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
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
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.
Seat Belt and Smoking sign
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:
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.
After eating, i decided to go around the cabin for a few shots.
Cabin shot of upperdeck
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.
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.
Orient Thai Airlines
Hong Kong - HKG
Bangkok - BKK
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