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Thailand On SK And PG (W/Pics) Part III  
User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9199 times:

This is the third and final part of my Thailand. The other to reports can be found here:
Thailand On SK And PG (w/pics) Part 1
Thailand On SK And PG (w/pics) Part II

We now had some days in Bangkok, and we needed to get new passports at the Swedish embassy and new stamps from the immigration authority. When we called the embassy from Koh Samui we were told to be there as soon as they opened in the morning. And we were on the 20th floor at Pacific Tower 2 where the embassy is located. There were an interview and when we had explained everything, it was time to take new photos, and then to get down to the bank to pay for the new passports. Everything went extremely well and we were done at the embassy at 10 in the morning. And the passports were ready at four in the afternoon. WELL DONE!!! praise 

Jippie, my new passport!  bigthumbsup 

The next day we went to the immigration authority, and there we had to wait about two hours. Finally we were good to go back home. We now had two days in BKK. We went to see the reclining Buddha, and to do some shopping on Khao San Road. But at last it was time to fly home again.

Scandinavian Airlines 972
Bangkok, BKK - Copenhagen, CPH
Airbus A340-313X
LN-LKG - Gudrod Viking (cn 424)
Scheduled departure/arrival: 00:20/6:30
Push-back: 00:25
Taxi: 00:32
Take-off (RW 21R): 00:37
Arrival at CPH: 6:25
Flight time: 10:48
Load factor: 95%

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We arrived at BKK at around 18:30 because we wanted to have some extra time if there would be any problems with our new passports. But at the SAS check-in desk everything went well. GREAT. We now had to pay the departure tax and when that was done we went through the security check and continued on to the departure terminal. We walked around the terminal, bought some duty-free cigarettes and whisky, before we decided to have something to eat. SUSHI!!! Yummy!!! And when you have eaten you want to get drunk (or is that just me?), so let's find a good bar. The one we found was OK, with a dig selection of beers, cocktails and wines. As we sat there drinking whatever we were drinking, we started to watch the TV that was hanging in the ceiling. We were both kind of surprised when we saw that they were showing a documentary on air disasters, more specific the KLM/Pan AM crash in Tenerife in 1977. Is it really appropriate to show that at an airport??
Anyway, we still had a few hours before departure, so we decided to sit down and just wait, so we walked down the terminal and found us some seats. Once we sat there I was looking out on the planes waiting at the gates and the ones that were parked. And I got to think about the Thai Airways fleet. I saw an MD-11 some B747s, two A300s, a few B737-400s, some B777s and the new A340-500. Thai have a wide fleet...

Here, I am looking at the departure screen.

Boarding started fifteen to midnight, and all the passengers were on board at ten past. My seat for this flight was 36A in the rear Y-cabin. Very nice to be back on an A340 again. We were told by the captain that there still was some cargo to load, which meant that we had to wait 15 minutes before push-back. The plane started to taxi at 00:32 and was standing on the runway five minutes later. It was a very powerful take-off that lasted for 65(!) seconds. The plane banked right shortly after take-off, and soon we were heading north-east on our way back to Europe.
As soon as the plane reached the initial cruise flightlevel, the FAs started to serve dinner. This time the meal was pure crap!  thumbsdown   vomit . I think it was some disaster made of pork and rice... Dunno really. I asked the stewardess for some extra bred, and she seemed to understand why I asked. She came back two minutes later with some bread and cheese. THANKS FOR THAT!!! I ordered some whisky after the FAs had picked-up the food trays. Then I started to check what the IFE had to offer. Great, Friends was on. It was the episode when Ross finds out that Joey and Rachel are dating. Hilarious!!! Now, I felt that it was time for some sleep, so I slept for about three hours. Woke up somewhere over southern Russia. Just a few hours left to go now. I spent the next the time playing games and reading a book.
Finally breakfast service began. It was OK, but nothing special at all. The service on this flight was no way near as good as the one on the outbound flight.

Getting close...
On finals runway 22L
Touchdown RW 22L...
...and brakes.

Here Gudrod Viking at gate C29 after the flight.

11 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6832 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8651 times:

Thanks for the nice report with great pictures!

I flew an SK A340-300 (my only A340 flight so far) IAD-CPH about two years ago and for sure the one thing I remember well is the take off; I don't think it's possible to have a "very powerful takeoff" on a A340-300. It was more like, will we ever get off the ground ? I don't time the take off roll but 65 seconds does sound long.


Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8282 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
I don't think it's possible to have a "very powerful takeoff" on a A340-300.

Oh well, that's just me then...

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 8070 times:
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I've only had 1 343 flight, T/O was no 757 T/O but it seemed petty ok to me.

Anyways, who cares about T/O, it's the rest of the flight that's important.

Glad the overall trip (bar the safe issue) was enjoyable.



User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8021 times:

Matt27, all your pics on your 3 reports are "bandwidth exceeded"  Sad

Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7958 times:

Photobucket. I see the problem

Great report. Looking forward to seeing the pictures in due time.

Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7953 times:

Quoting StarFlyer (Reply 5):
Looking forward to seeing the pictures in due time.

I don't really know how this works. Will the pictures come back after a while or what will happen??

User currently offlineYUL2010 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 320 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7470 times:

Nice report Matt, all 3 were great, and amazing pics as well. Especially the one with your friend covered in soap foam  Wink

"Hotel November Oscar clear to land runway 24L"
User currently offlineWidgetBoi From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7368 times:

fantastic reports and great pics!


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6771 times:

Excellent Trip Report as usual from you  Wink



KLM- The Best Airline in the World!
User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6170 times:

Thoroughly enjoyed reading of your adventures and mishaps.

My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineSK A340 From Germany, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

Nice pictures and a good report. It was very nice of the stewardess to bring you some additional food.


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