Review: Pakistan International PIA B747-240BM

Economy Plus

Hong Kong to Bangkok

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Photo Trip Report

After Biman DC10, PIA 74M is another major flight that I must get on. I am glad that the opportunity came up during my 2 weeks of working in Hong Kong. Here are the flight details.

Ticket HKG-BKK Economy Class one way HK$1290 (inc tax) (US166)

STD 2240 ATD 0045 Delay 2hr 05 mins
STA 0030 ATA 0245 Delay 2hr 15 mins
Seat 83A

At check in I was informed the incoming flight from Islamabad and Bangkok were delayed due to sick patient onboard. Departure gate was 17 and boarding call was made at 2350 hoping for a 0015 departure. After boarding this was further delayed to 0045 without explanation. I compainted to the station manager at check in and he promptly upgrade me to Economy Plus class situated in the upper deck of the B747 classic.

A beautiful sight in Hong Kong Int’l Airport!!!

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Flight boaridng commenced at 2350 at Gate 17.

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Inflight Seating and Service

There were only 4 people on the upper deck, only myself are getting off in Bangkok with the rest continue to Islamabad. The A/C interior was maintained exceptionally well as shown by the pictures. Boaridng is accompanied by traditional Pakistan PIA music.

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A quick supper (catered from Bangkok) was served after a powerful takeoff well past 1am.

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After the meal I decide to go downstairs to speak to the purser and see the offering in Business and main Economy class

Plentiful choices of Business Plus Class Dinner. I particularly enjoyed the PIA meal presentation and serving. I was invited to sample more Business class food.

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Business Plus Cabin, Nose Area. 16 seats only, this can rival many airlines First Class.

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Business Plus empty Section B

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Economy Class. Total 196 seats.
Total Capacity of 747-240Combi is (J38/P30/Y196) Total 264

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Please view the VIDEO of Inflight Service (Window Media Player Format)

Video 1  (5.16Mb)

Video 2 (6.17Mb)

Cockpit Visit and Jumpseat landing into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi

I was invited by the pilot and enginneer to view the 747 Classic cockpit as an observer.

It was amazing to watch the pilot gliding the B747 classic into Bangkok at 3am!

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Video from the cockpit

Video 1, showing the cockpit inflight

Video 2, Approach and touchdown Bangkok Int’l Rwy 19R (Best View)


Video 3, taxiing in the new Bangkok Int’l at 230am!

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