Thai Airways has just released a brand new, and very first Dreamliner, allowing the airline to fly longer distances and to new destinations directly from Thailand.
But this aircraft, nicknamed “Phatthana Nikhom” (which is the name of the district of Lopburi Province in central Thailand), has much more to offer, including the new Zodiac Cirrus seat. If you have flown in business class on Qatar Airways, then you are probably familiar with this reverse herringbone design, providing more space and direct aisle access thanks to the favorable 1-2-1 configuration.
Thai Airways acting President, Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, said, “We are delighted to bring the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner into our fleet. The 787-9 demonstrates our commitment to operating the most technologically advanced aircraft for passenger comfort. This type of aircraft meets customers’ expectations.”
With growing customer demands and anticipations for the business class experience, the move to add the Dreamliner and new business class seat for the airline is exactly the direction Thai Airways needed to take. According to the Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific and India Sales for Boeing, Dr. Dinesh Keskar, “The Dreamliner will allow Thai to fly longer distances and to new destinations directly from Thailand, such as nonstop to North America”, which should cause a bump in ticket sales.
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So what can you expect sitting in business class aboard Thai Airways new 787-9 Dreamliner?
The interior design embraces the same Thai style you see on all their other planes. However, the Dreamliner is separated into only two cabins (versus three)—Royal Silk Class has 30 seats and Economy Class has 268 seats.
Furthermore, this 787-9 offers those of you sitting in business class a Panasonic eX3 entertainment (a high-quality media content system with the ability to offer Audio Video on Demand) with a 16-inch screen. And like many business class seats, this one converts into a fully lie-flat bed in a 180-degree position.
If you’re interested in taking a trip on this Dreamliner, then you can expect to do so later this year. The first flights will initially be from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket, before it starts flying to Singapore from Thailand. Beginning on the 16th November, the 787-9 aircraft will fly from Thailand’s major airports to Auckland and Taipei.