Date: Monday, 17 June 2013
After spending 12 enjoyable days of trains, planes and sightseeing in Japan, it was finally time to head back home to Singapore. Our itinerary for the journeys would be to fly with Thai Airways International on flight TG 643, which would depart Narita International Airport at 12 noon, and arrive in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 4.30 p.m.. Upon arrival into Bangkok, we would have a short layover for approximately 3 hour 10 minutes.
Then, we would connect to Thai Airways International flight TG 401, which would depart Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 7.40 p.m., and arrive in Singapore Changi Airport at 10.55 p.m..
At 8.30 a.m., we returned our rented car and took a Rent-a-Car cab towards Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing), where we arrived at 9.10 p.m.. After checking in for Thai Airways International flight TG 643 and lounging in the All Nippon Airways (ANA) Lounge, we proceeded to Gate No. 43 at 11.15 a.m., where we were on board the aircraft by 11.40 a.m..
Tonight, Thai Airways International flight TG 643 bound for Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) was operated by a Boeing 777-300, registered Boeing 777-300/ER, registered HS-TKT and named “Srivibha”. The aircraft was also powered by two General Electric GE90-115B1L engines. HS-TKT was initially delivered to Jet Airways as VT-JEC on 27 July 2007, but following rising fuel costs, the airline was forced to dry lease the aircraft to Turkish Airlines as TC-JJD. The aircraft then received its current registration number when it was delivered to Thai Airways International on 3 November 2011. Overall, the delivery makes the aircraft approximately 5.9 years old today. The Royal Silk Class seats we would be using were the newer generation of lie-flat Royal Silk Class shell-like seats. These seats were introduced following the arrival of Thai Airways International’s Boeing 777-200/ERs in November 2006. They can recline to a full 180º to allow fully lie-flat rest.
At exactly 12 noon, all the aircraft doors were closed and the safety briefing information video was played on all our front video screens. After approximately 20 minutes of taxiing along the airport tarmac, the two powerful General Electric GE90-115B1L engines spooled into action and we finally lifted off from Narita International Airport at 12.20 p.m.. We then climbed into the afternoon sky for an overnight flight time of 5 hours 40 minutes over the South China Sea towards the capital city of the Kingdom of Thailand.