There are many reasons I like Thai Airways, including that they release a fair amount of premium cabin award space and have one of my favorite first class lounges in the world. So I figured I’d pass along two noteworthy schedule changes/additions:
A380 starting service to London on December 1, 2013
Presently Thai flies the A380 to Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris, and Tokyo, though as of December 1 they’ll be starting once daily service to London on the A380 as well. First and business class award availability on the route is excellent, so if you’ve been eying an award on the A380 and haven’t had luck on their Frankfurt or Paris routes, check out London.
The A380 will be operating the TG910/911 schedule, which is as follows:
TG910 Bangkok to London 12:15AM-6:20AM
TG911 London to Bangkok 11:50AM-6:10AM (+1 day)
New Los Angeles service via Osaka as of October 28, 2013
Ever since retiring their A340-500s, Thai Airways has operated their Bangkok to Los Angeles route via Seoul Incheon, with 4x weekly service. Rumor has it they wanted to have daily service, though the Korean government was restricting them in trying to protect their own carriers.
It seems Thai Airways still wants to pursue daily service, so they’ve announced that they’ll be offering service between Bangkok and Los Angeles via Osaka the other three days of the week, with the following schedule:
TG694 Bangkok to Osaka 2:20PM-9:30PM
TG694 Osaka to Los Angeles 10:45PM-3:50PM
TG695 Los Angeles to Osaka 1:00AM-6:40AM(+1 day)
TG695 Osaka to Bangkok 8:10AM-12:40PM
When they first loaded the schedule a few days ago availability was amazing. Unfortunately they’ve probably realized it was too amazing, as they took back quite a bit of that award space. But it’s still generally good, especially if you’re looking to travel between the US and Japan.
Thai will also be starting service to Vienna soon, though the schedule on that hasn’t been published yet.