Review of Thai Airways flight Hanoi Bangkok in Economy

Airline Thai Airways
Flight TG561
Class Economy
Seat 52K
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 01:50
Take-off 29 Jul 18, 10:35
Arrival at 29 Jul 18, 12:25
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Triple7lover
Published on 8th April 2020

Summary



Hello everyone and welcome to another flight report. This time its on Thai Airways on a flight from Hanoi to Bangkok onboard an Airbus A330-300. A video version of this flight report is available on my Youtube channel. For  those interested it is linked above.


Anyways after spending some time in Vietnam , it was time for the vacation to come to an end. So we got in a van at 7AM for our 10:30AM departure out of Hanoi. After a roughly 40 minute drive made it to Noi Bai International Airport.


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Time to check in for the flight. Looking at the line at check in figured out we are gonna have a full flight.


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After check in , immigration and security made my way to the gate for my flight. The airport in Hanoi is quite nice with decent number of shops  and seating areas.


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A little plane spotting while i make my way to my gate. An Asiana Airlines A350-900 and China Southern ERJ190 heading to Seoul and Guangzhou respectively.


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After some time it was time to board the  A330. Apologies for not getting some terminal shots of the aircraft as a structure was obstructing my view. Anyways the aircraft for today is 2012 built Airbus A330-300 with the registration  of HS-TBD.My seat for today is 52K that is a  little behind the right wing.


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The seat consisted of a IFE screen with an IFE remote and a personal item holder.The seat also had some pretty decent legroom , although do note that an ife box obstructs some of the legroom space available.


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The seat pocket contents consisted of  "Sawasdee" inflight magazine ,inflight duty free catalogue and the A330 safety card.


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Present on the seat was also a pillow while a blanket could be available on request.


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The inflight safety video was shortly shown on the ife screens.


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We pushed back from our  gate 1 hour behind schedule. The reason for the delay was due to late arrival of the aircraft from Bangkok. Meanwhile in the background a Malindo Boeing 737 on finals from Kuala Lumpur.


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After pushback and start up, we commenced our taxi to  the runway.


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After lining up on Runway 11R we power off the runway on our way to Bangkok. Farewell Vietnam,i had an enjoyable time.


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Some more views  as we climb out of Hanoi.I don't know why i like the a330 quiet a lot. I guess i have had numerous trips  onboard them with quiet a few different airlines. Any of you a330 fans ?


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For those interested, the departure out of Hanoi is linked below.



The ife had good selection of movies, tv shows games etc although do note that no headphones were distributed. I guess this has to do with the short length of the flight. And i guess on a flight like this you would barely get to watch something completely had earphones been given out.


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Shortly after reaching cruising altitude , the cabin crew commenced the inflight service. For the flight a serving of thai green chicken curry noodles , a chocolate banana cake and a bottle of water were served. The snacks to be honest were delicious and in my opinion perfect for a flight of this length.


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Here is a view of the cabin from  my seat. Looks pretty basic although it was neat and tidy so definitely a plus point.


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For the remainder of the flight it was smooth just a few bumps of turbulence here and there. Spent most of the time just gazing out of the window or just simply observing the inflight moving map.


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For those interested the approach and landing in Bangkok is attached below.



Very soon we commenced our descent into Suvurnabhumi  International Airport.


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On finals for Runway19R . Bangkok approaches are always quiet nice especially while flying over all the rice paddies.


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And ….. touchdown in Bangkok 1 hour behind our schedule arrival time , at this moment i was quiet worried as Bangkok wasn't my final destination and initially my transit time was 1 hour 35 minutes so with the delay it even shortened my time to connect to my flight to Karachi.


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While taxing to our gate , passed by the aircraft that would be flying be to Karachi that was an A330-300 with the registration of HS-TEU.There will be a review of this flight in a separate flight report.


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We finally parked at our gate and it was a sign of relief as it a regular jetway bridge rather than a remote stand.This meant no extra time was wasted getting off the aircraft and waiting for the bus etc. This brings us to the end of this flight report.


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Verdict

Thai Airways

7.0/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi6.5
Meal/catering7.5

Hanoi - HAN

6.5/10
Efficiency6.0
Access7.0
Services6.5
Cleanliness6.5

Bangkok - BKK

6.8/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness6.5

Conclusion

Overall this was another pleasant flight with TG for me . The seat was comfortable although had there not been an ife box under my seat the legroom would have been better.The ife had a good selection of movies , TV shows etc although without headphone couldnt watch anything.The snack on this short flight was also delicious and i enjoyed them. The cabin crew on this flight seemed a bit rushed but i can understand that with a full flight on an a330 so they are most likely to be on there toes for a flight of this length.I have travelled with Thai Airways many times and like always they always seemed to provide really good service. But for me the only negative i can see make of this flight is the 1 hour delay but i guess that can happen due to operational reasons.

Information on the route Hanoi (HAN) Bangkok (BKK)

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5 Comments

  • Comment 550224 by
    Guillbcn SILVER 52 Comments

    Thank you for this interesting FR! I like the A330 because of the wing, I think is very nice, and the seat configuration, 2-4-2, which is better than the 3-3-3 which are appearing on the new 787 and A350.
    Looks like Thai in flight service has decreased a little bit. I remember some previous FR where I saw a full hot meal on a 2 hours flight. But they still provide a good service, if you compare it with the european and north american airlines which are offering a BOB or a simple cookie.
    Waiting the 2nd part of the FR to Pakistan!

    • Comment 550319 by
      Triple7lover AUTHOR 27 Comments

      Thanks for your kind comment 😊 I guess the meal serving maybe has to do with the time also as mine was almost like brunch time. I guess on like a flight at like 7pm they would serve a bigger meal . I agree with you Asian and middle eastern airlines really spoil us in terms of amount of food they serve 😅 will hopefully get the next part out soon ,haven’t even started righting it 😂

  • Comment 550310 by
    jish.b SILVER 285 Comments

    Nice report, thank you for sharing this with us!
    Meal looks really good! I thought it'd be the warm sandwich as they do on all flights of similar lengths, but nice to see them switch it up. I have keenly observed TG's regional operations: not very often do you see 50+ wide body airplanes doing sub 2hr missions. Looking forward to the next part!

    • Comment 550320 by
      Triple7lover AUTHOR 27 Comments

      Thanks for reading 😊 the meal was really good and different from a regular sandwich.Always love that you can fly on a widebody on any route in the TG network. Will hopefully have the next part out soon , my experience was somewhat similar as to what you experienced while connecting in BKK from PNH to Kolkata 😅😂

  • Comment 550892 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5273 Comments

    Nice report with great planespotting 😊
    TG's A330s are def a nice ride in Y and the meal looks really good for a short flight.
    Thanks for sharing!

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