As I wrote about in March, Thai had announced that their first Airbus 380 destinations would be Hong Kong and Frankfurt. I don’t think this came as a surprise to anyone. Hong Kong made sense since they first needed a shorthaul destination to train crews and work out the kinks, and then Frankfurt was a logical first longhaul destination, given that it’s one of the few longhaul destinations for which they have twice daily service.
Anyway, per hsw25 on the “Ask Lucky” page of the blog, United and Aeroplan are displaying certain Thai Airways flights between Bangkok and Hong Kong (TG600/601) as being operated by the Airbus 380, starting October 28.
But here’s the bizarre part — the GDS hasn’t been updated to reflect the aircraft swap, so I have no clue where United and Aeroplan are getting their information, since they all still show a 747.
I’m not sure what to make of the information. On one hand what United and Aeroplan display is believable given that it matches what Thai Airways has announced in the past, but at the same time I have no clue where the information is coming from, given that Thai hasn’t even updated their system.
Either way, there’s plenty of first class award space on the flights that show as being operated by the Airbus 380, so while it’s no guarantee at this point, I’d give those flights a good shot of actually being the Airbus 380.