Thai Airways begins Airbus A350 flights from Melbourne to Bangkok

By David Flynn, October 3 2017
Thai Airways begins Airbus A350 flights from Melbourne to Bangkok

After delays stretching back more than a year, Thai Airways has finally swung its Airbus A350 jetliner onto the Melbourne-Bangkok route.

The Star Alliance member has locked the A350 into the daily TG465/TG466 schedule, replacing an older Boeing 777-200, with the Bangkok-bound TG466 from Melbourne dovetailing into Thai's European services.

Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class
Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class

Another A350 is expected to take over Thai's second Melbourne-Bangkok service (TG461/TG462) from February 2018, although a Thai Airways spokesperson tells Australian Business Traveller that this hinges on future deliveries of the A350 remaining on schedule as the airline builds its A350 fleet up to a full complement of 12.

However, Thai says there are currently no plans to bring the A350 to Sydney.

Better late than never: Thai Airways' Airbus A350
Better late than never: Thai Airways' Airbus A350

The appearance of Thai Airways' new Airbus A350 on the Melbourne-Bangkok route has been an on-again off-again affair back as far as September 2016, when the Star Alliance member originally planned to bring the sleek jet down under.

However, a cascading series of delays in everything from seating to flight approval from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority saw the date pushed back, and back, and back, while Thai rostered its A350 fleet onto European Bangkok routes including London, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome.

Thai's A350s feature 32 of the airline’s latest and well-appointed Royal Silk business class seats...

Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class
Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class

... with direct aisle access for each passenger.

Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class
Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class

Each seat converts into a fully-flat bed.

Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class
Thai Airways' Airbus A350 business class

Read the AusBT reviews of Thai Airways' Boeing 747 Royal Silk business class and Thai Airways' Royal Silk business class lounge at Bangkok Airport Concourse D.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Hoorah - a big step up from the tired triple 777s

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Nov 2016

Total posts 134

Quit flying Thai many years ago. Used to fly them a lot. Tired planes, average service and much better options elsewhere. Still flying 747s into Sydney. From reading the commentary looks like this is not going to change in the near future.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Aug 2013

Total posts 18

I find the service and food offerings alot better on thai than Qantas in recent years

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

20 Dec 2013

Total posts 32

Used my Mileage Plus miles only this week for one way business seats on TG's CPH (Copenhagen) - MEL. I was very pleased to secure a window seat in the A350 in the 1-2-1 configuration for the BKK-MEL sectors. The CPH-BKK is in the B777-300.

09 Jul 2012

Total posts 27

You made the right move TG. Well done! Now please, please just stick with it; instead of chopping and changing aircraft types/business class seats, as you are prone to do.

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

16 May 2011

Total posts 116

Really glad that I won't be playing the TG 777 lottery on the MEL route anymore!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Aug 2014

Total posts 76

Can Thai Airways SYD - BKK have full lie flat beds in business class in the 747 pleases, Im quite happy with the 747, the new first class upgrade in the 747 is great.

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 7

Wonderful airline, Thai.
And good news that "the Star Alliance member has locked the A350 into the daily TG465/TG466 schedule."
We don't see a commencing date of these flights within your information.
But thanks we are pleased to know this news re Thai Airways A350 to Melbourne.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

28 Oct 2014

Total posts 19

Read the next paragraph...anticipated in Feb 2018...

14 Sep 2017

Total posts 3

Smithrhy - that was referring to the second daily flight from Mel-Bkk TG461/2. Assuming this one (TG465/6) will commence as of now or in the next coming weeks.

07 Aug 2013

Total posts 7

Thanks, smithrhy.
You refer to this, of course: "Another A350 is expected to take over Thai's second Melbourne-Bangkok service (TG461/TG462) from February 2018."
Yes, and the TG465/TG466 schedule . . . . ?
Thanks again to ABT . .
EchoBiz:

It's flying now, "has finally swung" being in past tense in the first paragraph of the story. :)

14 Sep 2017

Total posts 3

Lifemiles will hopefully sort me out with some TG First award space :)

QF

29 Oct 2012

Total posts 19

Great to hear. The A359 J seats are really good. The old 777 slopey seats are completely awful and I will shed no tears for them.


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