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Departure time in Bangkok (BKK): 17:50
Arrival time in Sydney (SYD): 07:10 (+1)
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Duration: 9h 20m
Date of flight: March 1, 2018
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #48
THAI Royal First Lounge, Bangkok Airport
I had about 12 hours lay over in Bangkok and I had originally decided I'd go to the city but since I was still tired (and jet lagged) decided to stay at the airport.
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Concourse D
Then, I went back to the THAI First Lounge and used one of their slumber rooms where I slept for a few hours.
Boarding, Gate C7
THAI normally offers a golf cart ride from the lounge to the boarding gate but since I wanted to take pictures of the aircraft, etc. I decided to go to the gate earlier and left the lounge around 4:55pm.
Aircraft, Boeing 747-400
one I flew with from Tokyo, with nine semi private suites 😉
As I boarded, I was greeted by two flight attendants who had a hard time locating my seat number on my mobile boarding pass 😉 After sort of helping them, I was shown to my seat and helped to put my luggage in the coatroom.
At 5:50pm, the captain came on the PA with his usual welcome message, and informed us that we are in the last phase of boarding. Moments later, one of the FAs came to my seat to with the line "It would be midnight in Bangkok when we serve breakfast on this flight, would you like to wake me up for breakfast?" I really thought it was unnecessary that she mentioned it to me and to other passengers (I overheard the same line when she was talking to the passenger at seat 1A) since passengers might have a full day of activity ahead of them, which was my case as I was joining the Singelresor group with the full day tour of Sydney that same day. I ended up choosing the Rice Vermicelli Soup with Braised Pork from the Anytime Cuisine choices since I'm not a fan of omelettes for breakfast.
Inflight Safety Video
Boarding was completes at 6:05pm and 3 minutes later, the inflight safety video was played. By this time, only 4 passengers were in the first class cabin, me and three others seating in the window seats, left side of the cabin.
We started our pushback at 6:10pm and 19 minutes later we had our take off.
The seatbelt sign was turned off around 6:38pm and 15 minutes later, meal service began.
I thought the combination was good although there were a lot of feta cheese (and which I did not like much).
The other choices were:
Thai Spice Roasted Lamb Chops (Samrab Thai)
Roasted Pork Rips with Eggplant in Green Curry
Wagyu Beef Fillet
Seared Tiger Prawns and Frog Legs 😊😊😊
I woke up around 5:02am with about 2 hours left to Sydney and since I couldn't sleep anymore, decided to watch a film. Around 5:27am, I was offered something to drink and I chose a glass of guava juice.
I was glad I chose this soup as I found the breakfast choices a bit weak.
Landing at Sydney Airport
Around 6:30am, an announcement was made on the PA reminding the passengers about taking food into Australia. Moments later, the cabin chief came to my seat to thank me for flying with THAI.
I did not have a good view from the side of the cabin I was seated so I guess I would pick a seat on the left side of the cabin next time.
This was actually my 10th time to fly in THAI first class and just like any other first class flights, there are nice and not so nice things. The great THAI First Class Lounge is always a joy to visit and the complimentary full body massage was amazing 😍 I was glad that they had caviar service on this flight and the presentation was one of the nicest I've seen. The Lobster Bisque was one of the best soups I've had on a plane 😋 The new contents of the Rimowa amenity kit was a big plus, as well as the Fast Track in Sydney.
On the other hand, I did not like when the flight attendant had to mention about the time in Bangkok when they serve breakfast, because it sounded to me that she was sort of discouraging me to have breakfast. The breakfast selection was also pretty weak in my opinion. The no-show of orchids in the lavatory was also a minus. Overall, it was still an enjoyable flight since the crew were friendly, the food was great and I was able to sleep for a few hours on their fully flat "beds" 😍