Thai Airways is now a member of the superjumbo club, with its first Airbus A380 set to take to the skies – and Australian Business Traveller was on hand to bring you these first photos from inside Thai's big bird.
These are the obligatory glossy PR pictures, of course – we've snapped our own very detailed 'real life' shots of the seats and cabin when we joined a handful of invited media on the A380's delivery flight from Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France to Bangkok.
Thai will be flying the Airbus A380 to Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Osaka, Paris, Sydney and possibly London – click here for the dates and details.
Thai Airways A380 Royal First Class
Thai Airways president Piyasvasti Amranand says this design was chosen over fully-enclosed private suites because "our survey with passengers shows that more than half prefer partially closed suites, not something completely closed".
The centre suites have a movable divider, so if you're travelling with a (very well-paid) colleague or someone else you fancy talking to during the flight, you can raise and lower it at your convenience.
Naturally there's plenty of stowage space for the many personal inflight items which we all seem to be toting these days.
Our press pack didn't include many pics we hoped for, such as the lounge area at the very front of the upper deck, but you can bet we'll take some photos of this when we fly the A380 back to Bangkok.
There's a three-seater table that can be slotted into place -- perfect for a meeting or dining together.
Thai Airways A380 Royal Silk business class
And speaking of sleep...
With 20 inches seat width, a 180 degree lie-flat design and wrap-around privacy screen, these seats should be among the best for getting a sound snooze in the sky.
When you're not flat out, there's an ample 74 inch pitch and a generously-proportioned table.
There's also a 15 inch video screen.
Thai has plumped for seats from EADS Sogerma, who also make the seats for Etihad's staggered business class layout.
Each seat has its own side table, with the feet of the passenger behind tucking underneath the side table belonging to the passenger in front.
Even if they're not as swish as the first class lavatories, Thai's business class loos are also a step up from the norm. (We assume they actually come with doors, though.)
Thai Airways A380 economy class
Each economy seat is 18 inches wide, in the usual 3-4-3 configuration with a 32 inch seat pitch.
You also get a 10.6 inch screen plus, we're happy to say, an AC power outlet for every seat.
We'll bring you more photos plus a full report on Thai's A380 first, business and economy class seats next week.
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