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 623
Departure time in Osaka (KIX): 11:00
Arrival time in Bangkok (BKK): 15:45
Aircraft: Boeing 747 (74N)
Duration: 6h 45m
Date of flight: February 18, 2017
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #44
A Day in Osaka
I only had one full day in Osaka and since I've been here a few times in the past, I only decided to visit the Osaka Science Museum in the morning and the Osaka Castle Plum Orchard in the afternoon, both of which I haven't been to in the past.
Train to the Airport
Osaka Kansai Airport Terminal 1
Check-in, Desk D17
Fast Lane, Osaka Airport Terminal 1
THAI Royal Orchid Lounge
the THAI Royal Orchid Lounge and as a first class passenger, I was escorted by an agent to the reserved room upon presentation of my boarding pass at the reception. I was alone in the room for about half an hour until a French family of four came.
Around 10:15am, an agent came inside the room with a card showing that boarding is to start at 10:20am.
Aircraft, Boeing 747 (74N)
Boarding, Gate 5
First Class Cabin, Main Deck
from Sydney to Bangkok a few years ago.
From the mobile app the night before, only 5 seats were available so I took seat 3A. The seat map also confirmed that I was flying with the Boeing 747 featuring the new "suite" since THAI's old Boeings have 10 seats in first class.
As I presented my boarding pass, I was escorted to my seat and then, left alone for sometime when I said I wanted to take some pictures of the cabin 😉
Moments later, I was offered the menu card and wine list and my lobster order was also confirmed at the same time. Ting, the lady flight attendant who would be taking care of my aisle of the first class cabin introduced herself. Around 11:04am, doors were closed.
Inflight Safety Video
At 11:35am, take off went smoothly.
The menu read as follows:
Fried Scallop with sesame curry flavour
Chicken roll teriyaki sauce
Fried octopus, sweet green pepper
I was also offered green tea and which I gladly accepted.
I was also offered a refill of green tea which I accepted and since there were not so many passengers in the cabin, I was able to have a chat with Ting. I learned from her that as a cabin crew, they are required to work both on Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 but can choose between the A380 and Boeing 747. Obviously, Ting chose the Boeing 747 as the A380 destinations are quite limited.
I was also offered some garlic bread although I declined.
Ting forgot to serve the napkin and only remembered it when I was already halfway done with my soup, which by the way tasted excellent 😋
Smoked salmon, salmon roe
Crab meat and scallop
Yellow Pimento sauce
I was also offered a refill of guava juice although I declined.
The lobster was great but the veggies were overcooked unfortunately.
I was also offered some desserts which was Black Forest Cake but I really had to decline since I was already full by this time. A bottle of Evian was also offered to end the meal service. Unlike my previous flights on the A380, this doesn't end with the flight attendant distributing complimentary wifi voucher as there is no wifi connection on the Boeing 747.
The meal service was very efficient giving us a lot of time to rest afterwards. Blankets were offered and which I gladly accepted since I had planned to sleep for a few hours. I woke up around 3pm, with 45 minutes left before landing. As soon as Ting noticed that I was awake, she came to my seat to offer me some Haagen Dazs ice cream from the refreshment menu although I declined.
Around 3:15pm, the captain came on the PA to give us updated flight informations: that we would land at 3:45pm, among others.
Landing at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Immediately after disembarking, I was met by an agent holding a card with my name on it and we drove to the security controls nearest the first class lounge. Even though my connecting flight to Hong Kong was in business class, I got to use the First Class Lounge. As long as you are arriving from a first class flight, THAI allows you to use their gorgeous first class lounge which is a big plus 👍 As soon as we got to the lounge, I was asked by the agent if I wanted to book a massage in their gorgeous Royal Orchid Spa (I actually had an hour long massage there a few years ago) but I had to decline since I had to do some work. Since the lounge was not that busy, I was given my own semi private room where I was offered food and drinks while waiting for my flight to Bangkok 😉
There it was, another great flight in THAI Airways first class. I loved the fact that I had one of the best crew on this flight specially Ting who with her Thai hospitality, really did her best to make this flight memorable. The food was actually very good overall, the suite which I was able to enjoy for the first time was just lovely and of course I got another Rimowa amenity kit for my collection. Unfortunately, the vegetables served with my lobster were overcooked, there was no wifi and Ting forgot to offer the table napkins in the beginning of the meal service, all of which were minor issues. Overall, it was a very nice flight and I wouldn't hesitate to fly with THAI first class again if I get the chance 😍
*This trip from Osaka to Bangkok in First Class and Bangkok to Hong Kong in Business class would have cost me 43,927 SEK if I had not booked it with miles.
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