Thai Airways is bringing back first class, first stop London

Apr 14, 2022

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Now this is what you call a first-class delivery…

Turning left on Thai Airways just got fun again with the news that the Bangkok-based airline is bringing back first-class cabins on three brand new Boeing 777-300ERs.

When Thai waved goodbye to its small but mighty fleet of A380s (pictured above) in 2021, the airline was in effect also bidding ‘jer gan’ to its first-class services, having been the last vessel to feature the luxury berths after it had previously stopped using aging Boeing 747s.

Related: Thai Airways to retire flagship long-haul fleet, including A380s and 747s

With both of those aircraft since retired, regular fliers with Thai Airways will have wondered if the super-luxe cabins would ever come back into the fold. But those worries have now been eased…

According to Business Traveller, the airline has taken delivery of three new B777-300ERs complete with eight Royal First Class seats, which it plans to roll out on its Bangkok to London route from the end of this month, operating the following schedule daily:

  • TG911 London (LHR) 12:30 p.m. Departure ⇒ Bangkok (BKK) 6:00 a.m. Arrival (+1)
  • TG910 Bangkok (BKK) 00:55 a.m. Departure ⇒ London (LHR) 7:15 a.m. Arrival

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Thai Airways has traditionally been very generous with releasing premium cabin award availability to partner loyalty programmes. Unfortunately, right now there is virtually no first-class award availability right now on this route however if you do manage to find some for this elusive product, you can expect to pay 100,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles or 141,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles oneway plus minimal fees, taxes and surcharges.

Fit for a head of state, or at the very least a Premier League footballer, the Royal First Class seats line up in a 1-2-1 formation similar to the airlines previous A380 cabin. Dropping deeper, its 40 Royal Silk Class seats are also configured 1-2-1, while the plane’s 255 economy-class seats are laid out in a 3-3-3 layout.

You can see a snapshot of what’s to come in a Tweet by Germany’s Aerotelegraph, below: minimalist, easy on the eye, plenty of space – it’s almost worth a trip to Asia alone:

Quite why Thai has been so sparing with the implementation of first-class space in recent years is anyone’s guess – the obvious one being that the airline giant hadn’t made enough money from tickets to justify all that space.

In fact, some insiders have suggested that the reason for procuring new aircraft with first-class cabins is so that the country’s king, Vajiralongkorn, is able to use the airline for his private trips.

Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the planes look better for it, decked out like an absolute dream. Why not take advantage of Thailand’s increasingly relaxed travel restrictions and try one of the new first-class seats for yourself?

There’s frankly never been a better time to start your haul.

Featured image by C. V. Grinsven/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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