This trip was initially booked to involve 3 nights stay each in Bangkok and Taipei but due to the flooding situation in Bangkok, the Bangkok stay was canned. With some re-adjustments of flights, I would be flying to Taiwan for the whole 6 nights, clocking 4 different airlines (Tiger, KLM, TransAsia and SQ) in 3 classes (budget, economy and business!). It was a really terrific trip to Taiwan!! Cheap and great food, friendly locals, beautiful scenery, a holiday mecca for us Singaporeans! So lets get on with the report proper.
My routing up to Taipei would involved a transit stop in Bangkok as I could not cancel my flights but just reschedule them. The first flight would be a budget airline flight to BKK on Tiger. Initially I was booked on TR2112 but in order to catch the KLM flight to TPE, I had to change to an earlier flight. A change fee was paid through the online website even though Tiger offered a free rescheduling for pax to BKK by calling in, but the hotline was impossible to get through! I had sent a feedback to Tiger regarding my change fees but I am not getting my hopes high here.
30 October 2011 Tiger Airways TR 2106 Singapore (SIN) - Bangkok (BKK) A320 9V-TAT Budget Class
As Tiger flights have been covered countless times and they all feel the same regardless of destination, ie. minimal service, this sector would be more pictorial.
Departing from Gate 8 of Budget Terminal.
9V-TAT will be flying me to BKK. 3rd time on this exact aircraft in less than half a year!
Was given Emex row for free!
Tiger Tales, BOB menu and safety card.
Tiger's newest A320 beside.
Fireflying off to Malaysia
As the pax load was very light (around 50-60 pax), boarding was completed swiftly and doors closed. Safety demo was done. 4 female crew onboard today. Tiger recently hired quite a number of foreign crew. Today, 2 cabin crew (including the purser) and 1 pilot were Philippine nationals.
Pushed back 10min late even though doors were closed early. Probably due to traffic.
SQ and MI birds queuing for takeoff.
Taxi to Rwy02C.
Post take-off announcement.
Climbing to our cruising altitude of 30,000ft. Quite a low altitude today.
Crew conducting buy-on-board service.
Wonderful seat pitch again
What to do in an emergency.
Look how empty the flight was!
Cabin view from the rear.
Starting descent into BKK
We were put in a holding pattern south of BKK for 15min due to congestion in BKK.
Flew up beside the airport and turned back south. No floods seen around the airport perimeter.
On finals to Rwy01R with flooded fields in sight. Is this normal?
Landing on Rwy 01R 15min late due to air-traffic congestion.
Welcome to TG land.
Eithad B77W, Orient Thai and S7.
Transaero B744. Ex-SQ plane I guess.
Singapore - SIN
Bangkok - BKK
Overall, the empty plane and emex seat row made this short hop quite a pleasant ride.
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