To Japan in Style - Thai Royal First Class (Part 3 - BKK/HND, TG660)
Airline: Thai Airways International
Flight: TG660 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Intl - Tokyo Haneda Intl
Seat: 1A (First Class)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER HS-TKS (on lease from Jet Airways) 4.5 years old
Scheduled Departure: 14.50
Actual Departure: 15.32
Scheduled Arrival: 22.30
Actual Arrival: 22.59
Passenger Load: 3 out of 8 in First Class (37.5%)
After a pleasant overnight stay in Bangkok it was time to continue my journey on to Tokyo Haneda. This next flight was one I was particularly looking forward to as it was on the Boeing 777-300ER with suites in First. The taxi dropped me off at Door 1 at BKK and I made my way into the First Class checkin zone which is a private zone with lounge seats you can sit in whilst the check-in staff take your bags and get your boarding pass. At the same time I was shown a seatmap for the B777-300ER and asked if I still wanted my pre-assigned seat 1A. I was also offered to make an appointment in the spa which I did for 1 hour 30 minutes prior to departure.
|Thai First Class Check-in Bangkok
|Not that I needed help with my luggage but I got it anyway
|buggy ride to the F lounge
|F Class Lounge Menu
|Wonton Noodle Soup
|Fried Rice with Chicken
|My own little lounge in the Thai F lounge Bangkok
|The Facilities - F Lounge
|Spa waiting area
|Spa bathroom facilities
I'd only got down half a glass of champagne before one of the lovely Thai Airways staff came and collected me and one other passenger. I expected a buggy ride for the lengthy walk to gate C7 but instead we had to walk! To make matters worse the flight was yet to start boarding and I was forced to hang around the gate area for a good 10 to 15 minutes before I was allowed on board. Must have been some sort of miscommunication somewhere as I thought boarding would have been near to complete by the time I arrived at the gate. At least that's how it was last time I flew Thai in First out of Bangkok.
|My escort to gate C7
|The flight had been delayed 30 mins due late arrival of aircraft from Paris
|My Boeing 777-300ER ride, HS-TKS
|The First Class cabin
|First Class Suites
|First Class Suite
|Seat Controls by LCD remote control
|Newspapers, headset and slippers provided at the seat
|looking across row 1
|Dom Perignon sir?
Shortly afterwards menus were delivered and blankets were handed out. I was happy to see a proper duvet style blanket which was a huge improvement over the flimsy economy style blanket I had been offered the day before on the flight from Sydney. I hope these blankets will be the usual in Thai First from now on. But blankets are just one thing that Thai manage to make extremely inconsistent!
|Menu for today
|Personal light, air vent and do not disturb button
Pushbank commenced at 3.29pm, a further 9 minutes behind the already advised 30 minute delay. I did manage a second glass of Dom before the glasses were put away though. The usual safety video was shown and we were soon powering down runway 19L at Bangkok. I really noticed how quiet the 777-300ER is from Row 1 on this flight.
The meal service then followed and is best explained simply by showing the pictures:
|Hot Savoury - Satay
|Downton Abbey - total heaven, first class and downton!
|more champagne and Perrier please
|Table set, Dame Maggie Smith is on the screen!
|First Course - Whole Duck Foei Gras, Marinated US Scallop on Avocado Mousse
|Pan Fried Australian Veal Loin
|Large first class bathroom
On the way back I spotted the fruit and cheese trolley being prepared:
|looking down on my suite
|Orange and Ginger Pudding with a Peppermint tea to finish
Prior to the top of descent I was offered drinks and given the arrival card for Japan.
|one more Perrier whilst I fill in the documents
The descent and landing were standard and we made our way to a remote parking spot where two sets of covered airstairs were waiting for us. This ended the first class experience at Tokyo. There was no special treatment for the arrival, it was onto the bus with everybody else and make your own way through passport control. I was subjected to a full baggage search and questioning by Japanese customs, apprently I fit some profile that warranted it! However it only took about an extra 10 minutes and I was soon on my way into the arrivals hall where my driver was waiting.
|on the bus!
Overall it was probably the best flight I have ever taken (keeping in mind my First Class flying experience is reasonably limited). The food was very tasty and the Dom Perignon was flowing the whole way. Service was good on board, and it was certainly excellent on the ground at Bangkok. Well done Thai!
Looking forward to my next First Class travel experience!