Thai Airways will take delivery of its first Airbus A380 aircraft on September 27, with the first superjumbo flights launching on October 6 from Bangkok to Hong Kong and Singapore.
Once the carrier receives its second A380 it will then begin superjumbos services to Frankfurt from mid-December, followed by Tokyo Narita and Paris from February 2013.
Thai’s A380 will seat 507 passengers, with 12 in Royal First Class, 60 in Royal Silk Class (business) and 435 in economy.
Features will include fully-flat beds in business and first class, AVOD IFE systems, wifi internet and mobile phone access throughout the aircraft, as well as a bar and lounge in first class, and a further bar in business class.
As previously reported (see online news July 20, 2011), first class seats will have a pitch of 83 inches and a width of 26.5 inches, while business class seats will have a pitch of 74 inches and a width of 20 inches, and economy will have a 32-inch pitch and an 18-inch width.
The carrier has a total of six A380 aircraft on order, due for delivery by the end of 2013.
Thai will also take delivery of further A330-300 aircraft during this time, as well as 20 A320-200 aircraft by 2015, meaning the carrier will receive a total of 33 Airbus aircraft by the middle of this decade.
Report by Mark Caswell