Thailand has long been recognised for one of the friendliest and most hospitable cultures in the world. Australian travellers especially would be very familiar with this reputation, given Thailand is consistently ranked amongst the country’s most frequented holiday destinations. And while getting there has always been accessible, beginning the journey immersed in that famously warm and welcoming culture really only leaves one option: Thai Airways International.
As the flagship carrier for Thailand, THAI is reliably the first point of contact for a traditional experience. So if you’re planning a trip to destinations like Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, why not start the experience from the moment you embark?
We experienced just that, onboard the legendary double-decker Boeing 747, aptly nicknamed the “Queen of the Skies,” for its impressive dimensions and dependability. Nostalgia plays a big factor here, as THAI is one of the few carriers that still operates the iconic aircraft between Sydney and Bangkok.
What we particularly loved was THAI’ outstanding way of adding their own personality to the typical 747 experience. The generous pitch on our “Royal Silk” business class seats was complemented by consistent and friendly service, from the minute we boarded, greeted by several pearly white smiles, to the moment we disembarked in the kinetic city of Bangkok.
The food on-board was equally memorable. Two meals were served across what is usually a 9.5 hour flight, spanning Thai and international options curated towards big flavours that would keep anyone reasonably full throughout the journey. Epicurean travellers are spoiled on a THAI flight.
THAI flies from many of the major capitals across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Anyone flying from or via Melbourne currently has the added benefit of experiencing the airline’s new cabins on board the sleek Airbus A350 XWB.
A vastly more modernised aircraft, a Royal Silk business class experience onboard the A350 has been finessed to high standards. Dressed in purple-hued Thai contemporary design, the cabin is equipped with ambient LED based mood lighting choosing from a range of 16.7 million colours. Large panoramic windows and spacious overhead compartments complete the picture next to the reimagined seats, which have been designed for maximum passenger comfort, and offer a full 180-degree recline with each having direct aisle access.
Each seat, generously proportioned with an average pitch of 44 inches, comes fully equipped with a 16-inch LCD touch screen that can connect to Wi-Fi. THAI has also paid close attention to storage space, and provides plenty of room to offload devices and pocket essentials while maintaining easy access.
THAI is scheduled to replace the Boeing 747 in December 2020 with a Boeing 777-300 aircraft which will have a similar fit-out to the current Airbus A350 Royal Silk Class product. When that happens, you can expect a superlative in-flight experience, seamlessly flowing through to completely wrap you in Thailand’s warm embrace.