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MEL-BKK Via SIN - Aboard OS And TG  
User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13616 times:

Part 3 of 4 – Melbourne to Singapore

Date:
Saturday 25 November 2006
Airline/Flight: OS 008
Departure: 18:40 (18:37)
Arrive: 23:20 (23:10)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Seat: 2A / Business Class

The first leg of this journey, BKK-SIN-MEL, is here.

I had told the immigration officer that my main “to do” in Australia would be eating, and eat I did. The week in Melbourne was a busy one, spending a lot of time on email wrapping up work items before the Thanksgiving holiday. But I spent a lot of time with Stephanie, met some of her friends, and with the help of the handy 2007 The Age Good Food Guide ate at some fantastic restaurants:


  • Fenix
  • Oyster Little Bourke
  • Tutto Bene


Pretty Melbourne by day and night
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Saturday afternoon came quickly and after a quick lunch down at St. Kilda’s Beach I caught a taxi up to Tullamarine International Airport. The airport strikes me as very small for a city of this size, especially one that (I perceive) has so many flights to international destinations.

Curbside at Melbourne International
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Arriving three hours before my flight, I was initially confused as the sign board directed me to check in counters 75-78 but when I got there, they were all Air New Zealand. There were no lines so I went to the counter to see if NZ handled check-in for Austrian. The agent, a contracted Qantas employee, said no but picked up the phone to call the Austrian counter to find out where they were… and that turned out to be immediately behind him on the other side of the check-in row.

The Austrian check-in area
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There was already a good-sized line for the economy cabin but only a couple ahead of me in the business class line, so the wait was only two or three minutes. The man who checked me in was professional but not very friendly. He did change my seat from a middle seat to a window, thankfully.

I did a little bit of shopping, remembering that I should bring some gifts home for my fellow teachers at the small school where I volunteer as an English teacher. Chocolate-covered macadamia nuts seemed a safe enough gift. After buying some organic hand lotion for my mother-in-law, my shopping for gifts was complete.

A few minutes of wandering around the terminal and over to the domestic wings didn’t yield a whole lot of good photo opportunities, so I proceeded through immigration and customs.

The very active Virgin Blue gates
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The terminal itself is like a large version of San Diego but with more shops. I wandered around a bit and found a few gates that offered some good photo opportunities. Fortunately, my plane arrived while I was standing next door at gate 2, giving me a very nice view of the starboard side of the plane without, sadly, a camera with a sufficiently wide-angle lens. Thank goodness it wasn’t a 777-300!

My beautiful Austrian B777 arrives
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I found my way down to the Air New Zealand lounge, which is on the ground level in the rotunda area. It is a nice but dimly-lit lounge with a good selection of food and wines. The refrigerator full of wine, red, white and sparkling, brought back memories of “Absolutely Fabulous” on the BBC. I didn’t snack on anything other than a nibble of some cheeses, since Austrian is known for its food service and I didn’t want to fill up beforehand.

The lounge
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Cheese and crackers at the NZ lounge
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The washrooms have shower facilities but – here’s the kicker – there are paper signs taped on the doors saying that the locks on the doors “don’t work now.” I’m wondering whether they worked before and no longer work, or they have yet to work. There were no towels larger than a washcloth and while I would have liked to shower off after being out and about earlier in the day, it seemed a bit silly to try drying off with a dozen or more of these little washcloths. Perhaps those facilities will be improved a bit soon.

There was a really nice long working desk that sat twenty or more people down the middle of lounge, complete with data jacks and power plugs. All Australian and the front desk didn’t have any adapters. Plugs are becoming a challenge: some places you go seem to have these “universal plugs” that can take just about any time of plug. Others have nothing. This was one of those “nothing” situations. Going back upstairs to buy an adapter at a store seemed a bit of a waste, so I just read a magazine instead.

I’m tickled by the comment, “Relax”
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Qantas B747
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Emirates B777-300
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About a half-hour before boarding I decided to do some walking around; I like having lounge access but also get tired of sitting around on my behind when I have seven hours of sitting ahead of me. After taking a few more pictures of planes, including stopping at the Starbucks since it had the best views of my plane, I arrived at the gate just as pre-boarding started for families with small children.

Sunset view from Starbucks
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An Austrian man who I had seen in the lounge was already waiting at the gate, trying to get an explanation why he couldn’t board yet. “But the boarding card says 5:40,” he said to the agent. “Yes, sir,” she replied, “That’s when we want you at the gate. We’ll be boarding business class in just a few minutes.” “But that’s not how it is done at the airports in Europe,” he replied.

“Yes, and what about it?” I thought to myself.

The gate area before boarding
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Thankfully for him, he only had to wait another three minutes before he was able to charge down to the jetway to his seat.

Boarding was through 1L with the second jetway being left unutilized. Two friendly, very red-attired flight attendants were greeting at the door and I was directed to the first aisle, in German.

As I settled in, another flight attendant took my jacket and got me a newspaper, a very huge Saturday edition of The Age. She looked at it quizzically and asked, “Is this only one newspaper?” Indeed it was, although two sections had been doubled up.

Business class seating aboard Austrian
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Doors closed almost ten minutes before departure time and flight attendants offered orange juice and water to us. We pushed back three minutes early and a oddly slapstick safety video was played in which a computer animated Chaplin-esque man runs into a stop sign while watching an airplane take off and then, later in the video, snags his tie when putting his tray table into the upright position.

Into position on Runway 16
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We departed runway 16 and a few minutes later turned towards a northwesterly heading. Menus, a wine list and a coffee list (Viennese coffee!) had been distributed before the flight but as the purser came around to take orders, he told me that I had pre-ordered a low-fat meal which made absolutely no sense to me.

It made no sense to me, first of all because seeing my last name on the manifest, he initiated the conversation in German and my high school German is very rusty and probably never included the vocabulary to describe pre-ordering low-fat meals. Low-fat meals didn’t even exist when I was in high school.

It also made no sense to me because I hadn’t pre-ordered a lot-fat meal. What I think had happened is that since I had booked this flight through United, my United profile has a request for a low-fat meal in it, mostly because when flying on UA the special meals tend to be a little tastier than their regular fare. Anyhow, the UA agent hadn’t confirmed the request when I booked the flight and the request had gone unheeded by Singapore, so it didn’t even occur to me that Austrian might have received it.

I gave the purser a sort of puzzled look and, after asking him if we could speak English and going through the process of him repeating himself, we decided that I’d take my entrée but would enjoy some of the non-low-fat appetizers.

Interesting cloud formations
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Neck-turning view back towards the engine
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About an hour after takeoff, we were served drinks and a small plate with three amuse bouches on it. They were tasty but after having seen six appetizers listed on the menu, I thought, “That’s it?” I know, I should have been perfectly satisfied with that but was a bit confused.

Amuse-bouche
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Just a few minutes later, though, my confusion was cleared as the flight attendants came down with a nicely-arranged cart with all six appetizers on them, explaining the items to each passenger and serving whatever anyone wanted to try. These included:

  • Prawns “Louis Armstrong” (served with a creamed mushroom ragout)
  • Smoked salmon with sour cream
  • Buffalo mozzarella with tomato and basil
  • Crispy pork salad
  • Seared beef on Caesar salad
  • Vegetarian fried spring rolls with sweet and sour chili sauce


I tried a bit of each and found them all to be tasty. The spring roll was not too oily but was nonetheless too heavy for an appetizer. With them I had a Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne Brut that was really superb.

Cart service for appetizers
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Unlike SQ, the OS flight attendants kept offering refills throughout the meal, although they seemed occupied with serving the food that sometimes it took a few minutes for them to notice needed beverage refills.

Thoughtful details: “Service is Our Success” etched on the champagne flute
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A tiny wooden clothespin to attach your linen napkin to your shirt
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Interestingly, the Austrian long-haul flights feature a chef onboard. A previous trip report said that the chef had come out to take the orders. This was not the case on my flight, although the chef did come out to refill items on the cart. Actually, I’m curious what he really did that is different from the “galley” position that flight attendants are usually assigned to.

Anyhow, the regular meal service looked quite nice. Main dishes included:

  • Grilled Australian rockling (a fish) with olive-thyme puree and Mediterranean vegetables
  • Spring chicken on mushroom risotto with grilled asparagus
  • Penne con arugula with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh Parmesan cheese


Cream of celery soup
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My low-fat meal was a wreck: herbed chicken breast with a scant few milliliters of sauce, oven-roasted vegetables, and steamed potatoes. In a word: dry. A simple sauce of chopped tomatoes and onions would have gone a long way to boost flavor and add some moisture while remaining low-fat.

Low-fat entrée
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Well, I suspect I could have asked for something else if I had wanted it, but it seemed a shame not to take the meal I had supposedly ordered. But I didn’t finish it. Instead, I waited for dessert. Served from a cart, it was a combined dessert/cheese/fruit course:

  • Fruit platters including melons, pineapple and grapes
  • Three types of cheese (a Roquefort, a camembert, and a firm Spanish cow’s milk cheese)
  • Fresh strawberries with Mascarpone cream (this is, I suppose, a hybrid of the fruit and cheese platters, no?)
  • A double chocolate tarte, which I avoided. I mean, after all, I had ordered a low fat meal, right?


With dinner I had a glass of an Austrian red wine, a 2004 Zantho Zweigelt and then a Burmester port wine with the dessert. A bowl of hazelnut chocolates, wrapped in a special Mozart 250th birthday wrapper, was placed between me and my seatmate for us to snack on.

The service was quite leisurely – it was nearly three hours after departure when we finished. I declined anything from the chef-prepared Viennese coffee tray – too late for coffee – and fired up my laptop to make use of the remaining four hours and a few minutes (which is where I wrote the report up to this point).

After sunset the sky glows aquamarine
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Shortly after passing over Bali, about one hundred minutes left in the flight, the flight attendants went through the cabin and, taking care to not disturb the many passengers who were still resting, inquired about anyone wanting a pre-landing snack. Choices included a club sandwhich or an Austrian dessert called Kaiserscharrn, described as a “shredded pancake with plum ragout.”

It sounded much too filling and I and nearly all of the other passengers declined the offer.

During the post-dinner part of the flight, flight attendants passed through the cabin with decreasing frequency. At first it was easy to get a water refill every twenty minutes or so (small glasses, in my opinion) but eventually I had to work a bit harder: walk up to the galley, where the flight attendants had fashioned some galley lockers and pillows into a impromptu bistro, or ring the call button and pester them. I really should just carry a 1.5-litre bottle with me and save them and me the trouble.

Our arrival into Singapore was spectacular, the approach through mostly clear skies into runway 2C yielding a magnificent view of the straits dotted with hundreds of ships and a very impressive downtown skyline. The nose camera was on and so we had a very nice view of the runway, but it turned off just a few moments after touchdown so I couldn’t enjoy the roll-out.

Our plane taxied for a few minutes to gate D4 and after we parked there was a moment of confusion before the cabin lights were turned on. It looked like most of the passengers were continuing on to Vienna, but they had to disembark and clear security to return to the gate.

Overall, Austrian was a very pleasant service and I’d strongly consider them for flights to Europe.

Stay tuned for the final installment of the report. Feedback and comments always welcomed.


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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13642 times:

Part 4 of 4 – Singapore to Bangkok

Date:
Sunday 26 November 2006
Airline/Flight:TG 402
Departure: 08:10 (on-time)
Arrive: 09:30 (on-time)
Aircraft: Airbus A330
Seat: 14K / Royal Orchid Business Class

With nine hours between my inbound flight from Melbourne and my next flight to Bangkok, I was glad I had reserved a room at the transit hotel. A short tram ride connected me to Terminal One, where I checked at the transfer desk to see if I could get my seat assignment for the THAI flight. The friendly agent told me that I’d have to check in Sunday morning and that the desk opened at 6:00.

Upstairs at the transit hotel, I checked in. The only rooms available were budget rooms, basically a fancier version of the YMCA with 2x3 meter rooms with a small bed, a small, desk and a small television. My room, fortunately, overlooked gate D44 and shortly after I checked in the JAL flight from Tokyo arrived.

Room at the transit hotel
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View from the room of the late-arriving JAL flight
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The budget rooms require the use of the shower facilities down the hall in the fitness center. While not fancy, the individual shower rooms have all the amenities you’ll need and there’s staff on duty throughout the day and night to keep things tidied up.

After about five hours of sleep, I got up about six, showered and changed clothes, then headed downstairs to the transfer desk. It was open but I was informed that the TG computer system was down and they couldn’t check me in. The agent called the TG office and was told that it would be up within a half-hour so she took my ticket and details and asked me to check back in a bit.

Christmas at Changi
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While enjoying a latte at Pacific Coffee, the same branch that I seem to end up at on every visit to this airport, and writing a brief blog entry, I heard an announcement about passengers going to Bangkok. Couldn’t make out the details so I headed back over to the transfer desk to see if it was in reference to my flight.

Sure enough, the system was back and the agent had my boarding card and lounge invitation ready. A window seat in the third row of business class. The TG lounge is closed for renovations, expected to last another two months or so, and in the meantime guests are being invited to the SATS premium lounge next door. This is actually a very pleasant lounge with a good selection of foodstuffs, a dozen or more computers available for use, and a very modern atmosphere.

SATS premium lounge
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Finishing my latte, a pastry and my blogging, I headed down to the boarding gate a few minutes early to allow time for picture taking. It seems more and more airports have windows with tinting or filters on them… difficult to take pictures but the viewing is good. There’s a second floor McDonalds near the Cactus Garden that also offers decent viewing of the apron.

Early morning viewing – China Eastern
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Air Sahara
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Air China pushes back
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New construction to accommodate the A380
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Gate C15 was just a short walk away and after passing through very polite security I entered the sunlight-bathed gate area. Picture taking was a little difficult given the glare and it got a little toasty after a few minutes so I sought out the shady corner of the room and waited as the crowd grew larger.

Our gate, bathed in early-morning and very bright sunlight
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Finally, about 7:45 we were invited to board the Airbus A330. It occurred to me while boarding that TG really has a pretty old fleet. I wonder if they will consider the 787 when it comes time for fleet renewal which, given their large fleet of classic Airbus planes, can’t be too far off.

A warm sawasdii-ka from the pretty flight attendant at door 1L as she pointed the way to my sear on the right-hand side of the plane. The inter-Asia Royal Orchid business class features old-style seats, but I think they’re quite comfortable for flights of up to about six hours. The cabin was in very good shape and it looked like the seats had been recently recovered. The new accent fabrics for the headrest and pillows are a plum color, matching the male cabin staff’s jackets. It actually looks very nice.

Intra-Asia Royal Orchid business class
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The service on THAI is usually very friendly and attentive, and this flight was consistent with that. Headphones, menus, warm towels, and beverages were handed out. A cart of newspapers and magazines was pushed around the cabin. One flight attendant confirmed that I had a low fat meal on order. This time I played along… chai, khrap. (yes, thank you)

Safety video reminds us to breathe normally
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We pushed back on time and watched the new safety video, which isn’t much of a departure from the old one. The biggest difference is that it features the new staff uniforms. We taxied to runway 2L and were airborne just a few minutes later.

A B727 – one of the most beautiful airplanes, in my opinion
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SQ’s A340-500 resting from a trip to EWR or LAX
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Into position on 2L
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Climbing out of Singapore
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Breakfast service began shortly after take-off with the deliver of a nice fruit plate. The entrée choices today were:

  • Raisin brioche French toast with raspberry chicken sausages
  • Braised seafood with udon noodles
  • Spanish omelet with chicken sausage, potatoes cheese patty and button mushrooms


My entrée was actually pretty interesting. It took a moment to figure out what it was, though. What I thought might be a tofu custard turned out to be a baked egg white… two or three of them, probably. A bit bland but definitely a high-protein, low-fat start to the day. The asparagus was a little soft but tasty (readers of previous trip reports may recall that I’m a big fan of asparagus) and the tomato-chili sauce was added a lot of flavor to what would have otherwise also been the bland meal choice. Austrian chefs take note: chili sauce; it’s all about the chili sauce.

Breakfast service on TG
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It was really nice to be back on THAI. After a week away from home and not speaking, hearing, or reading any Thai I was glad to dip my toes back into the language.

Mid-flight
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The rest of the flight was smooth. Most people napped and others read the paper.

We made a smooth descent to the east of Suvarnabhumi and landed on runway 19L.

Descent into Suvarnabhumi – note the aircraft’s shadow chasing us
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Parking next to TG’s Star Alliance colour scheme plane
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The arrival side of the terminal is much nicer than the departures side – the main sterile corridor has nice artwork and is very pleasant – it isn’t until you get to the main hallway and the D concourse area that it gets dark and you begin to see the exposed ductwork and pipes.

Sterile arrival corridor
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There were no lines at immigration and my new visa was accepted quite quickly. As I walked up to carousel ten my bag was just approaching me: perfect timing. Knowing that I had several bottles of wine in my bag, more than the 1 litre allowed, I took a look at the “green” lane – nothing to declare – and noticed that there wasn’t any line and as people came up, they were screening every bag in the x-ray machine, something that was rarely done at the old airport.

Demon guardian standing before immigration – a copy of the ones on display at the Grand Palace
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Deciding that it was better to fall upon my own sword rather than have it thrust into me, I went to the “red” lane where a group of a half-dozen customs officers were chatting and snacking (very Thai) on some khanom that one of them had brought to work. Playing the innocent farang I said that I had several bottles of wine and knew that I would need to pay a duty for the. There was some confusion and discussion; they asked to see the suitcase so I opened it and pointed at where the bottles were, but never actually unwrapped the bottles.

“How much did they cost?” asked one agent. I pretended to do some calculations in my head. “About 2,000 baht,” I replied, low-balling the figure by about 1,000 baht. They discussed some more. “The duty is 1,000 baht,” the agent said, “okay?”

So I paid the 1,000 baht – about US$30 – and even got a receipt, meaning that it probably didn’t end up in their pockets. In the end, I think I’m not supposed to be able to pay a duty on extra alcohol – I think I’m not allowed to bring it in at all. But it all worked out okay; I still saved a ton by buying these wines in Australia.

Well, that was the trip. Hope you enjoyed the report. Feedback and comments always welcome.


Upcoming report: BKK-CNX on One Two Go
Upcoming trip in March: BKK-NRT, NRT-SFO, SFO-MCI, MCI-YYZ, YYZ-HKG, HKG-BKK

Happy new year!



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offline9V From China, joined Aug 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 13406 times:

Great report and pics, thanks.

Food on Austrian looked tasty.  yummy 


User currently offlineSalvation From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 13368 times:

Great report and great pictures! The airline from MEL to SIN looks like an exceptional business class product compared to others I've flown at least...I'll have to give them a try one day.

User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 906 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 13325 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Thread starter):
There were no towels larger than a washcloth

you have to ask for the towels at the front desk, I don't get it, but thats how it is.

Quoting Christao17 (Thread starter):
when I have seven hours of sitting ahead of me

I would MUCH rather be sitting for 7 hours on a plane then in school.

nice report!
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 13204 times:

Hi Chris,

very nice report with great pictures!

Quoting Christao17 (Thread starter):
Thoughtful details: “Service is Our Success” etched on the champagne flute

That's Lauda Air's slogan - such a glass would be a nice souvenir.

Quoting Christao17 (Thread starter):
Finally, about 7:45 we were invited to board the Airbus A330. It occurred to me while boarding that TG really has a pretty old fleet.

TG's fleet age is 10,3 years - it's mainly the A300s (15,3 years) and the two B743s (19,1) which keep the average age up. The A330 fleet's average is 10,4 years.


PH



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User currently offlineVTBDflyer From Thailand, joined Aug 2006, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 13106 times:

Very nice Chris. Can't wait for the next reports.

VTBDflyer



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User currently offlineAGD From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13014 times:

Yet another interesting trip report Chris. Well done.


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User currently offlineZone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 12973 times:

Thanks for the conclusion of your MEL trip report! Would you say that the low fat meals are better than the regular meals in all cabins of UA or just the premium cabins? I might have to try that next time I fly UA for long haul. I can't wait for your North American trip report in March!


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User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12911 times:

Top notch report once again Chris! Alas, I missed out on the new J seats on Austrian with their knackered A340-300 on my way back from London. Ah..

Cheers again, coffee soon!

J.


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12896 times:

Lovely report once again, and beautiful pictures... Always a pleasure to read.

OS seems like a nice airline to try. I heard that they will be discontinuing their service to Singapore sometime soon. Wonder if there have been any developments since.

How much did you pay for your budget room at the transit hotel?



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 12859 times:
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Nice reports, many thanks.

Quoting 9V (Reply 2):
Food on Austrian looked tasty

- Agreed, sure did.

Look forward to the next reports.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 12761 times:

Great to hear from you again, how are you doing?
I enjoyed reading your report and i will post some comments about OS.
First, i don't like the new grand class enterior at all. It looks very old fashioned.
Why is OS using the Lauda sloagan " business is our sucsess " on their glases?
You have been talking about the guy who complained about the bording time..
i dislike people going: this is not the way it is handeld in Europe... what the heck, then stay in Europe!!

TG Business Class doesn't seem to be impressive on intra Asia flights.

Happy New Year: DALelite



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12596 times:

Quoting Zone1 (Reply 8):
Would you say that the low fat meals are better than the regular meals in all cabins of UA or just the premium cabins?

It has been awhile but the low fat meal on UA Economy was good the last time I had it trans-Pacific.

Quoting Thai747 (Reply 9):
Cheers again, coffee soon!

Yeah, give me a call after things settle down.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 10):
How much did you pay for your budget room at the transit hotel?

Budget room is SIN$40.45 for six hours plus 13.90/hour after that. The link is
here

Quoting DALelite (Reply 12):
Why is OS using the Lauda sloagan " business is our sucsess " on their glases?

Aren't OS and Lauda combining operations? I thought I read that in ATW or somewhere.

Quoting DALelite (Reply 12):
TG Business Class doesn't seem to be impressive on intra Asia flights.

You know, for what it is, it's fine. A little more recline would be nice for the red-eye flights but the seats are comfortable, the food is good and the service is generally friendly and attentive.



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User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 12585 times:

Great report as usual. Thanks for all the pictures as I have always wondered what Lauda/Austrians service was like on this route. The food looks excellent. Look forward to more.

SR 103


User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2132 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (7 years 12 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 12448 times:

Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to the report to CNX on One Two Go. I'm just curious, how much did you pay one way? There was a tourist store in Chiang Mai offering one way fares to BKK for 1,700 Baht.

Cheers,
Coal



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 12268 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 15):
Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to the report to CNX on One Two Go. I'm just curious, how much did you pay one way? There was a tourist store in Chiang Mai offering one way fares to BKK for 1,700 Baht.

1700 baht is their typical fare for BKK-CNX, available on their website and elsewhere. I think their higher fare is 2200 and maybe a third tier at 2700. All in all, it is a pretty simple and transparent fare structure.



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 12004 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Thread starter):
Thoughtful details: “Service is Our Success” etched on the champagne flute

Definitely shadings of an airline gone by... Lauda Air. This was their motto that was etched not only on the champagne flutes, but on the sides of their grey 777s as well.

I simply love reading your reports. I dont know how I managed to let this report slip past me?!



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User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11914 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Thread starter):
and with the help of the handy 2007 The Age Good Food Guide ate at some fantastic restaurants:



Fenix

Oyster Little Bourke

Tutto Bene

Good to see you've eaten at some of our fantastic restaurants!

I've heard only good things about Fenix, and it's in a great location too - on the banks of the Yarra!



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User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11804 times:

Hey Chris -

Yet another "absolutely fabulous" (lol) report! - I notice you're passing through YYZ on your way home in March...email me if your layover is long enough for a drink!

L727

p.s. I agree with you about the 727 (obviously... ;o)



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11740 times:

Quoting Melpax (Reply 18):
I've heard only good things about Fenix, and it's in a great location too - on the banks of the Yarra!

Fenix is one of the best restaurants I've ever beed to, with service that is incredibly thoughtful and attentive. My friend Stephanie and I were running late because of a lost taxi driver, and when we arrived the maitre'd brushed aside our apologies with an elegant, "we're glad you made it - let's get you seated and something to drink so you can relax and enjoy your dinner."

After a glass of bubbly and a liesurely fifteen minutes of chatting, we were settled down and ready to enjoy the dining experience. The entire rest of the evening was equally as thoughtful and well-executed.

Will be back there in early May and definitely eat at Fenix again!



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User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11621 times:

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 20):
My friend Stephanie and I were running late because of a lost taxi driver, and when we arrived the maitre'd brushed aside our apologies with an elegant, "we're glad you made it - let's get you seated and something to drink so you can relax and enjoy your dinner."

Why dosen't that suprise me???? A lot of the taxi drivers in this town haven't a clue where things are, it's bad enough when you live here, but if you're visiting from elsewhere........



Essendon - Whatever it takes......
User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 11263 times:

Enjoy OS while you can. They will not be operating services to BKK, SIN or Australia beyond April 2007.

User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 11078 times:

Quoting GuyBetsy1 (Reply 22):
Enjoy OS while you can. They will not be operating services to BKK, SIN or Australia beyond April 2007.

Yes, very disappointing news. Hard to believe that they aren't making money on their long-haul but if they aren't, they should cut it.



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7111 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10953 times:

Great report with some very nice pics there. You should have not opted for the low fat meals, after all it is Business class  Wink Food looked very nice none the less

25 Post contains images SASDC8 : Very nice report again Chris. I think that OS looks good and can hardly wait until April 5th, when I am going too BKK on OS C-Class. I thought they we
26 Cjh2007 : They will no cancel their BKK route, but are expanding it rather, with daily flights from VIE to BKK. No worries SASDC... (btw, im booked with them as
27 Post contains images Bimmerkid19 : At least they werent Mushroom clouds... those are a bit interesting as well... lol!
28 Safs : Excellent report. I thoroughly enjoyed your commentary and pics! Look forward to more from you in the future. Safs
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