I’m really going to miss Thai Airways First Class, one of the most well-rounded and aspirationally achievable first class products.
Thai Airways Cuts 747-400 + A380 – The End Of First Class?
This week, Thai announced that it will retire its fleet of feet of Airbus A330, Airbus A380, and Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Thai Airways has faced immense hardship during the pandemic, with the Kingdom of Thailand closed to tourism (except for those with a lot of time and money). Already in trouble before the pandemic, Thai Airways is now trying to simplify its fleet, which actually makes a lot of sense.
But in retiring its A380 and 747 fleets, it is retiring its last two aircraft types featuring first class. That’s truly a shame because Thai offered an amazing first class product that was also fairly easily bookable with miles.
While warm service in the air made for tremendous flights in Thai First, what really set Thai Airways apart was the excellent ground service at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. First class passengers were transported from lounge to gate on golf carts and a luxurious first class spa offered departing passengers hour-long full body massages. Across the concourse, the first class lounge featured a large selection of a la carte meals and a great coffee + cocktail bar.
While Thai Airways seems to be the cat with nine lives (despite longterm poor performance, it always finds a way to survive), I’m not sure first class will survive…even though the royal family loves it for journeys between Thailand and Switzerland.
If you’re not familiar with Thai Airways First Class, you can view a trio of past reports below:
- Vintage Review: Thai Airways 747-400 First Class Bangkok To Beijing
- Review: Thai Airways 747-400 First Class Tokyo To Bangkok
- Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class Osaka To Bangkok
Thai Airways is cutting its A380 and 747 and therefore highly likely to cut first class altogether. I’ll always be grateful for the wonderful memories over the years in Thai First and at least can look forward to returning to Thailand one day, even if it is not in first class…