We’re departing Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand in a sea of wonderful Thai Airways purple themed livery and cabin interior decor, bound for Karachi Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, Pakistan in the decent Airbus A330.
Passengers on board flight TG341 were very happy today, especially the nervous flyers as I announced that we would be expecting no turbulence, wind or anything other than smooth sailing as we headed out of the mainland over the Andaman Sea, the little Gulf of Martaban through south Burma, the enormous Bay of Bengal finding landmass again in India and finally into Pakistan.
The lack of wind and smooth flying meant that passengers were able to tuck into their Thai Airways signature croissant and enjoy a stable cup of green tea on the side without too much bouncing about. Commander Helmethead is getting a bit too used to this 2-4 kts wind at all levels as well and it’s a nice little treat not to have to fettle the rudders on take off and concentrate more on the journey ahead and nail the timing and fuel consumption as well. Those 2 Rolls Royce Trent 772B-60 engines are having a bit of a party too as they can take more of a rest from the usual hard working routine that they have become so used to and they only have to maintain mach 0.72 at 36,000 feet to keep a consistent ground speed of 486 knots. Sweet!
The flight was a good one with some nice scenery along the way and we made our arrival into Pakistan as scheduled.