Photo © Florian Kondziela
God how nervous was I - left a perfectly good home and career, packed my life into a bag and decided to head around the world for however long I wanted to. Crazy!
Anyway, as I said, we decided to get to the airport fairly early - didn't need any extra stress at that time. Arrived at T3 and jaw dropped. People everywhere - lines almost out the door! Turned out that the AC computers (they handle TG amongst others) had broken down, so check-in was being done manually. OMG! Anyway, waited in line for about 90 minutes and could steadily see our departure time approaching. Even FC passengers were queuing (I bet they were happy!).
Anyway, got assigned our seats 47JK, a window just toward the back of the wing.Through departures and a few cheeky Stella Artois to say goodbye to Britain!
All of a sudden, looked at the info screens and the "Flight Closing" was displayed. I knew that this gate was a distant one - about a 10 - 15 minute walk.
We just picked up our bags and RAN hard! Got to the gate and there were loads of people there. To be honest, there was such a queue when we left the check-in area that there was no way that they would have had everyone processed and at the gate in time.
A quick look through the window at our "bird" - it was the Star Alliance aircraft and it looked fantastic.
A friendly greeting from the Thai cabin crew - the wai (hands at the chin and a bow) was a really nice touch from what was to turn out to be an excellent crew.
After a departure delay due to a drunken passenger being offloaded (good), we pushed back about 35 minutes late. A short taxi out to 9L and then a surprisingly powerful takeoff into the night sky. It was the Saturday of fireworks night and was great to see all of the displays going on around London.
Inflight service commenced fairly soon - complimentary drinks and a meal. Went for the curry thinking I could handle it. JEEZ - real fiery. Nice though, but knew that they may be unfortunate consequences for me and my neighbouring passengers a few hours later Also got my first taste of Singha Beer - YUM. Worth going to Thailand just for that.
Seating with TG in Y was excellent. No PTV's, but 34in of legroom and a decent recline was excellent. Seats were made by Recaro and were very comfortable.
Photo © José Ramón Valero - IBERIAN SPOTTERS
IFE was actually switched off for the main part of the flight, but all of the blinds were down and the cabin was in darkness as most people were asleep.
Very smooth cruise and soon descending into Don Muang Bangkok Int'l Airport. The smoothest landing I have EVER had,amazing.
Parked at a distant gate without an airbridge so getting out of the aircraft and into the heat was a bit of a shock, but we would have to get used to it.
The airport was excellent, and a very friendly greeting. Many people were connecting through to Australasian destinations - couldn't do it myself. Was climbing up the walls to get off the plane by the end.
However I was impressed with TG. Excellent food and friendly service, and the seats were comfortable as well. Lack of PTV's didn't bother me, but the quality of what was shown was sub-standard.
Other than that, a great flight.