FLIGHT TG 401
CLASS OF SERVICE Economy
SEAT NUMBER 60K
AIRCRAFT Boeing 777-200
TAKEOFF 15-07-19 7:40 p.m.
VIEWS 2486
LANDING AT 10:55 p.m.
TerryYong
The 25th July 2015

Photo review of Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Singapore in Economy

View from my room at the 29th storey.

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More feasting.

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A bit of Japanese…

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And ending with sweet desserts from After You café.

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Time to fly home after the short weekend getaway. Reached Suvanarbhumi 1.5hrs before departure. TG's check-in desks at the airport were largely empty, even though the flight back would be totally full.

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Having done online check-in, I just dropped my baggage and got my boarding pass within a couple of minutes.

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Departure gate was at C9, which was quite a hike through the massive terminal.

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HS-TJC in the heavy thunderstorm. Boarding was slightly delayed due to the storm which halted ground operations.

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19 July 2015
Thai Airways International
TG 401
Bangkok (BKK) - Singapore (SIN)
B777-200
HS-TJC
Economy Class


Soon, boarding started, again in an orderly manner. HS-TJC, which is a retrofitted B777-200, would be flying us back to Singapore this evening, with an overnight stop in Singapore and operating the first flight out the next morning.

Colourful recaro economy seats.

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The aircraft was retrofitted with personal IFE screens in economy. Even though the aircraft is almost 19yrs of age, the cabin was still clean and well-maintained. No falling apart seats or cabin fittings to be seen.

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Still raining outside.

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The usual pillow and headsets were on the seats. Requested for blankets from the friendly crew as the cabin was freezing cold. Also learnt that the crew would be night-stopping in SIN and operating the 2nd flight out from SIN the next day at noon. So TG overnights 2 sets of its crew in SIN every day!

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Again, seat pitch was very reasonable, but the IFE box takes up half the legroom at the window seats.

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Handset of a generation back. Similar to those found on SQ's retrofitted aircraft as well.

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Safety card, Rest of the inflight magazines were similar to the previous flight.

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TG's fleet.

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Pushed back slightly behind schedule due to the bad weather delaying the loading of cargo. Flight time of 1h50m. Safety video played.

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Taxi and takeoff from Rwy19L. Cool that this aircraft is fitted with a nose camera!




Bangkok night lights.

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Have a look at the dinner menu on the IFE system.

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Browsing through the movies menu for a film to watch. Similarly, there was no need to use the handsets as the monitors are touch-screen, though not as sensitive as the newer generation monitors.

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Settled for an animation comedy Home for this short flight.

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Meal service soon started and again, service by the crew was friendly and very efficient. I counted at least 8 crew working in economy class!

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The fried snapper choice on the menu sounded very appetising, but unfortunately the crew ran out of the choice when they reached my row (I was seated near the rear and service started from the front). No choice but to settle for the chicken in garlic sauce instead, but the crew did apologised.

Meal tray. On this flight, a full-sized tray is used, along with metal cutlery, but no pot of water on the tray.

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Main course unveiled. Also had a can of Coke Zero to go with the meal.

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Tuna pasta starter and blueberry mousse dessert.

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Chicken with garlic sauce, steamed rice and French beans with garlic. Portion of meat was very generous and taste was acceptable, but would have preferred a spicy thai dish instead. Guess the other choice would have tasted even much better.

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Enjoying the dessert.

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Having a cup of hot tea to end the meal. Even though there were bouts of turbulence, the seatbelt signs never came on and hot beverages were still offered. The only time when the seatbelt signs were switched on for about 10min was during a period of quite bad turbulence and service was suspended.

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Continued with the movie along with my drink.

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Visited the lavatory just when descend started. On the B772, the lavatory is definitely nowhere as nice as on the B773ER.

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Cabin shot.

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Seat view.

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Approaching Singapore.

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A Singapore Customs arrival video was shown. Don't remember this being shown on arriving SQ flights into SIN.

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Approaching Singapore Changi Rwy 20R.

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Switched to camera view to have a pilot's view of the landing.

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Landed a few minutes behind schedule and taxied to the gate.




Disembarking and passing the old business class cabin. Seats seemed much more spacious even though it is of the older generation inclined-flat. Not sure of the comfort though.

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Thanks for the ride, HS-TJC!

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Thanks for reading and comments are welcomed!

Verdict

Thai Airways 

Cabin 8.5
Cabin crew 9.0
Entertainment 8.5
meal/catering 8.0
TOTAL 8.5/10

Bangkok - BKK 

Efficiency 7.5
Access 8.0
Services 8.5
Cleanliness 8.0
TOTAL 8.0/10

Singapore - SIN 

Efficiency 9.5
Access 8.5
Services 8.5
Cleanliness 9.0
TOTAL 8.9/10

Conclusion

Again, a pleasant short flight on TG. TG does have the potential to be a 5-stars carrier. It just need the proper management to help it achieve the status. However, TG shall still remain as my favourite carrier on the SIN-BKK route.

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