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Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi By OX (Trip To The Future)  
User currently offlineOhsopc From Thailand, joined Jul 2006, 108 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9732 times:

Sawasdee

This is actually my first report and my first post on airliners.net after a few years of being a spectator.

About a month ago there was a news article in the paper that AOT (Airport Authority of Thailand) is going to open up Suvarnabhumi Airport for testing with real passengers. All Thai airliners were invited to join. So I thought to myself, hmm... I'm going on this for sure.

At first I wanted to go on THAI, as to check in their services on the new Suvarnabhumi Airport. THAI and One-Two-Go by Orient Thai was the only two airlines that offer Bangkok (Don Muang) <--> Suvarnabhumi - the others would be route Suvarnabhumi --> somewhere else in Thailand. Unfortunately, THAI changed their minds and reserve their Don Muang <--> Suvarnabhumi for VIP guests (i.e. Thaksin), so I had to choose One-Two-Go. This is ok since their flight was not so early (11.09) and that it would be my one last time on a classic 747.

Anyhow the flight costs Bht. 1,999 round trip but all the income will be donated to the King for use at his discretion, to develop Thailand/ help the poor.

The day started with me waking up in the morning and taking a taxi to the airport. I arrived at the airport about 9.15 for this 11.09 flight. At the domestic terminal there is a special check in for this flight, in which they also handed out a gift bag, containing two certificates, a fan, a pen, map of suvarnabhumi, today's itenerary, etc.

My ticket, and Boarding Passes:



OX999
Bangkok (BKK) - Suvarnabhumi (NBK)
Depart 11.09 - 11.39
Boeing 747-100 (HS UTM)
Seat 20A Gate 68

At the Gate: (I actually accidently deleted the picture of the whole aircraft)




Boarding was difficult as this flight is really full (the reason I'm really happy to get a window seat) It took really long time. I actually waited till the line was quite short. I made friends to this other guy who is a journalist and is doing review of Suvarnabhumi for an aviation magazine in the U.S. Upon boarding they handed us beverages and snacks in a bag on the jetway.



This bird HS-UTM is actually an ex-JAL bird. I think that Orient Thai pretty much inherited everything from JAL (they did not change anything!) and the seats still have signs in Japanese. The seat is also very cramped, because this plane is from Japanese Domestic Run it seats about 500+.

View from my seat.





After the normal boarding announcement the CEO/Chairman (i don't really know his titile) of Orient Thai welcomes us onboard. He said that it is a day to be proud of as Suvarnabhumi has the tallest air control tower (true), largest terminal building under one roof (wrong- hk is bigger after expansion), and that we are sitting in the airplane that has the most number of seats (I don't know if he got his fact right but what I really don't know is that why he would be proud of this)



Safety Video


Push Back, and Taxi
Views from the tarmac of Bangkok International Airport at 11. There is not much going on, because it is one of the slow hours.









http://www33.brinkster.com/ohsopc/Suvarnabhumi/19.jpg


VDO Screen on board showing the front of aircraft.


Air Koryo! North Korean's Airline - You don't really see this anywhere (except in the hub of Southeast Asia of course)


Lining up on runway



Take Off



Going into the clouds



After a while the captain decelerates, and we decended a little through the clouds. As the cloud breaks, comes the surpries... we were doing a fly by of Suvarnabhumi - on my side of the plane too (I was so sorry for the people on the other side)






We then turned away and go around to line up for landing in Suvarnabhumi (pic above). The picture below was taken to show that Suvarnabhumi is actually build on swamp land, and that it is very vulnerable to floods. However, does provide beautiful views on landing.


Crossing the Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway: This is the main access road to Suvarnabhumi Airport.


3-2-1 Touchdown! Welcome to Suvarnabhumi! Here there are pictures of the cargo terminal and the main terminal.






A Closer look at the airport exterior when we are taxiing to gate, which is on the other side of the airport.




The gate in which we parked at, B5.




The contact pier took a loooong time to extract. And it took forever to unload the people in the upper deck. So I had a little chat with the front cabin crew. She told me to check in early if I wanted a window seat again.



Welcome to Suvarnabumi! Finally here! I'm so thrilled.




Carvings at the door of Suvarnabhumi


A view from our gate areas and the moving walkway leading to the baggage claim. Btw, it was a long walk, this airport is huge.





This exact same plane is going on a fly by from Suvarnabhumi-Suvarnabhumi after my flight.


Baggage Claim Area:



I'm really sorry I'm going to wrap up my trip report here. It has been a long day and now I'm really tired and need some sleep.

I will continue this report with:


  • Photos of the walk around Suvarnabhumi
  • Report of the flight going back to Bangkok
  • Interesting Facts I've heard on the tour of Suvarnabhumi
  • What I think about Suvarnabhumi


I really hope everyone enjoys my airport. I am looking forward to its opening on September 28th, even though I will be in the United States then.

Ohsopc

22 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 575 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9699 times:

It appears the pics aren't working...

(edited to add that they do work when you copy and paste each picture's link into a new browser window)

[Edited 2006-07-29 19:08:57]


Ryanair: never again!
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9590 times:

Fantastic stuff Big grin

I can't wait to go back to BKK, just to fly into that airport  bigthumbsup 



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9546 times:

Nice report! It must have been interesting to take such a short flight. I'm hoping to visit Bangkok someday - as nice as Suvarnabhumi looks, I'm sad that I'll never get to visit Don Muang either.

User currently offlineFuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9327 times:

Great Report.
Would you please be able to try and get the pictures to work. I would love to see the airport in it's almost finished state!


User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9284 times:

Wow, that is one beautiful airport!  Wow! The outside as well as the inside is incredible. I especially liked the carvings on the door, those are really nice.

Looking forward to seeing pics of the walk around as well as the flight back!  biggrin 



Judas Priest North American tour in '08 . . . cannot wait!!!
User currently offlineOhsopc From Thailand, joined Jul 2006, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9198 times:

I'm new here so I don't really know alot

but i've change my image hosting to photobucket so that might helped it to load, except i don't know how to edit my post... so would someone help me with that?


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9191 times:

I'll do my report later as well.

ANA 744D seats 569, HS-UTM and one JAL 741SR seat 563. OX999 had 536 on board according to a F/A on the way back. As K. Udom (the OX CEO), I'd have not only mentioned the seat count, but also how HS-TGO flew with Thaksin and 300 empty seats to Suvarnabhumi while OX had no more seats to sell. Sure you could put this guy in F, close the curtain and sell the other 300 seats. But typical TG.

I found neither the ANA 744D nor this SR any more cramped than a regular 747.

I find it also pathetic that neither BKK Post or the Nation mention anything but the TG VIP flight. I would think 536 arriving and 500 departing pax would be more of a test than a few VIPs.

[Edited 2006-07-30 08:26:29]


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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9127 times:

Lufthansas747 - you were there as well? I was wondering if that might be the case.

I'm writing my report for this flight, too, and am having some problems with the video segments so will just post the report and pictures this evening.

Did anyone spot MagicalChaz?



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9067 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 8):
Lufthansas747 - you were there as well? I was wondering if that might be the case.

Damn, I should have said hi then! I thought one guy looked exactly like you (on your trip report pics) - but wasn't quite sure. I was in 37A on the way to NBK and 67A on the upper deck on the way back.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 8):
Did anyone spot MagicalChaz?

I only saw a group with Hflight.net shirts, don't know any of them personally.



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User currently offlineFuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8933 times:

Quoting Ohsopc (Reply 6):
I'm new here so I don't really know alot

but i've change my image hosting to photobucket so that might helped it to load, except i don't know how to edit my post... so would someone help me with that?

You might want to sign up to www.flickr.com
You can sign up for free, but for a greater upload limit, it only costs about $20USD to get 2GB per month!


User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8899 times:

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 9):
Damn, I should have said hi then! I thought one guy looked exactly like you (on your trip report pics) - but wasn't quite sure. I was in 37A on the way to NBK and 67A on the upper deck on the way back.

I was in 42K out and 27K back. Oh well, maybe next time they open an airport here.

Read in the Post that TG will do international test flights to HKG and SIN on September 1st.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 9):
Quoting Christao17 (Reply 8):
Did anyone spot MagicalChaz?

I only saw a group with Hflight.net shirts, don't know any of them personally.

I was so close to going up and asking, especially after one of the guys was snapping pictures of the "no smoking" sign onboard!



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8879 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 11):
especially after one of the guys was snapping pictures of the "no smoking" sign onboard!

I did so too... Big grin

Just uploading the report.



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (7 years 12 months 19 hours ago) and read 8747 times:

Quoting Ohsopc (Reply 6):
but i've change my image hosting to photobucket so that might helped it to load, except i don't know how to edit my post... so would someone help me with that?

You can only edit for the first 30 minutes. You'll either need to re-post the pictures in the comments section, re-post the entire report as a new thread, or if you can make the pictures as a public-accessible folder on photobucket (or ofoto or wherever) you can just put the link in the comments section.



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1884 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 8698 times:

THank you for the interesting report and look forward to the rest of it.

Carfield


User currently offlineOhsopc From Thailand, joined Jul 2006, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8351 times:

Sorry for the late continuation, it has been a busy couple of days doing some charity work and hanging out with friends.

The airport tour counter was located behind the Baggage Claim no. 3 (pictured above). The people in charge have organized airport tours lasting approximately 2.5 hours (although i think it took much less) around the interior and exterior of Suvarnabhumi.

Unfortunately, my camera were unusable for the first few minutes of the tour, because my memory was full, so I had to resize many of my pictures; and wasn't able to take pictures of the check in, the immigration, and the shopping area (which weren't finished). Although I was able to get some pictures of the check in area later.


A part of Suvarnabhumi design was to intregate Thai designs into the modern design that it have. Here is some part of its attempt; one of the giant from the epic Ramayana to welcome visitors to Thailand


This picture is to demonstrate the long walk that most passengers have to do once Suvarnabhumi opens. By the way, this is only 1/2 of the walk from the center of the X, to the immigration area. Also noted that the gate on the floor above displays a THAI flight to Stuttgart. This is weired because THAI doesn't fly to Stuttgart, nor does any airline from Bangkok that I know of.




Picture of Bosch speakers. The only reason I put it here is because my parents does business in audio, video, conference system; and I was hoping that they would get some business in Suvarnabhumi, but they have backed out because they doubted AoT's paying ability


We then walked through immigration, and to the baggage claim area.



The pictured baggage carousel is one of the longest baggage carousel, it is made espeacially for the A380 flights. To see how long it is, the regular one starts around the white sign that saids no. 22.


The baggage claim area stretches from one end of the building to the other. However, it is separated by a wall, with pictures.


The garden here is supposed to represent the fields of Thai countryside, with grasses that looks like a rice plant, to represent one of the major crop that is produced in Thailand. The garden on the other side (pier a,b,c) showcases the royal barge, and represents the more urban way of things (bangkok)


This is where you will likely pass through when entering Thailand.



The outside of Suvarnabhumi. There are three levels of road connecting to Suvarnabhumi, the top is for departure traffic, the middle is for arriving traffic, and the bottom is for group tour traffic. There is a separate center for all public transportation except train, on the outskirt of the airport; with a connecting bus to the terminal.


The truss that hold up the roof is the largest in the world.




The last few images that I have taken from the walk around is the THAI premium class check in counters. They are really redefining the word luxury upon opening of Suvarnabhumi, with 8 lounges that include a 3,750-sq m common lounge, a 650-sq m spa lounge, a 250-sq m arrival lounge, two transit passenger lounges (total 650 sq m), a 650-sq m domestic lounge and two lounges for partner airlines (650 sq m). Added that the check in area also have sofas and coffee table.

Cannot wait to use it as I will have ROP Gold by the end of this year.


User currently offlineOhsopc From Thailand, joined Jul 2006, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8331 times:

After the tour of the interior was over I went on a bus tour of Suvarnabhumi. Unfortunately, my seat was blocked by the advertisement (you know the sticker they put on the window so that you can see out partially but the people outside can only see the ads). Therefore I didn't take any pictures. However, the bus tour takes us around, and the tour guide was pretty informative.

OX999K
Suvarnabhumi (NBK) - Bangkok (BKK)
Depart 16.39 - 17.09
Boeing 747-100 (HS UTM)
Seat 48A Gate B5



The check in for the return flight opened at 2.30 pm and I tried to arrive as early as possible to get a window seat. When I get there, there were alot of people lining up already, and the lines moved very slowly. I think this is due more to the fact that the flight is packed with 500+ people more than because it is inefficient. I know this because it only took the agent around a minute to check me in.


This is the shopping area for the domestic gates (pier a/b). It seemed that it is already fully decorated. On the day of the test flight King Power Duty Free made a heavy discount as a promotion. Too bad I didn't know that or else I would've gotten something.



The view from B pier of Suvarnabhumi, throughout the pier there are various modern art on display. I wonder if these are to be replaced with advertising in the future.


This is again HS-UTM, my ride back to Don Muang.




The view from Gate B5. The security checkpoint is located in each gate. It took a while for all to clear security as the metal detector seemed to be working better than normal. It detected everything, and almost everybody has to be checked by the security.



View from the contact gates


Inside HS-UTM, sorry for bad quality



The THAI maintainance, which can fit 3 A380 or 4 B747; and view from while we are taxi-ing.

I didn't take many pictures from this flight because I traded my window seat to this guy who I've met in Suvarnabhumi, so that he can also take some pictures for the magazine article he is writing. The flight back to Don Muang isn't that interesting, we landed in Bangkok Int'l and was packed in a remote bay, really far from the terminal.






This concludes my trip report. I apologize in advance if there was anything that was done wrong, espeacially about the picture of the first flight that some people cannot load. I really hoped that you enjoyed it, and find it interesting. Comments and suggestions are certainly welcomed.

Thank You for Reading and Sawasdee,

Ohsopc


User currently offlineOhsopc From Thailand, joined Jul 2006, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8324 times:

Oh yeah, if the images are still not working, go here

http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m90/ohsopc/Suvarnabhumi/


User currently offlineSeamefly From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8285 times:

when is the tentative date of grand opening of the new airport? I'm thinking of going to Thailand in Nov. Would I still be landing at the old one or at the new one?

User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8223 times:

Quoting Seamefly (Reply 18):
when is the tentative date of grand opening of the new airport? I'm thinking of going to Thailand in Nov. Would I still be landing at the old one or at the new one?

3am on September 28... supposedly not tentative but firm.



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineVTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7793 times:

Very nice Ohsopc. I hope that there are many more trip reports to come.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 19):
3am on September 28... supposedly not tentative but firm.

I am still interested in how all the airlines are going to switch on the 28th of sept. I'm just thinking that airlines like NW, UA, and a few other "light" carriers into BKK will adapt to the new airport.

VTBDflyer



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 938 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7730 times:

Quoting VTBDflyer (Reply 20):

I am still interested in how all the airlines are going to switch on the 28th of sept. I'm just thinking that airlines like NW, UA, and a few other "light" carriers into BKK will adapt to the new airport.

Several other airports have opened up overnight. It is just a matter of logistics. I read in the Bangkok Post that TG is planning something like 2,600 round trips (with trucks, not planes) between the airports in order to caravan goods and supplies over. Not all of those will occur the night of the 27th. Without a doubt, that will be a long night for all the different airlines' employees and probably nobody gets vacation that week.

I agree that NW and UA as well as all the airlines will "adapt" to the new airport. They really have no choice but to adapt as they won't be able to fly to Don Muang with scheduled services starting on the 28th.

[Edited 2006-08-19 13:13:47]


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineStrasserB From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 1541 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7718 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 21):
Several other airports have opened up overnight. It is just a matter of logistics.

I was onsite ATH when they moved the airport overnight. It was a great spectacle to see the endless chain of trucks on the main road between the old and new airport. All the logistics worked fine and the new airport was ready for operations just in time.

But another kind of "logistic" must be considered:
How (or if) and when the IT systems of the local carriers are going to move.

In those days Olympic Airways decided to establish a long distance microwave link from their data centre (close to the old airport) to the new location. This link worked fine during all operational trials with one or two opened counters.

In real life operation the link couldn't serve the data flow of more than 7 counters (of more than 20 available) and it was a very inconvenient situation for this great airline and their passengers until the problem could be fixed after a couple of days.



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