THAI FIRST CLASS TO SYDNEY
As I entered the aircraft, I was directed to my seat by one of the flight attendants. My seat was located in the middle row of the first class cabin. First class on the 747 is on the lower level right behind the nose cone.
I was promptly given a departure drink of my choice – Perrier with lemon and ice. I was then given a drink and food menu that would be offered on my flight.
The purser came around and introduced himself and welcomed me to Thai Airways first class.
The amenity kit and pajamas were already at my seat.
What I found odd was the distribution of the blankets and duvet covers. Most flight attendant would present them when you’re ready for turndown service. It’s not the end of the world, but inconvenient for me to keep it stowed at my seat. I ended up putting in one of the overhead bins.
After take off, I was offered a drink from the menu. I overhead one of the other passengers say “champagne” and noticed that they offered Dom Perignon, 2004 vintage for those that care.
So I asked myself “why not” and politely asked for some champagne.
After dessert and finishing up the in-flight movie, I asked for the turn down service. The flight attendant made my bed while I changed into my pajamas.
I didn’t bother using the provided pajamas because they looked ugly and the cabin was pretty warm. Instead, I opted to change into a pair of shorts that I had in my carry on luggage.
Before going to bed, I informed the flight attendant that I wish to be woken for breakfast.
For breakfast, I had a few options, one of which yogurt and cereal option, the other was an omelet or noodle option. I chose the omelet, but the flight attendant told me there were out of that option. I then went with the noodle option, but the flight attendant came back and informed me the omelet was available. So I ended with my first choice.
After wrapping up breakfast, I filled out my arrivals card and customs declaration form.
SYDNEY TO MELBOURNE ON QANTAS
I booked a separate ticket to reposition myself to start another award trip from Melbourne since I had a difficult time having Delta Sky Miles pricing out an internal Australia itinerary with an open jaw and stopover.
I flew Qantas economy from Sydney to Melbourne. My flight was originally scheduled just past noon, but the check-in agent moved my flight up to the 9:30 am flight.
I was pleased the agent moved up my flight. However, this same agent was a stickler about my carry-on luggage 3 kilos over the allowable limit. This may pose a problem for me later on in the trip as I’ll explain when the time comes.
The neat thing about the Qantas flight was that each individual seats had iPad for an entertainment system. Unfortunately, the entertainment system was having problems and couldn’t use the iPads.
There was a light snack in the way of a mango juice and oatmeal cookie.