For a couple of years now, Thai has been leasing 777-300ER aircraft from Jet Airways, which feature one of the best “hard” products out there. The aircraft feature eight first class suites with doors, and also a fully flat herringbone product in business class.
Up until now, Thai has operated these planes primarily on their Bangkok to Paris and Bangkok to Tokyo routes. Well, Thai is leasing a few more of these planes in the coming months, and it looks like the next route to get them will be Bangkok to Munich as of December 1.
I flew this plane just a few weeks ago from Bangkok to Paris and had a great flight, though unnecessarily connecting in Paris when flying on the Star Alliance is a real pain, since Charles de Gaulle is one of my least favorite airports.
That’s why I’m so excited to hear they’ll be operating the 777-300ER to Munich in place of the 747, which features flat beds in first class, though not nearly as private. Now when flying from the US to Asia via Europe one can fly Lufthansa from the US to Munich without making the unnecessary connection to Paris, and continue straight to Asia in one of the best products out there.
Unfortunately this substitution has come at the expense of quite a bit of award availability. Previously Munich to Bangkok was a gold mine when it comes to award availability, though unfortunately that’s no longer the case.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that Thai probably does more aircraft substitutions than any other airline. So don’t be surprised if you book a flight 11 months out and over the course of the year see the aircraft type switch from a 747 to a 737 to an Airbus 390 to a DC10 to a 777….