After arriving at Rome i first visited the Alitalia Lounge (Thai Airways doesn`t have an own lounge at FCO - so passengers can use the Alitalia Lounge instead) But i didn`t stay very long there - the lounge is nothing special - and what i really didn`t like: it is somewhere in the basement with no windows.
So after a quick coffee in the lounge i went back upstairs to watch my plane getting ready.
Thai uses a 747-400 on the FCO-BKK route. And after booking i learned that this route is often served with the old first class (14 recliner seats instead of the usual 10 lie-flat seats) But as usual i was lucky and got the regular bird.
But i did get one shock when boarding: I was told that my checked in luggage hasn`t arrived yet and nobody knows where it is. As i would stay only two nights at most at each of my stops (and some flights aren`t daily) i was sure my luggage would follow me around asia for the next days without catching up to me. But thankfully it did turn up and the gate manager informed me about it a few minutes before departure.
The first class on Thai Airways 747 is in the front of the cabin. Four single seats on each side of the plane and a pair of seats in the middle.
Service started immediately when i sat down - pre-departure Champagne (Veuve Clichot Rose Vintage 2004
) was served together with the signature Thai Airways Orchid.
Accompanied by a bowl of nuts
As it was already lunchtime the meal service started soon after takeoff.
First we got a few canapes
Followed by White Sturgeon Caviar with Garnitures
The first course consisted of:
Smoked Salmon Rolled with Caprino Cheese Mousse and Horseradish
Marinated Prawns, Mango and Coriander Sauce
Pate de Foie Gras
For the Salad
you could choose your dressing, either the Parmesan Dressing
or a Red Vinegar Vinaigrette Dressing
As Main Course you had a choice between:
Beef Fillet with Pesto and Herbs Crust, Brandy Sauce, Buttered Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli and Carrot.
Seafood Ragout with Fettuccine Pasta
Lamb Mussaman Curry
served with steamed Thai Hom Mali Rice, Stir fried Mixed Vegetables
Stir fired Chicken with Ginger and Chinese Muschroom, Steamed Thai Hom Mail Rice, Sauteed Spinach with Oyster Sauce.
To finish the meal there was also a choice of Cheeses and Fruits
And of course a few dessert options:
Caprese Cake, Limoncello Liquor Sauce
Tea, Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino
As i was really full at this point i skipped dessert and only had a coffee
I only had water during the dinner - but if anybody is interested in the wine list i can of course post that also.
When reading Tripreports about Thai Airways you get the impression that the quality of the crew can be quite different. On my flight they where really great. Unfortunately i can`t say the same about the Meal - don`t get me wrong - it was good - but somewhow you expect something special when flying first class. Thai Airways also offeres pre ordered Meal - maybe i will try one of these next time.
Now about the entertainment system. It is of course AVOD with a selection of Movies (new ones and classics) not hundreds or thousands as other airlines but certainly enough to keep you entertained during the flight. And of course also TV-Series - and not only one or two episodes from each.
I slept really good for the next few hours and woke up about 2 hours from Bangkok. Time for breakfast.
Together with a cup of coffee i had Fresh Fruits
The whole range of Fruit Yoghurt, Plain Yoghurt, Cereals, Bread, Butter, Jam
etc. would also have been available of course.
As main course for the breakfast where 4 different choices available
Scrambled Eggs with Emmenthal Cheese, Sauteed pork Sausage, Macaire Potatoes, Sauteed Champignon Mushrooms with Parsley
Spanish Omelet, Grilled Pork Sausage, Baked Beans, Grilled Tomato with Chopped Rosemary
Instant Noodle Soup with Chinese Barbecue Pork
Soft Boiled Rice with Accompaniments (Oriental Style)
Landing in Bangkok was on time and immediately after leaving the Airport i was greeted by the Thai Airways Ground Personal - more about the experience at the Airport in the next chapter.