Good afternoon from Guangzhou. I just enjoyed a pleasant journey from Bangkok to Guangzhou and want to provide my initial impressions of Thai’s A350-900 in business class.
First, I had a very nice morning in the first class lounge and Royal Silk Spa. Since I was connecting to business class, I was not entitled to a one-hour full body massage, but I did enjoy a superb one-hour treatment that included feet, neck, and shoulders. I also enjoyed far too much coffee and freshly-squeezed apple juice in my private little compartment in the lounge. Put simply, the Thai Airways ground product for first class passengers remains excellent.
Anyway, since I was connecting in business class, there was no golf cart escort to my gate…and it was quite a hike. Boarding was delayed slightly thanks to a heavy downpour outside, but we ended up pushing back just a few minutes late.
Thai’s A350 has staggered 1-2-1 seating similar to what you find on Alitalia or Iberia. My “true” window seat in row 20 was perfect for the short journey to Guangzhou. Wi-Fi was also available onboard…my first Thai flight with wi-fi.
After takeoff, lunch was served. I had pre-ordered a meal and after so much red meat the last couple days opted for salmon in a dill tarragon sauce with pasta. It arrived promptly after takeoff with salad, bread, and fruit and was quite tasty.
Thai’s business class blanket has improved since the last time I flew business class on Thai. It actually reminded me of the Westin bedding that Delta offers. I took a nap after lunch and managed to sleep for an hour.
Although the captain did not announce why, we landed about 25 minutes late into Guangzhou and pulled up to our gate near a beautiful China Southern A380 I will soon take to Beijing.
Let’s recount: lie-flat bed, good bedding, tasty meal, wi-fi, seatback IFE, and friendly service on a 2.5-hour flight. Yep, you cannot really ask for more than that.
I’m often hard on Thai for the poor financial shape it is in and for its dated business class on the 747 and 777. But the A350 is a great plane to fly business class on.