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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Flight: TG 602
Departure time in Bangkok (BKK): 18:40
Arrival time in Hong Kong (HKG): 22:25
Aircraft: Airbus A330
Duration: 2h 45m
Date of flight: February 18, 2017
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #125
THAI Royal First Lounge
THAI Royal First Lounge where I was given my own semi private room 👍
THAI Royal Orchid Spa
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
Boarding, Gate D7
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.
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
Take off went smoothly and moments later, we were airborne.
The menu read as follows:
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.
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.
Toilet & 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.
We landed smoothly around 10:11pm (14 minutes ahead of schedule) and reached the gate about five minutes later.
Arrival in Hong Kong
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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