Star Alliance member Thai Airways will upsize its Bangkok-London flights to the Airbus A380 from July 1, but will drop from double-daily to daily service on the route come the same date.
Currently served by two of Thai’s refurbished Boeing 747s, the sole A380 flight will offer travellers 12 of Thai’s flagship Royal First Class ‘mini-suites’…
… and 60 fully-flat beds in business class, all with direct aisle access and similar to those aboard Thai’s newer Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Filling the entirety of the lower deck are 377 economy seats in the standard 3-4-3 configuration, plus 58 more at the rear of the upper deck in a less-crowded 2-4-2 setting.
Wherever you sit, you’ll also find both AC and USB power outlets from tip to tail to recharge your gadgets.
London flight reduction: impact on transit passengers
With one of Thai’s two daily Bangkok-London services axed from July, Aussie travellers bound for the UK capital may find themselves waiting for many hours in transit – and in some cases, almost an entire day – before their connecting flight departs.
The retained London service TG910 pushes back in Bangkok at 1:10am each day to reach Heathrow at 7:15am the same morning, while on the return TG911 departs London at 12:30pm, touching down in Bangkok at 5:45am the next day. Here’s how that slots in with Thai’s Australian flights.
Sydney, TG476/475: Sydney’s daily Thai flight gives a transit time of 8hr 50m for those London-bound and a lengthy 13hr 35m on the journey home – that’s roughly as long as the London-Bangkok flight spent in waiting.
Sydney, TG472/471: Travelling on Thursday, Friday or Sunday? Avoid Thai’s TG472 flight when connecting to London as you’ll be grounded in Bangkok for 21hr 20m. TG471 is more transit-friendly on the flight home, departing after a connection time of just 2hr 15m.
Melbourne, TG466/465: TG466 is the go-to flight for Victorians jetting to Heathrow, touching down in Bangkok ahead of a 4hr 25m connection. It’s not as great in the opposite direction: taking off after what would be an 18hr 30m transit.
Melbourne, TG462/461: Likewise, skip TG462 and its 19hr 10m transit before the onward London leg, instead pairing that better TG466 flight on the journey out with TG461 on the return: departing after just 2hr 25m on the ground.
Brisbane, TG474/473: With one Thai Airways flight each day to Queensland, Brizzy travellers would spend 4hr 50m in Bangkok on the outbound journey but a staggering yet precise 18hr 14m on the way home.
Perth, TG484/483: The mining capital’s now-daily Boeing 787 services leave travellers waiting for 9hr 55m en route to London and the same 18hr 14m wait as with Brisbane on the way back.
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