NG737PSR
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Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Thu Oct 10, 2002 11:02 pm

I will be flying on an MD-11 with Thai Airways International MEL-BKK, my first time on one of their MD-11s in Business Class - has anyone any experience of this type/class/route?

How does it compare to business on their 747-400s and 777-300s

What's the MD-11 like to fly in generally?
 
spk
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Thu Oct 10, 2002 11:24 pm

I flew on THAI's MD-11 on BKK-SYD-MEL-BKK route last year.

The business class seats will not impress you. Seat pitch is around 42 inch, no footrest, no PTV, no lumbar support. You can request the Video Walkman to watch movies.

The aircraft interior in general looked old and worn out. No wonder because these planes are earmarked for retirement or conversion to freighter.

But really, even with such old seats, the flight was enjoyable. Good service. Good food. And with only around 9 hours of flight time the seats were comfortable enough for me. I wouldn't fly transpacific on such seats but for MEL-BKK, you'll be OK. Good service will make up for the bad seats.
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Thu Oct 10, 2002 11:33 pm

Thanks Spk, that's a nice amount of detail there. Thanks for the info.
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Thu Oct 10, 2002 11:37 pm

I flew on an AA MD-11 and was pleased to log one before they disappeared. I found the aircraft pleasant to ride in: robust on takeoff and smooth in flight. There is a distinct feeling of space in the cabin architecture (it is wider than the Airbus), and while perhaps not as quiet inside as the A340, it was a lot more serene in terms of engine noise than the 777. Despite the disappointing amenities on the Thai MD-11 (according to comments here) I'd say be happy to get on one before they're gone, and enjoy some good wine on board!
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Fri Oct 11, 2002 12:49 am

Thanks CF-CPI, also the nearest I'll get to flying a DC-10-30 these days too!
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Fri Oct 11, 2002 12:05 pm

You can't have PTVs on MD-11s--that's what caused SR111 to go down.
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Fri Oct 11, 2002 1:18 pm

Delta has PTVs in the BusinessElite cabin on their MD11s. SR suspected the SR111 fire had something to do with their PTVs - that's why they removed them but it's not a generic MD11 thing. Lack of PTVs in Business is more of a Thai-specific problem - they don't have PTVs in Business on some of their 747-400s either.
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Fri Oct 11, 2002 3:52 pm

Hey if you want to fly a DC-10 try Garuda. I'm flyin Bali-Jakarta-Guangzhou return next April in J class. Does anyone know what that's like?
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Fri Oct 11, 2002 6:20 pm

I flew a TG MD-11 from Dhaka to Bangkok. I have to say that the cabin was very clean, but still looked old, and the seats, though sufficient in size, lack in lumbar support, leg rest and PTVs, some accesiroies that should be present, specially for such a world class carrier like Thai. However, as the flight was only 2 hours, the flight was very comfortable and the excellent service made up for the poor seats. I wouldnt fly them on a long flight though.
Keep Discovering
 
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RE: Thai MD-11 In Business Class -what's It Like?

Fri Oct 11, 2002 10:06 pm

Rpwgw,

GA's DC10s are very nice... My last experience on board one of them is last July, from DPS to CGK. GA had refurbished all DC10s in their fleet. The seats were new, so was the carpet and even the window shades. Only the overhead bins showed that the airliner was not from the recent decade  Smile. Stepping into one, after a 6 hours journey on board a much newer A333 from BNE, I couldn't really notice how old the plane was. And the take-off was simply amazing.....

Pls do write a trip report after your journey...

JA

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