To Japan in Style - Thai Royal First Class (Part 2 - SYD/BKK, TG476)
Airline: Thai Airways International
Flight: TG476 Sydney - Bangkok
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 HS-TGX (14 years old)
Seat: 2A (First Class)
Scheduled Departure: 10.00
Actual Departure: 10.05
Scheduled Arrival: 15.30
Actual Arrival: 15.20
Passenger Load: 4 out of 10 in First Class (40%)
YouTube Video of Flight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YalyUDxQ_A8
|Check-in Zone for THAI|
I headed for the Air New Zealand lounge, skipping the option of the Singapore First lounge.
|Express Path this way|
|Plane spotting - United, Delta, Air New Zealand and Emirates|
The lounge was quite busy with various NZ and star alliance departures. There was a great view of my aircraft HS-TGX, a 14 year old 747 delivered new to Thai in 1997.
|Air New Zealand Lounge|
|Yet another shot of my bird|
Not wanting to miss any of the champagne I headed down to the gate area early and picked up my passport wallet which was waiting for me. A minute later boarding was called for First and Business class. I made my way straight down the airbridge and was warmly greeted and escorted to my seat, 2A.
Menu's were provided and the rimowa amenity kit and noise cancelling headphones were waiting at each seat.
|Menu - First Serving|
|Menu - Second Serving|
|Menu - White Wine|
|Menu - Red Wine|
|Menu - Champagne|
|Rimowa kit and headphones|
|Rimowa amenity kit|
|Mr 1K in his PJ's|
At 5 minutes past 10 am, with all passengers on board the doors were closed and we pushed back. The safety video was played and I made myself comfortable.... looking forward to the next 9 hours of first class travel.
|Mr Tug Driver - thanks!|
|Taxi'ing past another Thai 747 waiting to perform the afternoon flight|
|Asiana and United patiently waiting behind us for takeoff|
|Goodbye cloudy Sydney!|
Once we were airborne I popped the lid for the entertainment unit and watched our progress on the map. I flipped through the entertainment guide and settled on watching the movie 'Contagion' (which was pretty ordinary by the way). The seatbelt sign was switched off once we were above the cloud layers and I decided to check out the lavatory. It featured Bvlgari fragrance and Aigner moisturiser. Anything else you might need is in the amenity kit.
|Phitek noise cancelling headset - includes cleaning cloth to sanitise|
Very quickly the canapes arrived and the crew got out the very large table for me. If you have a friend on board they can sit on the ottoman and dine together with you if you wish.
|The caviar trolley|
|my caviar - with shot of vodka|
Once I was done with my caviar it was time for the appetiser. The table was set with a bowl of salad and my own bread basket. I was offered a choice of salad dressing between thousand island or balsamic, I took the balsamic. My appetiser was also presented and it looked quite appealing to me.
I was already getting full by this stage but I wasn't going to miss out on anything so when the fruit and cheese tray came out I took a sample of the lot!
|Fruit and Cheese tray|
|What I received after asking for 'the lot'|
|Keeping business class passengers out is this very large curtain|
|Thai's uniquely configured 747 with galley on the side of the aircraft. First class toilets visible here too|
|2nd meal table setting|
|Tom Yum Goong|
|In the hold around some storm clouds|
|Arriving at gate C1|