01 May 2018 Thai Airways TG 401 Bangkok (BKK) - Singapore (SIN) B777-300 HS-TKA Economy Class Flight Time: 1H56M
Surprisingly, we were allocated Gate D7, which is one of the nearer gates from immigration. This is certainly a rarity for TG.
Boarding the B777-300, fitted in multi-coloured but tastefully designed seats. The B777-300 is certainly considered a 'classic' aircraft now compared to the new 787s and A350s. Pillows on each seat and blankets offered on request.
Took the 2-seater at the 2nd last row of the aircraft, and from past experiences, the seats here offers fantastic legroom!
Spot SQ's B787-10.
May edition of inflight magazine, pillow, blanket, earphones and the 'retro' IFE handset.
Boarding in progress, but was completed efficiently.
Pushed back on schedule and safety video shown.
It was a short taxi and we departed from Rwy19L without any delay.
Watched a comedy on the short flight. The IFE system on this older aircraft is definitely not as responsive as on the A350, but the monitors are still touch-screen enabled. The weak link for TG here is the IFE selection, as the IFE selection for the month of May is exactly the same as for April. No new movies offered. Does anyone knows if TG updates its IFE selection monthly or bi-monthly?
Meal service started from the rear of the aircraft, and we were offered a choice of Soya sauce chicken with rice or Omelette with fried rice. Meal tray came with a salmon and potato salad, warm roll with butter, dessert cake and a bottle of water.
The chicken in soya sauce with rice option. This was the same meal as was offered on my last flight on TG on the same route 3 months back. The salmon potato salad was good, and the main was tasty as well.
Celebrating its 58th anniversary, TG offered a special dessert for passengers on the flight today. For Business and Economy, it was a Banana Coconut Cake with Caramel Sauce.
The other meal option was Omelette with fried rice. This pales in comparison to the chicken dish.
Beverage service conducted. One area which TG is superior to many airlines on short-haul flights is that the full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are displayed and offered on the bar carts. Had an apple juice to enjoy my cake with. This was followed by a coffee/tea service before trays were collected.
View of the cabin after meal service.
Visit to the lavatory at the aft. TG's B773s are equipped with 10 lavatories in the economy cabin (6 at the rear, 4 in the middle), making it the aircraft with one of the most generous pax to toilet ratio in economy. Other than the necessary amenities, there was a eau de cologne.
We soon started descending into Changi.
Flew past Changi Airport during the descent.
Landing on Rwy02L slightly ahead of schedule.
Disembarking and passing through the Business cabin.
View of the aircraft, which would be night-stopping in Changi before operating the next day's morning flight back to BKK.
A look at the new arrival hall at Changi Terminal 1.
Bangkok - BKK
Singapore - SIN
Again, a very comfortable short-haul flight on TG. The 9-abreast B773 is still one of the most comfortable economy class around. Catering is good (but not the best I had on TG) and service is friendly and efficient. Pity the IFE selections are not updated for the month, but only a minor flaw in the experience. Overall, it was still a pleasant Royal Orchid experience on TG.
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