Thai Airways launched the inaugural flight of its new non-stop Bangkok-Vienna service yesterday, marking the 13th destination in Europe now served by the Thai flag carrier.
Taking approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes from Bangkok and 10 hours from Vienna, the flights operate four times a week on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The leg departing Bangkok is an early flight, taking off at 0130 and arriving in Vienna at 0700 local time, while the return flight leaves Vienna at 1330, arriving back in the Thai capital the following morning at 0520.
|TG936||Bangkok (BKK)||Vienna (VIE)||0130||0700||Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun|
|TG937||Vienna (VIE)||Bangkok (BKK)||1330||0520+1|
Travellers hoping to get a chance to try out Thai Airways’ Airbus A350, which the airline recently began flying to London, or even the newest addition to the fleet, its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, unfortunately will be disappointed. The airline is instead flying its B777-300ER on the route, which it configures with 348 seats, including 42 fully flat beds in Royal Silk Class (business), and 306 economy seats.
Prior to the new route, travellers could fly Thai to Frankfurt on either its A350 or A380 superjumbo, and then take a train onwards to Vienna via Accestrain.
Fellow Star Alliance member, Austrian Airlines, also operates a daily non-stop service between the two capitals using its B777-200 and B777-200ER, with each leg departing at around 11pm local time.
Thai now flies directly to Copenhagen, Oslo, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Stockholm, London, Rome, Milan and Moscow.
Connections between Asia and Vienna have been growing over the past year, with Eva Air set to launch a new service to the city from Taipei, and Austrian Airlines reviving its previously dropped route to Tokyo, both of which are slated for next year.