Here’s some photos from a recent trip from SYD-FRA on Thai.
The service was great as usual, seats were somewhat comfortable, entertainment system sucked. Typical Thai Flight.
Still one of my favorite airlines.
As im sure many others have notice, the lounge offerings for first class passengers flying star alliance but not on Lufthansa is very limited in Frankfurt. The first class lounge is often near capacity, offers no privacy at all, uses the bathroom in the business lounge next door, offers little food, and very limited drinks.
Here’s a photo of the toast that they were offering during the 3 hours I was there.
So a few days ago I took one of the longest flights of my life, over 12 hours in the air, from HKG to AMS (not to mention sitting on the ground an extra hour or so).
Cathay’s ground service is acceptable definately not one of my favorites. The staff itself are friendly and responsive, but the lounges seemed very crowded and understaffed. It also seemed that there were way too many pax for it being a First Class Lounge. I can understang all sorts of people to enter the biz lounge, but f lounges should be limited to primarily f pax, and I didn’t feel that to be the case at either “The Pier” nor “The Wing.”
The food offerings at the lounges is also very limited.
My flights was hours delayed, both before and after boarding. This is when the experience started to change.
Unlike on the ground, the quality of beverages offered in the air was much better. Krug was their champagne of Choice, and wasn’t bad. They also offered Johnny Walker Blue label.
The caviar was not too impressive at all, but the rest of the meal was very good.
The bed itself was quite large but not especially comfortable. The IFE included a good sized screen.
So i’ve spent the last few hours in the first class lounge here in hong kong, and I have to say that for as highly rated as cathay is, and the fact this is their hub city, I am quite dissapointed.
There is a very limited food selection, and only from a buffet (with the exception of a couple of vegetarian options, but still no menu).
The drinks offered are an extremely poor selection, i’m quite unsatisified with them.
They do have small private rooms (about 5’x5′ with a 15″ TV) that can be used for privacy, otherwise you have to stay out in the common area with around 30-50 other passangers (i don’t beleive they are all first class either, but can’t get a strait answer from the staff as to whether business class passangers are allowed in this lounge or not).
Hopefully the service in the air will be better.
Oh yeah and also just to top things off the internet not only disconnects every couple of minutes, but is extremely slow (I tested it at around 50KB/sec max, that’s less than I got from my cell modem in bangladesh).
Welcome. Today our flight level will be 3500 feet, duration 20 minutes.
Yeti is an interesting airline.
We are flying in a Jetstream 41. The inside is actually quite nice, with recently refurbished seats, and even what feels like air conditioning (though it doesn’t work well on the ground).
Though above the mountains, we are seeming very low, when I look out the window I almost feel as though I’m atop a very tall building (usually on a large jet, the ground doesn’t even seem real as its soo distant).
To be perfectly honest though, this experience is as close to flying private as I’ve ever received. Security took less than 1 minute. No line. My liquids were not a problem. I wasn’t asked to remove shoes, liquids, laptops, nor my belt. Just inside security I was able to purchase a cheap can of cold beer.
When it was time to board, a wonderfully helpful young woman came over and got me and told me to follow her to the plane (no English announcements).
After a 30 second bus ride, everyone quickly boarded. The plane is less than half full, leaving plenty of room for large carryons. There are 2 flight attendants, whom even though turbulence was very rough, still managed to offer every passenger water during the rough flight (I can’t believe she was able to stand at all none the less pour little cups or water). Prior to takeoff we were given some sweets, cotton balls for the ears.
I was never asked to shut off my phone, and it works lovely at 3000 feet.
The flight was around a halr hour long, and cost around $80. I bought the ticket around an hour and a half before departure.