thaia345
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Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:41 am

Reason for trip

As usual, another business trip for me, but as my wife was following this time round, we decided to also spend an extra 2 days in Milan, thus also giving me the chance to try out LH Italia from BCN to MXP.

7 July 2009
Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Malaysia Airlines MH710
Aircraft: A330-300
Rego: 9M-MKH
1st Flight: 18 July 1995
Seat: 2A
ETD: 1110
ETA: 1410
ATD: 1055
ATA: 1405
Flight Time: 1hr 40min
7 July 2009
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways TG 418
Aircraft: A340-600
Rego: HS-TNC
1st Flight: 12 July 2005
Seat: 11K (Royal Silk / Business Class)
ETD: 2015
ETA: 2115
ATD: 2010
ATA: 2100
Flight Time: 1hr 50min
Pre Flight
Normally I stopped writing on the short hops from CGK-KUL-BKK unless something out of the blue turns up, and this time it was an equipment change from the usual B772 to an A346. As usual had lunch with a friend in KL during the few hours we had here before heading back to the airport and after checking, its just relaxing at the lounge. They did further renovations to the lounge which is mainly a much nicer and better internet and pc area. Did not take any pics as the lounge was filled up to the brim.
Inflight
As usual, F cabin left empty for the BKK sector. J and Y full to the brim. I really love the A346, would really like to spend more time flying in them.
Looking into F cabin, sorry didn’t really take any pics of the actual J seats, but they are basically 1st gen lie flats as seen in my other TR’s on the A345/6




Menu and catering




Meals for this sector looks good. Crew were diligent and efficient, but as usual looked tired, even in J cabin. One thing about these 1st gen BE Aerospace lie flats is that the seat belts always get caught easily!
Watched an episode of World Café Asia during the meal


The flight itself went pretty smoothly and we touched down 15min ahead of schedule.
Service: 7/10
Food: 6/10
Aircraft: 10/10
7 July 2009
Bangkok (BKK) – Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways TG 920
Aircraft: B747-400
Rego: HS-TGL
1st Flight: 22 November 1991
Seat: 1A (Royal First Class)
ETD: 2345
ETA: 0610
ATD: 2355
ATA: 0619
Flight Time: 11hrs 00min
Preflight
As usual, spend some down time at the Royal Orchid Spa before parking my tired butt in the Royal First Lounge.
Sanctuary of the Royal First Smoking Room in the Lounge

After that it was just relaxing till we were picked up by the hose to take us to the aircraft.

Inflight
Back in familiar surrounds of a TG B744 F cabin, cabin views, menu and amenities












It was just the normal routine for me, which was settle in, have a meal, watched some videos on my laptop and then its just sleeping all the way to FRA.
Always my favourite part of every flight, meal time




About 2 hours out of FRA, I woke up to an almost bright sky outside and after washing up, breakfast was served





Cabin with the slight glare of the morning light

Frankfurt, here I come…..again ….and …..again!


Flight itself was pretty smooth except for the usual pockets of turbulence over Pakistan. Another great cvrew serving us and load was pretty light too with F only 50% filled up.
FRA starting to get busy in the early morning

Service: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Aircraft: 8.5/10

8 July 2009
Frankfurt (FRA) – Barcelona (BCN)
Lufthansa LH 4452
Aircraft: A321
Rego: D-AIRM
1st Flight: 1 Dec 1994
Seat: 3F (Business Class)
ETD: 0955
ETA: 1140
ATD: 1025
ATA: 1210
Flight Time: 1hr 43min
Preflight
Getting bored with Fraport. We just browsed the shops a little before sitting in the boring Senator lounge at the A gates. Flight itself was also delayed by 15mins. A 100% sold out flight this time.
14 year old D-AIRM waiting for us

Tails and tails of LH narrowbodies going all over Europe

After taking pics at the gate, and boarding not yet called, I decided to go back to the Senator lounge and got a nice surprise, Air India and their new B773ER


Inflight
Departure was delayed due to bad weather at FRA.
Cabin views and a rainy day outside



I was pretty upset I couldn’t get a pic of HS-TGL that took me to FRA as in BKKtty tired so right after take off I managed to doze off for awhile.
Meal time

Besides that, rest of my time was just spent looking out the window and watching some videos on my laptop.
Hello Barcelona


We landed at the new Terminal 1 for Star Alliance at BCN. But the bad part of this short but nice hop from FRA was that it took more than 30mins for the luggage to come out.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/Barcelona-Milan%20Jul%2009/P1010684.jpg

Service: 7/10
Food: 3/10
Aircraft: 7/10

Stay Tuned for Part 2 ....

Hope you guys enjoyed this TR, next trips:
1) 30 July – Jakarta to Surabaya on board GA’s B738 in J
2) 13 Aug – Back home to Perth with MH in J
3) 14 Sep – Frankfurt for 24hrs to visit the IAA with TG in F
4) 19 Sep – From Kuala Lumpur to Perth with MH in J …again!
5) 25 Oct – Frankfurt & Stuttgart with TG in F and ICE by DB
6) 4 Nov – Jakarta to Bangkok with TG in J
7) 25 Dec – Jakarta to Hongkong with MH in J
8) Jan – Jakarta to Los Angeles, still to confirm what flight I will be taking

Below are my trip reports from oldest to newest.
CX New J Class On A333 And F, With J On KA (by ThaiA345 Jul 16 2009 in Trip Reports) Jakarta-Lanzarote! TG In F MH In J AB In Y (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Apr 18 2009 in Trip Reports) Malaysian Hospitality To Perth (MH In J) (by ThaiA345 Apr 11 2009 in Trip Reports) Yokoso Japan! MH/NH In J (many Pics) (by ThaiA345 Apr 4 2009 in Trip Reports) Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports) Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346 (by ThaiA345 Dec 18 2008 in Trip Reports) Business Class, QF, MH, KL: Going Home Part 2/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 7 2008 in Trip Reports) Malaysia Airlines 1st Class: Down Under Part 1/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 6 2008 in Trip Reports) Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2008 in Trip Reports) Malaysian Business Class, CGK-KIX (by ThaiA345 Aug 5 2008 in Trip Reports) Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports) Incredible India! CGK-DEL With MH In J (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Jul 14 2008 in Trip Reports) Germany From SE Asia: TG F, MH J, LH J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jun 30 2008 in Trip Reports) Business Class: Garuda To Hongkong & Back (by ThaiA345 Apr 24 2008 in Trip Reports) Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Mar 19 2008 in Trip Reports) Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics (by ThaiA345 Mar 12 2008 in Trip Reports) MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports) MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports) Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports) Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports) Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports) 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)
 
9MMAR
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:23 pm



Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
They did further renovations to the lounge which is mainly a much nicer and better internet and pc area. Did not take any pics as the lounge was filled up to the brim.

Hi boss. May I know which lounge is this? The Satellite or Regional? Better internet and PC area, so the renovation took place inside the Business Center?
 
SASDC8
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:10 pm

Hi Herbert  Smile

Another nice report with great pictures. Which dinner choice did you have on TG 920? The starter looks absolutely fabulous!

Did you return on TG MXP-BKK?

Thanks for another great report  Smile

Cheers
Stein
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nicholaschee
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:05 am

Another stellar TR ThaiA345! Looking forward to part 2!

PITA mode "on"

Caviar presentation looks messy don't you think? Big grin

PITA mode "off"

I would love to give TG F/J a try in the near future (when I get sick of SQ  Silly)
 
thaia345
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:10 am



Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 1):
May I know which lounge is this? The Satellite or Regional? Better internet and PC area, so the renovation took place inside the Business Center?

Hi Big Boss....its the TG Royal Orchid lounge, so the location is in the Satellite C, they had a major refurbishment lasting almost 6mths from late last yer till recently.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 2):
Which dinner choice did you have on TG 920?



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 2):
Did you return on TG MXP-BKK?

Hi Stein! Had the Guilin Prawns which were absolutely delicious....and yup...I flew back with TG's new B772ER from MXP to BKK, will bost the return sector in the next day or so.

Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 3):
I would love to give TG F/J a try in the near future (when I get sick of SQ )

Hi Nic...I guess as I was born and bred in Singapore...(till I left for Perth) I flew SQ so much ...(my parents are still die hard SQ fans..and are already both Solitaire life members).....that till about 4 years ago i got bored ehehhe..so tried TG..loved it and stayed loyal to it....so it meant that I also lost first my SOlitaire status with Krisflyer..then downgraded to PPS...then lost it entirely as I am solely on TG's ROP program now....but I do the odd SQ flight here and there...but just use my TG ROP for the points accumulation anyways.

Thanks again for reading guys !!
 
Andie007
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:13 pm

Really, really, really, really, really great report. Thanx for that.
Really excited to read your following trip  Smile
 
9MMAR
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:59 pm



Quoting ThaiA345 (Reply 4):
Hi Big Boss....its the TG Royal Orchid lounge, so the location is in the Satellite C, they had a major refurbishment lasting almost 6mths from late last yer till recently.

Duh, I guess I had a blonde moment when I posted the earlier reply. You must be laughing at me for referring to the 2 MH's Golden Lounges in KUL - of course it was the TG Royal Orchid Lounge as you were flying TG (what am I thinking?)!

And I am not a big boss mind you, you are bigger LOL!
 
thaia345
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:37 am



Quoting Andie007 (Reply 5):
Really, really, really, really, really great report. Thanx for that.

You are welcome, great to know you enjoyed my TR! Thanks again for reading

Quoting 9MMAR (Reply 6):
Duh, I guess I had a blonde moment when I posted the earlier reply

ahhahaha you are excused boss  Smile anyway don't blame you for becoming a little blond due to the place of where you are now ahahahhaha
 
abrelosojos
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:08 am

Thanks for a wonderful trip report. I need to fly TG again. Flew them way back on an exotic routing from DAC to BKK to SEL on a M11.

Keep flying,
A.
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thaia345
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:12 pm



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 8):
Thanks for a wonderful trip report. I need to fly TG again. Flew them way back on an exotic routing from DAC to BKK to SEL on a M11.

Thanks for the nice comments! I am also about to read up on your latest TR's to IST ....really love the way you write them !!
 
1stClassDiva
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:52 pm

Great trip report and excellent pics of the food. It looks wonderful only the sausage for breakfast looked completely raw. I'm sure it's only the pic though. Ooooo that caviar plate looks a good size.

Looking forward to reading you next reports.


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Comeflywithme
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:06 pm

Nice to see another TG F report - I loved TG and despite hearing mixed reviews have only good things to say about them.
 
thaia345
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:56 am



Quoting 1stClassDiva (Reply 10):
Ooooo that caviar plate looks a good size.

Tg is really generous with their caviar servings, i usually even have 2nd rounds  Smile

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 11):
Nice to see another TG F report - I loved TG and despite hearing mixed reviews have only good things to say about them.

What I can say is that TG is really consistent on their F service, however, in J, hey are notorious for being either good, boring or just bad.
 
ba319-131
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:36 am

Another great trip,thanks for sharing.

Food always looks good on these TG reports, really must give them a long haul trip one day.

Quoting ThaiA345 (Thread starter):
an equipment change from the usual B772 to an A346

- Now that is a nice change  Smile

Regards

Mark
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thaia345
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RE: Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back!

Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:12 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 13):
- Now that is a nice change

Hi Mark, thanks again for reading, anyways, with regard to the equipment change, I have gotten the A346 3 times now in he past 5 trips between BKK-KUL and vice versa where the original equipment should have been a B772A.

FLying off to FRA again on 14 Sep, will keep you posted on what I get !


Cheers

Herbert

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