Diamond Jubilee Part 1 - Melbourne to Bangkok Thai Business Class
After last year's Royal Wedding trip, I decided to be in London during the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee. My route to Europe on this trip was relatively simple. Melbourne-Bangkok-London Heathrow, all on Thai Airways in business class. Here is how the first sector went:
|Arriving at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport|
|HS-TKF waiting for a tow truck as seen from Cafe Vue at MEL|
|Boeing 777-300 HS-TKF now at gate 3|
It turns out boarding was not yet underway and there was a large number of people queued up waiting. This was abnormal, normally the lounge has it right and you would walk straight on through the priority queue. Anyway, after about 5 or 10 minutes boarding commenced and the staff ensured those who were entitled to priority boarding received it. Now.... the flight!
AIRLINE: Thai Airways International
FLIGHT NUMBER: TG466
AIRCRAFT: Boeing 777-300 HS-TKF (11 years 6 months old at time of flight)
SCHEDULED TO DEPART: 13.55
ACTUAL DEPARTURE: 13.57
SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE: 20.25
ACTUAL ARRIVAL: 20.30
CLASS: Business (Load Factor in business 88%)
Once on board I took my seat in 15K and was promptly offered a hot towel and drink. As is the usual with Thai in business class, there was no name recognition. This is something that I think could be improved upon, especially after a recent flight in Qantas Premium Economy where I was always addressed by name during service and also offered a personal welcome on board. There was already a headset and amenity kit on the seat for me. I was pleased to see a thick, duvet style blanket as well.
|Noise cancelling headsets|
|Taxi out on a gloomy morning|
|Nuts and pre-meal drinks|
|Tandoori prawn appetiser|
|table cloths set for main meal|
|Salmon and scallop starter|
|Pork steak main course|
|Pre arranged fruit and cheese plate (they did have a cheese trolley once upon a time)|
Eventually it was about 90 minutes to landing and the second meal was offered. This is a lighter meal offered on a single tray. It consisted of noodles with prawns, fruit and chocolate.
The sun had set outside and it was time to make our descent into Suvarnabhumi airport. We landed pretty much on schedule and I was NOT surprised to see we were headed to a remote stand yet again. This seems to happen to me on at least half my arrivals into BKK with Thai Airways. Anyway, it was out into the steamy heat of Bangkok and immediately into an air conditioned bus for the 10 minute trap back to international arrivals.
|HS-TKF having a rest after her return trip to Melbourne|