The ATR 72-500 for my airline friends
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
53Trip End Oct 17, 2008
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Rather than use a tug in Bangkok, the plane was powered back using its own reverse and it was awesome. I think it was actually safer and quicker than the service our rampers in ATL provide half the time. After a mach 2 taxi we were airborne in about 5 minutes. The safety demo was done in English and Thai and all the commands from the cockpit to flight attendants like "cabin crew take your takeoff stations" were done in English
Even in the humid heat the plane was not a sweatshop like what we are used to. It was actually chilly in there on the gound even though it was 92 and very humid. We got a meal enroute and all you could drink beer that was chilled nicely. I wasn't able to take a look at the cockpit because Thai rules forbid it. I told the flight attendants I fly the ATR and we talked about our jobs and schedules. They said they are overworked and underpaid. That seems to be a constant around the world.
The plane was IMMACULATE. I mean there was not a single thing out of place and when we boarded the seatbelts were all crossed identically in every seat. The lav door was open and I peaked in and there was no horrific odor like ours or pee stains all over the floor and area where the toilet is installed. There was even one of those sanitized for your protection wrappers around it so someone must have actually cleaned it before we boarded. Can we send our cleaners and lav service people to Thailand (or anywhere overseas) to see how it's done?
This one had 70 seats that were a bluish green cloth. Every single seat looked to be in perfect condition with no stains anywhere
The flight attendants gave me a deck of cards, a Bangkok Airways pen, and some toys and puzzles for my nephew. It was one of my best flights servicewise so far. All this on a little ole ATR 72.
The day after tomorrow I fly a Lao Airways one to Vientiane, Laos so I will let you know how that goes.Sorry if this is boring to all you non ATR people out there but I have to keep my buddies informed you know!!