Reason for trip:
Basically with another year’s of hard work almost behind me, its time again for me to embark on my X’mas and New Year’s holiday to the USA. This time it will be another ultra long haul run on TG’s LA Express in Royal Silk Class. I will split this TR to 2 parts with the outbound and inbound legs separate.
21 December 2007
) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL
Airline: Malaysia Airlines MH720
1st Flight: 21 June 1993
Flight time: 2 hours
Class: Golden Club (Business)
Cruise: 32000 feet
Just spent most of my day after I woke up just relaxing and doing some last minute packing like charging all my electronics and stuff like that. By the time we got to the airport, the airport was really busy as a lot of people are also leaving for their year’s end holiday. Usually in the mid-afternoon, the airport is dead quiet. Check in was quick and then we proceeded to clear immigration and head towards the lounge.
Airside Duty Free at Soekarno Hatta Airport
Of Course I also managed to do some spotting
The usual lounge used by MH and SQ is the Puri Indah lounge,
but this instance, we decided to use the Esplanade lounge and it was the right decision made as it was not too busy and they just finished a really nice renovation to this lounge.
I hope the flight today is on time as I have barely a 2 hour connection time for my flight to Bangkok in Kuala Lumpur.
As suspected, it’s a 100% full flight today on this B734, I really hope MH change their short haul fleet soon as most of their B734 are around 15 years old now. I hope they get the A320 as I somehow prefer the A320 to the B737 family due to the slightly more spacious cabin. It would be great if they fit it out like Virgin America’s A320 fleet.
Legroom & J Seats aboard MH B734’s
Due to the peak travel season, I wished that MH would have changed this flight to the A333. But nothing can ever beat the great welcome you get once you enter a MH flight, and this flight was no different. Soon after pushback we were off in the air.
Storm clouds were everywhere, but the pilots really did their best and always somehow manage to avoid them.
The remainder of the flight was uneventful and time was spent reading the day’s papers. Before long we touched down in Kuala Lumpur 10 mins early and ending another great MH flight.
Crossing islands all the way to Malaysia
Touch down KLIA
21 December 2007
Kuala Lumpur (KUL
) – Bangkok (BKK
Airline: Thai Airways TG418
1st Flight: 31 October 2006
Flight time: 1 hr 50 mins
Class: Royal Silk (Business)
Cruise: 36000 feet
After landing from my Jakarta flight, we cleared immigration and customs at Kuala Lumpur before picking our bags up and checking in again for our TG flight to Bangkok. Looking at the number of people waiting to check in, we could tell that its another full load to Bangkok. The agent at the Royal Silk check in was painfully slow today, took me almost 20 mins to check in and that’s with only 1 person in front of me.
After all formalities were done, we proceeded to the temporary lounge that is being used by TG. This temporary lounge is actually better than the actually TG lounge itself, thank god they decided to renovate it.
After relaxing for around 20 mins, we went to the gate and to my absolute joy, its HS-TJS, one of TG’s newest B772ER.
Barely a year old and with the updated J seats which I wanted to check out, and another milestone is that with this flight, I have truly completed flying on the entire TG long haul fleet (have not flown TG’s B734 and ATR 72 as I seldom fly domestic route in Thailand)
Once coming aboard the B772ER, I noticed that the new J seats is significantly bigger in size than the current lie-flats on the A340, B777 and B744. After settling my big butt in the new seat, it is indeed better in every aspect than the older ones. Wider, more support, and most importantly, a much bigger PTV. AVOD system is still the same though (what AVOD system does TG use anyway?) If there is only one problem with the newer seat is that the footrest is a little bit annoying in that your feet has to be on them to hold them down from folding up again.
New & refreshed J lie flats
After experiencing the new seat is that my flight the next day to LAX
will be on the older lie-flat, what a bummer huh! On this flight, TG had a better than average crew on board your usual regional flight and were actually helpful and polite, and another plus, the in flight catering today was really good.
In a new aircraft, you must of course visit the lav!
Menu & Mags
Also manage to catch a few sitcoms
Approach to Bangkok
Had to use the stairs again, but no complains as I love taking shots of the great RR Trent engines!
After landing in Bangkok, we took our bags and took the airport limo to the Holiday Inn Bangkok where we will be spending a night.
Hotel: Bangkok Holiday Inn
Check in: 21 December 2007
Check out: 22 December 2007
Room: Deluxe King
This hotel just had a recent makeover in and out and the rooms are now really nice and modern. The plus point of this hotel is the relatively attractive rates and also its great location in Ploenchit.
22 December 2007
) – Los Angeles (LAX
Airline: Thai Airways TG794
1st Flight: 14 April 2005
Flight time: 13 hr 50 mins
Class: Royal Silk (Business)
Cruise: 39000 feet
After a nice overnight stay in Bangkok, we spent the rest of our day shopping at Siam Paragon and Central Chidlom. Left the hotel for the airport at around 4pm.
On the way to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Deserted Royal Silk Check in
After the quick check in and immigration clearance, we spent the rest of our time just walking around the duty free and Royal Silk Lounge.
Royal Silk Lounge
Royal Orchid Spa
And of course, got the free foot massage at the Royal Orchid Spa.
Bangkok airport is usually busy, but this time even more so as its almost X’mas vacation time. Soon enough we went to the gate and entered the aircraft, settling in my seats, I really appreciate the newer lie flats on the B772ER.
1st Generation TG lie flats
After push back, there was a long hold, around 30 mins, most probably waiting for departure clearance from US customs! The take off itself was extremely long (due to real heavy fuel load)
Just about to commence pushback
Once after take off, there was this annoying high pitched sound coming out form the engine (as my seat was right next to it), thank god I had my Bose noice cancelling headsets to really drum out that noise. Funny enough when I got up to walk around the cabin, the sound is not audible once you are either 1 row in front or behind me. This was my first time on HS-TLB. I have now been on TLA, TLB and TLC
, I guess only TLD has been avoiding my custom
Amenities, Menu and Meals
My AVOD starting acting up during meal service and it took almost 1 hour of resetting to fix the problem. I managed to catch ‘Invasion’ on the AVOD and after that its just lights out for me all the way to Los Angeles.
Just waking up from my peaceful slumber
One last meal before landing
Approach into LAX
Hotel Stay – Los Angeles
Hotel: Doubletree Guest Suites Santa Monica
Check in: 22 December 2007
Check out: 28 December 2007
Pics of the room, by the way, please excuse the mess in my hotel room! Hehehe
Hotel Stay – Las Vegas
Hotel: Wynn Resort and Casino
Check in: 28 December 2007
Check out: 4 December 2008
Room: Resort Suites
Again, apologies for the messy room!
Thanks for reading Part 1, Part 2 should be up soon which consists of the return Leg.
My Previous Trip Reports from Newest to Oldest
Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports)
Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bangkok - Saigon On Air France A340 (by Thai744 Sep 5 2007 in Trip Reports)