While Thai Airways is still selling first class tickets on at least two routes, I do wonder what kind of first class experience it can offer if its first class lounge and spa are permanently closed.
Permanent Closure Of First Class Lounge Does Not Bode Well For The Future Of Thai Airways First Class
Over the years I have had many opportunities to fly in Thai Airways First Class and always enjoyed the onboard experience. But what I enjoyed most of all was the ground product in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, which included the Royal Orchid Spa (first class passengers could enjoy a one-hour full body massage at no charge) and a great first class lounge with a la carte dining and excellent service.
Both were closed during the pandemic. While the Thai Airways website indicates that both the lounge and spa are only “temporarily” closed, an Instagram account I follow suggests that the Thai Airways First Class Lounge is now called the Coral Lounge and open to Priority Pass members.
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Which Routes Does Thai Airways Still Sell First Class On?
Thai is still selling first class seats to London and Tokyo:
I suspect, since nothing seems to ever change onboard at Thai Airways, that the onboard experience is still excellent. But if tickets now only include Royal Orchid lounge access, that marks a big devaluation.
From being picked up at your aircraft in a golf cart and whisked to passport control to amazing massages to semi-private rooms in first class lounge…I will greatly miss the totality of the first class experience.
Even if first class survives on a handful of routes, it sounds like it will just be a shell of its former self. If Thai is serious about maintaining first class, it cannot abandon its ground product.
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