During my stay in Thailand this summer I wanted to try TG's A333 on the busy domestic route HKT-BKK. Their Business Class price EUR 120 one way looked so tempting that I didn't have to think twice.
First a couple of pics from Phuket. My travel companion's choice Patong Beach didn't sound a good idea at first but it was actually much nicer now in summer, a lot less tourists and the weather was fine too.
A very comfy hotel Centra Ashlee, a room for EUR 27:
The hotel's roof terrace:
The Aussie-Finnish beach starts here? Unlike in winter, I saw really few Nordics, it seemed most visitors were from Australia, Asia and the Arabic countries.
In the 2004 tsunami many were trapped inside this supermarket, only few got out:
A Thai smile:
Photo © Yvan Panas
8th July 2011
TG 486 HKT-BKK
A330-343X HS-TER "U-Thong"
The Phuket airport, domestic departures air side.... Hard to find an empty seat:
But the Royal Silk Lounge was completely empty when I arrived (early):
The buffet, no alcohol available:
Not a bad snack:
The boarding starting soon:
Our bird retrofitted A330-343X "U-Thong", 36 seats in Business Class, 236 in Economy. First flight 19/10/2009, stored at BOD 24/12/09 - 20/05/11, deliveried 20/05/2011.
The first impression: I love this new cabin... It felt new and fresh, with colors to my taste. The Business cabin was around 50% full.
My angled lie-flat seat, comfortable except a bit hard for sleeping perhaps:
A welcome drink and hot towel:
Cool AVOD, huge screen:
The meal service has started. The crew was friendly as expected, especially the male FA's.
...but what is this? I think I've just got my worst warm airline meal ever, in TG Business Class! A tiny bland omelette with dry rice, taste: zero. The desert was a cheap tasting chocolate mousse. Well, the coffee was good. No meal choices, no menu.
Just 20 minutes to BKK:
Welcome to hot and humid Bangkok, still enjoying the coolness of BKK Suvarnabhumi:
580m? It's a long walk to the baggage claim...
This was my first experience of TG Business and loved it, except the meal thing... I know it was a short flight, didn't expect a hot meal but I did expect better quality from TG. Anyway, that was just a minor disappointment, all the rest exceeded my expectations. The new TG A333 cabin was REALLY pleasant, would be great to try it again on a longer flight.
[Edited 2011-07-18 18:17:32]