Shortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15435 times:
Just a quick report to complement Lufthansa747's report posted here earlier. I've just put up some pics with less commentary I did not post any pictures of the catering for the short flight as I didn't have any to begin with. Was far too busy roaming the plane. I've been told that it's not significantly different from regular catering so I've omitted it. I'll be happy to answer any questions
Route: Phuket - Bangkok TG222
11th April 2005
Aircraft: HS-TLA "Chiang Kham" A340-541
Seat:11J Royal Silk Class
Load: J 6 out of 60, Y145 out of 155 (Premium Y on this route sold as regular economy)
Sideview of Economy with 36 inch pitch
Topview of Economy
General view of Economy Cabin:
Economy seat full recline:
Notes: In economy, all seats have footrests built into the seat in front of you, except row 44, which has tremendous legroom, but no footrest. PTV's featuring AVOD are standard
Premium Economy Pictures:
General Cabin View:
Premium Economy Seat sideview with 42 inch pitch
Premium Economy legroom picture
Premium Economy another view:
Premium Economy Full recline and legrest extension
Notes: Premium Economy is extremely comfortable in 2-3-2 Config and without a shadow of a doubt even more comfortable than J on TG's old AB6
Royal Silk Class Pictures
General Cabin view
Magazine storage slot
Rear quarter view
Laptop power socket
Notes: J class seats on this plane are very similar to MH new J and JL's egg shell seats. Very comfortable and I don't get the sliding off sensation. I'd give this the nod over CX NBC, but would still have to defer to SQ's Spacebed and BA NCW, and I suspect VS UCS (which i have not tried)
New Style Controller:
Zoomable airshow map: 1X zoom pictured here
Zoomable airshow map: 8X zoom pictured here
This is based off a Matsushita 3000i system IIRC. Everything is on demand and features quite a few new movies.
Also features a nose mounted camera which pans to a downward facing view after takeoff.
For those of you used to the Old TG, especially the 744, MD11 and AB6, this is a MASSIVE leap forward and blows them clean out of the water as far as passenger comfort is concerned.
Compared to other airlines, I'd say J is about par for the course. Premium Y VERY impressive and comfortable. Y also standing out as being quite comfy and a 16 hr hop BKK-JFK shouldn't be a problem.
Lufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 15251 times:
Don't tell me you need to identify luggage at HKT nowadays... I noticed they have Philippine style security checks in place before entering the terminal. Hopefully at least OX will skip the luggage show shown in your second picture.
Shortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 15223 times:
Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 1): Don't tell me you need to identify luggage at HKT nowadays... I noticed they have Philippine style security checks in place before entering the terminal. Hopefully at least OX will skip the luggage show shown in your second picture.
Oh yes. Had to identify the luggage. Which was good as it gave me time to take some snaps outside the plane on the tarmac . She's gorgeous in the flesh I have to say.
Intothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 14806 times:
One question, are the 747-400 from Thai also being replaced with these new Y and C class seats, or are they keeping the old ones?
Thanks for any replies, again, great report Shortfinals
Singaporegirl From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 302 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14410 times:
don't u just love the a345? i sure love ours! the only thing about thai's 345 is the "new york nonstop" headrest covers... they make the cabin a tad cheap/lcc-esque, don't you think? a plain white or matching coloured cloth (not paper!) headrest covers would have been more classy i think. i understand that they want the pax to know about their new service to jfk, but i'm sure there are other ways.
and the business class seats, are they similar to those onboard jl and (the new) mh aircrafts? they look very familiar to me.
Ladies & Gentlemen, we will now demonstrate the use of the safety equipment on this aircraft...
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14351 times:
the only thing about thai's 345 is the "new york nonstop" headrest covers... they make the cabin a tad cheap/lcc-esque, don't you think? a plain white or matching coloured cloth (not paper!) headrest covers would have been more classy i think. i understand that they want the pax to know about their new service to jfk, but i'm sure there are other ways.
It makes it look really tacky.
Plus, isnt the aircraft designated just for BKK-JFK nonstops? Those on board would know that they're flying nonstop to JFK. Its not like they need 200 tacky advertisements to remind them of that.
So unless these headrest covers are just for the initial crew familiarization flights, they need to go !
Chris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 14045 times:
Hey, anyone know what domestic route the 345 will be doing on the 29th/30th april. I arrive into BKK on the 29th at about 8am and leave the next day at 19:00. I would love to book me a little 4-5 hour trip on the 345 so i can compare it to the EK one.
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9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1799 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13738 times:
Excellent photos, nice to see the bright colours of the A345, it looks more casual and non-formal compared with SQ's A345. I hope to fly with TG's A345 one day, perhaps on one of the schedule's SIN-BKK flight.