FLIGHT TG403
CLASS OF SERVICE Economy
SEAT NUMBER 48A
AIRCRAFT Boeing 777-200
TAKEOFF 14-07-17 8 a.m.
VIEWS 5124
LANDING AT 11:15 a.m.
lammified
The 3rd August 2014

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

Hi everyone! I apologise for the delay in completing this report, but work has been extremely hectic and I just haven’t found the time to write.

This is the last in this series of 4 flight reports.
1. TG402: SIN-BKK
2. TG922: BKK-FRA
3. TG921: FRA-BKK
4. TG403: BKK-SIN

Because our previous flight arrived early into Bangkok, we had just shy of 2 hours to make our connection back home to Singapore. It being so early in the morning, most shops and food outlets at Suvarnabhumi were closed, so even after rushing through transit security, there wasn’t really much to do except to hang around and wait for our flight. All 3 of us did not catch much sleep on the flight from Frankfurt, and so we were almost running on empty. After creating the usual fake accounts on the AOT free wifi server, we sat around surfing the web until about 45 minutes before departure, after which we headed to the gate.

Being Thai Airways, the chance of an equipment substitution is very high. We were hoping that Thai would swop out our scheduled 772 for a 77W, which was quite common on this sector, but it wasn’t to be. TG’s first 772 HS-TJA (a 1996 model) sat at the gate waiting. The gate holding area filled up quite quickly, but boarding was called soon after we arrived and we sat around whilst Business Class and Royal Orchid Gold members were invited to board, shortly followed by passengers seated in the rear economy cabin. We were in the next boarding group and boarded shortly afterward

Once again, we were welcomed onboard with the traditional sawadee by the female cabin crew members manning Door 2L dressed in the traditional thai uniform. We turned right and headed for our seats in the last row of the forward economy cabin, just ahead of the lavatory.

The interior of HS-TJA was in extremely poor shape, with carpets that were so worn that you could see the cabin floor beneath, and the seat in front of me could not stay in a upright position and was reclined for the entire flight. The cabin sidewall was badly scratched, and the 2 windows beside me had an oily residue on them which made taking photos almost impossible without some creative positioning.

The view from seat 48A
photo 10300234_10152155099006315_1567115581825769713_n

On the ground in Bangkok
photo 10342820_10152155099051315_2695314742613421659_n

B777 Safety Card
photo 10574532_10152155099026315_2087547054245996550_n

Leg room
photo 10342820_10152155098936315_2600008716585354676_n

View through the seats
photo 10577163_10152155099066315_2786464354326032766_n

Signs of wear and tear
photo 10402015_10152155098941315_4944615205489799527_n
photo 10487414_10152155099011315_7261465513265069611_n

Reclined seat in my face
photo 10511360_10152155098926315_989607202468171385_n

Since this was the first TG flight to Singapore that morning, the load was very good, almost 80%. Boarding was quickly completed and we pushed back on schedule. Whilst taxiing out to the runway, we passed another TG 772 and an Orient Thai 747 Classic roasting on the Bangkok tarmac. We taxied out to Runway 19L without delay and were soon off to Singapore.

Preparing to line up on the runway
photo 10322434_10152155099086315_1804493024283592267_n

Rotate!
photo 10525667_10152155099126315_1858068433082577300_n

Climbing out of Bangkok
photo 10468521_10152155099161315_394937107667304520_n

photo 10487414_10152155099181315_3488642758378921736_n

It was a quick climb to our cruise altitude of 40,000 feet, during which the crew started their first drink service which was a selection of juices or water with peanuts. Breakfast was served shortly afterward, with a starter of fresh fruit, followed by a choice of fried noodles or an omelette, served with bread roll.

Fried noodles for breakfast – Thai’s catering was superb for the most part
photo 10553527_10152155099206315_4531384851474618965_n

The flight passed very quickly, and soon enough the captain announced the start of descent into Singapore. We flew a straight in approach from the north into Singapore’s runway 20R. If I was to judge the flight, it was excellent until the point of landing. The pilot slammed the aircraft down onto the runway like a piledriver. I first flew on the 777 more than 15 years ago, and I’ve never experienced a landing as hard as this one.

Short final over the site of the former Changi Exhibition Center
photo 10433145_10152155099236315_5902782647490482089_n
Moments before the hardest landing I’ve ever experienced on the 777
photo 1907389_10152155099256315_2953238474417699838_n

Vacating the runway near Terminal 3
photo 10384755_10152155099296315_1020919484633695848_n

It was a quick taxi to the gate at Terminal 1, and we were off the aircraft less than 10 minutes after landing. Passing through immigration was painless and our bags were quickly retrieved from the belt.

Read my previous trip reports here:
Thai Airways Economy Class FRA-BKK
Thai Airways Economy Class BKK-FRA
Thai Airways Economy Class SIN-BKK
Emirates Business Class MEL-SIN
Jetstar 787 Economy Class OOL-MEL
Jetstar 787 Business Class MEL-OOL
Emirates First Class SIN-MEL

Verdict

Thai Airways 

Cabin 7.0
Cabin crew 8.0
Entertainment 7.0
meal/catering 8.0
TOTAL 7.5/10

Bangkok - BKK 

Efficiency 8.0
Access 7.0
Services 7.0
Cleanliness 6.0
TOTAL 7.0/10

Singapore - SIN 

Efficiency 8.0
Access 8.0
Services 7.5
Cleanliness 8.0
TOTAL 7.9/10

Conclusion

For a short flight, Thai Airways provided a good passenger experience, with decent IFE and friendly crew, and excellent catering. TG provides a good enough product that would satisfy most passengers, and they are quite competitive on price. After flying Thai on these 4 sectors, I would certainly recommend their flights if the price is right.

Happy and safe flying!

V

Related