January and February 2020 AD. Timothy and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.
After our lounge hopping in Bangkok it was finally time to join our final flight to Sydney. We heard good things about Thai Airways, which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, and we were looking forward to the flight. It was operated by a venerable Boeing 747-400, my first time on the queen of the skies. As we were flying business class we had the luck to be able to reserve some seats on the famous upper deck.
Before we could enter the gate area we were subjected to a security check to see we wouldn’t bring any liquids on-board and into Australia. After the security check was complete we could head down to the gate are where we were led into a separate “priority” waiting area after passing the boarding gate. We still had a few minutes to wait before the doors to the jet way where opened and we could board the plane. They used 2boarding bridges to board the plane, the one at door L1 was for First and Business Class while the one at door L2 was for the rest of the plane.
From Bangkok (BKK) 17:50 to Sydney (SYD) 7:10
Flight Time 9 hours and 20 minutes
Boeing 747-400 HS-TGA Srisuriyothai
Delivered to Thai Airways in May 2001
As we were on the upper deck we first had to walk through the rather sad looking lower level business class, in a 2-2 configuration with windows on one side and a blind wall with the Galley behind on the other side. Before climbing up to the upper level we could have sneak peek into the Economy Class cabin, looking bright with purple and pink seats.
The aisle seats had to make do with the overhead bins as the rest of the seat didn’t really offer a lot of storage facilities. The power ports where located under the centre armrest which was a bit of a strange place to put the plugs. Upon boarding there was a pillow and a silky soft purple blanket on the seat, as well as some on-ear noise cancelling headphones.
Thai Airways also provides slippers and a classic amenity kit with a toothbrush, comb, some hand lotion, ear plugs and eye shades. While almost everything was in purple, including the Orchids on the centre armrest of the Business Class seats, the amenity kit stood out in its bright orange colour making it look a bit out of place.
After take-off we received a hot towel and had a glass of violet drink, the other Thai Airways’ signature drink (which had a taste to get used to) along with a mix of nuts and dried fruit.
For the meal we had a choice between western or Thai style. Timothy decided to risk the Thai option, which according to the cabin crew was not very spicy, while I elected to go for a safer western style dish.
For my main I selected the Duck, which was delicious and not too dry while Timothy received a big tray full of components for his Thai meal. Timothy’s Thai meal was actually quite spicy and he was about to burn up, it’s the first time since I have known him that I saw him cry.
To soothen the senses we where served some cheeses and fruit, a rather bland international choice but nice to eat nonetheless.
For a dessert I selected the Thai option which was nice, refreshing and not sweet while Timothy went for the safe tiramisu.
Despite the angle of the seat we both slept very well, a combination of being very tired on this 2nd red-eye flight and the spaciousness of the seat. Despite the incline you have a lot of legroom and the seat does not feel as narrow as the Swiss seat. The toilets also provided some extra amenities not included in the amenity kit, some facial mist and a nice eau de cologne.
We then took a train from the airport to our hotel in the city centre where we arrived before 9 am.
While our flight on Thai Airways did not make the expectations we had beforehand we still had a very nice experience and would not hesitate to fly them again.
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