Diamond Jubilee Part 2 - Bangkok to London Thai Business Class
After a short stay in Bangkok it was off to London on Thai once more. I started my trip with a foot massage, complimentary for Thai business class passengers in the Thai Airways Spa at Suvarnabhumi airport. It's a great way to relax between flights, or a great way to relax in preparation for your first long haul flight of the day. You start off in the waiting area with a cold herbal drink and cold wet towel.
|Thai Spa waiting area
|Singapore Lounge - Bangkok
It was nearing boarding time and with a long walk down to gate C10 (the last one of the concourse) I lef the lounge giving myself plenty of time. I approached gate C10 and noted my aircraft, an Airbus A340-600 was ready at the gate. Today's flight was being operated by HS-TNE, a 6.5 year old example which was delivered new to Thai back in December 2005.
AIRLINE: Thai Airways International
FLIGHT NUMBER: TG916
AIRCRAFT: Airbus A340-600 HS-TNE (6.5 years old at time of flight)
SCHEDULED TO DEPART: 12.25
ACTUAL DEPARTURE: 12.40
SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE: 18.55
ACTUAL ARRIVAL: 18.50
GATE TO GATE: 12 hours 10 minutes
CLASS: Business (Load Factor in business approx 80%)
|Coming aboard - the A340-600 is so very long!
I was warmly welcomed on board and made my own way into the second business class cabin to bulkhead seat 18K. The second cabin tends to be a little quieter in terms of passenger load and is a little more intimate. I was glad to have the seat beside me remain vacant.
|Passing the 8 Royal First seats
|The view from 18K
|Plenty of room to move
I took a moment to peruse the menu although I had felt like duck prior to the flight so had used the Thai website to pre order a duck on rice dish.
I'd probably have gone with the lamb had I not pre ordered the duck. Anyway, about 15 minutes behind schedule we pushed back and made our way to runway 19R for takeoff passing lots of interesting aircraft along the way.
After a really long takeoff roll we were airborne and slowly climbing away towards the south. Soon after we made a right turn and started tracking north west past the CBD of Bangkok.
|The mighty Chao Praya river can be seen stretching into the distance in this shot
A rice cracker snack came out with a thai style pork on top. It was pretty tasty really.
|Preparation for lunch, table cloth laid out
|My duck - not the best visually but quite tasty anyway
The finishing touch was a cappuccino and black forest cake. It was actually really tasty!
By that stage we were flying over India and I noticed we flew quite close to Delhi. I decided to sit back and watch a movie and nap for a while. I took a few snaps now and then, it was daylight outside the whole flight, but the cabin was dark with all the blinds down.
|Somewhere over Afghanistan
|I believe this was Kabul airport
|The rear economy cabin
Over Eastern Europe and it was time for the second meal, or dinner really.
|Salmon and chicken starter. The chicken was delicious
|The braised beef - not the most visually appealing meal and taste was pretty average
|Black tea and dessert
A smooth landing in blue skies on a warm London evening. The temperature was about 25 degrees celsius. Very pleasant indeed. It was great to finally have arrived in the UK after the loung journey from Australia. Another pleasant flight in Thai business class. They may not fly with the biggest and best seats but they are a reliable carrier and I am usually quite pleased with the service provided.
|HS-TNE parked at the gate, soon heading back to Bangkok