MountainDew
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OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 11:16 am

Hi! My first post and trip report on this forum.

This is a trip I had in December 2007 from Oslo, Norway to Bangkok, Thailand. I'll keep it simple  Smile

Oslo (OSL) - Rome (FCO)
Dec 16 2007
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Boeing 737-300 LN-KKC
Seat 1C
90% Load factor

I arrived at the airport about 1 hr before departure and walked to the gate since I had no luggage to check in. I met the gate manager on the gate and offered my help with the boarding process (That is also my job at the airport).
The Crew arrived about 30 minutes before departure and we started the boarding 5 minutes later. Unfortunately one lady did not show up and we had to offload her luggage. We had about 100 bags in compartment 3 so it took a while before the loaders managed to find the bags.
I said goodbye to my colleague and I found my seat 1C with 1B blocked. We had push-back about 30 minutes late due to the offload and lack of push-back equipment this morning.

After de-icing we had departure on rwy 19L with a left turn to the south.

The nice crew served me a breakfast with hot chocolate, orange juice and a cheese roll.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007001.jpg

Arrived FCO after 3 hours in the air. Good aircraft with brand new leather seats !
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007003.jpg


Rome(FCO) - Bangkok(BKK)
China Airlines (Alitalia codeshare)
Airbus A340-300
Seat 1A
90% load factor

Alitalia Business lounge. Where is the food? I had some potato chips and an ice cream since I could not find
anything to eat. Maybe its possible to order something?
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007004.jpg

China Airlines Airbus A340-300:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007005.jpg

Business class seats (not lie flat seats but very good)
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007007.jpg

Apple juice and nut mix:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007008.jpg

A Thai Boeing 747-400 going in the same direction as us:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007010.jpg

Push- back on time and here we go  Smile
FCO terminal and Alitalia Boeing 777-200ER
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007014.jpg

Left turn after departure:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007017.jpg

Passing FCO on the left side as we start our slow climb to 35.000 ft:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007021.jpg

Almost 9000 km to Thailand  Smile
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007025.jpg

The very nice and friendly crew started meal service about 20 minutes after departure
Here is the menu:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007024.jpg

Appetizer 1:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007027.jpg

Appetizer 2, Fine raw ham and Milano salami with wild mushrooms:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007028.jpg

Main course, Roasted chicken breast with lemon tomato concasse:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007029.jpg

Dessert, Strawberry mimosa cake:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007030.jpg

Super service from the crew and the food tasted great  Smile
After dinner I viewed Simpson the movie and some tv series on the AVOD. Good system and a lot of
different movies, series and music to choose from.

Flying over Afghanistan, Pakistan and India:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007031.jpg

After I slept for about 2 hours it was time for breakfast. I ordered the Chinese breakfast and I did not know what to anticipate. Unusual breakfast for a Norwegian but it tasted good!!
Fried egg noodle with mixed vegetables and chicken:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007032.jpg

Landed on time (0545) after 10 hours in the air. I'm very pleased with the crew, service and seats on this flight. I met members of my family after arriving in BKK and was looking forward to a great vacation (They arrived a week before me)

A few pics from Thailand:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007188.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007185.jpg

Me and the King  Smile
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007176.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007269.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007378.jpg



After a great vacation in the land of smiles it was time for...



THE RETURN



Bangkok(BKK) - Rome(FCO)
Dec 30 2007
China Airlines (Alitalia codeshare)
Airbus A340-300
Seat 1A
30% load factor

Very nice and new airport. I could see that they where building an observation deck. I guess its ready now!
The check in was quick but I did not have any luggage (as usual).
They gave me the same seat but since the load this evening was very low due to the new year coming up, the seat next to me would be empty.

Check-in area:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007386.jpg

China Airlines lounge. Good selection and food:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007387.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007388.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007389.jpg

The aircraft arrived on-time from Taipei. Only 8 passengers in Business to FCO!!
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007390.jpg

Welcome drink (apple juice) Friendly crew this morning.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007391.jpg

Push-back at 0345 and about 15 minutes taxi to the active rwy.

Strange starter but tasted ok:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007392.jpg

Dinner, Italian style fish with pasta. Very good!
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007393.jpg

Dessert:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007394.jpg

Sunrise over southern Afghanistan:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007396.jpg

Afghan mountains:


Movie snack:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007400.jpg

Western breakfast about 1,5h before arriving FCO. The nice crew also served me cereal with milk:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007402.jpg

Passing over Greece:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007403.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007404.jpg

Arriving FCO 30 minutes before schedule. Remote stand:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007407.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007408.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007410.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007411.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m318/lundefredrik/ThailandDes2007412.jpg

All passengers could fit into one bus. Thanks for the great trip China Airlines and I'm very happy with the
onboard service  Smile

Continued to Oslo with Norwegian B737-300 but did not take any pictures. Landed on time in Oslo and had to use the aft stair as the gate would not move!

Thank you for reading this report and I hope you enjoyed it!
MD
 
LH4116
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 11:32 am

Excellent TR MD!
I really loved the pics of the meals, to me the business class catering on CI looked similar to AF's.

Quoting MountainDew (Thread starter):
The nice crew served me a breakfast with hot chocolate, orange juice and a cheese roll.

Did you get the breakfast for free!?

Thank you for sharing.
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Marco
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 12:23 pm

Nice trip report. Food indeed looks quite appetizing!

Thanks again!
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DALCE
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 12:29 pm

Great report!
I loved the routing you picked as it seems not too logical to fly to the far east via FCO.
Also the selected airlines are a nice choice.
Thank you very much for sharing your journey report.

Cheers,
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MountainDew
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 4:19 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 1):
Did you get the breakfast for free!?

Not for free since the food onboard is owned by Gate Gourmet. Crew Price (Discount)

[Edited 2008-05-19 09:33:29]
 
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 7:45 pm

Welcome to Anet! Glad you posted!!

I enjoyed seeing Norwegian in a TR, a new one for me!

I also find the AZ lounge in FCO to be lacking. There is no food, but I will say the coffee is good!

Dave
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 8:10 pm

Nice report and pictures, thanks, really enjoyed the routing you travelled.

Quoting MountainDew (Thread starter):
Unusual breakfast for a Norwegian but it tasted good!!
Fried egg noodle with mixed vegetables and chicken:

- Ha, quite amusing and yes, looks ok.

I think this is the first CI TR on this route, thanks.

I assume the route must do ok, never knew they flew this route though!

Many Thanks

Mark
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon May 19, 2008 11:18 pm

Very nice pictures. Where in Thailand did you stay?
 
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Tue May 20, 2008 2:30 am

That was interesting, China Airlines flying this route...but you said it was a codeshare with AZ. I would think they would fly straight to TPE.
I've been to Thailand (BKK only) twice and the people have a lot of reverence for their king.
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Tue May 20, 2008 11:27 pm

Hey MD!

Awesome pics, especially the night shot of checkin at BKK.  bigthumbsup  Thanks for sharing!

Colin  wave 
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Sat May 24, 2008 12:11 am

Hi Fredrick, awesome report. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I was unaware that China Airlines flies nonstop FCO-BKK. I must say I really love those fifth-freedom routes.

Look forward to reading your next trip report!
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Sat May 24, 2008 3:20 pm

Very good TR and nice pics. China Airlines sure look good and the seats are better than I expected. Food also nice.

Thanks for the report

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coolfish1103
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Sat May 24, 2008 5:21 pm

Wow, the European routes actually got more appetizers than expected! Glad you liked the service.

China Airlines have very few long haul fifth freedom routes, mostly of them are on the routes to Europe.

TPE-HKG-BKK, TPE-HKG-CGK
TPE-AUH-VIE
TPE-BKK-FCO, TPE-BKK-AMS
TPE-NRT-HNL
 
MountainDew
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:39 pm

Thanks for all the positive feedback  Smile

Maybe I should write reports from my Seattle trip in January (SAS C)
and Orlando in April (Lufthansa Y) !!
 
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:17 pm

I notice your a very good boy when it comes to drinks . I did not see any alchohol on any sector, especially the first one!!
 
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RE: OSL-FCO-BKK Norwegian / China Airlines (Business)

Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:02 pm

Fantastic trip report and pictures! The food looks amazing with a good variety too.

I love CI's crockery with the purple swish, it's so simple yet elegant and classy. Reminds me of when I had to prepare their meals for work experience.

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