Thai Airways has started flying its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner and we’ve got the first review of its Royal Silk business class seats.
Australian Business Traveller reader Mick Sweeney snapped these shots and took some notes during Thai’s TG103 flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
Thai’s Boeing 787 is rostered onto these hour-long regional flights to get the cabin crew trained up before the Dreamliner enters international service later this year, beginning with the inaugural Bangkok-Perth route.
The business class seats in Thai Airways’ Boeing 787 are identical to United Airlines' international business class, including the new Boeing 787-9 which will launch on a new Melbourne-Los Angeles direct route from October 28.
The business class cabin contains four rows of lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 layout (rows 11, 12, 14 and 15, with the seats paired as AB, EF and JK) for a total of 24 seats.
“The AB seats on the left side of the aircraft faced slightly towards the window,” Sweeney reports, “whilst the EF and JK seats all face the right side of the aircraft.”
“We sat in 14A and 14B and quite liked the way seats were facing the windows, and being a Boeing 787 there were good views through the large windows even from the aisle seat.”
“Once the bed was fully flat we found that the footwell was quite narrow when we kept our shoes on” Sweeney says.
“The footwells in all the front row seats were much wider than the three rows behind, so I think this will make Row 11 seats very desirable.”
“Row 15 in business class is quite close to the front of economy” Sweeney recounts, “which on our flight was filled with families with young (crying) children who could be heard quite loudly in the back of the business class cabin.”
The Boeing 787's Royal Silk business class seats are 21 inches wide with a 60 inch pitch and recline to a 78 inch fully-flat bed.
Each business class seat has its own 16 inch screen…
… with AC and USB sockets conveniently located near the shoulder of each passenger rather than down at floor level.
Thai Airways will receive its full order of six Boeing 787-8s between July 2014 and June 2015, and also has signed for two of the longer 787-9.
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