Review of Orient Thai Airlines flight Hong Kong Bangkok in Economy

Flight OX2617
Class Economy
Seat 29K
Aircraft Boeing 747-300
Flight time 02:30
Take-off 02 Apr 10, 16:45
Arrival at 02 Apr 10, 18:15
OX 1 reviews
edwardleung
By 5074
Published on 20th February 2014
Hello everyone! this is my first trip report, sorry for the big images, i did not resize them.

So my dad decided to take my dad's sides whole family on a trip from Hong Kong- Bangkok. We went there when all the protesting was going on, but nothing much affected out trip. So we first booked our package from Wing On Travel. When i saw the itinerary saying Orient Thai, I was so excited because they are the only few to have some Boeing 747 classics in their fleet.

I called their Hong Kong office 2 days before departure asking them would it be a Boeing 747 or a MD-80. They could not confirm it, so fingers crossed that it would be a Boeing 747's, I even heard there was a rumour that the MD-80's are only mainly flying domestically. I think the main reason they can't confirm is because this is a chartered flight,

So here is the start of my trip



Flight Details:
Date:2/4/10
Flight Number: OX2617
Time:1645/1815 (Actual Depart time is 1720)
Seat:29K
Equipment: B747-300
Aircraft Reg: HS-UTV ex JAL aircraft
Gate:31
Class of Service:Economy

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Check in was a MESS, only two check in counters serving more than 500 pax. We started lining up at 2 and finally we waited untill they could check us in because of SATS HK's bad organisation, so that was one of the main reasons the flight was delayed, and there was another chartered flight which was supposed to depart before us actually lest at 0120 OX2353, lucky i wasnt on that flight.


Security check was a bit slow and as usual, Hong Kongers love to cut in line but that was okay. Our gate number was supposed to be Gate 27 but we got a last minute change to gate 31. Here comes the exciting moment!! The Boeing 747-300 classic!!! The aircraft was not painted yet i think because it has only been recently that the aircraft has been delivered to Orient Thai.

Here, The 747-300 HS-UTV

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As we walked into the aircraft, 4 friendly and pretty Cabin Crew welcome us along, i showed them my boarding pass and went to find my seat. OMG, ITS SO TIGHT!!!!! The legroom was so tight!!!!! But i guess that was okay as it was only a 2 hr 30min flight, luckily the guy sitting infront of me didnt lay back on his seat. All around the aircraft they still have Japanese wordings around the aircraft, including the no smoking sign and the Fasten Seat Belt Signs.

Safety Card:

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Seat Belt and Smoking sign

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Legroom

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So we pushed back at 1730. It was quite a long taxi to runway 07R. As we moved on to the runway, the aircraft stood on the runway for about 3 minutes and TAKE OFF!! The wonderful Pratts were awesome!! Take off was smooth and powerful

Here's the video of the B747-300 taking off with good sound of the engine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch'v=LBVkmNsCsko

Shortly after taking off:

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After crossing 10,000 feet, the seat belt signs were turned off, cabin crew started their service. They first handed out wet towels and immigration forms. About 30 mins after take off we got served a mini snack box. Inside the snack box contained 2 croissants, one ham and cheese and one tuna, mango pudding and peanuts and drinks.



Food:

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After eating, i decided to go around the cabin for a few shots.

Cabin Shots

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Cabin shot of upperdeck

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After everyone getting their snack boxes, a second round of drinks were offered. I was surprised how a Low cost carrier would give you a second round of drinks. After the flight attendants collected the rubbish, it was resting time. I asked the cabin crew to give the cockpit a call to see if i could make a visit to the cockpit, but the Flight Attendant said at the end of the flight when everyone has disembarked.

So we begin to start descending towards Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport at around 18:40 BKK time. I was VERY suprised that the cabin crew came again with a round of drinks again during the descent. It was quite shakey when we were descending,

shot of the descent.

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Finally, We touched down at 1915 BKK time and we got assigned to gate C9 and during disembarking, we went upstairs to go to the cockpit, but we got rejected. ARGH!!!!! We had to walk a great distance to immigration which was great!! There were no trains to take us to the immigration which really annoyed us.
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Verdict

Orient Thai Airlines

3.9/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew5.0
Meal/catering3.5

Hong Kong - HKG

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Bangkok - BKK

4.6/10
Efficiency3.5
Access5.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness5.0

Conclusion

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8 Comments

  • Comment 100057 by
    lagentsecret GOLD 12421 Comments

    Thanks for sharing your first FR and welcome aboard

    The legroom seems to be tight

    Next time don't forget to take a picture of the opened snack box ;)
    Were the croissants good ?

    Nice to see you here joining us, Edward
    lagentsecret aka G_G

  • Comment 100062 by
    marathon GOLD 9566 Comments

    So unusual to have a 747 in full economy seat layout, including the upper deck ! (and yes, the seat pitch is worthy of the stingiest LCCs).
    This is a very lively first FR (try to focus on having correctly focused pictures, next time); thanks for sharing and welcome among the contributors !

  • Comment 100090 by
    Numero_2 GOLD 9930 Comments

    Thank you for sharing your first report, and welcome here.
    That's interesting to read something about a unrecongnized airline in Europe. ^^
    A full Y Boeing 747, how unusual !
    The service is pretty good for a low cost carrier.
    Thanks again and see you soon.

  • Comment 100110 by
    jetsetpanda 2294 Comments

    Thank you for sharing this your first report on an obscure airline and welcome to FR.

    Rather unusual cabin and in a 747-300. The other airline that has a Y cabin in the upper deck of a 747 is AF, but I think it is saved for elite members traveling in Y as a consolation prize. :P

    For a moment, I got excited when I saw In & Out on the snackbox. In the U.S., this name suggests a hamburger chain that has a cult following for its handcrafted burgers.

  • Comment 100129 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5305 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this first FR and the first on Thai Orient. I've always wondered what they were like, when I see their planes in HKT--kinda disappointing actually, though it is cool to be able to sit on the upper deck. Is the cover photo your own? If not, could you please change it as it may be a copyright issue. Thanks again for sharing this first report with us and Welcome To Flight-Report!

    KevinDC
    Flight-Report Community Manager

  • Comment 100150 by
    eminere™ 274 Comments

    Unusual to see a completely naked aircraft - devoid of any livery - operating a scheduled commercial passenger service, and also to see the all-Y layout on the B747 upper deck.

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