Hi folks, iam back from a 8 days vacation in PNH and BKK, following is my trip repot:
Trip Report to Phnom Penh and Bangkok
March 9: FRA- CPH LH A321: Flight was delayed by 30 minutes due to late incoming aircraft. FA's in Coach were very friendly and service normal for intraeuropean routes.
It was the first time for me to see CPH airport, i was very impressed mainly by two issues. First, the shops around are very high standard and the locations are very convenient. Secondly, i have never seen an airport in my life where there is so much high quality wood used for the finishing of gates and window frames, some gates looked better than some reception desks at five star hotels! Among many planes spotted a Britannia 767-300 and a 737-500 of Estonian Airlines. And a very strange (at least for me!) A300-B4 of Premi-Air Reg. OY-CNK ??? and a Greenland Air B757-200 (OY-XXX Reg.) i guess both belong to some Scandinavian charter operator?
March 9: CPH- BKK SK767-300 flight Nbr. 973: The flight went on time, SLF was about 80% in coach and 60% in Business. The Business section was quite big for an 767-300. Seating in coach was fine. FA's were very old in age, well am not trying to insult anybody but it was not a good mix. But the FA's were generally friendly. Dinner was served, medium quality. The in-flight entertainment was a bit poor, the Video one was OK (including the new James Bond, how could it be else!) but the audio channels were hardly five or six the most. The mixture of FA's, cabin colors and fittings gave a very classical or yet better conservative touch to the flight. I asked one FA for visiting the flight deck, she checked and advised that same will be possible as soon as light comes up. Then she took me to the cockpit and i spent some 40 minutes there chatting with the Captain and the first officer. Both were extremely nice and very communicative. The plane was built in 1990 but the cockpit looked damn old by looking at control panels and the frames of the equipment. Fuel consumption was running at 6 tones after six hours flying. We were flying over Tashkent then onward to Afghanistan (Kabul) and it was fun to hear the afghan ATC guys really shouting into their mics. as if they are calling on deaf pilots! They had a double cockpit crew and they were taking turns flying. We landed in BKK Don Muang Airport
where i disembarked. The flight was enroute to SIN.
Unfortunately i didn't manage to see our friend Jak from Airliners.Net who lives in BKK.
March 12: BKK-PNH PG (Bangkok Airways) ATR72 Flight Nbr. 920. Flight was slightly delayed due to late arrival of some passengers. Flight SLF 100%, the FA's were extremely beautiful J)) and attentive. While walking form the Bus to the plane spotted CX 777-200, TG772, TG313 and QR (Qatar Airways) A300-600 and one Fokker 28 in yellow /blue colors (i quess it was the Burmese carrier)
Flight was O.K the service for such a short run was very good indeed we got some light snack of cut
Meat and cheese + cold and hot drinks. And then to my surprise they served ice-cream! Can you believe that! The trip took 1:20 minutes. TG is flying the same route with a 737-400 and needs about 40 minutes only. PG is offering lowers market fare for the BKK-PNH RT, about 30% lower than TG.
Phnom Penh airport is really a blast for lovers of exotic places. The airport is the smallest airport for a capital city i have ever seen, one RWY quite short, no taxi way and no turns at the end of RWY! So we had to turn using the normal width of the RWY. Currently as far as i found out there are only few scheduled carriers serving PNH, MH daily with 737, Dragon Air 3 weekly flights from HKG with A320,
beside TG twice daily, Silk Air of SIN with A320 and Bangkok Airways linking PNH with BKK (twice daily as of Summer schedule), Pattaya and some other destinations in Thailand. There was one 737 of Royal Air Cambodge and a AN24 with the name Phnom Penh airways!!! Beside one AN12 freighter.
The Terminal building is very small and is currently improved by additional space. Though the A/P was quite efficient for such a remote destination.
March 16: PNH- BKK on PG ATR72. A/C Reg. HS-PGJ Flight was very punctual, check in was very cute indeed, there were six check-in counters in the whole airport!!! But well, it is enough for such city. Spotted a F28 white with blue and red strips Reg. XU- something ??? Flight was half empty, i asked the FA for Cockpit visit and was allowed. The two pilots were Thai and very very friendly , the TOW (Take of weight) this morning was 18 Tons, the plane is owned by a French lessor (FRASCOM) and leased to Bangkok Airways. I was amazed how spacious the cockpit was, (bigger than the 737) but no jump seat. While taxing in BKK spotted EK A300-600, SR MD11 and many TG planes (including a 777-300)
March 18: I tried to get on board SR (i was on standby) but flight was full, the SR staff was very unfriendly but anyhow no seat was left. Tried my luck with QF (744) to FRA but they were full too.
Then i went over to Terminal 1 and checked with TG to ZRH who accepted me 30 minutes prior to departure.
The MD11 was packed to the last seat in Coach and Business. Business class seats were very old and the seatpitch was very daring! I was in coach but only one block close to business. Coach was fine i had an aisle seat. I was not allowed a cockpit visit with reference to security regulations for night flights. Food was fine ( as usual with TG) but in-flight entertainment was very poor, the movie chart went off every ten minutes or so, thus making it difficult to follow the film. Only one movie was shown after about 9 hours of flying! The audio channels were not too selective. After 12 hours we landed at ZRH Kloten, it was raining heavily, the landing was ultra soft (... smooth like silk....). Spotted an YAK42 (couldn't recognize the carrier).
March 18: ZRH- FRA SR A330-200. Plane was empty (70 pax 224 capacity). Plane was very new and equipped with modern PTV. The control handle can be used as a skyphone. FA's were very attentive and service was very good for such a short European flight. Landing in FRA was so easy that the captain hardly engaged reverse thrust due to very light landing weight.
This is it folks i hope i didn't bore you!
now i have to do my laundry :-)