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Tokyo to Bangkok with Thai Airways in Business Class
Route : Tokyo to Bangkok
Airline: TG (Thai Airways)
Cabin Class: Business
Aircraft Type: Airbus A380-800
Flight Number: TG677
Seat Number: 22B
Date: February 20, 2013
Departure time in Tokyo (NRT): 17:30
Arrival time in Bangkok (BKK): 22:30
*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #6
Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel
When I booked this itinerary last September, I knew just which flight to choose. Thai Airways announced late last year that their third Airbus A380 would be used on their Bangkok-Tokyo route starting January of 2013. I did not hesitate a bit and after spending almost half an hour in front of my computer, I was finally able to book two seats. And to make my first flight on the "Super Jumbo" unforgettable, I made sure we would be flying in business class!
Thai Airways had two check in desks for it's Royal Silk (business class) passengers. We had to wait a few minutes until it opened since it was more than 3 hours before the flight when we arrived at the airport. Well, you can't blame me. Who would want to be late on his first "Super Jumbo" experience?
A young Japanese lady helped us with the check in process and after a few minutes, we had our luggages checked in with priority tags and got our boarding cards as well.
Thai Airways uses ANA's lounge which is much closer to the gate instead of United's Lounge which is located close to the security control. For details and more pictures of this lounge, please check ANA Lounge, Tokyo Narita Airport.
The business class cabin is located on the upper deck, between the first class cabin in front and a small economy section at the rear. All in all, there is a total of 60 business class seats, 48 on the larger cabin (seats 11-22) and 12 on the smaller cabin (seats 25-27). Also, Thai Airways uses a three-point seatbelt that looks pretty much like the ones being used in the cars. There are bins under the window for you to keep your personal items. The nook under the armrest can be used for items like headphones and pocketbooks.
A coathook is located on the left side of tray the table to keep your coat handy during a flight. There is also a reading lamp in case you have your favorite book with you.
The legroom which is about 74 inches gives you a lot of space, as you can see on the picture. Keeping my shoes under the footrest shelf was just perfect since I mostly used the pair of slippers I received as a business class passenger.
Displayed on the screen in front of me upon boarding was my seat number which is 22B, the flight number (TG677) and the route (Tokyo to Bangkok). The safety video began to play as we pushed back.
The amenity kit I got included a brush and comb, slumber shade, earplugs, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash from Fluocaril, lip balm and hand cream from Crabtree & Evelyn, and a pair of comfort socks.
Every business class seat is 20.9 inches wide with a seat pitch of 43 inches. A pillow and a blanket are also provided. I found the seats very comfortable.
Everything in the cabin looked fresh...and smelled fresh. Well, this very same aircraft started flying between Bangkok and Tokyo in January 1, 2013 so this Super Jumbo is just about 50 days old on the day of our flight!!
Just before take off, I was offered some drinks and I thought a glass of champagne would be a perfect start. The one being served on board was a Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne. Since I am not a champagne drinker, I had to ask Mike to be the judge and he thought the champagne was "excellent". While having my champagne, I decided to have a look at the two sets of menu: "Taste" and "Drinks".
After take off I ordered my favorite drink, a glass of apple juice from the drinks cart.
The food service started with the Savoury: Chicken Yakitori which tasted very good. Afterwards, hot towels were given as well as drinks. I thought a glass of water with a slice of lemon would just be perfect.
The First Course: Duck Liver Ballotine, Mango Chutney, Roasted Vegetables
For the main course, the choices were:
- Beef Stew with Japanese Beer, Mashed Potato with Fine Herbs, Chateau Carrot and Broccoli;
- Steamed Sea Beam with Grated Radish Sauce, Tawara Rice, Japanese Vegetables;
- Pork and Eggplant in Red Curry, Steamed Thai Hom Mali Rice, Snap Pea;
- Sautéed Chicken with Teriyake Sauce
I chose the chicken that came with steamed Japanese rice and egg julienne. We were also offered bread and butter as well as mixed salad with thousand island dressing. Everything was served on a tray tho unlike Qatar Airways Business Class service where everything was served individually without trays. On the other hand, on a business class cabin with 60 seats like this (it was actually at least 80% full) it would really be tough to do that kind of service.
After the main course, I had a plate of assorted cheese and seasonal fresh fruits followed by my dessert: Cassis Mousse Cake. I ordered a cup of Japanese green tea to end the service. I thought everything tasted phenomenal. And since we still had about 4 hours left to our destination, I decided to take a little nap.
The seat actually converts into a 180 degrees lie-flat bed which is the best anyone could ask for, specially for a flight that is 7 hours long. What can I say, I was really excited on the idea of sleeping aboard the Super Jumbo. Actually, I slept really well.
The remote control is tucked into the armrest while the control for your seat is located just above it. Headphones come with noise reduction feature which is pretty standard in business class.
Each seat has a 15.4 inch personal touchscreen monitor fixed to the rear of the seat in front. Among the latest releases were Argo, Seven Psychopaths, The Sessions and Deadfall. I ended up watching "Argo" which eventually won the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars a few days later. A highly recommended film if you haven't seen it yet.
After a couple of hours sleep, I decided to watch another film. This time I watched "The Sessions" but before that, I filled up the Arrival Card handed to us in the beginning of the flight. I always appreciate receiving such cards in the beginning so I can make the most of my flight experience. About an hour and a half prior to landing, Haagen Dazs Ice Creams were served and between strawberry and green tea, I chose the latter.
Toilet and Lavatory
The toilet looks very clean and fresh. I love the idea that Thai has sensor motion toilets.
The pedal trash bin is just as good since you wouldn't have to squeeze your hand to the lid right after washing your hands. I wonder when this idea would come to economy class toilets since I presume that it's not really that expensive to install one.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the bar while it was still in use so the picture above on the left side is the best I could get. Two smaller bars were also located between the two business class cabins, one of which is on the picture to the right.
Arrival in Bangkok
As business class passengers, we were the first ones to leave the aircraft. Everything went smoothly and quick as we passed the Immigration and Customs, again a privelege of flying in business class.
After about a half an hour taxi ride, we arrived at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Thailand's tallest hotel. From our hotel room, we had a great view of the city at night, a wonderful way to end the day!
So how do I describe my first ever experience flying aboard the Super Jumbo, and nothing less than in business class? Excellent! Perfect! The food tasted great. The service from every flight attendant shone with warmth and hospitality that Thais are known for. Everything in the cabin looked fresh and neat. You could actually smell it. Of course, it was just on its second month of operation. The seat is one of the best in the industry. I couldn't ask for more. So if you haven't tried flying on a Super Jumbo yet, flying on one of Thai Airways' is definitely a very good choice.