Suvarnabhumi Bangkok: A380 Arrives!
For some time now there has been talk of the new Airbus airplane landing in Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport. It’s now a reality. Royal Thai Airways just took delivery of the superjumbo aircraft at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France on Sept. 28. They’ve now joined the league of world-class airlines like Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Air, and Lufthansa that operate the massive A380.
Thai Airways will operate a total of six A380 airplanes, with the first being delivered 2nd October 2012 and entering service shortly thereafter. The Thai Airways A380 configuration includes the Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines and a cabin segmented into three classes: Royal First class (12 seats), Royal Silk (60 seats) and Economy (435 seats) totaling 507 passengers. For comparison, the Singapore Airlines configuration of the A380 only seats 371 passengers. Thai Airways operates the highest number of seats out of all the Asian carriers. It might be cramped, but look at the bright side, more passengers means more lovely air hostesses! Also every seat has a new entertainment system and power outlets. This is especially important for those with lap tops and need to work (or watch movies etc). That’s huge on long haul flights.
The first class section of the plane includes full-on suites with the kitchen capacity to prepare individual meals to each (first class) passenger’s liking. Thai Airways Business class, dubbed Royal Silk, includes seats the fold into a completely flat sleeper bed. That makes it THE plane to fly if it’s on your company’s dime. As of now, two initial routes will be instated during Early October. The A380 will service the Thai Airways Suvarnabhumi Bangkok-Singapore route and the Bangkok-Hong Kong route. You’re not going to get to take full advantage of all the goodness the plane offers on these short flights, so if you can wait it out until the new year they’ll open more routes to Frankfurt, Paris and Tokyo towards the end of this year and early next year. It’s typical of airlines to introduce new planes to their fleet using these short-haul routes for training purposes. We’re really looking forward to seeing the massive silhouette of the A380 coming in and out of Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport SUV. It’s been rumored to be one of the smoothest planes in the sky– maybe that’s due to its 747-dwarfing size. Safe flying! Thai Airways offers free alcoholic beverages on all their international flights and many other perks.