Brisbane travellers will have a new way to reach Thailand from June 25 2019 when Thai AirAsia X kicks off non-stop flights between Bangkok and the Queensland capital.
Using an Airbus 330 aircraft, the airline's business class experience is sold as 'Premium Flatbed', offering angled-flat seats in a cosy two-row, 12-seat cabin, arranged in a 2-2-2 layout:
Despite AirAsia more commonly being known as a low-cost airline, Premium Flatbed passengers receive complimentary inflight meals and drinks, 40kg of checked baggage, inflight entertainment, airport perks like priority check-in, boarding and baggage delivery, and more.
Running from Brisbane four times per week and bound for Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), flight XJ311 will be wheels-up at 12:50pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, reaching the Thailand national capital at 7:10pm local time.
From Bangkok, XJ310 will fly to Brisbane at 11:40pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, touching down at 11:35am the following calendar day.
Star Alliance member Thai Airways already flies between Brisbane and Bangkok's main Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), but in recent times has pared its own service back to four flights per week, with Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff commenting that Thailand as a destination is currently "underserved" from Brisbane.
Thai Airways has also twice downgraded the business class experience for Brisbane travellers in recent years, from the earlier Boeing 777-300ER with fully-flat beds in a 1-2-1 layout to a Boeing 787-8 in late 2015 – still with fully-flat beds but losing universal aisle access – to now fly an older model of the Boeing 777 which offers a similar angled-flat, 2-2-2 business class seat as AirAsia X will fly aboard its own aircraft.
The new AirAsia flights are expected to go on sale today.