Thai Airways simply does not offer a competitive business class product on its 777-200. There is no other way to say it.
I appreciate the warm service on Thai and thought the meals were decent on this flight, but the seat is no longer competitive. Two years later (see intro for more details), Thai has updated it crockery onboard, but not its seat…
Thai Airways 561
Bangkok (BKK) – Seoul (ICN)
Wednesday, November 05
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Seat: 14A (Business Class)
I was working in the lounge and amongst the last to board, so my cabin shots are not as pristine as they are when I am first to board. Even so, you get a good idea of the cradle-style seats available onboard the 777-200. While these are good seats for lounging, these “angled lie-flat” seats are not ideal for sleeping. Indeed, I slid right down them in “lie-flat” mode…
At least the soft product wasn’t bad: the comforter and pillow were fluffy and that certainly helps.
Here’s the menu for the flight:
A light snack was served after takeoff, which included a nicely presented condiment dish with lettuce, cucumbers, sliced chicken, and a sliced carrot shaped into a rose. Dessert included a chocolate truffle and small tart.
Additional bread was offered, including garlic bread:
Breakfast was served prior to landing. The first course included sliced fruit, yogurt, and a croissant:
Kimchi was also included in a plastic container on the tray.
For the main course, I had an unremarkable cheese omelet with potatoes and some mushrooms and sausage that I did not even touch.
As much as I hate bashing any airline, Thai Airways business class is well below average. It’s not something I would wholly avoid, but I far prefer just about any carrier in the region when it comes to business class. That’s saying something…
Good news: while this aircraft is still flying, Thai now uses a more modern A350 on the Seoul Incheon route.
What is your experience with Thai Business Class?