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I don’t have a ton to say about this flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok. It was a relatively short flight blocked a 2 hours 50 minutes. I don’t believe Hong Kong Airlines even has the Boeing 777 passenger plane anymore as they have opted for an all Airbus lineup. Nonetheless I’m sure some people will find value in the hard and soft product for this trip report.
There are a lot of carriers that fly from Hong Kong to Bangkok on Fifth-Freedom routes like Emirates, Royal Jordanian, Air Asia; in conjunction with Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, and Thai/Thai Smile which are the flag carriers for these countries.
One-way flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok were more expensive than I thought. I took the most convenient flight time for my schedule which was a Hong Kong Airlines flight departing at 12:30pm. The price for my flight was ~$170usd, but I used my annual travel credit from my Citi Prestige card that covered the cost.
Check in was fast and efficient. There were plenty of agents helping guests check in. I wasn’t checking in my carry-on for this flight, but just needed a copy of my ticket.
My gosh Hong Kong Airport is gorgeous.
One interesting thing to note was that upon checking in HKA does have a paid-upgrade option for short/long haul flights.
$220HKD for short haul or $28 at the time of writing
$500HKD for long haul or $64 at the time of writing
NOW ONTO THE FLIGHT-
Hong Kong 775
Hong Kong (HKG) - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
Friday, June 16th
Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes
Aircraft: Boeing 777
This flight was operated by a Boeing 777, a very large aircraft. The flight seemed very full, so this must be a busy route for the airline consistently to justify such a large plane. Now all the flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok are Airbus planes. I’m flying this route next month in Business class on HKA so be sure to look out for that review.
I chose seat 51C in economy since it was such a short flight and I couldn’t justify the the extra expense for business class. The layout was a 2-4-2 and I choose 51C because seatguru had it labeled as a “Green” seat with extra legroom being as it is the bulkhead and exit row. I was able to book this seat online free of charge. I think a lot of Chinese tourists use a travel agent and don’t pre-book seats.
Anyway boarding call started at 11:50am and by 12pm noon passengers started boarding the aircraft. I always appreciate on-time performance from airlines.
By the looks of it there were a lot of local/mainland Chinese passengers. I did not see any other foreigner other than myself best I can tell.
As you can see I have PLENTYYY of legroom.
Even on a short flight there was a meal served. It didn’t look super appealing, but was edible and actually tasted better than it looks. I did not care for the rice pudding dessert.
The in-flight-entertainment system has about 2 dozen movies, along with some games, music, flight maps. For a short flight I think this was fine (much better than nothing), but it’s pretty disappointing if this were a 5+ hour flight. I’ll let you know if they have upgraded IFE system when I review it next month.
The young man I was seated next to had his family in the row to the right and one of them signed if he would switch with me. I declined. I really liked my seat as it had more legroom, and I wouldn’t want to be in a “middle” seat between his relatives. They were not pushy, but didn’t seem very friendly afterwards.
After the meal service we were already preparing for landing so I took a couple of pictures of the Thai countryside.
I’m not sure what the cause was, but it looks like we had to re-approach per Air Traffic Control. Maybe because of congestion (which would explain the long immigration lines arriving into Thailand). You can see the photo below plotting our re-approach course.
Arriving into the terminal there is beautiful polished marble/granite floors. I walked to immigration.
At the end of the day-
The flight was on-time and the crew was efficient and friendly which is all I can really ask for now-a-days with how US airlines are getting. The seat configuration of 2-4-2 was really nice, and I loved being able to choose the bulkhead seat with extra legroom for free in advance.
Hong Kong Airlines is a great airline and I would definitely fly them again in a heartbeat. I’m excited for my flight with them next month on the way back to Bangkok.
The only thing I wish they would’ve improved on for this flight were the IFE, but maybe since they were planning on getting rid of the plane anyway they didn’t want to invest that much into it.