This is actually my first report and my first post on airliners.net after a few years of being a spectator.
About a month ago there was a news article in the paper that AOT (Airport Authority of Thailand) is going to open up Suvarnabhumi Airport for testing with real passengers. All Thai airliners were invited to join. So I thought to myself, hmm... I'm going on this for sure.
At first I wanted to go on THAI, as to check in their services on the new Suvarnabhumi Airport. THAI and One-Two-Go by Orient Thai was the only two airlines that offer Bangkok (Don Muang) <--> Suvarnabhumi - the others would be route Suvarnabhumi --> somewhere else in Thailand. Unfortunately, THAI changed their minds and reserve their Don Muang <--> Suvarnabhumi for VIP guests (i.e. Thaksin), so I had to choose One-Two-Go. This is ok since their flight was not so early (11.09) and that it would be my one last time on a classic 747.
Anyhow the flight costs Bht. 1,999 round trip but all the income will be donated to the King for use at his discretion, to develop Thailand/ help the poor.
The day started with me waking up in the morning and taking a taxi to the airport. I arrived at the airport about 9.15 for this 11.09 flight. At the domestic terminal there is a special check in for this flight, in which they also handed out a gift bag, containing two certificates, a fan, a pen, map of suvarnabhumi, today's itenerary, etc.
My ticket, and Boarding Passes:
Bangkok (BKK) - Suvarnabhumi (NBK)
Depart 11.09 - 11.39
Boeing 747-100 (HS UTM)
Seat 20A Gate 68
At the Gate: (I actually accidently deleted the picture of the whole aircraft)
Boarding was difficult as this flight is really full (the reason I'm really happy to get a window seat) It took really long time. I actually waited till the line was quite short. I made friends to this other guy who is a journalist and is doing review of Suvarnabhumi for an aviation magazine in the U.S. Upon boarding they handed us beverages and snacks in a bag on the jetway.
This bird HS-UTM is actually an ex-JAL bird. I think that Orient Thai pretty much inherited everything from JAL (they did not change anything!) and the seats still have signs in Japanese. The seat is also very cramped, because this plane is from Japanese Domestic Run it seats about 500+.
View from my seat.
After the normal boarding announcement the CEO/Chairman (i don't really know his titile) of Orient Thai welcomes us onboard. He said that it is a day to be proud of as Suvarnabhumi has the tallest air control tower (true), largest terminal building under one roof (wrong- hk is bigger after expansion), and that we are sitting in the airplane that has the most number of seats (I don't know if he got his fact right but what I really don't know is that why he would be proud of this)
Push Back, and Taxi
Views from the tarmac of Bangkok International Airport at 11. There is not much going on, because it is one of the slow hours.
VDO Screen on board showing the front of aircraft.
Air Koryo! North Korean's Airline - You don't really see this anywhere (except in the hub of Southeast Asia of course)
Lining up on runway
Going into the clouds
After a while the captain decelerates, and we decended a little through the clouds. As the cloud breaks, comes the surpries... we were doing a fly by of Suvarnabhumi - on my side of the plane too (I was so sorry for the people on the other side)
We then turned away and go around to line up for landing in Suvarnabhumi (pic above). The picture below was taken to show that Suvarnabhumi is actually build on swamp land, and that it is very vulnerable to floods. However, does provide beautiful views on landing.
Crossing the Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway: This is the main access road to Suvarnabhumi Airport.
3-2-1 Touchdown! Welcome to Suvarnabhumi! Here there are pictures of the cargo terminal and the main terminal.
A Closer look at the airport exterior when we are taxiing to gate, which is on the other side of the airport.
The gate in which we parked at, B5.
The contact pier took a loooong time to extract. And it took forever to unload the people in the upper deck. So I had a little chat with the front cabin crew. She told me to check in early if I wanted a window seat again.
Welcome to Suvarnabumi! Finally here! I'm so thrilled.
Carvings at the door of Suvarnabhumi
A view from our gate areas and the moving walkway leading to the baggage claim. Btw, it was a long walk, this airport is huge.
This exact same plane is going on a fly by from Suvarnabhumi-Suvarnabhumi after my flight.
Baggage Claim Area:
I'm really sorry I'm going to wrap up my trip report here. It has been a long day and now I'm really tired and need some sleep.
I will continue this report with:
- Photos of the walk around Suvarnabhumi
- Report of the flight going back to Bangkok
- Interesting Facts I've heard on the tour of Suvarnabhumi
- What I think about Suvarnabhumi
I really hope everyone enjoys my airport. I am looking forward to its opening on September 28th, even though I will be in the United States then.