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Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:03 pm

Better late than never… This series of reports will cover my trip from Bangkok to Montreal in April 2007. All flights in First or Business Class.

I was actually scheduled to fly on TG606 in the afternoon, but some not so smart manager at TG decided to pull Royal First from that flight for a couple of months after the retirement of B747-300s. Obviously it didn’t go too well with premium passengers, forcing for example most F pax from HKG to Europe to fly business to Bangkok, and a 747 nowadays again operates on TG 606/607.

17 April 2008
Bangkok Suvanrabhumi (BKK/VTBS) – Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok (HKG/VHHH)
Thai Airways International TG/THA 600
Boeing 747-4D7
HS-TGZ “Phimara”
0800-1145 – On Time
Royal First Class, Seat 1K


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I took a taxi to Suvarnabhumi from my apartment at around 5.30am, since TG has discontinued limousine service for Royal First passengers. Upon arrival, I headed to the Royal First check-in area, and took a seat while one of the agents went to process the check-in itself. After spending about a minute at fast track immigration, the agent took me down the escalator to the waiting electric cart, ready to drive me to the Royal First lounge.

Boarding pass (old style)
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The serene surroundings of the almost empty Royal First lounge
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I decided to go for some fruit as well as a club sandwich for breakfast, accompanied by champagne and Perrier
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To complete the excellent ground service TG provides to F passengers at Suvarnabhumi, I was escorted to the security checkpoint at concourse C, past the short lines of course. I didn’t use the Royal Orchid Spa this time, but it’s certainly great as well.

TG600 departing from C3 this time
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Old style F cabin of HS-TGZ
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I was immediately asked what I wanted to drink – Dom Perignon 1999 of course! Placed on the armrest with an orchid and refilled a few times. Hot towels provided as well.
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Row 1 is the best on the old configuration, decent legroom. And 1J stayed empty, obviously since the flight had once again been changed from 744 to 747 configuration…
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We were pushed back on time, and headed to the nearby 19L for takeoff. Safety demo was played on the ancient projection screen just in front of me.

A 777-200 in old colours
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Turning onto 19L


The terminal building


As usual, the takeoff roll was noisy in the nose of the 747 due to the proximity to the nosewheel. We lifted off after a short roll for the 2h30min flight to Hong Kong.

Views after takeoff




Rather empty F cabin, only 6 seats occupied
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Menus were distributed (and also collected right after the breakfast when I was in the lavatory – so no menu pics in this report…), and tables set up for the meal service.

The hideous tablecloth that has since been replaced
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Table setup, thankfully the trays that were used last time are gone. Or does it depend on the crew?
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Bakery items
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Fresh fruit
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Yoghurt, unacceptable presentation in F
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Instead of eating the usual breakfast stuff, I had pre-ordered a lobster thermidor for the flight
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Dessert, enjoyed with coffee and Hennessy Paradis Extra cognac
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Service was pretty good, and I had countless glasses of Dom Perignon during the meal, and a few after it for good measure. I then dozed off for an hour or so in the rather comfortable but narrow seat. As I woke up, we were already on descent into Chek Lap Kok.

Views during approach






We landed on time, and this time I could also take advantage of the arrival service. All Royal First passengers were taken by electric carts to immigration – a great time-saver compared to walking or taking the train. Immigration was relatively fast, and I took the Airport Express into town for my one night stay.

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

Near the Happy Valley racecourse, this 3-star modern hotel is a bit far from action, but otherwise worth the price. I got it on Priceline for about $80 – hotels for my dates were very expensive for some reason. However, standard rooms here have no window at all, so I accepted the upgrade offered at check-in to a larger room with a window, free internet and breakfast. I recall it cost about HKD 200.

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Next part to be posted soon – ANA/Air Japan Club ANA Asia HKG-NRT.

Hope you enjoyed.

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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:08 pm

Nice TR! Can't wait to see the next parts.

TG F class looks so cool. I'm kinda hungry lol.
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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:25 pm

I will look forward to the next TR. I can't imagine a hotel room in HKG without windows.
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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:19 pm

Hi Lari,

Good report, right info on service on the ground and in the air as expected, thanks.

Got to say I'm none too keen on those old F seats, they look very dated and lack privacy.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Yoghurt, unacceptable presentation in F

- Too right!

Look forward to the next installment.

Regards

Mark
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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:15 am

Outstanding report with a good selection of pics, LH747.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Old style F cabin of HS-TGZ

Old style, but I like the beautiful blue coloring of the seats.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
However, standard rooms here have no window at all, so I accepted the upgrade offered at check-in to a larger room with a window, free internet and breakfast. I recall it cost about HKD 200.

I think it was worth to upgrade. No windows? No thanks...


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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:53 pm



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

What an interesting hotel, the rooms look fantastic! And you even had a PC in the room too.

It definitely beats the Mingle Place Hotel i stayed in last year.


Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:22 pm

Thanks for the comments so far!

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 2):
I can't imagine a hotel room in HKG without windows.

Actually now that I think about it, the standard rooms have frosted glass windows overlooking a cemetery.
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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:58 pm

Great TR! I especially loved seeing the flight coming in to Hong Kong. Hope you had a great time!

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RE: Thai Airways TG600 F Class BKK-HKG (April 2007)

Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:01 pm

I made this mistake for all the subsequent reports in this series as well... The year should be 2007 despite my late posting.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
17 April 2008
Bangkok Suvanrabhumi (BKK/VTBS) – Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok (HKG/VHHH)
Thai Airways International TG/THA 600
Boeing 747-4D7
HS-TGZ “Phimara”
0800-1145 – On Time
Royal First Class, Seat 1K

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