ICYMI: Thai Airways A380 Begins London Heathrow Service July 1


(image courtesy: Thai)

Thai Airways is well known for swapping operating aircraft, a process that understandably frustrates travelers. In 2013, Thai announced plans to operate their flagship Airbus A380 on one of two daily flights from Bangkok to London Heathrow. Shortly thereafter, Thai postponed those plans, due to plans for their Airbus A380s to receive fixes for the wing-rib issue that plauged the A380 one year prior. The plan was to begin A380 service on December 1, though that date was later postponed to October 2014.

It should come as no surprise that the October date came and went with little news until the beginning of 2015 when Thai announced plans to begin A380 service to London on July 1. For obvious reasons, many doubted the news, though recent posts from the Thai Airways twitter account and website seem to confirm that as of July 1, the A380 will finally appear in London!

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Thai Royal First - Seats 2E/2F

Thai's A380 is configured with 12 seats in Royal First, 60 in Royal Silk (Business Class) and 435 in Economy. With 24 flight attendants aboard the A380, service aboard the A380 is usually pretty good. I flew in First from Bangkok to Frankfurt over a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed my flight! For a more detailed review, check out Dozer's report from his flight between Bangkok and Paris.

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Thai Royal First - Seat 1K

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Thai Royal First - Seat 1K

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Thai Rimowa Amenity Kit

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Royal Silk Lounge


Thai Royal Silk (image courtesy: Thai)

Thai does release some award space on their A380s, which is bookable through United Airlines. One-way tickets in business class run for 85,000 miles, while first class will cost 115,000. Quite the premium, though if you've got the miles, it's not the worst redemption out there.



Agree that I would cough up for first class when you consider the suite and the BKK ground services.