Hi all, I am a 20's guy from Hong Kong who loves aeroplane very much. I enjoy flying and after being a CD-Rom of A.Net for a few years (>10 years), I decided to sign up as a member and sharing some of my flight experiences with all of you.
Since English is not my mother language, sorry for my poor English in advance in the following flight report.
In Aug 2012, a promotional material has been send to my email account and I found that TG was running a promotion for their HKGBKK flights. I discovered that it will enable me to participate in the inaugural A380 HKG->BKK flight at a reasonable price (USD602 for roundtrip business class) and the timetable suit my working schedule. Therefore I booked the ticket and pre-select the seats for both segments immediately via TG's website in late August. This will be my 1st time participated in the Inaugural flight; 1st time being seated on the upper deck of 747 / A380 and my 3rd time onboard the A380 (previous were EK A380 in Y) and I am really looking forward to it.
Some days later, I discovered that TG has changed the inaugural flight from Oct 28, 2012 to Oct 6, 2012. I immediately changed my ticket (free) and secured my window seat via TG's HK office hotline.
Finally it came to the big day!!!
Flight no.: TG601
Seat: 12A (upper deck business class)
Scheduled departure time: 13:25
Scheduled arrival time: 15:05
Actual departure time: 13:28
Actual arrival time: 15:23
TG's 2nd A380 revenue flight!
TG's 1st A380 flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok
Few days before the event, a major ferry crash happened in Hong Kong which claimed 39 lifes.
As a result, the flags were lowered.
TG's check-in counters are located in Terminal 2. I like the Terminal 2 a lot as most of the passangers will go through the security check in Terminal 1, it can save you a lot of time to do so.
However, I am a little bite disappointed as not many special decorations have been placed in the check-in area.
This flower is the only one I can find
As a business class passanger, I am able to go to TG's lounge in HKG.
Nothing special and as I want to capture the arrival of TG''s A380.
I stayed in the lounge for 10 mins and then processed to the gate.
At Gate 60, I disapointed again, only a few billboard about the TG's A380.
Also, the cocktail is prepared for the invited guests (eg. top management of travel agent etc.) only.
Again, these models are for the invited guests only as well.
They don't want to give you the brocedure (about the A380) as well. (even you are a first-class passanger)
Well, not a big deal.
Flight information displayed at the gate.
Cocktail. Not many of their "invited guests" show up, so that waiters begin to inviting passangers to consume the food...
around 11:45am, TG's A380 finally arrived Hong Kong.
She landed at runway 07L and taxied to the gate slowly.
No water-salute has been arranged as well... so low-profile in my opinion.
As a surprise, CZ's A380 arrived from Beijing as well and docked at Gate 62.
Two A380 met each other for the first time!!!
Some TG's top management gave a speech. No representive from Hong Kong Government as a result of the ferry accident. All un-necessary activities have been cancelled.
Some of the Crews and FAs
Finally it is time to board
Business class on upper deck
A small Y cabin on the upper deck as well
Stair towards the lower deck
More about the business class seat
Safety card and the stationery kit.
Note. Nothing special in the kit accept a few letterhead and a suggestion form
Souvenir for business class passanger (a key ring).
Actually I preferred those souvenir to Y over this one.
How towl before departure
Bye bye CZ A380
Clear for take off runway 07R
I enjoy the vie of the window a lot. Window is my best in-flight entainment!!!
Now you can check the detailed menu via the PTV
while the traditional one also provided
Snack before the lunch
Finally the lunch time!!! Order has been taken before the depature.
Garlic, not as delicious as its look
Main, Roast Pork Fillet with Black Pepper Raisin Sauce & Mashed Potatoes
Cheese cake has not been distributed even it was included in the menu lor
Specially prepared for the flight
View from Upper deck Y cabin
Almost arrive Bangkok!!!!
Arrival. Again no water-salute even it was TG's 1st A380 arrival with revenue passangers
Docked at Gate C3 finally
The hardware are great.
Service are good (but a little bite slow, may be due to not familar with A380)
However, this inaugural flight is a little bite low-profile and quiet disappointed.
I expected TG can arrange more special things to celebrate the event.
Return flight on Oct 7, 2012 will coming soon.