Thai Airways opens its Airbus, Boeing flight simulators to the public

The latest way for cash-strapped airlines to survive: sell sessions in an Airbus A380 or Boeing 747 flight simulator.

By Bloomberg News, September 25 2020
Thai Airways opens its Airbus, Boeing flight simulators to the public

Thai Airways is opening up its Airbus and Boeing flight simulators to the public, seeking a fresh revenue source amid the travel slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Customers can get into a mock cockpit of an Airbus A380, Boeing 777-300ER, 747-400 or 737-400 starting next month, said the flagship carrier, which is coping with a debt restructuring under bankruptcy court.

Prices start at 12,000 baht ($540) for two people for half an hour, with a full hour at 24,000 baht and 90 minutes at 36,000 baht.

The 60-year-old carrier is facing one of its biggest challenges as travel restrictions pummel Thailand’s tourism industry. The company is restructuring about 350 billion baht (US$11.1 billion) of debt after receiving court approval on September 14.

The carrier earlier this month transformed its cafeteria into an airline-themed eatery complete with plane seats and trays, as well as spare parts made into tables and furniture.

Cabin-crew volunteers, many of whom have not worked for months since the lockdown, are serving customers.

Thai joins carriers including Qantas and Singapore Airlines in turning to innovative ways to generate fresh revenue streams amid the slump.

Qantas this week sold 1,000 drinks carts from its recently-retired Boeing 747 jumbo jets for $974.70 – the carts came fully loaded with wines, Champagne, amenity kits, snacks and business class pyjamas – and on October 10 will run the first in a series of seven-hour sightseeing flights on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both the drinks carts and seats on the joy flight sold out within hours.

Singapore Airlines is reportedly planning similar flights for late October which will begin and end at Changi Airport, and may be bundled with staycations at the city’s hotels plus shopping vouchers.

Additional reporting by David Flynn

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jul 2013

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I’d be in there in a second, if only we could get there...!

05 Jul 2013

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Could TG fly the simulator to Sydney and then we could use it here?   :-)

QFP

22 Jan 2013

Total posts 61

What is QF doing with its 747 sims? Could spin some dollars some way has TG.

Or have they been decommissioned?

05 Oct 2017

Total posts 237

Cool. Although there is already a far cheaper flight simulator option at Bangkok's Gateway Ekkamai shopping mall. It's "Flight Experience", which also has outlets in Singapore and Sydney I believe. Even if it's not THAI Airways branded, it's much more affordable.


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