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Thai Airways Opens Airplane-Themed Restaurant

This is positively awesome... too bad Thailand's borders are closed. Thai Airways has opened a themed cafe & restaurant at its headquarters. The idea is that people can enjoy some of the food and drinks they may get on a plane without actually flying.…

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Thai Smile A320
Koh Samui’s Incredibly Restrictive Tourism Plan

Thailand ("thigh-land") has by all accounts done an incredible job handling coronavirus. The country has recorded a total of 3,378 cases and 58 deaths, and is reporting single-digit new cases most days. While Thailand remains closed to international…

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Thai Airways 747 First Class – 1
Thai Airways Plans To File For Bankruptcy Protection

There are so many mismanaged airlines out there that were on the brink of collapse even before the current pandemic started, and Thai Airways is among them. Reuters reports that Thailand's government has decided to go to bankruptcy court to submit a…

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Thai Airways A350 Business Class – 5
Review: Thai Airways A350 Business Class

And now it's time for a review of the MVP of this trip, in my opinion. Actually, there might be one more pleasant surprise coming up after this. To get back to Europe I was flying Thai Airways' A350-900 to Milan. While Thai Airways has several destinations…

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Thai Airways Royal Barge 777 2
Thai Airways’ Special 777 Royal Barge Livery

I love a cool airline special livery, and Thai Airways has just unveiled an especially awesome one. This week Thai has revealed their new Suphannahong Royal Barge aircraft livery. The plane sporting this special livery is a regionally configured Boeing…

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Thai Airways Business Lounge Bangkok – 11
Review: Thai Airways Business Lounge Bangkok Airport

I was flying Thai Airways business class from Bangkok to Europe shortly after midnight, and ended up getting to the airport at 5PM. I figured this would be a good opportunity to review a few different lounges, and also to get some work done. I've reviewed…

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Thai Smile
Thai Smile Becomes Star Alliance Connecting Partner

For years the "big three" global alliances were all the rage, though over the past few years we've seen very few airlines join these alliances. That's due to a combination of factors, including high membership fees (which prevent smaller airlines from…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 29
Thailand To Add Mandatory Health Insurance Fee For Tourists

Thailand's Tourism Ministry Secretary said today that Thailand plans to add a mandatory health insurance fee for all foreign visitors. While an exact timeline and price hasn't yet been revealed, the official said that the plan is for this to be rolled…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 29
Thai Airways Reports Huge 2018 Losses

2018 was an interesting year in the airline industry. We saw a temporary spike in oil prices, and have also continued to see strong global competition among airlines. However, different airlines have coped with this in different ways. For example, Cathay…

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Tap Business Class
United MileagePlus Restores Awards On TAP & Thai

Since January 15, 2019, United MileagePlus members haven't had access to award availability on Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and Thai Airways. This wasn't just a temporary glitch, but was an intentional outage, and a memo was sent to reservations…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 29
Thailand Fails FAA Safety Audit… Again

A Category 1 safety rating with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is something that a lot of countries want. In order to be able to operate nonstop flights to/from the US, that country needs a Category 1 rating. For example, this is something…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 2
United Blocking Singapore, Thai, And TAP Portugal Awards

Airline partnerships can be complicated, and this is especially true when it comes to redeeming miles on partner airlines. Different airlines take different approaches to releasing award space. Some airlines make more award seats available to members…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 2
Thai Airways Flight Delayed Because Off-Duty Pilots Wanted First Class Seats

Several of you have forwarded me stories about what supposedly happened on Thai Airways flight 971 from Zurich to Bangkok on October 11, 2018. The story sounds scandalous -- there were off-duty pilots onboard, and the captain operating the flight refused…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 2
Thai Airways Is Reducing Flights To Australia

While airlines adjust their schedules regularly, traditionally most airlines will make the most network changes twice yearly, usually commencing in late October and late March or April. They will usually announce these changes a few months in advance…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 28
Awesome: British Cave Rescuers In Thailand Given Free Flights For Life

I'm unsure of how much attention this has received in the US, but in the UK and Australia at least, you would have to be living under a rock for the past few weeks not to have heard about the dramatic rescue situation in a cave in Thailand. We haven't…

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Man Buys Thai Airways 747, Keeps It In His Backyard

Well here's something you don't see every day. Thai Airways is slowly phasing out its fleet of Boeing 747s with 10 still in active service, and a further 10 stored, or for sale. Ben recently reviewed their 'new' 747 first class which has actually been…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 29
Thai Airways Hires Former Entertainment Industry Exec As CEO

Thai Airways has been looking for a new CEO for nearly two years. The previous CEO retired in September 2016 at the age of 60, and since then they've had a VP as acting CEO, while the airline tries to find a qualified replacement. After quite a search…

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Thai Airways First Class 747 – 2
Review: Thai Airways First Class 747 Bangkok To Hong Kong

Nowadays it's a real treat to fly in the nose of the 747, given how many airlines have retired the plane. We boarded through the forward left door, where we were greeted by two exceptionally friendly flight attendants and escorted to our seats. This…

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Thai Airways First Class Lounge – 26
Review: Thai Airways First Class Lounge Bangkok Airport

Our Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong was scheduled to depart at 4PM, so we got to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at around 11AM so we could maximize our time in the lounge. Since Thai Airways offers first class passengers an hour-long full…

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Delta A350 Business Class – 1
Introduction: A Mess Of A Trip

Welcome to my next trip report, covering a trip I took with Tiffany that included travel in Delta's new business class, Thai's first class, and a review of the new Park Hyatt Bangkok. Unfortunately this trip ended up being nothing at all like what we…

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Thai Amenities
Traveling Thai Airways Economy? Refresh With Fragrant Toilet Water!

It's pretty normal for airlines to try to differentiate their onboard product, even if it's in economy. For example, earlier today I wrote about how Air France's new ad campaign focuses on how they offer free food, entertainment, and champagne in economy.…

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Thai Airways Business Class Seat
Thai Airways Sets Passenger Size Limit For New Business Class Seat

Thai Airways has taken delivery of both A350s and 787s in the past couple of years, though oddly the planes feature different types of business class seats. Their 787-9s feature reverse herringbone seats in business class, which are comfortable and found…

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Thai Airways 747 First Class – 1
Thai Airways 747 First Class In 10 Pictures

Hello from Hong Kong! On Saturday we flew from Bangkok to Hong Kong in Thai Airways' first class. Thai Airways will always be a special airline for me. Back in "the good old days" I flew Thai Airways first class all the time, thanks to the excellent…

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