After being bussed to the terminal building, it was off to the transfer counters to pick-up the boarding passes for the SQ
flight. Luggage tags were also checked to ensure that our bags would be transferred over to SQ
My boarding pass. Unfortunately, I would be relegated back to economy on this sector...
Then it was off to the BKK
Silver Kris Lounge, which was located all the way at the end, one level below departure. A rather long walk from the usual SQ
departure gates, I would say.
Longish lounge interior. Same concept and colour schemes as most other Silver Kris Lounges. There were not many users at this time.
The buffet area.
Cold cuts, cheeses and crackers, sandwiches, cookies and macaroons.
Hot buffet selection.
Pastries, dim sum and dessert.
Had some food from the hot buffet area and a young coconut.
Really yummy mango sticker rice for dessert. This was the special dish of the day, and only available upon request.
Cookie, macaroons and soya milk to end it all.
Went up to the departure area for some shopping of thai goodies, before proceeding to the Gate C2
30min before departure time.
18 April 2013
Bangkok (BKK) - Singapore (SIN)
When we reached the gate, boarding was just being announced for Business Class passengers and passengers needing assistance. Being seated at Row 37, it would be quite a while before boarding would be called for us as Economy was boarded from the rear rows. 9V
-SVK, one of the unrefurbished B772ERs, would be operating today's flight back to BKK
Boarded and was welcomed by 2 stewards (chief and leading) at the door. Got to my seat at towards the front of the cabin and settled down. This plane still have the Spacebeds in Business Class and the blue seats with tiny PTVs in economy. Well, at least the seat pitch on the B772ER is rather generous at 34" pitch compared to the rest of the SQ
fleet. Boarding took quite a while as passengers gradually trickled into the cabin.
At the gate.
The flight map was already switched on, but not the interactive portion of Krisworld.
A short 2hrs flight back to Singapore today.
All the stuff in seat pocket.
While still on the ground before pushback, hot towels offered and collected, followed by distribution of headsets. Doors were closed before scheduled departure time but we were held at the gate while awaiting pushback clearance. The crew serving my aisle was a rather friendly and smiley gal.
Finally we pushed back, accompanied by the boring safety video. A Sri Lankan A343 was seen.
Oman Air A330.
Had quite a long taxi to Rwy19R for departure. Sun was setting now,
Takeoff from Rwy19R, bound for Singapore.
Dusk over Bangkok.
Shortly after seat belt signs were switched off, the IFE was turned on and I immediately started with my movie. Not that I would expect to complete the movie during the flight, knowing how SQ
would collect the headsets rather early (and I was right again).
Meal service commenced with the distribution of special meals by hand, followed by the rolling out of meal carts. 2 crew were serving on each side of the aisle, thus making service a bit faster. The pilot also announced that there were 12 cabin crew onboard today vs the usual 10, so I guess there might be 2 trainees.
The choices offered this evening were Pork with noodles or Duck with Pasta. I tried the pork while my seatmate had the duck. On the tray were also a starter, warm roll with butter, drinking water and dessert. I had a Coke Zero to go along and requested for 2 Singapore Slings for me and my seatmate to be served later.
Starter was a shrimp cocktail salad, which was rather cold and tasteless.
Opening the foil of my casserole, I had a feeling that that I had made the wrong choice....
The Pork with Noodles was just sliced pork in salty oyster sauce, topped on tasteless beehoon , with sliced celery and carrots on the side. Very underwhelming and definitely not what I would expect from Bangkok catering. In fact, it kind of resembled what I had earlier on Drukair Business Class.
The duck with pasta my colleague ordered seemed to be a better choice. However, where were the thai curries?? Here was when I missed TG
's catering out of BKK
Surely you can't mess up with dessert, right? Wrong! The thai-styled taro-banana type dessert had a very mushy texture and tasted kind of wierd. My colleague, a dessert person, had a spoonful and left the rest untouched.
The Singapore Slings were delivered shortly by the chief steward. However, while he was walking towards us with the slings in hand, I already feared for the worst as the colour of the Singapore Slings was as red as his tie! True enough, the Slings were mixed too strong! Fail! Thinking of this, I should have ordered a pineapple juice right then and added it into the slings... During tray collection, my colleague took a sip of the Sling and returned almost the full cup to the stewardess, and the stewardess was concerned that the sling was returned almost untouched, asked if the cocktail was to his taste. After my colleague remarked that the Sling was too strong, she seemed a bit embarrassed (not the fault of hers though) and offered other drinks. A plus for her service!
The dinner served on this flight was quite a disappointment, as compared to my previous SIN
flight where the economy catering was really great! Or it was maybe I had set my expectations too high for the catering from Bangkok...
After the trays were collected, I visited the lavatory.
Cabin view. The forward economy cabin was rather full, while the aft cabin was half empty!
At 37min (yes, I remembered!) prior to arrival, the pilot came on with the arrival announcement and shortly after, crew came down to collect headsets and requesting all seats to be upright, all at 30min prior to landing! We had not even began our descent! Not that I was not expecting this. Again a case of too early landing preparations.
With the headsets collected, I entertained myself with the flight map. Looking at the map, we probably had another 200km to go, approximately the distance of KUL
, and everyone already had their seats upright and cabin prepared for landing. A bit of an overkill...
Flew down to the south and turned back up towards the north for the approach. The night view of Singapore could be seen on my side.
Landing on Rwy02L and taxied to Terminal 3 where we disembarked from. Guess this plane would be performing a long-haul later in the night.
My seat for the flight.
Waiting to disembark.
Finally back in Singapore after my short working trip to Bhutan. SQ
did not fare as well as I had expected on the BKK
sector, and I guess I would be sticking to TG
if I would be flying on full-service carriers on this sector in the future.
Hope you have enjoyed reading about my experience on a truly exotic airline, Drukair, to an equally exotic destination, Bhutan! Your comments are much welcomed!
My upcoming trips would be short weekend trips to Kuching and Penang in late May and early June, on a mixture of Malaysia Airlines, Jetstar and AirAsia. Stay tuned!
My past reports:
4 Airlines,3 Cities,2 Wonders (USA On SQ,VS,VX,B6) (by ycp81 Mar 24 2013 in Trip Reports)
Colourful Kathmandu With MH And A Bit Of SQ (by ycp81 Jan 26 2013 in Trip Reports)
Bangkok Countdown 2013 By Myanmar Airways Intl (by ycp81 Jan 4 2013 in Trip Reports)
Catching My "Final" Qantas A380 Flights (by ycp81 Nov 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
JQ & SQ Albino Jets To Beijing In Business! (by ycp81 Sep 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
Silkair To Solo, The Spirit Of Java (by ycp81 Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lazing In Kandooma (SQ To Maldives) (by ycp81 Aug 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
"Scoot" Off For A BKK Weekend (TZ/3K) (by ycp81 Jul 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
City, Beach And Food Paradise (Jetstar,KLM,Tiger) (by ycp81 May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
Getaways To KCH & BKK On The 'T's (TR & TG) (by ycp81 Feb 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Winter Weekend In Macau & Hong Kong On Jetstar (by ycp81 Jan 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Kangaroo To Oz (by ycp81 Dec 10 2011 in Trip Reports)
Taiwan On 4 Airlines (TR,KL,GE,SQ) In 3 Classes (by ycp81 Nov 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Binge In Bangkok By 3K And FD (by ycp81 Aug 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
Jetstar Long-Haul To Auckland! (by ycp81 Aug 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Weekend Trips To Phuket & KL (by ycp81 Jul 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Budget Vs Business To Boracay (TR, 5J, 2P, SQ) (by ycp81 May 6 2011 in Trip Reports)
Bonjour Paris On SQ A380 (by ycp81 Feb 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
To The Cape With SQ (Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Jan 29 2011 in Trip Reports)
Another Short Hop To KL On Firefly And Air Asia (by ycp81 Nov 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
TG Vs SQ To Incheon (Lots Of Pics And Vids) (by ycp81 Nov 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Lazing In Lombok By Silkair (by ycp81 Aug 12 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Mix Of Both Worlds (Budget Vs 5-Stars To KCH) (by ycp81 Jul 3 2010 in Trip Reports)
Tigering To Vietnam (and VN Domestic) With Videos (by ycp81 May 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Flying With Malaysian Hospitality To Tokyo (by ycp81 Apr 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Silkair To Siem Reap : A Wonderful Way To Fly! (by Ycp81 Feb 1 2010 in Trip Reports)
36hrs In KL By Firefly And Air Asia (by Ycp81 Oct 30 2009 in Trip Reports)
Invasion Of The LCCs (Penang On Tiger And Jetstar) (by Ycp81 Aug 31 2009 in Trip Reports)
10 Flights On 6 Airlines In 11 Days! (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Way To Taipei (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-DPS-SIN On Lionair And SQ (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SYD-MEL-SYD-SIN On SQ & QF (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
SIN-SGN-SIN On SQ In 2008 (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
Missing Swiss In SIN (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
('07 Memories) SIN-KBV-DMK,BKK-SIN On TR, DD & FD (by Ycp81 Aug 25 2009 in Trip Reports)
My past and future travels - http://www.ba97.com/ba97/calendar/report.asp?handle=ycp81