Review of Thai Airways flight Sydney Bangkok in Economy

Airline Thai Airways
Flight TG472
Class Economy
Seat 55K
Aircraft Boeing 747-400
Flight time 08:45
Take-off 17 Dec 17, 17:05
Arrival at 17 Dec 17, 21:50
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By SILVER 3301
Published on 24th January 2019
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.

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Being holiday season, flight was full.

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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.

Flight Schedule

Thai Airways flight was to depart from Gate 51. Actual departure time was 4.05 pm

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Terminal1 International

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.

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Airside Spotting

British Airways B777 to Singapore

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Meal time

Had McD before heading to gate 51


After the meal, headed to the gate 51, waiting for the boarding call.

View of the aircraft

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Crowd had built up as the departure time got closer

Jetstar Airways parked in neighbouring gate

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Soon there was an announcement regarding boarding

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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

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At the door was greeted by the crew

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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.

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Seat view

Flight was full, after settling in the seat. I checked with my neighbour, he was flying to Delhi after couple of days in Bangkok.

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Window view

Aircraft was parked close to the terminal building

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Onboard view

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.

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Cabin crew checking the if the overhead bins are locked

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After the issue was sorted, push-back commenced.

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Tow truck returning after pushback

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As departure were from runway 16R, taxi was short.

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Royal Flying Doctor plane in view

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and also a Emirates B777 departed.

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Virgin Australia A330-200 arriving on runway 16R

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Hold Point

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

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View of South Western Sydney

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Heading south over Sutherlands and Cronulla Beach

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Then turning West

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Sydney in view between the clouds above the wing and onwards to Bangkok

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Flight details

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Window view after attaining cruise altitude

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Cabin Service

Cabin service commenced at cruising altitude with peanuts and drinks provided

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Seasons Greetings

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Peanuts and serviettes

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Window view

Somewhere over Western NSW

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Inflight Entertainment[IFE]

Checked the IFE

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Remote controller

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I didn't watch any program, scanned through the offerings, Panel light was reflecting of the small screen making to difficult to watch.

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Seat pocket content

Seat pocket was stocked with inflight magazine, dutyfree magazine, headphone, blanket and safety card

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Thai Airway Boeing 747-400 Safety card

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in full

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Traveller - DutyFree magazine

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OTOP - magazine

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Sawasdee - Inflight magazine

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Thai route information

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I had enough space.

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Window view

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Dinner Service

Dinner service commenced with drinks, I chose beer.

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Dinner packaging

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Dinner - Red curry chicken

The option was thai veg fried rice / thai red curry chicken. I chose the chicken option

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Flight route

Cabin was darkened after the supper

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Cabin view

Visited the toilet before snoozing, they were clean.

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Window closed

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Flight map

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Inflight information

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Twilight over Northern Territory

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Flight route was over Northern Territory.

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Window view

Sunset somewhere close to Darwin

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Flight information in Thai, 4 hrs 50 mins to arrival

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Flight details

Flying over eastern Indonesia

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Flight details with arrival in 2.20 mins

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Relaxing while seated

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Overhead locker

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Snack Service

Dinner service commenced 2 hours before landing

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Snack packing

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Snack was Veg or chicken noodles. I selected the chicken noodles.

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Flight information

Reflection off the screen was making it hard to read the information

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Somewhere closer to Vietnam

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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

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Flight Schedule

After entering the terminal building, headed to the transit area

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Check the departure board and headed towards security, After the checking the boarding pass and passport was allowed to take escalator for security check.

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Flight Details

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Transit and Departure

After passing security, I had a transit time of 2 hrs before departing to Mumbai.

Read the the Trip Report here=> Thai Smile HS-TXC "Nong Bua Lam Phu" WE335 BKK-BOM

Hope you enjoyed the report. Thanks for reading.

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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.

Information on the route Sydney (SYD) Bangkok (BKK)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 7 avis concernant 2 compagnies sur la ligne Sydney (SYD) → Bangkok (BKK).


La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Emirates avec 8.4/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 9 heures et 18 minutes.

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  • Comment 485241 by
    atco 134 Comments
    Hi Koresh,

    Thanks for a lovely report. Always a treat to fly on a Queen.

    Thai's service looks not bad. 2 free and proper meals and even beer included when so many airlines these days are moving to buy on board service.

    Unfortunately though the old girl is showing her age in a lot of ways. Those monitors are not great. The seat and legroom seem nice enough though. Perhaps coming from an age when airlines didn't care so much about squeezing a seat into every last inch of available space!

    Thanks for a nice look into this flight with TG
    • Comment 492100 by
      koresh SILVER AUTHOR 106 Comments
      Thanks for the comments, I enjoyed flying on the B747, seats are more comfortable. IFE wise its not modern but I'm fine with it as I don't watch it anyways. Service was good and thats what I wanted and chose Thai.

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