Thai Airways International HS-TGX "Sirisobhakya" TG 472 Sydney - Bangkok
Flight Details: Airlines: Thai Airways International Flight: TG472 SYD - BKK Reg: HS-TGX "Sirisobhakya" Aircraft: Boeing 747-4D7 Departure Sydney Terminal 1 Gate 51: 05:05 PM AEDT Arrival Bangkok BKK : 9:50 PM ICT Flight time: 8 hrs 25 mins Distance: 7,523 km
Trip Report: Thai Airways HS-TGX TG472 Sydney - Bangkok
This trip report is of a flight undertaken in Dec 2017. I was travelling to Mumbai via Bangkok. Being holiday season, I searched various options and found Thai was offering the cheapest ticket.
I booked flight with flight from and to Sydney being Boeing 747-400 series. Getting rare to get a Boeing 747 as many airlines are phasing them out of service.
I was travelling light and took train to arrive at the airport. I had checked for the flight before arrive at the airport.
After arriving at the international Terminal 1 by train, looked for the Check-in bay. Check-in had stated at bay G and queued to drop the bag. My passport and visa was checked, gate information was provided. I received boarding pass for both flight till Mumbai. I was advised to check the gate for Mumbai flight after arriving in Bangkok.
Being holiday season, flight was full.
Immigration and Security
Immigration queue was long but moved fast as had used the self-check kiosk to complete the immigration. Security queue was long, passed through the full body scan before allowed into the departure area.
Thai Airways flight was to depart from Gate 51. Actual departure time was 4.05 pm
Flight was running behind schedule and departed an hour late at 5.05 pm. My original transit time was 3 hrs which was reduced to 2. I wasn't complaining as Bangkok transit area has limited facilities passengers compared to other transit airports.
British Airways B777 to Singapore
Had McD before heading to gate 51
After the meal, headed to the gate 51, waiting for the boarding call.
View of the aircraft
Crowd had built up as the departure time got closer
Jetstar Airways parked in neighbouring gate
Soon there was an announcement regarding boarding
With the flight being full, long queue had formed before around boarding time as the delay was not announced. After the boarding pass was scanned, was allowed to head towards the aircraft via the aerobridge
Queue to board
At the door was greeted by the crew
Boarding the flight
When my turn came, crew checked my boarding pass and directed me to the other side as my window seat was 55K.
Flight was full, after settling in the seat. I checked with my neighbour, he was flying to Delhi after couple of days in Bangkok.
Aircraft was parked close to the terminal building
Crew were busy preparing flight for takeoff, Captain came on the mic and announced about the delay. Passengers remained seated for about 40 mins while the issue was sorted.
Cabin crew checking the if the overhead bins are locked
After the issue was sorted, push-back commenced.
Tow truck returning after pushback
As departure were from runway 16R, taxi was short.
Royal Flying Doctor plane in view
and also a Emirates B777 departed.
Virgin Australia A330-200 arriving on runway 16R
Waited for the Virgin Australia flight to vacate the runway and then lined on the runway to depart. Watch trip video to experience departure onboard 747=400
View of South Western Sydney
Heading south over Sutherlands and Cronulla Beach
Then turning West
Sydney in view between the clouds above the wing and onwards to Bangkok
Window view after attaining cruise altitude
Cabin service commenced at cruising altitude with peanuts and drinks provided
Peanuts and serviettes
Somewhere over Western NSW
Checked the IFE
I didn't watch any program, scanned through the offerings, Panel light was reflecting of the small screen making to difficult to watch.
Seat pocket content
Seat pocket was stocked with inflight magazine, dutyfree magazine, headphone, blanket and safety card
Thai Airway Boeing 747-400 Safety card
Traveller - DutyFree magazine
OTOP - magazine
Sawasdee - Inflight magazine
Thai route information
I had enough space.
Dinner service commenced with drinks, I chose beer.
Dinner - Red curry chicken
The option was thai veg fried rice / thai red curry chicken. I chose the chicken option
Cabin was darkened after the supper
Visited the toilet before snoozing, they were clean.
Twilight over Northern Territory
Flight route was over Northern Territory.
Sunset somewhere close to Darwin
Flight information in Thai, 4 hrs 50 mins to arrival
Flying over eastern Indonesia
Flight details with arrival in 2.20 mins
Relaxing while seated
Dinner service commenced 2 hours before landing
Snack was Veg or chicken noodles. I selected the chicken noodles.
Reflection off the screen was making it hard to read the information
Somewhere closer to Vietnam
Landing in Bangkok
Soon it was time to land, Watch trip video for Bangkok arrival
After a short taxi, arrived at the gate, exited the aircraft through the aerobridge
After entering the terminal building, headed to the transit area
Check the departure board and headed towards security, After the checking the boarding pass and passport was allowed to take escalator for security check.
Transit and Departure
After passing security, I had a transit time of 2 hrs before departing to Mumbai.
Thai Airways flight was smooth as silk apart from the delays. It didn't affect me as I had reduced transit time. The cabin crew were ok with the service and passengers requested were attended professionally. IFE screen was small and the light reflection made it difficult to watch. Sydney Airport was efficient even though busy. As I had arrived 3 hrs before boarding time, I had enough time. Bangkok transit was quick as just had pass the security. Found many of the charging port nonfunctional. Overall was satisfied choosing Thai Airways.
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