Since I knew Mike would be in Australia and New Zealand with his Singelresor group in February, I needed to travel somewhere for a few days and thought I'd book a flight from Europe to Japan and back from Hong Kong using my Turkish Airlines miles. So last November, I redeemed 67,500 miles for a first class award flying from Frankfurt to Osaka via Bangkok in Thai Airways First Class. The taxes was just about 800 SEK which was very reasonable. On the flight back from Hong Kong to Stockholm, I redeemed (I actually borrowed miles from Mike) 45,000 miles to fly Turkish Airlines in Business Class. I've been to both Osaka and Hong Kong a few times in the past so my plan was not really to explore them but rather to just see a few sights during this period. I have to admit, to be able to fly on one of my favorite airlines in first class (thanks to their Rimowa amenity kit and excellent first class lounge in Bangkok among others) and visit two amazing cities is just awesome 😉
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Flight: TG 921
Departure time in Frankfurt (FRA): 13:45
Arrival time in Bangkok (BKK): 6:20 (+1)
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Duration: 10h 35m
Date of flight: February 15, 2017
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #42
Thai Airways Check-in Desks, Terminal 1 Hall C
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
of this lounge 😉
Aircraft, Airbus A380-800 Mancha Khiri
Boarding, Gate B46
First Class Cabin, Upper Deck
Bangkok to Hong Kong a few years ago so I will be concentrating more on the service here. On this flight, 8 of the 12 seats were taken.
She also came back moments later to give me the menu card and wine list and to inform of the flight time of 10 hours and 5 minutes and to confirm my pre-ordered lobster as my main course. She also took my drinks order and I chose a glass of guava juice.
Newspapers were also offered but I declined.
Take off was at 14:10 which went smoothly.
The lunch menu read as follows:
The anytime cuisine and breakfast menu read as follows:
Complimentary Wifi (20MB)
Time to Sleep
The captain came on the PA and advised us that we would be landing in 35 minutes, at 6:05am in Bangkok.
Bangkok Airport Guide
Just before landing, Luch and the Chief Crew came to our seats (all the first class passengers) to thank us for flying with them, addressing us with our names.
Drive to the First Class Lounge
THAI Royal First Lounge, Bangkok Airport
As with all the other flights I've flown in first class, there is always the good things and the not so good things. The not so good things: I was never offered a refill of my guava juice, the slippers have been downgraded and looked like slippers offered in business class, the table set up with the cutleries not in perfect line 😉 , the bread plate served with a bread crumb on it and the headphones which are not in perfect working condition. The good things: I would find my blanket folded every time I would return from the lavatory, the lobster which I pre ordered from their website, the caviar since not all airlines serve caviar in first class (and the lovely presentation 👍), the 20Mb free wifi, being served both the local and international desserts and the Rimowa amenity kit since they are one of the best. Overall, the not so good things were very minor and as a whole, I really enjoyed my flight with Thai Airways and they will always be one of my favorite airlines in first class. PS. I hope they bring back the nice slippers 😉
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