All the talk about the new Airbus airplane is now a reality. Thai Airways Airways just took delivery of the superjumbo aircraft at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France on Sept. 28. Theyíve now joined the league of world-class airlines like Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Air, and Lufthansa that operate the massive A380.
Thai Airways will operate a total of six A380 airplanes, with the first being delivered today and entering service shortly thereafter. The Thai Airways A380 configuration includes the Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines and a cabin segmented into three classes: Royal First class (12 seats), Royal Silk (60 seats) and Economy (495 seats) totaling 507 passengers. For comparison, the Singapore Airlines configuration of the A380 only seats 371 passengers. Thai Airways operates the highest number of seats out of all the Asian carriers. It might be cramped, but look at the bright side, more passengers means more lovely air hostesses! Also every seat has a new entertainment system and power outlets. Thatís huge on long haul flights.
The first class section of the plane includes full-on suites with the kitchen capacity to prepare individual meals to each (first class) passengerís liking. Business class, dubbed Royal Silk, includes seats the fold into a completely flat sleeper bed. That makes it THE plane to fly if itís on your companyís dime.
As of now, two initial routes will be instated during Early October. The A380 will service the Thai Airways Bangkok-Singapore route and the Bangkok-Hong Kong route. Youíre not going to get to take full advantage of all the goodness the plane offers on these short flights, so if you can wait it out until the new year theyíll open more routes to Frankfurt, Paris and Tokyo towards the end of this year and early next year. Itís typical of airlines to introduce new planes to their fleet using these short-haul routes for training purposes.
Weíre really looking forward to seeing the massive silhouette of the A380 coming in and out of Suvarnabhumi. Itís been rumored to be one of the smoothest planes in the skyĖ maybe thatís due to its 747-dwarfing size.
Safe flying! Thai Airways offers free alcoholic beverages on all their international flights, by the way.
OK guys, count the seats. 12+60+495 = 507 passengers.