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Thai A340-541 With Pics  
User currently offlineShortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 15192 times:

Just a quick report to complement Lufthansa747's report posted here earlier. I've just put up some pics with less commentary  Smile 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  Smile


Details:
Route: Phuket - Bangkok TG222
ETD: 1010-1135
Actual: 1040-1200
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)

Exterior:




Economy Pictures:

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


Privacy Partition


Magazine storage slot


Rear quarter view


Tray table


Full recline


Laptop power socket


Seat controller


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)

Entertainment Pictures:

New Style Controller:


Zoomable airshow map: 1X zoom pictured here


Zoomable airshow map: 8X zoom pictured here


Information page


Notes:
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.


Overall:

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.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and short report  Smile

43 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 15008 times:

Great pictures!

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.



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User currently offlineShortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14980 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  Smile. She's gorgeous in the flesh I have to say.


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14971 times:

We'll see if Orient Thai has this. I suppose I'll be on the 747 you can see in the same luggage picture in a few hours.


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User currently offlineLX001 From Austria, joined Jun 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 14583 times:

Well, this is really a nice A340! I like the new interior and especially the premium economy. Sad that Thai wasnt so brave with the painting outside like the seating inside...

User currently offlineIntothinair From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 392 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 14563 times:

Great pictures.
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

Cheers, Konstantin G.


User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 14552 times:

Intothinair: The 747-400 gets new F and C seats with the same AVOD IFE but retains the old Y seats.

User currently offlinePaul From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14417 times:

Fantastic photos dude, very impressive

Paul



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User currently offlineMh148 From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 377 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14183 times:

Hi "Shortfinals",

did you also grab some safety cards with you??
I would pay for them!  Wink
...I also trade.


Drop me a line @ B747SP@gmx.de


Kind regards


Sebastian


User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3007 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14137 times:

Lucky you! A thoroughly stunning bird inside & out! I'd love to giver 'er a try!!


Finally made it to an airline mecca!
User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14135 times:

The extra security measures have been implemented following a recent bombing at the Hadyai International Airport. I believe all airlines are required to follow the new safety procedure.

User currently offlineSingaporegirl From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 302 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14167 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.



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User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14117 times:

Great pix, and great report. Wow she is beautiful. I seem too not like the seat color yellow in economy that they have chosen.

Drew



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 14108 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.

I agree.
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 !


User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 14004 times:

Wow! You were so lucky to fly onboard TG's new 345, any idea on how long the 345 will be doing regional routes for?

Rob!


User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 13917 times:

Excellent photos with fab detail!!! thanks for sharing

User currently offlineShortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13837 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 14):
Wow! You were so lucky to fly onboard TG's new 345, any idea on how long the 345 will be doing regional routes for?

Rob

Till april 30. There are no plans to run it regionally ala SQ style on a continuous basis.

Quoting Singaporegirl (Reply 11):
and the business class seats, are they similar to those onboard jl and (the new) mh aircrafts? they look very familiar to me.

They're the same ones as far as I can tell

Thanks for all the kind comments. I'm off to the airport in 15 minutes to ride the 345 again today back to HKT. Will try to get more pictures with a bit more detail hopefully. Thanks again  Smile


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 13802 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.

Chris



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User currently offlineLHB727230Adv From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13719 times:

Cool pictures!!
Impressive new premium economy, anyone know if TG is planning to equip the rest of their long haul fleet with premium Y seats?

Cheers,
Alex  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13704 times:

Had a scout about and looks like i shall be flying BKK-Chang Mai-BKK on the 29th April, out on a A345 and then back on a A333! Wahoo! I cant wait!

Chris



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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 13495 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.


Cheers

Charles



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13410 times:

There wasn't a single safety card onboard the first flight, don't know about Shortfinals' flights.

Orient Thai didn't require the baggage show - there were signs posted it was for TG flights only. Great flight back to BKK - alone on the upper deck of B747-246B HS-UTI again.



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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13388 times:
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Waouwww !!!

What a scoop those pictures !!!
Many thanks !

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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 13391 times:

The premium Y class seats look just like JAL's new J class seat for their domestic routes.

Definitely looks a tad more comfy than SQ's Executive Y class -where everyone still has to fight for arm rest space.



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User currently offlineShortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13026 times:

Hello all again,

I rode the plane again today and got some newer pics here for your enjoyment  Smile

Thank you StarG for coming along for the rides, much appreciated my friend  Smile


Details: TG921 Bangkok-Phuket
11April 2005

General views



J Class pics and features:

Cool slot for bottled water


J Class from the top


Premium Y pics and features:

Premium Y Laptop power


Premium Y Seat Control


Premium Y top view


Premium Y Cabin view


Economy Class pics and features:

Economy Footrest extended


Economy Laptop power


Economy Cabin view


Other pics:

Pic from PTV external camera on approach into RWY 09 at Phuket


Pic of mirror mounted on the ceilings of all overhead lockers to prevent any items being left behind by pax


Crew on my flight today


Engines 3 and 4


25 Post contains images Jaspike : Shortfinals: thanks for sharing the photos, they're great! Legroom in economy looks pretty good Tom
26 Post contains images BA319-131 : Nice photo's, really excellent quailty. I though VS 'Y' was bright, TG's new 'Y' seats are even worse, sorry, I prefer somber blue.grey in long fights
27 FLY777UAL : Great pics! Nice to see an airline put in 36" as the standard for regular economy, as well as introduce the nicest premium economy to date! How was th
28 Post contains images StarG : Without Shortfinals' creative route planning (at the very early a.m.'s), I wouldn't have been on the TG A345. Thanks again, man. Truly great pictures!
29 Post contains images Arkhem : Great Pictures! I especially love TG's bright economy & premium economy seat covers. Very stimulating, much better than looking at flat grey/blue for
30 Post contains images Shortfinals : Thank you very much for the kind comments. I hope you enjoyed the pics. I enjoyed taking them
31 Shankly : Shortfinals, great snaps but are TG serious about those colours!! I haven't seen a new a/c interior like that since the 70's The business class seats
32 Spk : The biz class recline is roughly the same as SQ Spacebed (170 vs 173 degrees).
33 Shankly : spk exactly, which quite frankly isn't good enough compared to the competition...BA, Qantas and others such as SAA
34 Lufthansa747 : QF skybed is not flat either.
35 Post contains images A340600 : Lovely photos, really show us everything onboard, cheers for sharing, Sam
36 QantasA332 : The actual seat surface is flat, but the whole thing is tilted up slightly. Cheers, QantasA332
37 Lufthansa747 : The TG seat is flat as well. And tilted up. The diference is that everybody wants to bash TG or what???
38 Post contains images Cyclonic : Wow, I love it! Now where is that Lottery win so I can fly it?!!
39 AirNewZealand : Acually, Qantas Sky beds- dont get me started. You slip off them. Not designed well at all might i add- and we get constant customer complaints about
40 Flying Belgian : Great to have the opportunity to fly such a beautifull bird on domestic operations !!! Like SQ did with the 345 on the SIN-DPS & SIN-CGK flights. Many
41 GuyBetsy1 : TG's A345s. Beautiful outside... but horrible inside. What were the interior designers thinking when they chose such horrible colours for the coach se
42 StarG : "Notice that the J seats in real life look very different from TG's own promotion blip on their website - which looks nicer." That was exactly what I
43 Post contains images ORDINDUAFLYER : The two of you on a flight together surely means mischief Shortfinals, thanks again for sharing!
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