Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thai 465 ( TG465 ) - Bangkok to Melbourne Boeing 777-300 Royal Silk Class

AIRLINE: Thai Airways International
AIRCRAFT: Boeing 777-300
CLASS: Business Class


This quick report is mostly pictorial. Yet another transit for me between Bangkok and Melbourne, this time on Thai Airways Royal Silk Class on a Boeing 777-300. 

I arrived at airport and checked in at the Royal Silk Class check-in zone and proceeded through fast track immigration to the Concourse D lounge. This flight departs at a busy time for Bangkok airport, right around midnight. Because of this the lounge was packed and I found it quite uncomfortable. The food offering was poor and as usual there is no wine in Thai biz class lounges at Bangkok.

After lounging for a while in concourse D I decided to move to the Concourse E lounge as the flight was departing from Gate E6. You could barely find a seat in there and all the PC's were taken. Very frustrating! I spent a few minutes checking emails after eventually getting a computer (my laptop was out of action on this night). After a while I headed to the gate and sttled into seat 14A. I thought the seat next to me was going to be empty, but we were waiting on some late passengers and of course, the last woman on took 14B. How annoying!

Preparing to depart BKK- view from seat 14A

Welcome Drink - Champagne. Hot Towels.

Tonight's Menu  - Dinner followed by Breakfast 

Pushback from E6, Emirates 777 beside us

Appetiser - taste was average

I had the lamb, which was a bit fatty but quite nice

Selection from fruit and cheese board 

Dessert and Coffee

After the meal service I reclined the seat into the angled lie flat position and managed several hours of shut eye!

And woke up to the brown Australian landscape

Breakfast is served - although it's actually almost lunchtime in Melbourne

Very poorly presented main - but taste was good

On descent - industrial western suburbs of Melbourne

Westgate freeway as we turn towards final approach runway 34

about to touch down - what a glorious day!

taxi in past Qantas Boeing 747-400

Arriving at the gate next to another Emirates 777, just like the one we parked beside in Bangkok

I have to say I was disappoitned with the food on this leg. Was pretty average. The catering ex-Melbourne is far superior in Royal Silk class compared to what you get ex-Bangkok. The hardware was good though, I was able to achieve a good nights sleep on the plane which is what you want on an overnight flight like this.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thai Airways 639 ( TG639 ) - Hong Kong to Bangkok Royal Silk Class A330

AIRLINE: Thai Airways International
AIRCRAFT: Airbus A330-300 (Old Configuration)
CLASS:  Royal Silk Class (Business Class)

Since the last blog post I flew back to Hong Kong from Melbourne via Singapore Airlines. After one night in Hong Kong at the Conrad Hotel I took the ferry over to Macau for a spot of gambling. Stayed at the still lovely original Lisboa Hotel for a couple of nights and really enjoyed it. I do like Macau!

On the day of departure to Bangkok I took the direct TurboJet ferry from Macau to HK International Airport. I left Macau about 3pm for the 6.55pm TG639 service to Bangkok. The ferry ride was uneventful and in fact I dozed off for most of the trip and woke up as we pulled into the dock at HKIA. When you arrive at the port there is a bunch of check-in desks for the various airlines and I joined the queue for Thai Airways which was also serving Virgin Atlantic customers. I deposited my luggage on the belt and the agent checked me in, she advised my seat selections had changed due to an aircraft configuration change to the old A330. I was slightly disappointed but the A330 recliners are perfectly suitable for a 2 hour dinnertime flight!

After check-in I proceeded via airport train to the terminal and into the Singapore Airlines lounge for a spot of Dim Sum...

Singapore Airlines Lounge HK - Food and champagne

After a nice snack/meal at the Krisflyer lounge I made my way onwards to the Thai Airways lounge which is conveniently located right above the gate that Thai Airways tends to use in Hong Kong. 

Thai Airways lounge entrance

I settled down with a nice glass of wine and watched the goings on around the tarmac. The Royal Orchid lounge is situated on a platform above the departures floor with nice views our the windows. Very pleasant indeed. I noted that our aircraft had yet to arrive!

A short time later that familiar purple tail was seen heading across the tarmac and parking at the gate below me.

Thai A330 arrives at the gate

After a relatively quick turn-around the lounge staff announced the boarding of TG639 to Bangkok, a quick walk downstairs and over to the gate area and I was soon settling into my seat with a glass of champers...

The crew gave a warm welcome and soon presented me with a menu for tonight's dinner...

As this was a relatively short sector the crew came around taking dinner orders during the boarding process. I chose the seared duck breast.

leg room

A few moments later doors were closed and the safety video was shown on the overhead projector. We pushed back on a dark cloudy night in Hong Kong and made our way to the runway to depart. After takeoff we quickly entered thick cloud and encountered some mild turbulence until we climbed above it and set course for Bangkok.

Personal TV showing Flightpath

This version of Thai's A330 (which makes up most of the Thai A330 fleet) comes equipped with a looping mult-channel personal entertainment system in business class. You can see the screen above. There is several TV and movie channels to choose from. It's a basic system but fine for a short flight like this where you spend most of the time eating and drinking anyway. In economy class there is only overhead entertainment and no personal screens. 

As we were climbing the crew came around with a full drinks cart and nuts to start the service. I chose a glass of chardonnay...

A short time later the meal service commenced, it went something like this:

Smoked Duck Breast Appetiser 

Seared Duck Breast Main - quite tasty

Pre arranged cheese plate - everyone got the same

Haagen Dazs ice cream dessert

The food was all quite good and the crew were very attentive and friendly. Drink top ups were frequent and I was quite impressed overall. By the time the meal service was over and cleared away we were only about 40 mins out of Bangkok. I sat back in my seat and relaxed and I think I dozed off for a few minutes.

I didn't take any more photos as we landed at night in Bangkok, but it was a routine landing and we parked at a jetway quite far from immigration so it was a long walk. But the immigration lines were empty thankfully and I was out with my bags in no time and in a cab.