seansasLCY
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HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:36 am

This is my first trip report, and i did plan to take photos to go with it but i wasn't feeling very well and decided not to.

On Monday 9th July i boarded the airport shuttle service to Hong Kong airport. Upon arrival i made my way through to the new terminal 2 "skyplaza". The time was around 7:10pm with a planned departure at 10:35pm. The emirates check-in wasn't open at that time, and ground agents were just setting up, so i took this time to look around the new shops and facilities.

I wandered around and then went to the "Aviation discovery centre" which has a number of models and images of how aviation in Hong Kong has changed since the very first flight to today. There is a good model of HKG built into the floor in one part, which uses computer images to make it look as if planes are moving around, departing and arriving. There is also a skydeck but i didn't visit it.

Check in was now open and the gate agent (who didn't speak very good english) checked me in all the way through to LGW. She gave me my boarding pass and directed me to the security area. The terminal is quite large yet was so empty as there was only EK385 leaving at this time. I walked to the security and passport control area, which was empty. Then i boarded the train which takes you to the main terminal. As i still had quite a while, i decided against going straight to my gate and chose to look around the shops airside at terminal 1. I bought two bottles of perfume for family members but as i was transiting in Dubai, the cashier helpfully notified me that they may ask me to remove the perfume from their cardboard boxes so they fit in the 100ml plastic bag.

I then made my way to gate 66 towards the end of the terminal, i walked it instead of taking the train as i wanted to burn some time. After a short wait, boarding began, and an announcement was made for those passengers in rows 35 onwards - however about 80% of the passengers in the lounge got up and rushed to the gate.

EK385
Boeing 777-300
A6- ???
Seat: 11K
HKG-BKK
Flight time: 2hrs 10

The flight was relatively full, compared to my inbound journey, with most seats full, however the seat next to me remained empty. I was felling very tired and went to sleep missing the food. I was woken by the cabin announcement that we were approaching BKK and could passengers fasten their seat belts. All of a sudden, the engines made a loud whining noise and the plane pulled up and did a sharp turn. The captain then came on and informed us that due to traffic on the runway that wouldn't move, we had to abort the landing and go-around. Second time round we landed no problem. At this point passengers continuing onto Dubai are asked to remain onboard and return to their original seats. An army of Thai cleaners then boarded the aircraft and began working along removing rubbish, changing blankets and headrest covers.
Around 30 passengers remained onboard at this time with the rest getting off in BKK, the crew then passed through the cabin asking passengers to identify their hand luggage to ensure no one had left anything on board. Passengers then began boarding.

EK385
Boeing 777-300
A6- ???
Seat: 11K
BKK-DXB
Flight time: 6hrs 15

The flight was about 95% full, and a Thai woman was seated next to me who was continuing on to Paris CDG. The flight took off on time. Dinner was served shortly after the fasten seat belt sign was turned off. I fell asleep again! This aircraft didn't have ICE but the older inflight entertainment system, the interior was much older however some features such as the larger foot rest seemed better then the new interior in travelled in recently. I watched the air map show the plane pass over India across the gulf and then zig-zag into Dubai. Upon arrival at DXB, i noticed a large number of IL-76 parked by the DNATA Cargo Centre. We then taxied for about 10 minutes, the crew then informed us, that we were taxing to a remote stand. We eventually arrived and parked between two 777-300ERs. Once down the air stairs we boarded our coaches and went around the side of the airport passing Kuwait Airways & Gulf Air A320's as well as an RJ A321 and an unmarked blue tail 727-200. The bus then stopped for us transit passengers to get off and go through security and back into the departure area.

I know its kinda short, so next time will hopefully be feeling better to take photos and pay more attention to things such as meals! Any advice would be welcome. I'll be writing a trip report on my next flights which are SU LHR-SVO-PEK and MU PEK-TYN and then the return. This is next week however you will have to wait until august as I'm in china for a month!!
 
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:16 am

Quoting SeansasLCY (Thread starter):
I wandered around and then went to the "Aviation discovery centre" which has a number of models and images of how aviation in Hong Kong has changed since the very first flight to today. There is a good model of HKG built into the floor in one part, which uses computer images to make it look as if planes are moving around, departing and arriving. There is also a skydeck but i didn't visit it.

Isn't HKG awesome?
I was there back in March. It is a wonderful airport.
I still wish I could have gone to Hong Kong when Kai Tak was still open to see the final approach. Most tell me that Chap Kok is a much better airport. I also like the model aircraft store in HKG also. Most were 1:400 scale. I collect 1:500 scale and I the good ones they had, I already have.
My visit to Hong Kong was do to a missed connection and ended up getting 26 hours in Hong Kong. Went downtown and did lots of sight-seeing.
I flew on one of the last remaining Thai Airways 747-300s Royal First Class.
BKK-HKG Thai Airways 747-300
BKK-NRT United 777-200
NRT-SFO United 747-400
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PerthGloryFan
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:02 pm

Neat report - not like my rambling ones  Smile

Interesting that they asked you to stay on board at Suvarnabhumi - so that transit pax don't get lost I guess. Not that you really missed much in my view, except some exercise. I've been at Phuket and heard frantic calls for transit pax to get back to their plane asap!

Having said that, my only visit to Chap Kok was as a transit pax back in 2000 . We were enroute PER-SIN-HKG-SFO. We had one hour to do a lap of the terminal and they struck bright green stickers on us. As it was there were 2 no shows and their luggage had to be offloaded making us about 25 minutes late.

Good chance that I'll be there in December this year though to really check it out.

PGF
 
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:44 pm

Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 2):
and they struck bright green stickers on us.

Where about?
On your forehead?
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:56 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
On your forehead?

Much easier to identify you that way!

Seansas, welcome to the world of trip reports. Hope you feel better on your next flight as some pictures and a little more detail would be greatly enjoyed.

I just did a trip report for a BKK-HKG roundtrip and included several pictures of the new terminal. It is pretty nice how security and passport control is completely empty. The report is here.

Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 2):
Neat report - not like my rambling ones

Hey, I like your rambling reports!
Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
 
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:52 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 2):
and they struck bright green stickers on us.

Where about?
On your forehead?

 Smile On our shirt actually - when are you going to give us a Bangkok type report from Budapest?

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 4):
Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 2):
Neat report - not like my rambling ones

Hey, I like your rambling reports!

Thanks - I suppose they're ok if you sit back with a, er, beverage of some kind and plenty of snacks to while away the time.

This one by Sean is precise and to the point though - although Superfly's can be interesting too, especially what he doesn't say  Smile

PGF
 
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:06 am

Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 5):
when are you going to give us a Bangkok type report from Budapest?

Me?
 confused 
I hadn't planned on visiting Budapest.

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 4):
Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 2):
Neat report - not like my rambling ones

Hey, I like your rambling reports!

Same here.

Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 5):
This one by Sean is precise and to the point though - although Superfly's can be interesting too, especially what he doesn't say

LOL!  Silly
Thanks. I just wish I had done a spell check before posting my trip around the world report and should have waited until I was sober when I did it. I had came in from a night of drinking and was on the computer and threw that report together. The Superfly returns from Thailand report I posted while at work, multi-tasking and looking over my shoulder so no one could see the photos (not safe for work) on my CD from that trip.

I may have a trip report later on this year from El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Then again I may just go back to Thailand.  Smile
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:39 am

Quoting SeansasLCY (Thread starter):
so i took this time to look around the new shops and facilities.

How are they? Are they pitched at a different kind of market.. ie more leisure orientated since those in T1 are largely luxury branks ie Gucci, Chanel etc..

Unfortunately I didn't have time to look at T2 when I was in HKG recently.

Quoting SeansasLCY (Thread starter):
Check in was now open and the gate agent (who didn't speak very good english)

This is unusual. What nationality, do you know?

Quoting SeansasLCY (Thread starter):
checked me in all the way through to LGW.

I'd be kicking myself I wasn't on the direct O8 flight!

Quoting SeansasLCY (Thread starter):
advice would be welcome

As much detail and photos as possible, photos for most people, though having said that if you think you've good a good eye for observation, make use of it!

Thank you!
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seansasLCY
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:48 am

The shops at Terminal 2 are slightly less upmarket - Calvin Klein Jeans, Krispy Kreme, Giordiano ect.
I didn't mind not being on the O8 i was just happy going to HK as i wasn't supposed to be going with my family but managed to persuade them to let me go!
 
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:48 am

Quoting SeansasLCY (Reply 8):
Giordiano

Is this the same Giordiano as the pizza place in Chicago?  Wow!
If so, I didn't see that and should slap myself for not seeing that! I love there pizza!
One thing I do like about HKG is that they have a 7/11 in the terminal and you can buy booze. SFO or no other USA airport would never have anything that cool. That came in handy since I had to sleep overnight in the terminal. My friend Carlo Rossi (sold at 7/11) came in handy when it was time to sleep on those uncomfortable seats in the terminal.
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seansasLCY
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:29 am

No sorry ! i meant Giordiano the HK clothes shop! Food places within Terminal 2 include Burger King, Macauese restaurant and Beijing Dumplings restaurant. I dont recall a pizza place but there may be.
 
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RE: HKG-BKK-DXB EK385

Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:42 am

Quoting SeansasLCY (Reply 10):
No sorry ! i meant Giordiano the HK clothes shop! Food places within Terminal 2 include Burger King, Macauese restaurant and Beijing Dumplings restaurant. I dont recall a pizza place but there may be.

Ok now I feel relieved.  sigh 
That is a Chicago exclusive pizza chain. We don't don't have anything close to it here in San Francisco. Considering the time I spend in HGK, I would have been mad at myself for not eating there.
Anyhow, my nose would have led me to Giordiano's pizza if there was one in the terminal. Very distinctive and appetizing smell.  yes 
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