Wondering when you can fly Thai Airways' new Airbus A380?
With six superjumbos on the shopping list there'll be just a handful of select destinations: Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Paris, Osaka and Sydney.
According to Thai's final A380 schedule – released today at the airline's A380 delivery event in Airbus HQ at Toulose, France – the A380 will shuttle back and forth from Bangkok to Hong Kong and Singapore on daily runs from October 6 to December 14.
These short-term bedding-in flights are fairly standard practice for airlines while they train up their crew on all-new planes.
From December 15 the A380 will strut its stuff on the first long-haul route with daily flights between Bangkok and Frankfurt (TG920/921), with the Singapore and Hong Kong services going back to smaller aircraft.
As of January 16, 2013, Tokyo's Narita airport will be added to the daily list (TG676/677), with Paris-Charles de Gaulle following from February 16 (TG930/931).
Osaka is next on that list, starting on August 16 (TG622/623), while Sydney will follow on September 16 (TG475/476).
London is also on the cards, says Thai Airways, with its sixth and final A380 slated for a daily service between Heathrow and Bangkok from October.
Thai's A380 will carry 507 passengers in first, business and economy class.
Business class is the big winner here, with fully lie-flat seats and a staggered 1-2-1 layout so that every passenger has direct access to the aisle.
Read: our detailed review of Thai Airways' A380 business class, and check out the photo tour of Thai's A380.
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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.