Hello from Bangkok. I’ve completed the second leg of my trip and was pleasantly surprised at how marvelous Thai Airways was in first class…it has been a few years.
The flight left Tokyo Haneda after midnight and arrived in Bangkok before sunrise…at 3:43 AM to be exact. And while not exactly long enough for sleeping, the flight attendants onboard made sure it was a very comfortable flight for me and the two other first class passengers.
The last time I flew the Thai 747-400 in first class, the seats looked like this:
And this was the IFE:
So a lot has changed in the last decade…
The nine semi-enclosed suites in first class are a nice upgrade from what I had last time, even if they themselves are now aging. Thai uses great bedding so I did manage to grab a couple hours of sleep after my post-takeoff meal.
Speaking of meals, I decided to pre-order a steak for this flight (how predictable, I know…). Last time I took this flight, which was in business class, the post-takeoff meal was sushi. Despite my best efforts to broaden my culinary palate this year, I still struggle greatly with sushi. Thus, I took the safe bet and pre-ordered a steak.
Normally, the service on this flight is a light snack after takeoff followed by breakfast prior to landing. I had a “brinner” combo instead, starting with fresh fruit and a croissant, then moving to carrot soup (the late night snack on the menu) and finally my steak, which was surprisingly disappointing for Tokyo. Granted, Haneda and Narita are different airports, but I had a much better steak on United than I had on this flight.
But all that didn’t matter. First, because the service was so over-the-top genuine, friendly, and hospitable. The crew was simply flawless and I so appreciated it.
Second, I scored a Rimowa amenity kit! Rimowa amenity kits are actually provisioned in first class only on flights departing Bangkok (BKK), but a FA had one leftover from the flight to Tokyo and offered it to me…what a lovely souvenir of this flight.
There’s more to share, which I’ll do in my full trip report. But I’m pleased to say Thai Airways remains exceptional in first class. I really enjoyed everything about this flight except its short length.
And of course the ground service remains outstanding in BKK…