After more than two weeks spent in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam it was time to go back home. I wasn't happy at all to leave SE Asia with its 35 degrees Celsius compared to -5 (or -15 a couple of days later) in Poland but all good things come to an end fast and we can do nothing about it. The good thing was that the first leg of the journey back home was supposed to be operated by A380 that I have already tried two weeks before but as it was a night flight and I was more than exhausted after a long stopover, I was looking forward to this one as if it was almost my A380 virgin flight.
AT THE AIRPORT
It was a busy morning as always at BKK (to be honest I've travelled to and from this airport a couple of times already in different times of night and day and have never seen it calm or empty). We used the entrance number 7 that is the closest to QR check-in desks.
We were quite early and there wasn't much people there yet. There was almost no queue to BAG DROP desks (we've checked in online)
The deamon was there as always
A look from above on what seems to be Emirates check-in area
After having a coffee and croissant we headed directly to our gate E4
It required a lot of effort to take a decent photo of our A380 but while Suvarnabhumi isn't generally too spotting friendly it gets even harder in the morning with all the humidity covering the windows.
Boarding started on time and as always in case of a jet of this size we were divided into boarding zones. Our zone, as we were travelling in the most forward economy cabin, was supposed to board last.
During my first flight I didn't have the possibility to see the front stairs but now as I'm travelling in the front section, here they are :)
The front cabin during boarding
And my seat 47 K with a lot of space
View of the cabin with stairs in front
I've tried all the cameras to see if they worked. They did but the gear camera showed obviously only the tarmac surface
Windows in A380 are usually blamed for being too deep and photo unfriendly. It wasn't easy but if you get used to it, you can take really decent photos.
EK A380 preparing for a flight back to DXB
Air Astana 757
China Southern 737-800
Safety video was played during taxi. There was also a digital version of the safety card available among the IFE content
Taxi was long but we could see the queue for take off thanks to the front and tail camera
Bangkok Airways A320
Thai Smile A320
We are followed by two Queens of the skies
Our turn to go up
Slowly leaving Bangkok area
Menus were distributed when we reached our cruising altitude. We were totally fed up with Asian food that we had for the last two weeks and were looking very much forward to the European style breakfast number 1
Unfortunately my portion of the omellete was the last one and my friend needed to take noodles that I shared with him giving him half of my hot breakfast. Generally speaking it was good and aboundant and the flight attendant that I will write more about a little bit later offered us additional croissants and beverages since not everything was available.
Some half an hour after breakfast I felt bad, my stomach started to ache and I wasn't sure if it was the breakfast I've just had or rather something I ate the night before in Bangkok. I went to the galley and found there the same flight attendant that served us breakfast. I asked her for coke explaining I had some digestion problems. She gave me my coke and said she would give me more if I need it. Half an hour later she came to me to ask if I need more coke and brought me another can. Then, another half an hour later I was given another one without asking and then she came again to ask if I'm ok and if she could help in any way. I've never been treated so well during any of my air travels. It's a pity I didn't see her name so that I could thank her here for her care. Anyway, it was the best crew I've experienced so far having flown almost 200 times.
This time a tour to see the lower deck was obligatory, first I visited the lavtories
And then the other two economy sections
In the meantime we flew over the Irawadi river delta in Myanmar and entered the airspace of India where, as always, some turbulence occured from time to time
I watched a movie and listened to some music while we passed India and Pakistan
The second meal was served above Iran - it was the usual meat or vege sweet and savoury pastry set with the muffin being completely inedible. The second part however was ok, the meat option being slightly better than the vege one.
As we were flying along Iranian south coast I was able to spot the small island of Hormuz and the big island of Qeshm. Funny that all this part of the world looks frome above as there was no life there, just sea and sand.
Then we flew again over Iranian mainland before the final crossing of the Gulf
Some ships, oil platforms and Qatar peninsula emerging from the blue sea
It happened to be one of the most beautiful descents I've seen with deep blue water, lagoons and desert
What a faboulous approach to DOH over Pearl Qatar and with West Bay city center in distance!
Very smooth landing as for a bird of this size
Welcome back to Doha
After a short taxi we made it to our parking position. While we were still in the air and I made a small walk to see the other two economy cabins I was asked by one of the CC members what was the aim of this walk. I explained I wanted to see the A380 and it was then when he offered me a visit to the upper deck as soon as all the business and first class passengers disembark. So when most of our co-passengers where leaving the aircraft we approached the same male FA to ask him if we can go upstairs as promised. He spoke to the purser and after a while we were invited to the upper deck. I was thrilled!!!
The first class occupies the front section
The biggest part of the upper deck is occupied by the business class where blanket collection has already started
Then there is the lounge
And a small economy cabin at the very rear
All the FAs met upstairs were very polite inviting us to come back to the upper deck as passengers one day. We left by the upper jetbridge which was also a bonus for me.
That's all for now. To be continued soon. Many thanks for reading!
Bangkok - BKK
Doha - DOH
It was a great flight regarding most of all the cabin crew that was extremely nice, proactive and helpful and of course the aircraft that I had an opportunity to explore during the flight and after landing. Catering was ok, but I think they should provide passengers with more western style breakfast options and not only one that finishes after the few first rows. The muffin in the second service is simply disgusting, industrial and should be raplaced with something else as it spoils the meal service as a whole. Regular drinks that were provided from the trolley or available at the galley during entire flight were also a big bonus.
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