Thai Airways Receives First Airbus A380

Thai Airways has become the ninth operator of the Airbus A380, taking delivery of its first aircraft yesterday in Toulouse, France. Registered HS-TUA and named “Sri Rattana”, the 507-seat jet is the first of 6 ordered by the carrier and arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport this morning with airline executives and invited media members onboard.


New Royal First Class Suite, Direct-Aisle Access in Royal Silk

The airline has opted for a 3-class configuration for its fleet of 6 double-deck jets, debuting 12 semi-enclosed suites in Royal First Class. Situated at the front of the upper deck, these offer an 83-inch seat pitch and 26.5-inch seat width that recline into a full-flat bed with a 23-inch personal screen. The centre suites feature a movable divider that can be raised and lowered for privacy, while nooks and pockets provide ample storage space. Passengers will also benefit from a lounge area with convertible seating, a stand-up bar and spacious bathrooms with separate dressing table.


60 seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 staggered layout in Royal Silk business class, stretching for most of the upper deck. Thai Airways has selected the EADS Sogerma seat, offering a 74-inch seat pitch, 20-inch seat width and a 180-degree full flat design. A 15-inch personal screen delivers content from the inflight entertainment system or from connected devices, with a generously proportioned side-table.


The entire lower deck accommodates 377 Economy Class seats in the usual 3-4-3 layout with a 32-inch seat pitch and 10.6-inch seatback monitor together with in-seat power supply. A mini cabin on the upper deck with 58 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration has been deemed a baby-free zone by Thai Airways with no provision for bassinettes.


Wi-Fi, Mobile Communications Onboard

Thai Airways has installed the OnAir satellite internet system for its Airbus A380s and will offer both internet and mobile connectivity to all passengers. The pay-per-use system comprises Internet OnAir (which operates like a chargeable wi-fi hotspot) and Mobile OnAir (akin to a global roaming network). The airline’s latest on-demand inflight entertainment system, powered by Panasonic Avionics’ eX2 system, will offer more than 100 movies, 150 television programmes, music channels and games to passengers.


Route Plans

Hong Kong and Singapore will become the first destinations to be served by the Thai Airways A380, with the airline operating 1 flight daily between Bangkok and each city from 6 October to 14 December 2012. The aircraft will be rostered to fly a daily Bangkok – Frankfurt service from 15 December 2012, its first long-haul routing. As more aircraft join the fleet, Tokyo (Narita) will be served daily from 16 January 2013 and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) following from 16 February 2013 onwards, while the A380s will fly the Bangkok – Osaka (Kansai) and Bangkok – Sydney routes daily from 16 August 2013 and 16 September 2013 respectively.


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