Thai Airways New 787-8 Dreamliner Offers ‘Superior Experience’

Thai Airways International promises passengers a ‘great sense of space, wide sculptured ceilings, large windows with dimmers and less jetlag’ on its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Thailand’s national flag carrier is operating 787-8 Dreamliners in its fleet, which are powered by next-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-AE engines.

The aircraft’s interior is based on the Contemporary Thai design concept, with a configuration of 264 seats in a two-class cabin. The 24 seats in Royal Silk Class are fitted with a 60-inch pitch and 21-inch seat width, and can recline to a 78-inch-long bed in full-flat, 180-degree position. The seats are shell-typed seats with a partition screen between them and are arranged in a 2-2-2 abreast configuration allowing for privacy and easy aisle access.

The 240 seats in Economy Class seats are arranged in a 3-3-3 abreast configuration, with a 32-inch seat pitch and 18-inch width.

Thai Airways offers passengers on its 787-8 Dreamliner the new in-flight entertainment system, the Panasonic system eX3, in which Royal Silk Class monitors are 16-inches and Economy Class monitors are 11-inches with screen-swipe technology, like the swipe features on smartphone and tablet devices.

The airline says the travel experience aboard its 787-8 Dreamliner is a superior one, thanks to factors such as mood lighting that changes throughout the flight for a more soothing flight, advanced filtration systems that result in cleaner, healthier air, new technology that reduces turbulence and lessens motion sickness, quieting technologies that reduce aircraft noises and vibration, large windows with electromagnetic shades and which can be automatically darkened or lightened via controls, the advanced in-seat entertainment system and a USB in-seat port allowing passengers to enjoy their own films and music (there are also PC power ports in every business class seat and two PC power ports for every three economy class seats).

Thai Airways International was recently given a 9.5 out of 10 score for its Economy Class on the 787 Dreamliner, by site and editorial manager Sharon Petersen who flew a six-and-a-half hour overnight trip from Bangkok to Perth.

“For what you pay in Economy Class and what you receive it’s virtually impossible to fault this airline”, Petersen said of her flight.

Petersen was impressed with the efficiency and experience of the Thai Airways cabin crew, which performed two meal and six beverage servings throughout the flight. She noted, in particular, how each meal was preceded with a hot towel service, something that only the top tier airlines still offer.

In her review of the airline’s Economy Class, Petersen wrote that: With blankets and pillows on every seat, foot rests and a generous seat recline you can be assured that you are getting ‘the best you can get’ in terms of Economy travel. Hand sensor flushing toilets, window shade control at the touch of a button and a wood look floor in the galley only added to what was already a modern and sophisticated aircraft.

In another recent international accolade for its service, Thai Airways International was awarded the second best rank for ‘Best Airline Asia’ from leading Asia travel marketing organization Go Asia. The airline was given the award for its efforts and positive impact in travel and tourism growth in Asia.