March 2, 2017

Review: THAI Airways Business Class, Bangkok to Hong Kong

Trip To Osaka and Hong Kong Flying Thai Airways First Class & Turkish Airlines Business Class

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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THAI Airways business class appetizer, Bangkok to Hong Kong

Flight: TG 602
Departure time in Bangkok (BKK): 18:40
Arrival time in Hong Kong (HKG): 22:25
Aircraft: Airbus A330
Seat: 15A
Duration: 2h 45m
Date of flight: February 18, 2017
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #125

THAI Royal First Lounge

Arriving from a first class flight and connecting to a business class flight in Bangkok, I had access (as per THAI Airways rule) to the THAI Royal First Lounge where I was given my own semi private room 👍

THAI Royal Orchid Spa

I could also have an hour massage or one of the many massage treatments being offered to first class passengers but since I needed to work a bit, I just asked if I could take pictures of their spa room which was granted.

Boarding

Qantas Airbus A330 with the LGBT livery

I left the lounge around 6pm for the 6:40pm departure since the gate was very close to the lounge. On my way to the departure gate, I caught sight of the Qantas A333 with the special LGBT livery which was bound for Sydney 😉

Aircraft, Airbus A330

The Airbus A330 bound for Hong Kong

Boarding, Gate D7

By the time I reached the departure gate, boarding hasn't started yet and around 6:20pm, an announcement was made informing passengers that boarding would start in 10 minutes and that the cause of the delay was due to the late arrival of the aircraft.

Cabin

THAI's Airbus A330 business class cabin is configured in 2-2-2 from rows 11-17 (without row 13) with a total of 36 seats. I would say that the load was about 45% on this flight. At the door, I was welcomed by a flight attendant and directed to my seat.

Seat, 15A

My seat 15A, was a window.

I was initially seated at 12A but thought I'd transfer to 15A.

THAI A330 business class personal screen

Spacious legroom

Seat controls

Headphone socket and USB ports

Power outlet

Under the left armrest, you'd find the IFE controls.

A few minutes after settling in, I was offered a hot towel and some newspapers. The menu card and wine list was also offered afterwards.

Then, it was time for the pre-departure beverage, the choice was between a glass of iced tea and a glass of champagne. I ended up choosing the iced tea.

THAI business class menu card, wine list and a glass of iced tea 😉

Airshow

Air show enroute to Hong Kong

Moments later, one of the flight attendants working in the cabin came to take my main course and drinks order. I chose the Braised Beef Brisket and a glass of apple juice to go with it.

Inflight Safety Video

Around 6:50pm, the inflight safety video started to play.

Take off went smoothly and moments later, we were airborne.

Dining

The menu read as follows:


The champagne on board was Duval-Leroy Brut Pur Chardonnay

Wine list

Around 7:12pm, the seat belt sign was turned off and moments later, table cloth were distributed in preparation for the meal service. Blankets were also offered as it was kind of cold in the cabin.

Then a tray with the appetizer, almonds, etc. was served followed by some bread.

The Braised Beef Brisket Hong Kong Style was spectacular 😋😋

I also had some fresh fruits.

 It was followed by some coffee, tea and liquor and I settled for a cup of green tea.

The Chocolate Panna Cotta with apricot jelly was delicious 😋

The meal service ended by the flight attendants offering hot towels. The service was very efficient which gave the passengers enough time to rest before landing.

Inflight Wifi

Inflight wifi by Onair

Toilet & Lavatory

The lavatory had the usual L'Occitane perfume and body cream.

Lavatory

Around 9:47pm, the captain came on the PA to give us updated flight infos among others, that it's 18 degrees in Hong Kong and that we expect to land in 30 minutes.

Video of Customs guidelines in Hong Kong Airport

We landed smoothly around 10:11pm (14 minutes ahead of schedule) and reached the gate about five minutes later.

Arrival in Hong Kong

From the airport, I took the Cityflyer bus to Mongkok which I thought was a very good way to reach the city.

CONCLUSION

It has been a while since I last flew in THAI Airways business class so I was really excited to have flown on this flight. I thought the service was very friendly and that the food was great specially the braised beef which was excellent. The seats were comfortable and definitely a lot better than the business class seats offered by most European airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways flying intra-Europe. Overall, it was a vey nice flight and I wouldn't hesitate flying with them again on this route in the future.


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