I’ve written in the past about how unreliable Thai Airways’ scheduling and aircraft planning is. People think I’m joking and exaggerating. I’m not. I don’t think it would be unfair to say that Qatar Airways’ A380 delivery schedule was executed with more precision than Thai Airways’ aircraft planning.
Thai Airways’ aircraft planning is so unreliable that it has its own verb which can be used in lieu of your preferred cuss word — “TGed.” Used in a sentence — “My flight is scheduled to be operated by a 747 with first class as of now… hopefully I don’t get TGed.”
So how much “TGing” has Thai been doing lately?
Thai Airways will offer first class to Sydney… no they won’t… yes they will…
One of the best ways to get to Australia in first class is on Thai Airways through Bangkok, as they release a ton of award space.
A few weeks back I was surprised when Thai Airways announced that they’d be swapping in 777s for the 747s that usually operate the route for peak season, starting October 26, 2014. That signified the end of Thai’s first class service to Australia. This sucked for anyone on a first class award to Australia, as they were downgraded to business class.
It seems Thai Airways was just kidding, as they’ve reversed the equipment swap on the Sydney route. Thai Airways will continue to offer 10x weekly 747-400 service to Sydney, with first class.
Go figure they downgraded all the first class passengers to business class, and now they’re still confirmed in business class even though the flights once again have first class.
Thai Airways will discontinue their second daily Bangkok to Frankfurt flight… no they won’t…
A few weeks back Thai Airways announced they would cut their second Bangkok to Frankfurt flight, which is operated 6x weekly by an A340-600. It seems they changed their mind since then:
- Three days later they reopened reservations for the 6x weekly A340-600 service
- Four days after that they announced they would instead offer daily 747-400 service
- A couple of weeks later they announced they would instead offer 6x weekly 747-400 service
- Less than a week later they announced they would split the route between the A340-600 and 747-400, and stopped taking reservations for travel after January 17, 2015
- Two days later they reopened reservations for 6x weekly A340-600 service, and also once again started taking reservations for travel after January 17, 2015
Oh, and remember that 747-400 service Thai Airways was planning on launching out of Dusseldorf? Well, they’re still not taking reservations for that.
Hey Thai Airways, want to know why you’ll lose 20 billion Baht this year? Because you don’t let people book your flights!
There’s value of course in yield management and also in optimizing your route network and equipment types, but not on a daily basis… especially when you stop taking reservations each and every time, and downgrade your passengers.