Seat 15A Business Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 8th A330-300 Flight and 17th A330 flight in total
Sch Dep 18:55 Sch Arr 20:40
Act Dep 18:56 Act Arr 20:44
Boarding started at 18:28, no boarding call though. Prior to boarding commencing, additional ground staff had combed the JCL queue checking boarding passes and passports, good move, speeds up the boarding process since the passports don't need to be looked at again when you reach the podium.
Down the jetway and greeted at the aircraft door with a bow by a beautiful Thai FA
, a quick check of my boarding pass and I was directed to my seat, it's times like this when you know it will be an enjoyable flight.
My seat for this short trip to BKK
The Thai A330 cabin is a wonderful mix of pinks, lavender and purple, quite a refreshing change from the usual blues and greys.
This particular A330 is one of their latest, JCL or a Royal Silk as Thai call it is laid out in 6 rows the new Thai regional JCL product, its still in the industry standard 2-2-2 layout and looks very nice, however the earlier batch of P&W powered machines have 7 rows in the old regional business class, I suspect best to avoid these if possible as I don't think they are a patch on the these newer seats.
Here are the two layouts
It's all rather nice though there is no stowage allowed in the floor area which is a shame plus if your neighbour sets the seat in bed mode it's a tad difficult to get out of the window seat, though that's a common problem with many designs.
The PTV is huge!
And advertising Thai’s new A380
Plenty of power points
View across the cabin
Pre departure drinks were offered, water, juice or champagne, this was closely followed by a hot towel service, which was rather luke warm than hot.
Menus were soon distributed, looking through there were 4 choices of main course tonight, nice for such a short flight, I was beginning to wish this was a longer sector.
During final departure preparations meal orders were taken, I opted for the chicken curry tonight, hopefully nice and spicy!
Push back occurred at 18:56
this followed a fairly length taxi out to the active , 07R, holding only to allow a Cathay Pacific 744 to depart ahead of us
wheels up at 19:15 local time.
Climb was a little bumpy, the winds were still evident.
It seemed to take an age for the seat belts signs to go off, in fact it was only 15 minutes after departure but when you are sat in a darkish cabin wanting to visit the lavatory it sure seemed an age!
As soon as the seatbelt sign was extinguished I was up, apologized to my neighbour for disturbing him, not a single empty seat in JCL this evening, and headed to the loo, one of the crew was just unlocking it as I approached, so not unexpectedly it was immaculate when I entered.
Upon my return, the cabin lights have been turned back on so I took this quick shot while all was calm.
Once back in my seat, I could smell the aroma of food being warmed, and the aroma had that decidedly Asian spicy hint to it, nice!
Pre-dinner drinks were soon offered from a trolly, I took a G&T, nice to see Bombay Sapphire on the trolly, a packet of almond nuts was also provided, in the background the aroma of garlic bread being warmed could be smelt, hmm, this was turning into one fine flight.
The meal service was staring, fresh linens were laid out
followed by starters, this being Salmon Gravlax, rather nice, washed down with a glass of champagne, I decided to stick to this as it was Laurent Perrier, one of my favourites though I know many don't rate it.
Bread and garlic bread was offered, I took 2 pieces of garlic bread, and another later when another round was offered.
Starters cleared the mains were dished up, the chicken curry looked good and tasted very nice, not too much coconut in it, I'm not keen on it but its used quite a lot in Thai cooking so sometimes you have to grin and bear it.
Additional drinks top ups of red and white wine were offered once everybody had their meal, but I got missed out, I think I was the only one on the champers, interestingly Chinese tea was offered during the main course, I took a cup as I quite enjoy it.
Mains cleared the cheese and fruits plate is served, a single slice of Brie, celery, carrot, apricot, grapes and a strawberry, very nice actually and I had a glass of port with it, I also got the champers topped up too.
Following this course the desert was offered which I took along with a drop of Cognac and a coffee, the coffee was good, nice and strong.
The cabin service through the flight was smooth and without rush, so much so that by the time service was complete we were only some 40 minutes away from BKK
Immigration cards were handed out along with Thai branded pens, nice touch
I finished the remained of the flight flicking between reading my book and watching the moving map, with the occasional glance out of the window, not that there was much to see.
Approach was interesting, it got a little bumpy but the most interesting thing as the seatbelt signs not being turned on until about 10 minutes out, I thought that was quite good, most airlines like to tuck you in safely a bit earlier than that.
Three minutes out the crew were asked to take their seats for landing
wheels down @ 20:44, some 4 minutes behind schedule.
Taxi to the gate was quick as was deplaning
I don't think I've ever seen aircraft doors opened so quickly, I'd not even re-packed my crap I'd had around the seat during the flight.
Once off the plane it was a fast walk or march to the immigration desks, catch them at the wrong time and the queues can be huge, not tonight however, just one person in front of me.
Summary, well, what a great flight with TG
, I'd love to take a longhaul flight with them, a real class act from the ground, to in the air.
Will they be as good tomorrow on my return to HKG
? - let's see, stay tuned, next report to follow soon.
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