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Asia 2012 Trip Report: Thai Airways Royal First Class Suites, Bangkok to Frankfurt

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: United Airlines LAX-SFO, United International First Class Lounges at LAX/SFO

Part 3: United Airlines Global First Class, San Francisco to Frankfurt

Part 4: Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt

Part 5: Lufthansa FRA-ZRH, SWISS First Class Lounge at Zürich

Part 6: SWISS First Class, Zürich to Hong Kong

Part 7: Emirates A380 First Class Suites, Hong Kong to Bangkok

Part 8: Singapore Airlines Business Class, Bangkok to Singapore

Part 9: Exploring Singapore

Part 10: Singapore Airlines Business Class, Singapore to Mumbai

Part 11: Singapore Airlines Business Class, Mumbai to Singapore

Part 12: Singapore Airlines Business Class, Singapore to Hanoi

Part 13: Hanoi / Ha Long Bay

Part 14: Qatar Airways Economy Class, Hanoi to Bangkok

Part 15: Bangkok / Park Plaza Soi 18

Part 16: Emirates A380 First Class Suites, Bangkok to Hong Kong

Part 17: A weekend in Hong Kong

Part 18: Thai Airways/United First Class Lounges at HKG, Thai Airways First Class, Hong Kong to Bangkok

Part 19: Thai Airways Royal First Lounge and Royal Orchid Spa at Bangkok

Part 20: Thai Airways Royal First Class 77W Suites, Bangkok to Frankfurt

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Thai Airways International 922, BKK-FRA
12:45pm-7:00pm (11h15m)
Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
Suite 1K, First Class

Looks like a seven seven dubya to me!

Quite possibly the best long-haul flight I’ve had to date. Sorry SWISS First, your reign was short-lived.

The attendant from the lounge escorted me all the way to my seat, 1K. I debated inviting her to stay for the flight. I mean, I’m ridin’ solo, and there’s a buddy seat that nobody’s using …

Anyway. I was the final person to board the jet, and enter the half-filled cabin. Only 4 passengers in First Class today: 1A, 1K (me), 2F + 2K, though I don’t recall seeing the others in the lounge.

Sweeeeeet …

23″ TV

Wardrobe

The purser came by and greeted me, advising me of our flight time and the upcoming service. He offered a glass of champagne, once again the Dom 2002; I prefer it to the 2003 served on Emirates (oh lord, I’m turning into a Dom snob. I’m not like this in real life!).

Another flight attendant tried to place my backpack in the closet, but the closet is more like a wardrobe hanger – not that much space. With no overhead bins in First Class, I ended up just keeping my backpack underneath the buddy seat. I can’t imagine where you’d put a large rollerboard, especially if it’s a full cabin.

I was also provided a set of baby blue pajamas, not quite as fashionable as the sleek black ones on SWISS. In fact, a style more fit for an infant. Baby blue, really?! Good thing I could close the doors in my suite …

I’ll save you the torture of seeing a pic of these ON me …

Ah yes, the 77W suite – it’s amazing, though credit should be saved for the designers at Jet Airways in India, who lease this plane to Thai. It may not have all the bells and whistles of the Emirates suite, but it has a sense of revered class in it. Maroon seat with dark wood console and subtle gold trim. It’s easier on the eyes than an atmosphere full of bling.

Row 1 gets 4 windows, and I liked having a wall in front rather than the back of another suite, so I would select it over Row 2. The proximity to the galley is not bothersome at all.

Air vents! Though it’s a Jet Airways plane, and it does get hot in India.

Personalized welcome (with my name photoshopped out)

Starting to show some age …

No doubt who built this cabin.

More responsive than Emirates’, plus it works on the ground (not wireless)

Those first 4 windows are mine.

Safety Video

Retro 747 parked next to my plane

Charging port in hiding …

Area with entertainment remote + magazine/headphone storage

Proprietary audio jack, so at least the noise-cancelling headphones are good.

Tiny portion of nuts

Given my late boarding, we were soon away from the gate and heading along the tarmac of Suvarnabhumi (love that name). A not-to-gentle reminder that I was once again in a triple seven and we were off, heading due northwest:

Once up above the clouds, menus were distributed.

Menu:

Bangkok – Frankfurt
First Serving

Hot Savoury
Crispy Chicken Dumpling
Deep-fried Prawn Spring Rolls

White Sturgeon Caviar with Garnitures

First Course
Duck Liver with Onion Marmalade
or
Banana Flower Salad with Tiger Prawn

Main Course
Chilean Sea Bass Chu-chee Curry
Duo of Steamed Thai Hom Mali Rice and Wild Rice
Stir-fried Pak Choy, Loufah with Shrimp

or

Rheinischer Sauerbraten with Braising Sauce
German Potato Dumplings, Roast Vegetables

or

Pork Chop with Cider Sauce
Poached Fuji Apple
Pappardelle, Vegetables

or

Braised Herbal Chicken
Steamed Thai Hom Mali Rice with Mushroom, Vegetables

Assorted Bread/Butter
Assorted Cheese/Fresh Fruits

Dessert
Apple Tart with Coffee Anglaise
Vanilla Ice Cream
Tea, Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino

And the wine list, the same as the flight the day before (but with the Riesling):

Whites | Reds | Long-Haul List | Others (a bit blurry)

Dumpling and Spring Roll

Table Setting

It’s a bit tough to see, but there’s a reason for the next pic … the FA placed the cloth, then began to set the table. She then realized that the “THAI” logo and insignia weren’t facing me, so she did it over again. It’s the small attention to detail that really stands out.

Glass logo

Butter logo (also set on the table to face me)

Bread basket

Caviar cart

I’ve had caviar just once in my life before, and figured I might as well try it again if it was on the menu. It was good, but it’s not really my kind of taste. I’d rather have the Balik salmon that SWISS served.

As for the appetizer, I wanted the salad at first, but turns out they only loaded 3 of them and every other passenger got to them before I did. The purser was extremely apologetic but sold me on the duck liver. It ended up being so good, I thanked him for running out of the other option!

Duck liver

Like the previous flight, I had selected an entrée beforehand on Thai’s website, probably designed by whoever concocted MS DOS. Or maybe their grandfather. I thought I had ordered 2 things, one for each meal, but turns out only my first order went through. I ended up having a delicious prawn curry for this meal.

Rice

+ Prawn Curry = OMG

Cheese + Fruit cart

Fruits

Wines (nothing clicked with me except for the Riesling and Port)

Apple tart + vanilla ice cream. Absolutely heavenly.

Cue food coma in 3, 2, 1 …

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During my second lunch of the day, I turned on the in-flight entertainment, much better than the old 747 the day before with a lot of great choices available. I watched ‘Carnage’ during lunch (hilarious), and followed it up with the cult classic ‘Pulp Fiction.’ As for the screen, it’s not as sharp as the one on Emirates, but still the same huge size at 23”.

Praying for headwinds

Jodie Foster seems to be impressed by the suite as well.

Across the fuselage

Cabin

The man in 2K decided to keep his windows open the entire flight, but I didn’t notice it at all from my seat

The amazing 5-course meal began to induce a food coma. I changed into my pajamas in the lavatory, and walked out to find the FA waiting with 2 hangers to hang my clothes on. I headed back to see that my bed was already made.

Bed

Fisheye View

My body clock is so confused right now

New amenity kit with Tumi bag (I say “new” because they gave out Rimowa-style boxes on 77W flights a few months before).

This was my first time actually sleeping in a suite and I am definitely spoiled for any flight after this, after having some of the most restful hours of sleep I’ve gotten above 30,000 feet. As soon as I awoke and opened the suite doors, a flight attendant was ready with a hot towel asking me if I’d like anything to eat or drink.

About 2 hours out of Frankfurt, it was time for the second meal service:

Menu

Second Serving

Amuse Bouche

First Course
Marinated Scallop and Tiger Prawn in Balsamic Vinegar

Soup
Chicken and Leek Soup

Main Course
Beef Massaman Curry (Contain Peanuts)
Steamed Thai Hom Mali Rice, Stir-fried Pak Choy with Garlic

Or

Munich Style Meat Loaf with German Mustard
Parsley Potato, Stewed Red Cabbage

Or

Mushroom and Ricotta Cannelloni
Tomato and Italian Basil Jam / Marinated Capsicum with Olive Oil

Or

Fried Chicken, Onion and Tomato Sauce
Egg Fried Rice, Vegetables

Assorted Bread/Butter

Dessert
Hazelnut and Vanilla Bavarois / Cinnamon Anglaise
Tea, Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino

Amuse Bouche

Scallop and Prawn

Chicken and leek soup

Bread basket. The lighting in the suite is a photographer’s dream.

Cannelloni. A delicious dish to signify my return to the western world.

Hazelnut and Vanilla Bavarois / Cinnamon Anglaise

I sorely needed to take a walk after that last meal, but needed to change out of my baby blue jammies before doing so. I walked back but only to the front of the first mini-cabin for Economy, as service carts and a long line for mid-aircraft lavs blocked the path to the back of the plane. I returned to the First cabin to see the flight attendant perplexed as to where I’d gone.

The remainder of the flight was simply a return to my childhood days of peering out the window, as we descended over Germany into a setting sun. Except this time, I’d have 4 windows. And the view wouldn’t be blocked by the wing. And I had a flight attendant practically cheering me on to finish the rest of the wine bottle.

The texture on the suite walls

View from the buddy seat

As we began our descent into Frankfurt, the purser and two flight attendants came by to thank me, kneeling down and wishing me a pleasant stay in Frankfurt (all 14 or so hours of it).

Once off, we were greeted by a Lufthansa agent who’d escort First Class passengers through immigration. At least I think that’s what she said – I don’t know if she was speaking German or English. I’d been in Asia way too long.

But it was helpful, as immigration lines were packed, so using the crew line was advantageous, though one of the other passengers seemed to trigger every possible red light slowing us down. After getting my bags, I made it through customs check only to be called back and asked to do a secondary search (to the constant apologies of the Lufthansa agent).

Customs agent: “How much currency do you have?”
Me: “More than a Greek banker.”
Customs agent: “Where all have you been on this trip.”
Me: “I’ve been everywhere, man.”
Customs agent: “Why have you come to Frankfurt?”
Me: “For the warm sense of welcoming hospitality.”

I made my way to the S-bahn train and made my way over to Messe, taking advantage of Priority Club’s PointsBreak for a room at the Holiday Inn Express — 5000 points I earned from collecting Coca-Cola Rewards Codes for a $200/night room sounds good in my book.

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