Reason for Trip
Another business trip for me, but not really complaining for this one. I will be heading from Jakarta all the way to the Canary Island off Spain for a product launch. The only pity is that I will only be there for less than 48hrs! As usual, I won’t elaborate on the CGK-KUL-BKK sectors.
Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Malaysia Airlines MH726
1st Flight: 9 Jun 1993
Seat : 1F (Golden Club Class / Business Class)
Flight Time: 2hr 00min
Ready to receive her passengers
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways TG416
1st Flight: 13 Sep 2007
Seat : 11A (Royal Silk Class / Business Class) Gen 2 lie flats
Flight Time: 1hr 45min
One of TG’s newer B772ER waiting to take us on the shop hop to Bangkok
Usually I do not take pics on the KUL-BKK legs, but I will do so here as many people have yet to see the new 2nd generation lie flats on TG’s B772ER and new batch of A333
Since I was already taking pics of the seat and cabin, why not the menu and meals too
Westin Sukhumvit Bangkok
Room: 9/10 (Deluxe Suite, Starwood Platinum Upgrade)
Bangkok (BKK) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways TG920
1st Flight: 22 Nov 1991
Seat :3K (Royal First Class)
Flight Time: 11hr 25min
This time I decided to go down to the city to have a quick meeting, before coming back to the airport. Main purpose was to try out TG Royal First ground service from the curbside. Usually they are flawless everytime I was in transit. But I must say that their service from car drop off was excellent all the way.
Waiting for my boarding pass at the private and deserted 1st class check in area
Behind the wall was the check in counters for 1st class
Let's just say, besides having my personal porter, I also hardly had to do any walking at all.
After I was dropped off at the lounge, I just had one quick smoke at the 1st class smoking room before proceeding to have my complimentary body massage at the Royal Thai Spa
After a nice and relaxing massage, it was time to have something to eat at the lounge
Photo © Craig Boyes
Pretty full up on this flight with 9 out of 10 seats in F taken up.
On board TG’s Royal First Cabin
Menu’s were distributed before take off
Service was great as usual, sadly nothing really caught my eye on the avod.
Just watched Eagle Eye and then slept after the meal which was really disappointing though.
The good news is at least I got a real good rest, slept for around 7 hrs straight. But I did wake up in between my sleep as hit really bad turbulence when we neared Russian airspace.
Before you know its breakfast time
Cabin being prepared for arrivals
12 February 2009
Frankfurt (FRA) - Lanzarote (ACE)
Air Berlin AB1002 (Private Charter)
1st Flight: 12 Nov 2008
Seat : 25F (Economy Class)
Flight Time: 3hr 35min
Due to the real early arrival at FRA we had so much time to kill. We were practically bored to death. Just sat at Starbucks and then on to McDonalds at Terminal 2.
Our group, having dedicated counters for our private charter with Air Berlin
As this was a charter flight, boarding was called early and no rush whatsoever onto the aircraft. After looking at the tail of this baby, I realised that this is one of Air Berlin's new A321.
A real great crew welcomed us onboard and I immedietly smelt that new aircraft smell! Very nice and intoxicating indeed.
The flight itself passed really slow. By this time I was really tired from flying.
When you are bored, what do you do? Take pictures of course
Of course all means and drinks aboard were already catered for.
Start of descend
Also found out that this aircraft will also stay on the ground at Lanzarote for the duration of our stay and then take us back again to Frankfurt in 2 days time. The crew were really happy at this arrangement.
Love that factory fresh paint, and true airliner buffs like us, really love using stairs which means, great pics
Aircraft: 10/10 (not for comfort, but for it being brand new)
Views of the room at the resort we stayed for the event, sorry I forgot the name!!
14 February 2009
Lanzarote (ACE) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Air Berlin AB1003 (Private Charter)
1st Flight: 12 Nov 2008
Seat : 22C(Economy Class)
Flight Time: 4hr 10min
After our morning meetings it was straight to the airport to board our chartered flight. She was sitting on the tarmac waiting for us the entire time we were in Lanzarote.
Tarmac and Airport scenes at ACE
Really couldn't be comfortable the entire flight. The new slimline recaro seats really lack support in the lumbar region. So spent quite some time just walking around and talking to my colleagues. We landed around 10 minutes behind schedule. Inflight catering was also terrible. Sorry I did not take any in cabin pics for this leg as my camera ran out of batteries. But don’t worry, will charge it at the lounge in FRA before the next leg to BKK.
14 Feb 2009
Frankfurt (FRA) – Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways TG923
1st Flight: 11 Jan 1991
Seat : 3K (Royal First Class)
Flight Time: 10hr 20min
After arrivals, it was a quick connection with the sky train to T1 where all the colleagues split up to various flights back to our own countries, of course most of us from Asia were either flying TG or SQ. After checking in, we decided to head to the Senator lounge which was packed to the max, very degrading and bad for a 1st lounge. I seriously think they need to improve this aspect and maybe make a proper Star Alliance 1st Lounge in FRA T1. I decided to have a meal at McDonald’s before taking a long walk to the gate as this time my TG flight was parked at a different satellite. Had to clear security twice from B to C. And the C gates were terrible and no place to sit or do. I just stood at the boarding doors.
Photo © Pawel Cieplak
Nothing beats being back in the serene environment of TG 1st, really going to miss the B747 when the A380 starts coming online for TG.
Meals for this leg to BKK
Time to turn on the AVOD
Really love caviar, although too much of this stuff can be really overwhelming and fishy too!
Appetizers and great split pea soup
Main Course was pretty good too
This entire flight was really full, FRA is definitely a money earner for TG. After the meals, I just slept all the way till I was woken up for breakfast. But as I was not too hungry, I just decided to have cereal.
Cabin basking in the morning sun
Another terrific flight with TG and can’t wait when I fly them next in July to FRA and MXP.
By the way, back to the flight itself, we were late in pushing back which ultimately caused delay out of FRA and subsequently also 50mins late in our arrival to BKK. I watched a movie on the AVOD during the meal, afterwards I just slept all the way back to BKK. What can I say, TG still is one of the best for First Class service.
15 February 2009
Bangkok (BKK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
After arriving I immedietly transfered to Terminal 1 where I checked in. For some reason, this TG flight is not departing from the usual B gates but C. I decided to go to the Senator Lounge in B but it was really full so I had dinner at McDonalds and then chatted with my colleagues whom were taking the later SQ flight. Had to clear security twice from B to C. And the C gates were terrible and no place to sit or do. I just stood at the boarding doors.
Thai Airways TG417
1st Flight: 22 Oct 1997
Seat : 14A (Royal Silk Class / Business Class)
Flight Time: 1hr 50min
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta (CGK)
Malaysia Airlines MH727
1st Flight: 15 March 1993
Seat : 1F (Golden Club Class / Business Class)
Flight Time: 2hr 00min
Photo © Andrew Hunt - AirTeamImages
Feb 19: MH J from Jakarta to Perth (waiting to post)
Mar 15: MH J from Jakarta to Perth …again! (waiting to post)
April 20: CX in J to HKG with Dragonair in J to PVG
June 5: KLM in J from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur with KLM’s new B773ER
July: TG F and LH J to Frankfurt, Barcelona and Milan
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