to take some pictures too – I didn’t mind though as she cleared my tray table for me while I was taking pictures earlier!
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
This was made all the more awkward by not only the fact she was on my flight, but also bumping into her continually for the rest of the evening.

While you wish to have some other passengers around you!   


Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
When I got to the Avis desk, they had my reservation, but instead of wanting to charge me the 1200 baht (£27) as agreed, they wanted 20,000 (£430!)... Erm no thanks. It wasn’t even a pre-authorization either – they actually tried to take the money!

That’s just disgusting!  


Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Happy New Year? It’s May

Happy Chinese New Year perhaps?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
of mostly Chinese (not trainees).

LOL!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 4):
Although despite it being nighttime, it was still very warm and sticky.

LOVE IT!  



Khob khun krap! Thank you for sharing. Shame about the severe delay, but on the bright side, you got to fly two A300’s in one flight!

Have a nice Sunday,
Suryo  Smile

[Edited 2013-10-05 23:26:38]


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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 34, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

Hi Suryo,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Very nice report!

Thanks,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
You bring back the nice memories of my own visit last year November!

Always nice to see a report from places that you recognise.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
As usual I love how you take us along the booking process and online check-in!

For me a trip starts as soon as you book it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
How about Indonesia?

My dad went to Bali last year, and seeing his pictures makes me want to consider it - despite hearing his story about a slightly questionable police officer!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Very convenient, wasn’t it instead of taxi ride?

Yeah, the BTS was at the end of the road and a fraction of the price of a taxi - no that a taxi was a fortune.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Yes! How about combining it with a direct flight to DPS with AirAsia?

You're desperate for me to visit Indonesia!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
LOVE IT!

Not for me, as you know!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Thank you for sharing.

No problem,

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Shame about the severe delay, but on the bright side, you got to fly two A300’s in one flight!

That is very true - I'm pretty familiar with the A300 cabin now!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Have a nice Sunday,

Same to you, see you next week!



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 35, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4211 times:
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Hi James,

Nice read, yes, still playing cathc up!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Vietnam? Hmmm didn’t really appeal

- Really? - Trust me, please, what a wonderful country, we were there in 2010, plan to go back in 2015 to see more, love it!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
The captain came over the PA once more, first in Thai, and then in English, saying that we were still having hydraulic issues and would return to stand once again. We did a 180-degree turn and made our way back once more – what was going on?!

- Bugger, not what you want on day trips.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Eventually, around thirty minutes later a line of coaches appeared

- How long! - bugger!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
There was an Australian girl in front and she mentioned that the staff were all trainees… however in all the noise I misheard her and thought she said they were all Chinese. I made a comment about not speaking Chinese, had a bit of a think and then realized she actually meant Trainees and figured that’s probably why she gave me the funny look. This was made all the more awkward by not only the fact she was on my flight, but also bumping into her continually for the rest of the evening.

- This is funny!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Although despite it being nighttime, it was still very warm and sticky.

- Welcome to Asia!

Good to see you still managed to get an A300, unlike my failed attempt for another last year.

Since TG still run a reasonable number, I think I'll give it a try next year on when I return to Asia for the OZ A380.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 36, posted (1 year 2 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 35):
Nice read, yes, still playing cathc up!

Thanks - better late than never!!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 35):
- Really? - Trust me, please, what a wonderful country, we were there in 2010, plan to go back in 2015 to see more, love it!

I'm sure its great, and I'm not totally against it. Its just not on the to do list for the moment.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 35):
- Bugger, not what you want on day trips.

No, and I was having serious thoughts of abandoning.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 35):
- How long! - bugger!

I figured it would take a while as scrambling a good few coaches from nowhere was always going to take time.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 35):
- Welcome to Asia!

Thats very true. Malaysia last month was similar, although not quite as sticky.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 35):
Good to see you still managed to get an A300

Me too. I was worried we'd get shoved on to an A330 or 777, so glad when I saw another A300 at the end of the line.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 35):
Since TG still run a reasonable number, I think I'll give it a try next year on when I return to Asia for the OZ A380.

Worth a shot - just hope you have a little more luck than I did!!



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