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 672
Departure time in Bangkok (BKK): 8:15
Arrival time in Osaka (KIX): 15:45
Aircraft: Airbus A380
Duration: 5h 30m
Date of flight: February 16, 2017
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #43
THAI Royal First Lounge, BKK
Aircraft, Airbus A380
Boarding, Gate C7
On this flight, 7 of the 12 first class seats were taken. I was with 4 other passengers (Japanese I guess) when we were escorted from the lounge to the gate although there was already an elderly couple seated at seats 1E and 1F when we came. During the flight, the first officer (I guess) came to chat with the elderly couple so I was guessing he is the son of the Thai couple. The couple also left the cabin sometime during the flight so I guess they were having a tour of the plane 😉
There was also an Evian water placed under the left armrest.
The captain came on the PA to welcome us and among others, to advise us of our flight time of 4 hours and 35 minutes, arriving about 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Moments later, Pi was back to take my post-departure beverage order and I chose a glass of guava juice.
Take off was around 8:49am which went smoothly.
The menu read as follows:
on Asiana first class from Frankfurt to Seoul a few years ago.
Moments later, we were offered hot towels.
Immigration Form (Japan)
Around 1pm, the flight attendant came to collect the menu card which I thought was not really necessary as it was too early.
On Board Bar
More than two hours before landing, the cabin attendant came to ask me if I wanted to drink something and I settled for a glass of guava juice.
30 minutes later, the flight attendant asked if I wanted to order something from the menu (as they have noodles and sandwiches) and decided I'd have the Chicken Yaki Soba which was excellent 😋
After the meal, hot towels were offered.
About 30 minutes before landing, the captain came on the PA to give us updated arrival info and that we would be arriving at Kansai Airport at 3:20pm.
Minutes later, Pi came to my seat to thank me for flying with them.
Arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport
I think that THAI Airways first class is one of the best there is since I love their Rimowa amenity kits and that they allow you to preorder your lobster from their website. Of course, I hope that they would also offer pyjamas even on day flights just like on my Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Astana late last year. I know Qatar Airways and SWISS do not offer them either so it is just a wish 😉 I thought the food was okay although to serve a cup of green tea when it is not really hot is not something one would expect from first class. The free wifi of up to 20MB was good but if it is being offered in business class by Turkish Airlines for the whole duration of the flight, then I guess THAI could also offer it. Overall, it was a very nice flight and even though it was not perfect, THAI Airways is still among my favorite airlines when flying in first class.
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