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Thai Singapore To Shanghai, Part 1 SIN To BKK

Fri Sep 19, 2003 1:23 pm

Flight no : TG402
Date of departure : 18th September 2003
Gate : D42
Origin : Singapore
Destination : Bangkok
Aircraft type : Boeing 777-2D7 (Suphan Buri)
Registration number : HS-TJH
Time of departure : 0820
Actual time of departure : 0840
Duration of flight : 2 hrs 20 mins
Actual duration of flight : 1 hr 55 mins
Runway use for departure : 02R
Runway use for arrival at BKK : 21R
Gate used at BKK : 22
Seat number : 46H

I had to go to Shanghai for another business trip with meetings to attend . The last time I went to Shanghai was about a month ago on Malaysia Airlines . I enjoyed Malaysia airlines ‘s A330 and B777( The 2-5-2 configuration was not so bad after all ) tremendously and now I decided to try another airline . An airline that I have not flown before and also offers either Boeing 777 or Airbus330 (Best is both) and among all the airlines like Cathay , Air China and Thai Airways , I decided to choose Thai Airways .The air tickets was slightly more expensive then Malaysia Airlines . I paid around S$600 including Chinese visa and tax .

Anyway , 18th September came very quickly . I woke up quite early in the morning , feeling excited to be flying another airline and flying my favorite Boeing 777 and Airbus 330 . I read in some article that TG has re-configured some of their 777-200s to 3-3-3 configuration . I was hoping for 3-3-3 because after flying on Emirates’s 3-4-3 configuration on their 777s , I didn’t like it because It was very packed and no room to move about if it’s a full flight . I went to airport around 2 hours before departure and there were many foreigners queuing up so I guess it’s a full flight . I was right when I asked the check-in counter lady , I was disappointed that it was 3-4-3 but I managed to get an aisle seat . I choose window seat for my Bangkok to Shanghai flight A330 .
Even through the time was still early , I went through the departure lounge and headed towards my gate which I saw my beautiful 777 plane that was going to take me to Bangkok . Using my binoculars , I took a peep at the registration and it was the last TG’s 777 , HS-TJH. Anyway , I should continue my report .
I was the first few to board the plane as this was probably my one and only 777-200 ride because my return flight , I would be flying A330-300 and B777-300 .The seats were configured 3-4-3 and even through the aircraft width is wide but I find it very cramp and the space between the 2 aisle seats is very tight . The flight was full as I saw no empty seats , looking around . The cabin crews gave a very warmed welcome to all the passengers boarding . That was a nice start , definitely make up for the lack of PTV .
Anyway , the plane only started pushing back around 0840 because of some inconsiderate late passengers who took their own sweet time . I was kind of surprised when the tow-truck pushed the plane back and maneuver the plane towards 02 direction .I thought the plane would be taking off via 20 L . Anyway , the engines were quickly started and we headed towards 02R for an immediate take off because the pilots wanted to make up for loss time . It was quite a long take off roll and after rotating , we headed towards 5000 feet before making a turn ( I forgot which direction ) towards our assigned FL390 . It was only after take off , the captain spoke his first words , welcoming us on board Thai Airways . I find this very weird . He gave us our flight details briefly and told us to fill up this entry form in which one of the lucky passengers on board will get a chance to win a free economy ticket to Bangkok .I make a vow to myself , if I win the ticket , I will give the ticket to a good friend of mine . The flight entertainment on board Thai airways has to be very disappointed . They showed some documentary and cartoons which does not interest me . I spend my time resting , enjoying the light turbulence with a few severe turbulence while half way through the flight . I must say that I am impressed with their service because they kept offering drinks and when some of the passengers requested for their drinks , they served them almost immediately unlike some airlines I had experienced either forget to serve them or took a long time to serve them . That is what I call service . The strange thing is that usually airlines I flew on, offered towers before departure but they served towers before our meal . Our meals came shortly after taking our towels , We had a choice of sausage omelette or pork noodle . As I don’t really like pork noodle , I chose the sausage omelette . To be frank the omelette was tasteless but the salad was good . After clearing the meals , it was time for the lucky draw to take place . Seat no 62H was the lucky winner , I can’t remember her name but she looks like in her 20s from China . Everyone was clapping for her , envying her for being so lucky . Not so soon after that , it was time for us to prepare for arrival . I must say this flight went pass very fast . The approach to Bangkok Airport was a bit rough especially entering the cloudy area . Once we were cleared of the clouds , the landing was pretty smooth and touched down quite nicely on runway 21R . These are the planes I saw at the airport. Gulf Air A340-300 (50th Anniversary) , Thai Airways B737-400, B747-400 , B777-200/300 , MD-11 , A330-300 , Cathay A340-300 , EVA Air B747-400M (Old and New ) ,Indian Airlines A320 , Aeroflot Illushin 62 , Ethiopian B767-300, Kuwait A340-300 , MK B747-200F , Singapore Airlines B747-400 , Malaysia A330-300 (9M-MKE) I flew this bird last month !! , Sri Lankan A330-200 (4R-ALB) I flew this bird last year , China Airlines A340-300 ( My first time seeing this bird ) , President Airlines B737-200 , Phuket Air B737-200 , Thia Orient B747-200, L1011 and Phillipines B737-400 . That’s about it I think .

Part 2 coming up next . Hope you enjoyed my report so far .
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RE: Thai Singapore To Shanghai, Part 1 SIN To BKK

Fri Sep 19, 2003 7:39 pm

Nice trip! I'm still sworn off Thai after getting food poisoning from them a number of years back. I must go to BKK soon to grab a shot of that Aeroflot IL62!!!! Such a nice change from the IL96 they normally operate  Smile
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RE: Thai Singapore To Shanghai, Part 1 SIN To BKK

Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:51 am

Thanks , sorry to hear that . I haven't had problem with the food but i know some people were complaining of the Pork they had , it tasted quite awful .Bangkok airport has some excellent spots to take shots , the 2-3 hrs delay was worth it .
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RE: Thai Singapore To Shanghai, Part 1 SIN To BKK

Mon Sep 22, 2003 8:32 pm

Great trip report!


I guess it's just a one off incident if not people would be poisoned everyday from that day you flew! Or rather if the B747 gets involved with engine trouble maybe you should never fly the B747 again? Big grin


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